Classroom lesson plans creatively infuse philanthropy into K-12 academic content and serve as a foundation for a student-centered approach. Click on the Search Lessons button at the top of the website page and filter by

  • grade level
  • subject area 
  • content (academic and affective) 
  • time of year

and more to find lessons to suit your goals. 

You can also search by teaching standards. Select the set of standards you follow, and drill down on the benchmarks to find Learning to Give lessons that contain practice of that skill. 

  • Search for lessons by what you already teach (ex., water, Constitution, or letter writing) or by an issue area or philanthropy theme (ex., environment, hunger, or kindness). Or enter the name of a local community resource as a starting point. The following graphic organizer can help you connect learning to community and brainstorm keywords to enter in the search engine. 
  • Start with one of the Introduction to Philanthropy lessons (K-12) to build vocabulary and motivation to take action - a great way for a whole school to get started.
  • Disaster Preparation and Response Teaching Resources: When a crisis hits, many people feel motivated to help. Plan an activity to help people in your community or world affected by a disaster or difficult time. Or, guide your students in preparing an emergency preparedness kit for themselves and others.

All our teacher-created lessons are aligned to state standards, including Common Core State Standards, and some international standards.

Lessons are organized by teaching units. Adapt and combine lessons to suit your learners and community. Althought each unit contains a service suggestion, for a greater impact on students, guide them, as age appropriate, to plan a unique service-learning project based on an investigation of issues, student interests, and community needs.

Our teaching resources include the following:

#TeachOne Lesson about Giving

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#TeachOne Lesson about Giving

You don't need to learn a new teaching strategy to impact kids' giving knowledge and action. TeachOne lesson about generosity, community, and the role of philanthropy. Start conversations and action that impact students' lives, not just their year! 

Teacher-created philanthropy education lessons magnify the impact of any academic content with themes of generosity, community, and civic and social responsibility. Perfect base for PBL, service-learning, and student-centered instruction. Lessons align to state standards, including Common Core State Standards, and some international standards.

Every day there are opportunities to discuss our role in civil society and decide whether and how to get involved in current events. At Learning to Give, we want to help students learn and practice taking action for the common good—yes, this too is philanthropy. This page provides tools and tips related to current events. Look here to involve your students' voice and action to make a difference.

These resources are for adults who want to teach youth about philanthropy and the nonprofit sector. Use these activities to build a culture of cooperation and service while learning about civic responsibility, problem-solving, board service, philanthropy, leadership, and grant-making.

Our picture book and teen novel guides combine selected literature with thought-provoking discussions and activities that teach about giving and civic engagement. The featured books raise issues like respect, caring, giving, honoring diversity, adversity, helping others, fairness, responsibility, trustworthiness, and citizenship.