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Video, Literature, and Activity Guides

These ready-to-use guides engage young people in building a culture of cooperation and service while learning about civic responsibility, problem-solving, nonprofit board service, philanthropy, leadership, grant-making, and more.

"Students learn by example and firsthand experience. Service-learning incorporates both of these techniques in a loving and fun way." -Deb Nolting, IN

Video Discussion Guides

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Video Discussion Guides

These brief and engaging videos are great for the classroom, youth club, or grantmaking meeting to build understanding of philanthropy and the nonprofit sector. Each guide includes a 2-15 minute video clip, discussion questions, and a follow-up activity. Thanks to Dr. Salvatore Alaimo at GVSU for donating the clips from his feature length film, "What Is Philanthropy?"

Literature Guides for Books about Building Community


Literature Guides for Books about Building Community

Learning to Give 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 below raise issues like respect, caring, giving, honoring diversity, adversity, helping others, fairness, responsibility, trustworthiness, and citizenship.

Small Group Activity Guides

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Small Group Activity Guides

The following small group activities help youth define philanthropy, build leadership skills, and understand board service and grantmaking. 

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.