My Time, Talent and Treasure to Give: Philanthropy Lesson (12th)

9, 10, 11, 12

The learners will discover and understand that they have roles to play as civic participants and that by doing so, they too can make a difference.

PrintOne Class Period

The learner will:

  • understand the importance of philanthropy to the community.
  • identify his/her interests and skills and the community's needs.
  • identify his/her present level of giving of time, talents and treasures for the common good and make a determination for his/her future giving on time, talents, and treasures.
  • Handout: NOW Personal Pie Graphs for Time, Talent, and Treasure (Spanish: AHORA Gráficas)
  • Handout: MY GOAL Personal Pie Graphs for Time, Talent, and Treasure (Spanish: MI META Gráficas)


  1. Anticipatory Set:

    Post these questions:

    1. What do I love to do?
    2. What am I good at?
    3. What challenges does our community have?
  2. Review the “Character Traits of an Awesome Citizen” (also featured in the previous lesson).

    Ask students to give examples of philanthropy and define it in their words. 

  3. Watch two Learning to Give overview videos.  

    First, watch Philanthropy and Service-Learning: Why do they matter? An introduction to philanthropy.

    Prompt students to ask clarifying questions.

  4. Next, watch Connecting Skills and Interests to Community Needs

    Tell students to think about the posted questions above as they watch this video.

    Lead a brief discussion about community needs.

  5. Distribute the NOW and MY GOAL Philanthropy Pie Charts and explain that they strictly for their own review and use.  Ask students to reflect and show, using  how they now and going forward propose to distribute their personal time, talent and treasure in the future.  Have them include their interests and skills on the NOW handout. Ask them to consider committing to one act of philanthropy in the coming week and to write that on the MY GOAL handout


The learners will be evaluated on their participation in discussion, the depth of their thought in reflection, as well as the completing the assigned tasks.

Cross Curriculum 

Each student makes a commitment of time, talent, or treasure to impact an issue they care about. This may be direct or indirect action or advocacy based on investigation of a need.

Philanthropy Framework

  1. Strand PHIL.I Definitions of Philanthropy
    1. Standard DP 01. Define Philanthropy
      1. Benchmark HS.3 Explain and give examples of how a democratic constitution requires and protects philanthropic behavior as a democratic principle.
  2. Strand PHIL.II Philanthropy and Civil Society
    1. Standard PCS 01. Self, citizenship, and society
      1. Benchmark HS.4 Describe and give examples of characteristics of someone who helps others.
    2. Standard PCS 05. Philanthropy and Government
      1. Benchmark HS.3 Identify the relationship between individual rights and community responsibilities.