What Does This Have To Do With Me?

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Discuss and reflect in writing about their philanthropic experience of the previous lesson. They will talk honestly about how they can make a difference and whether or not they see themselves being philanthropic in the future.

Print One Fifty-Minute Session
  • Participate in a guided discussionabout personal feelings about philanthropy.


  1. Anticipatory Set:

    Ask each participant in the service experience to think of one word to describe the experience. Give them time to think and write their words before they share with the whole group. Write these words on the board.

  2. Ask for volunteers to share individual experiences from the volunteer work.

  3. Guide with questions such as:

    • Did anything surprise you at the site? If so, what?
    • What emotions did you experience when you were there
    • What do you feel that you got out of this experience?
    • If possible, would you work at the site again?
    • Would you encourage others to do so?
    • How do you feel about volunteer work?
  4. Start a discussion with the following question: Can one person make a difference on the issue of _____________? Encourage honesty, expressing doubts and encouragement of each other.

  5. Brainstorm a list of actions that individuals can take in the community to "make a difference" about this or other issues.

  6. Draw a gingerbread person outline. Reflect by writing different responses by the body parts of the gingerbread person. By the head, write what you think about the project. Write your favorite part by the heart. Write a description of what you did by the hands. Write next steps by the feet. 

Philanthropy Framework

  1. Strand PHIL.I Definitions of Philanthropy
    1. Standard DP 02. Roles of Government, Business, and Philanthropy
      1. Benchmark E.6 Explain why acting philanthropically is good for the community, state, nation, or world.
    2. Standard DP 03. Names and Types of Organizations within the Civil Society Sector
      1. Benchmark E.2 Name an example of a civil society charitable organization.
  2. Strand PHIL.II Philanthropy and Civil Society
    1. Standard PCS 04. Philanthropy and Geography
      1. Benchmark E.2 Identify and describe how civil society organizations help the community.
  3. Strand PHIL.III Philanthropy and the Individual
    1. Standard PI 01. Reasons for Individual Philanthropy
      1. Benchmark E.1 Describe one reason why a person might give or volunteer.
  4. Strand PHIL.IV Volunteering and Service
    1. Standard VS 05. Integrating the Service Experience into Learning
      1. Benchmark E.3 Identify outcomes from the service.