Educating Youth to Understand the Importance of Philanthropy
What is National Philanthropy Day®?
For almost 20 years, hundreds of communities across North America have come together to recognize the countless ways philanthropy has affected our world. Officially recognized each year on November 15, National Philanthropy Day® is celebrated by numerous fundraising professionals, government leaders, foundations, businesses, individual donors and others who wish to honor all the contributions philanthropy has made. NPD provides an opportunity to reflect on the meaning of giving and all that it has accomplished, as well as what there still is to do.
This year, tens of thousands of people will show the world that the
spirit of giving is alive and well, and stronger than ever.
Learning to Give, in partnership with the Association of Fundraising Professionals, has developed lessons that elementary, middle, and high school educators can use to explain the importance of philanthropy, the significance of National Philanthropy Day®, and the role of AFP chapters and members in the philanthropic community. AFP chapter members can utilize the lesson content below in coordination with schools in their local communities to educate youth in the classroom about philanthropy on National Philanthropy Day.
National Philanthropy Day Lessons
This lesson will introduce students to the concept of philanthropy and National Philanthropy Day. As a class, they will brainstorm possible ideas for the word philanthropist. The students will learn that even young people can be philanthropists.
Students will define philanthropy and recognize philanthropic activities. Students will identify examples of philanthropy in literature.
Students will gain a basic understanding of philanthropic vocabulary and how they see philanthropy reflected in their lives, and in their school and community.
Students will define philanthropy and determine how being philanthropic affects the public good as exemplified in the lives of famous people who have acted for the public good.
Access the following resources and materials to empower young people to make a difference in their schools, communities and world.
Informational paper: Association of Fundraising Professionals
Find additional lessons for National Philanthropy Day to teach young people about giving their time, talent and treasure:
Learning to Give Lesson Search Engine (search on Key Words such as Philanthropy)
Additional Briefing Papers on Concepts, People and Organizations connected with philanthropy
Quotation Search Engine (search on Subjects such as Contribution, Giving, Helping, Service, and Community or the Major Category of Philanthropy)
More information on National Philanthropy Day:
More information on the Association of Fundraising Professionals: