Monday, March 11, 2013
Philanthropy 101: Philanthropy 101 teaches high school students about philanthropy and civic engagement through hands-on experience. Students operate as a “mini foundation” and learn to explore issues in their community, develop a mission statement to focus on a specific need, publicize and manage a grant process, review and evaluate grant applications, conduct site visits with local nonprofits, and deliberate as a class to reach informed decisions. Based on this work, the youth leaders award $5,000 in grants to local nonprofits that are making a difference in their community. In addition, students dedicate time and energy to the cause through volunteer hours and creative fundraising strategies that boost the grant amount.