Step 1 - Develop The Foundation

Getting Your Program Started

Congratulations on helping your students learn how to become philanthropists - givers of their time, talent and treasure.  Your time investment will reap rewards as students' hearts and minds are touched this year.

To get started, you should teach your students the basics of philanthropy.  Here are some questions that you might consider addressing. 

Philanthropy Basics

Most students (and teachers) come to the Student Philanthropy program with very little knowledge of philanthropy or the terminology that will be important to understanding the process. Below are some suggested questions that should be addressed during the course of the year. These may be presented in many different ways, but ideally, having students involved in the presentation of the information is part of the learning process.

Questions for Consideration

  • What is philanthropy?
  • Who are philanthropists?
  • Why do people become philanthropists?
  • What are social needs?
  • What are the social needs of our community?
  • What are Non-Profit (Not for Profit) agencies (NPOs)?
  • What is a 501(c)3 designation?
  • Why would non-profit agencies need funding?
  • How do non-profits get their funding? 
  • What are Foundations?
  • What are some local Foundations?
  • How do Foundations operate?
  • How do Foundations determine where to give their money?
  • How do NPO's and Foundations communicate with each other?
  • What are Requests for Proposals (RFPs) or Grant Applications?
  • What do Foundation RFPs / Grant Applications look like?
  • How do Foundation Boards review the RFPs / Grant Applications?
  • How do Foundations monitor their investments?

Philanthropy In Action Lessons

International Philanthropy Curriculum Standards
Association of Fundraising Professionals - Youth in Philanthropy