Educators and Youth Leaders
Welcome to the AGF website dedicated to educators and youth leaders. This page provides youth philanthropy resources to assist educators and youth leaders in promoting and teaching charitable giving, volunteerism, and civic engagement to youth ranging from the kindergarten, high school, and university levels.
These are additional resource links located on the AGF website that may be of interest to you:
Click here for a listing of youth philanthropy clubs in Arizona.
Click the link below to advance to the corresponding section of the page:
Click here for additional youth philanthropy resources (national organizations, research and resources geared towards parents).
Click here for additional resources for emerging philanthropic leaders (those under 40 and/or with 3 or fewer years of experience).
for Philanthropy in the Curriculum and the Community (Grades K-12)
for Higher Education in Philanthropy (University and Graduate Study Levels)
for Tools, Guides, and Websites for Philanthropic Education (All Ages)
for Books, Articles, Reports, Studies, and Publications
Learning To Give:
This website is filled with philanthropic curricula and resources for teachers, social workers, parents and students. Learning to Give is provides plans for a national and international infusion of its academic content into the core curriculum of schools. The long-term goal of the project is to develop and replicate curriculum lessons, units and materials for perpetuating a civil society through the education of children about the nonprofit or independent sector, and to achieve their commitment to private citizen action for the common good.
The site offers great resources for making philanthropy part of the education curriculum, including resources for teachers, parents, religious instructors and youth workers. The LEAGUE combines service, learning, and friendly "co-opetition" with live, interactive events. From planting trees to collecting food for the hungry, kids are returning millions of dollars worth of value back to the community.
Youth Philanthropy & Service Program by Case Western University:
Youth Philanthropy and Service (YPS) is a program of the Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations at Case Western Reserve University. The YPS website focuses on providing resources and support for adults implementing K-12 youth service and philanthropy programs within their schools and organizations. These services fall into four categories: training, communications, convening and professional support.
National Youth Philanthropy Clearing House:
The National Youth Philanthropy Clearing House promotes resources for the next generation of philanthropists. The site offers education tools that can be used both during and after school.
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The Chronicle of Philanthropy Continuing Education Guide:
Public school teachers
A listing of institutions offering opportunities to further knowledge in nonprofit/philanthropic studies. This includes graduate schools, distance learning programs and related articles.
ASU Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation:
The ASU Lodestar Center exists to advance nonprofit leadership practice so that organizations can better achieve their mission. Whether the mission is housing, youth development, recreation, or neighborhood revitalization, effective nonprofit organizations improve individual lives and enhance our entire community.
The Spirit of Service Scholars Program (Arizona State University):
The program address the present and future workforce needs in the public and nonprofit sectors by awarding prestigious scholarships to outstanding students and providing them with an extraordinary academic and real-world education, a life-long interdisciplinary network, and committed, effective mentors.
The Grantmaking School:
The first university-based program for teaching the techniques and ethics of advanced grantmaking specifically to foundation grantmaking professionals. Part of the Johnson Center at Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Generation Next Nonprofit Leadership Academy:
The Generation Next Leadership Academy is a cohort of the Valley's top emerging nonprofit leaders, selected through a competitive process, to participate in a program that provides them the knowledge and tools needed to take on leadership roles within the nonprofit community.
Northern Arizona University Student Philanthropy Council:
The S.P.C. places a focus on raising awareness of student giving. The mission of the S.P.C. is to get students involved with giving back to the University and to provide students with an opportunity to continue their education by providing scholarships.
Rollins Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership Center (Rollins College Crummer Graduate School of Business:
Certificate programs exist for nonprofit managers, staff and volunteers, along with board development and nonprofit governance.
Multicultural Curriculum Guides (Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society):
A listing of multicultural philanthropy curriculum guides that can be used in both undergraduate and graduate courses. This includes a wide variety of topics, including Women and Philanthropy in the United States, Topics in Black American Philanthropy in the United States Since 1785, Topics in Asian American Philanthropy and Volunteerism, etc.
The Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society (The Graduate Center of the City University of New York:
The Center serves as a laboratory for developing programs to promote research, education, and public discourse about philanthropy among a wide variety of constituencies. The Center on Philanthropy focuses on giving, volunteerism, and nonprofit entrepreneurship by individual donors, foundations, and corporations in the United States and around the world.
Center for Strategic Philanthropy & Civil Society (The Sanford School of Policy and Duke University):
The Center for Strategic Philanthropy and Civil Society (CSPCS) researches, analyzes, and promotes philanthropy that consistently produces high impact. CSPCS stimulates communication, collaboration, and problem-solving around pressing issues of public policy and philanthropy.
The Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University:
The Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University: Advanced degree programs in Philanthropy and nonprofit management, using a unique academic approach through the study of liberal arts.
The Center on Philanthropy & Public Policy (University of Southern California):
The Center on Philanthropy & Public Policy (University of Southern California): The Center on Philanthropy and Public Policy promotes more effective philanthropy and strengthens the nonprofit sector through research that informs philanthropic decision making and public policy to advance public problem solving.
Philanthropic and Nonprofit Research Bodies (Compiled by Queensland University of Technology, Australia):
An international compilation of research institutes, universities and associations involved in the philanthropic and nonprofit sectors.
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from every corner of America post classroom project requests on DonorsChoose.org, whether it for supplies like pencils, violins or funding for a field trip. Donors can browse the requests and give whatever amount, large or small, that they'd like. Donors Choose considers this Citizen Philanthropy.
Share Save Spend:
The tools and resources provided by Share Save Spend are designed to help youth and adults understand the how and why of their money decisions. Their goal is to provide concrete, actionable tools that help people shift effectively from a spend-centric mode to one that balances spending with saving and sharing.
Contagious Compassion identifies qualified student candidates, enrolls them in a workshop to assist in developing and clarifying their own personal vision and teams them with seasoned advisors who will coach students along their path of community service.
YouthGive is building a community of giving created and guided by young people. Youth create the growing menu of giving choices and direct donations from their own giving accounts
Giving tools for youth ages 13-18, including: ten 2 hour sessions of leadership training including fund-raising and site visit and a toolkit for after school programs, foundations, and others focused on giving by young people.
Games for Change:
Videos games that teach youth about global issues such as poverty, human rights, education, and the environment.
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Creating Tomorrow's Philanthropists: Curriculum Development for Youth, Number 36
Editor: Patricia O. Bjorhovde
Summary: This issue focuses on the current state of teaching of philanthropy to youth and the curricula being written to accomplish that goal. With an overview of ongoing research and key philanthropic concepts in existing curricula, chapter authors explore future implications of current trends.
Published: January 10, 2003
A Vision for and Brief History of Youth Philanthropy
Publisher: Association of Fundraising Professionals
Summary: This report reviews the history of engaging young people in philanthropic activities in our country, and gives an overview of the current state of youth philanthropy. It reports on the outcomes of AFP's National Youth in Philanthropy Summit, which took place in November 2006, and summarizes the outcomes of that meeting.
Best Practices in Youth Philanthropy
Publisher: Coalition of Community Foundations for Youth
Summary: The purpose of this Best Practices report is to identify, assemble and interpret the lessons learned from the rich reservoir of practice and the emerging body of research in youth philanthropy. Thin includes a variety of youth philanthropy program models and provides examples, tips and questions that can help inform decisions about strategies, structures and activities for existing and new programs.
Get Up, Act Up, Shape Up the World: A Guide for Today's Heroes
Publisher: National Youth Leadership Council
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Foundations Leveraging Federal Education Funds
Presentation slides and an audio recording from the recent webinar on foundations leveraging federal education funds are now available. The webinar, hosted by the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers and the Foundation Center, featured representatives from the U.S. Department of Education and addressed the department's strategies and priorities for stimulus funding, reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) and the proposed 2011 federal budget. Visit the Foundations for Education Excellence webinar materials
Primary Sources: America's Teachers on America's Schools
A new report from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation examines findings from a survey of more than 40,000 public school teachers on the challenges and potential solutions in education. Teachers report that the most valuable asset in teacher retention is supportive leadership, followed closely by higher salaries. View the Primary Sources webpage
Benchmarking 2009: Trends in Education Philanthropy
A new analysis of trends in education philanthropy finds that at least some funders are expecting grants to hold steady or even increase compared to the prior year. The report by Grantmakers for Education also notes a growing interest in collaboration among funders, as well as increased attention to fueling educational innovations and providing dollars to support advocacy and public-policy work.
Seeing It Through: Advanced Strategies for Influencing Education Policy
A report from Grantmakers for Education that provides case studies and best practices for grantmakers interested in influencing education policy.
Planned School Budget Cuts Ensure Poor Kids Will Remain Poor
The odds of escaping generational poverty just got a lot steeper for millions of poor children attending our nation's public schools. Click here
to read more.
An Agenda for School Improvement. Click here
to read more.
Despite Push, Success at Charter Schools Is Mixed
In the world of education, it was the equivalent of the cool kids’ table in the cafeteria. Executives from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, McKinsey consultants, and scholars from Stanford and Harvard mingled at an invitation-only meeting of the New Schools Venture Fund at a luxury hotel in Pasadena, Calif. Founded by investors who helped start Google and Amazon, this philanthropy seeks to raise the academic achievement of poor black and Hispanic students, largely through charter schools.
to read more.
May is Funding for Education Month at the Foundation Center
PubHub is highlighting various aspects of education reform. Check out the recent reports posted here which address teacher effectiveness and school leadership development. Click here
to read more.
Ensuring Success for Young Children: Early Childhood Literacy
Discussion Guide for Small Foundations by the Association of Small Foundations; The Annie E. Casey Foundation.
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Engaging Older Youth
This new report examines the program practices and structural features of almost 200 Out-of-School-Time programs located across six U.S. cities.
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Transition to Adulthood Explored
The Future of Children has released Transition to Adulthood, which examines institutions that house and serve young adults-the family, higher education, the workplace, the community, the juvenile justice, foster care, and related systems.
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Hispanics, High School Dropouts and the GED
Pew Hispanic Center, May 2010.
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The State of Preschool 2009
The National Institute for Early Education Research ranks states on pre-K programs for the 2008/2009 school year. The findings show how much state funding is allocated per child, the percentage of children enrolled, and whether quality benchmarks were met.
to read more.
A Kids Guide to Giving
Author: Freddy Zeiler
Summary: In this inspiring and motivating book, Zeiler challenges teens to make a difference by contributing to charitable causes.
Published: January 1, 2006
The Giving Book: Open the Door to a Lifetime of Giving
Author: Ellen Sabin
Summary: This book seeks to engage and inspire children ages 6-11 to give back to the world.
Published: October 30, 2004
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