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Creating Tomorrow's Philanthropists: Curriculum Development for Youth: New Directions for Philanthropic Fundraising, Number 36

Creating Tomorrow's Philanthropists: Curriculum Development for Youth: New Directions for Philanthropic Fundraising, Number 36

ISBN: 978-0-787-96435-1

Jan 2003, Jossey-Bass

117 pages

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This issue focuses on the current state of teaching of philanthropy to youth and the curricula being written to accomplish that goal. Fostering lifelong skills in fundraising, donor skills, volunteerism, and civic participation in today's youth is the key to creating tomorrow's philanthropists.

With an overview of ongoing research and key philanthropic concepts in existing curricula, chapter authors explore future implications of current trends. They examine the Council of Michigan's effort to incorporate philanthropic practice into their state-mandated public school core curriculum; the partnership between professional fundraisers and the educational system approved by the New Jersey Department of Education; and Indianapolis's Habits of the Heart project.

Other crucial topics addressed include faith-based organizations and their role in the transmission of philanthropic values; ethical fundraising and the fundraising experience for youth; and the dual role of philanthropic studies programs in higher education.

With a mission to promote the development and implementation of philanthropy teaching programs at every level in every community, this issue is an invaluable resource for educators and philanthropic organizations alike.

Editor's Notes (Patricia O. Bjorhovde).

1. Teaching philanthropy to children: Why, how, and what (Patricia O. Bjorhovde)
How and when is the value of philanthropy learned, and are we teaching the right things the right way? This chapter presents the results of a recent study on teaching philanthropy and identifies key concepts being taught and teaching methods being used as a way to look at quality and comprehensiveness.

2. Speaking to a higher authority: Teaching philanthropy in religious settings (Richard J. Bentley).
Religion and religious traditions are a major influence on American philanthropy. By extension, congregations and faith-based youth organizations play a significant role in teaching young people about philanthropy.

3. Learning to Give: Teaching philanthropy K-12 (Kathryn Ann Agard).
Because K-12 schools reach all children in the United States, they are the logical place for philanthropy education to take place. Learning to Give is a comprehensive curriculum that incorporates philanthropy into the core school curriculum in Michigan and is spreading to schools across the country.

4. Teaching the next generation about philanthropy: A case study of the AFP New Jersey chapter's Youth in Philanthropy Program (Katherine Falk).
The author gives an account of how volunteers in an AFP chapter designed and now operate a successful Youth in Philanthropy program that is sought-after by schools across New Jersey and serves as a model for other AFP chapters with Youth in Philanthropy programs.

5. Developing habits of giving and serving: The heart of the youthserving organization (Janet R. Wakefield).
Community Partnerships with Youth, Inc. brought together seven youthserving organizations in Indiana to create a sequential curriculum for philanthropy designed specifically for youth-serving organizations to use to help young people become community trustees and develop lifelong habits of giving and serving.

6. The Power of YOUth in Philanthropic Fundraising (Nancy Swanson).
Can young people raise money without selling products, and can they learn to be ethical philanthropic fundraisers? This chapter describes a youthserving national organization that is developing a new curriculum to do just that.

7. Philanthropic studies curricula in higher education (Robert F. Ashcraft).
Philanthropic studies programs are among the fastest-growing areas of study in higher education. The author examines divergent views about their place in the university and college curriculum, and one particular example--the American Humanics model.