Learning to Give, Philanthropy education resources that teach giving and civic engagement


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Introduction to Philanthropy

Lessons at each grade level introduce a common language of giving and serving and help youth understand the importance of civic responsibility.

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K-2 3-5 6-8 9-12

Marting Luther King Jr.

Grow Involved in Service

Introductory service-learning lessons related to Martin Luther King, Jr. with step-by-step lessons and a simple project idea.

K-2 3-5 6-8 9-12

Moments of Service Lessons

Moments of Service Lesson Plans

Themed teaching resources to support calendar events. Includes lesson plans, toolkits, project ideas, and more.


Guides designed for service coaches to support teachers and volunteers with resources, ideas, tips, and stories.

Financial Literacy/Fundraising

Financial Literacy and Philanthropy

Resources to educate youth about money management and philanthropic giving. Includes online games and "Money Smart Choices," an interactive website created for middle/high school students.

Environment Stewardship/Animal Welfare

Save the Earth

A compilation of resources to teach young people about the critical subject of environmental stewardship.

Animal Welfare

"Paw Prints to Learning" teaching resources created with the ASPCA to educate young people about animal welfare and empower them to make a difference in animal's lives.

Environment and Earth Day Guide

An early-childhood service-learning guide that goes step-by-step through the planning and management of an environmental service-learning project. Includes "The Green 100: One Hundred Service and Service-Learning Projects and Ideas."


Disaster Relief

Tools, resources, and information to guide students as they address the issues of disaster preparedness and relief.

Global Citizenship


Teaching resources created in collaboration with USA for UNHCR to teach about refugees and to empower youth to make a difference in the lives of some of the world's most vulnerable people.

Actions of Peace

A five-lesson unit introducing students to figures in history who resolved conflicts through peace and non-violence. Students make comparisons to their personal lives and local communities and learn strategies for resolving conflicts peacefully.

Nutrition in the First 1,000 Days

These teaching resources guide youth as they advocate for global issues related to women and children. Includes discussion guides for the "State of the World's Mothers" report released each year by Save the Children.

Exploring the World

Increase global competence by empowering youth to investigate global issues through five main themes:

Global Health: Hunger and Food around the Globe.
K-2 3-5 6-8 9-12

Issues of Global Finance: Investing in Others
K-2 3-5 6-8 9-12

Global Education: Why Learn?
K-2 3-5 6-8 9-12

Environment: Sustaining Our World
K-2 3-5 6-8 9-12

Diversity Community: Who Is My Neighbor?
K-2 3-5 6-8 9-12

International Folktales: Generosity of Spirit

Brought to you from a collaboration with the Fetzer Institute, this collection of international folktales and lessons speaks to the gifts and challenges of leading a generous life.


Healthy Youth, Healthy Communities

Promote healthy habits at school, home and in the community. K-2 3-5 6-8 9-12

Sweat for Nets

A web-based service-learning and fundraising program that connects school-aged children from all socio-economic backgrounds to a world-wide network that encourages young people to get active in the fight against malaria. Additional forms.

Community & Responsible Citizenship

Generosity and Servant Leadership

Middle and high school lessons and creative assignments for exploring how we solve issues with leadership and problem solving. Includes video interviews with servant leaders.

Character Education

Middle School units teach ten character traits based on content standards and philanthropy themes.


Anti-bullying curriculum for teachers, plus resources for teens and kids.

Empower students through literature and problem solving to use kinder attitudes and behaviors. K-2 3-5 6-8 9-12

A Community of Givers

Along with this heartwarming video documentary, creative service-learning resources for grades 6-12 guide learners to create their own community stories of giving.

Be the Change

Foster the development of key life skills by empowering high school youth to make community connections in nine main areas: Core Values, Life Skills, Workplace Readiness, Democracy, Personal Health, Global Health, Environment, Homelessness, and Violence.

Be Big

A national campaign that invites everyone, big and small, to take action and raise awareness for how to make the world a better place. Supports children's growing understanding that the actions they choose do make a difference to themselves and others.