How do you choose? How can you select one out of the many worthwhile causes to support?
“We all have limited resources, so part of the process of donating your time and financial support is learning how to select where to allocate your gifts,” explains Heather Campbell-Liberman, teacher at Lakota East Freshman. That’s why she incorporates a charity research project into her class.
Magnified Giving is a Midwest-based non-profit that focuses on educating students about philanthropy, providing a way for them to experience the giving process. As a cross-curricular project with English and Connections, students complete a research paper on a charity of their choice, then the class narrows the field to the top three. Representatives from the three non-profits present to the class, then the students vote, with the winning organization receiving $1,000 grant from Magnified Giving.
“The steps of researching the charity to comparing how they help and who they serve helps the students realize how difficult it can be. All of the charities are worthwhile, all can make wonderful use of the grant; by involving the students in the research and asking questions following the presentations, they really get an in-depth understanding of how they can make their community a better place,” states Campbell-Liberman.
Click here for Michael Clark’s recent Journal-News story on the project.
Photo: Lakota East Freshman students listen as a presenter from the Abuse & Rape Crisis Shelter of Warren County shares about the non-profit. It’s part of a project about community service and philanthropy.