How we Make the Process Work for Administrators
Our goals are to provide you and your school with a program that will provide meaningful philanthropic experiences for students using standards-ready lesson plans, and to help you raise money. Our Education Director, Karen DeTore, MA Ed.Admin., is ready to assist with all procedural details, lesson plans, and support in explaining the program and answering questions from parents. The best part is that we facilitate funds from donors so your students can have a real-life experience in philanthropy, micro-lending to the poor, socially responsible investing, or social entrepreneurship, and your school can enjoy some extra funds. You can contact Karen DeTore by email by clicking here.
Support for Interesting, Effective, Standards-Approved Lesson Plans
One of our resources is www.LearningToGive.org, a nonprofit organization that provides more than 1,400 free State-certified lesson plans for grades K-12 that teach giving, civic engagement and character through service-learning. These lesson plans provide a solid foundation for classes for the students in philanthropy, micro-lending to the poor, SRI and Social Entrepreneurship. We know that most teachers would like to have a lesson plan foundation to start with, and then customize it to their particular teaching style, goals, grade level and students. As Seeds of Generosity grows, we will develop a bank of more and more tested lesson plans, and we invite teachers to co-create new lesson plans with us, as they will best know the requirements of their district and administration.
Kiva.org Curriculum Materials for Micro-Lending with High School Students
Kiva.org already supports students who raise their own money and then make micro-loans. They have very useful and tested materials available at http://www.kiva.org/do-more/classroom#teachingtools.
Care With Nonprofit Selection
Keeping in mind that parents will want to know what their children are doing through this project, Seeds of Generosity will work with donors, teachers and schools to avoid sensitive subjects (unless co-chosen by them). For example, at least through the public schools we would avoid gifts to specific faiths, political nonprofits or politicians, media entities that are biased, and other nonprofits that might be politically or socially divisive. There may be more choice with channeling funds through private schools or organizations (e.g., Boy Scouts). If a faith-based private school has donors that would wish to support its specific goals, and if the parents, teachers and administration agree, then Seeds of Generosity would help to facilitate those gifts.
Seeds of Generosity's Role
Seeds of Generosity acts as a guide and facilitator for this process of channeling philanthropic money through schools. Our staff works first with the donor to determine what they would like to achieve at the school level with their gift. We seek to strike a balance between having the donors general wishes met, while still leaving flexibility for students so they can be inspired about what most touches them.
Donors can provide funds for any combination of the Seeds of Generosity realms: Philanthropy, SRI, Micro-Lending, and Social Entrepreneurship; and we recommend that some percentage of their gift (5% to 10%, or more, is recommended) be given to the school. A particular teacher may be more attracted to any one, or several, of these realms. In one high school, for example, a teacher of economics might be interested in the micro-lending or socially responsible investing, and a social studies or civics teacher might be more interested in direct philanthropy.
Some donors may want some control, and others will be more flexible. One option for more control is for the donor to designate a particular area of giving, for example, environmental, or animal welfare, or third-world hunger, or womens rights. Then the donor can give the students free range to give the donated funds to nonprofits in those areas.
Example Class - 4th Grade
Click here to see details of our first 4th grade philanthropy class, focused on the beloved book and story about "Humphrey the Lost Whale," who got lost and swam through the Golden Gate bridge and up the Sacramento River in 1985 (and 1992), and had to be rescued by hundreds of volunteers.
Our Resources and Partners
LearningtoGive.org provides more than 1,400 free State-certified lesson plans for K-12 that teach giving, civic engagement and character through service-learning. These lesson plans provide proven templates for teachers to customize lessons iin philanthropy, micro-lending to the poor, Socially Responsible Investing and social entrepreneurship.
www.NaturalInvesting.com is an investment consulting company that specializes exclusively in socially responsible investing. Hal Brill, a founder of the company, is author of Investing With Your Values: Making Money and Making a Difference. We are also very grateful to have Hal as a member of our Advisory Board, as he provides guidance for our educational programs as well as being one of many SRI advisors that donors can designate to manage the investments.
www.Kiva.org is a non-profit organization that facilitates loans from private individuals of as little as $25 to help alleviate poverty worldwide. Kiva has a quite phenomenal loan payback rate of over 98%. Working with microfinance institutions on five continents, Kiva helps provide loans to people who have no access to traditional banking systems. One hundred percent of each loan is sent to these microfinance institutions, which Kiva calls Field Partners, who administer the loans in the field. Kiva relies on a world wide network of over 450 volunteers who work with its Field Partners, edit and translate borrower stories, and ensure the smooth operation of countless other Kiva programs. On the Kiva website, students can review real projects and people, make international connections, and loan money to help the poor become self-sufficient.
Our goals are to:
- Provide hands-on experiences for students in philanthropy, socially-responsible investment, and micro-loans to the poor
- Inspire a lifetime of Character, Community and Compassion
- Raise more money for nonprofits and for schools
- Help to create a more generous and caring future for all of us.
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Please email Karen DeTore, Education Director, for more information.
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