“A generation that acquires knowledge without ever understanding how that knowledge can benefit the community is a generation that is not learning what it means to be citizens in a democracy.”
- Elizabeth l. Hollander
Is it possible to teach the concept of charitable giving? Can the idea of philanthropy be instilled in someone so they then develop the method of giving time, talent and treasure?
Crown Point High School Principal Chip Pettit and Dean of Students Russ Marcinek approached the Crown Point Community Foundation with that goal in mind. Together with the foundation, they developed a plan to encourage the student body to “give back” and educate them in the art of giving.
The student body was encouraged to identify four different nonprofits. Throughout the year, students held fundraisers to raise money for these chosen nonprofits.
Four clubs were involved in this philanthropy project. National Honor Society worked to raise funds for St. Jude House. CPHS Student Council identified Riley Children’s Hospital. The Interact Club chose the NW Indiana Cancer Kids Foundation as their project. Key Club focused on Meals on Wheels for their fundraising efforts.
The Crown Point Community Foundation was invited to prepare the students in the various aspects of charitable giving. The students participated in the foundation's Spring into Action Volunteer Fair. They gave of their time and talent to help the foundation orchestrate this event. Many students also participated in the blood drive held during the volunteer fair.
Throughout the year, the high school clubs hosted fundraising opportunities. Their philanthropy project was a success, with each group raising a total of $1,200 for their identified charity.
The CPCF Board of Directors was impressed with the efforts of these high school students and decided to match each of those $1,200 grants.
Checks were awarded to the nonprofits on May 31. Because of the efforts of these students, the belief their administration had in them and a match from the foundation, a total of $10,000 was gifted to four worthy agencies.
It is our hope that the students developed a sense of something beyond themselves during this process. We believe charitable giving is an art. It is an art that can be taught and developed.
We believe that it is important to learn about the organization that you are supporting. Know their mission. Meet their staff. Develop a relationship with them. As you understand the work they do and how they do it, you will automatically feel a connection.
You will want to help. You may want to volunteer or support them financially. You will understand the value of giving.
We look forward to working with Crown Point High School during the next school year to continue to develop the art of charitable giving.