- To begin to discover what others think about the word “philanthropy”
- To list the words and actions that people associate with the word
- To practice interview skills
The facilitator explains to the participants they are going to be roving reporters. They will interview either family members or their peers in school, church or a youth group. The question they will be asking is: “What does the word “philanthropy” mean to you?” The facilitator reviews the Interview Sheet with all participants.
Participants can interview individually or as a pair. The interview sheet handout will be used and the goal is to record the responses of at least three (3) people. This could easily be a take-home activity. For the benefit of the participants, the facilitator reminds them of several definitions of the word philanthropy:
After participants have conducted their interviews, they are asked to share the responses with the other participants and the facilitator posts them on a flip chart or whiteboard. Participants are asked to see if any of the responses they received appear in any of these definitions of the word philanthropy.
- The giving of one’s time, talent, or treasure for the sake of another or for the common good.
- Voluntary giving, voluntary service, and voluntary association, primarily, for the benefit of others.
- A desire to help mankind as indicated by acts of charity; love of mankind.
- Thoughtful, intentional, and ongoing giving of your time, talent, and treasure for the common good.
- What did most people think about the word and what it means?
- Were you surprised at the number of matches (or no matches) when you compared the words in the definitions and the responses people gave you during the interviews?
- Why do you think so many people knew the word? Or did not know the word?
- Before today, what has been your experience with the word philanthropy?
- On a piece of paper, write your definition for “philanthropy” in your own words.