Section 2
The History of “PHILANTHROPY” and Youth Involvement
45 minutes
  • Handout: A Brief History of “Philanthropy” & Youth Involvement in Philanthropy
  • Timeline of Youth Philanthropy Organizations
Physical Setting
Large room with chairs

This activity introduces the history of philanthropy and how youth became involved in philanthropic action.


  • To introduce the history of philanthropy and youth involvement
  • To have participants understand the history of their organization


The first part of the activity will be learning and discussing the history of philanthropy. Philanthropy exists in many forms: giving time, giving your talents, and giving money. Many people see a need and take philanthropic action. Facilitator shares the following two examples.

Two examples: 
Candace Lightner:  formed the organization of MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) when her daughter was killed in a car accident by a drunk driver. It changed the laws about driving drunk and the penalties associated with it. 

Jane Addams: many years ago saw a need for safe shelter, food, and education in one of the poorest neighborhoods in Chicago. She began Hull House and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for her work on behalf of the underprivileged.

The second part of the activity will be learning and discussing how youth became a part of helping their communities and society. Facilitator reviews the handout with the participants.