Section 3
Developing Habits of Giving and Serving
How Much Would You Give?
30 minutes
  • Paper, pencils, markers
  • Flipchart paper
  • Index cards
  • Facilitator Handout
Physical Setting
Room for participants to move around and talk to others in the room
  • 10 minutes for the introduction
  • 10 minutes for the activity
  • 10 minutes for processing

This activity asks the participants to simulate a fundraising experience for a cause of their choice. They will have an opportunity to identify a cause they truly believe in and learn how to seek financial support.


  • To identify a cause that the participant cares about and to convince others to contribute to this cause
  • To determine how to best use personal financial resources to support other causes
  • To explore ways of giving that allow greater impact on financial resources


The facilitator explains that in this activity the participants will have an opportunity to identify a cause they care about and seek financial support from the other participants. The facilitator explains that people have different causes and support those causes in a variety of ways.

The facilitator asks, “How do people identify a cause?” The facilitator asks the group to think of ways that people identify a cause and why they support one cause over another.   List responses on a flip chart.

The facilitator explains that by understanding why others have selected a specific cause, young people can learn to decide where to focus their philanthropic giving.

Examples of why causes are selected might include the following:

  • Specific causes are often chosen because of a personal history with the cause. An example might be that a person had a good experience with a youth group as a child and began supporting that organization in adulthood.
  • A personal experience is another reason. For example, someone who has experienced a family illness, such as cancer, might become a supporter of an organization that fights that    disease.
  • Sometimes people support a cause because of their beliefs and values.
  • A person may have a high value on justice or fair play and support organizations or efforts that promote justice. Sometimes a cause is selected because it agrees with the individual’s mission or purpose in life.

Facilitator refers to Activity Handout and follows instructions accordingly.