Section 3
Developing Habits of Giving and Serving
Take a Stand
30 to 50 minutes
  • Five sheets of paper, numbered one to five
  • Facilitator Handout: Take A Stand Questions
Physical Setting
Large room where participants can move around the room
  • 5 to 10 minutes for the introduction
  • 20 to 30 minutes to read the sentences and allow participants time to decide where they will stand
  • 5 to 10 minutes for processing

The purpose of this activity is to ask participants to take a stand on statements about philanthropy. It introduces the language and actions of philanthropy. Participants will begin to consider beliefs and values as they explore making philanthropic decisions.


  • To ask participants to honestly reflect on their beliefs and feelings about philanthropy
  • To introduce the language and actions of philanthropy


The facilitator explains that today we are going to take a stand on some statements. “Every day we take a stand for our beliefs and values by the way we act. Defending someone who is being bullied, telling the truth when it may seem difficult, and returning a lost item to someone are examples of acts that represent values.”

  • The facilitator asks the participants what the value or belief is for a person who returns a lost item to someone. (Responses could be honesty, respect for others, integrity, doing the right thing, etc.
  • The participants are asked if they can give examples from their own life of the way people take a stand for something in which they believe. 
  • Papers that are numbered (1 to 5) are placed on the wall throughout the room. (5 = definitely agree and feel strongly about it while 1 = definitely disagree and feel strongly against it).
  • The facilitator will read a statement and the participants are encouraged to “Take a Stand: Do you agree? Disagree? Fall somewhere in-between?”
  • The participants are directed to go to the number that best fits how they feel and stand under the number.
  • The facilitator may want to begin with some current issues. The following are some examples.