Youth in Philanthropy

youth-in-philanthropyFrom where will the next generation of philanthropists come?  The obvious answer is from the youth of North America and the world.  The same answer applies to the next generation of ethical fundraisers. The New Jersey Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP-NJ Chapter) is committed to the development of the next generation of fundraisers. We understand in order to ensure there will be interest in the nonprofit sector and fundraising in the future, young people must be exposed to philanthropy in a meaningful way at a young age.
To that end the AFP-NJ chapter offers a teaching program and a career-based program designed to promote and encourage the involvement of high school students in philanthropy and the profession of ethical fundraising.

Teaching Program

Making a World of Good©, A Hands-On Learning Experience with Philanthropy, Fundraising & Making a Difference is a 12-unit high school curriculum that can be used effectively in grades 7-12. The curriculum was designed to be flexible and can be taught as an in-school class, an after-school activity or a weekend project. The curriculum includes:

  • Complete lesson plans
  • A philanthropy glossary
  • A teacher’s manual with sample handouts
  • Ideas for teachers and facilitators

Career-Based Program

Careers in Fundraising presents fundraising as a career option to high school juniors and seniors. Developed specifically for AFP chapters, Careers in Fundraising is designed to engage high school students in exploring the exciting and rewarding profession of fundraising.  It is important for high school students to learn about this potential career path in public service before they get to college as it may influence their choices during their collegiate years. (Click here to read  Top Ten Reasons to Consider a Career as a Professional Fundraiser).  
For more information about AFP-NJ Chapter’s Youth In Philanthropy Program (YIP) or to learn more about volunteer opportunities with YIP, click here to give us some information and someone from the YIP committee will reach out to you.