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June 9, 2014
Do you know the true meaning of the word “philanthropy”? One hundred and forty-seven (147)middle and high school students in Poudre and Thompson School Districts learned all about the “love of humanity” and the importance of giving of your time, talent and treasure through the Give Next program.
Give Next - A Youth Philanthropy Program, a pilot program of United Way of Larimer County with mission sponsorship by Bohemian Foundation, just completed its second successful academic year. Seven schools participated in the program including Fort Collins High School, Poudre High School, Poudre Community Academy, Berthoud High School, Lesher Middle School, Preston Middle School and Webber Middle School.
Give Next students receive $5,000 in grant funds generously donated by local businesses and philanthropists. The students determine a mission statement about where they would like to grant the funds based on surveying their student bodies and thinking about their own passions. This year's mission statements focused on youth and families in poverty, cancer, people with disabilities, homelessness, and arts organizations.
This year, Give Next students granted $37,600 to 19 nonprofit organizations. In addition to the funding, students also contributed 2,828 volunteer hours to our community!
The goals of Give Next are to educate students about the role of nonprofits and philanthropy in a community, connect students' desires to make a difference in community issues and existing infrastructure, create awareness of nonprofit careers, and develop our future philanthropists.
After completing the program:
Students have grown tremendously in all of the program goal areas. As stated by the students:
“I plan to use what I learned in Give Next by volunteering in nonprofit organizations and teaching others the good feeling you get when you volunteer/give back to your community.”
"With service learning I have learned about philanthropy and the value of helping the nonprofit sector. I have been able to learn new skills for different things that can be applied to the real world. I have been able to make people happy and help them in some way."
“I have gotten in touch with great non-profits that I plan to work with in the future, as well as insight for what my future careers could be in relation to non-profits.”
"I've gained a better work ethic, a newfound respect for the community, and even a little bit of public speaking skills."
“I plan to use the knowledge I've gained from the Give Next program towards my donations to nonprofits in the future. The onsite visit to Respite Care really gave me a look into what they were all about and it made me fall in love with their organization. This experience gave me the chance to realize what an amazing sensation donating gave me and I will definitely do it more now than I would without Give Next.”
From one of the teachers:
“I love this program. The greatest satisfaction comes from seeing how it changes the hearts of my students. Each one of them understand the importance of philanthropy and values the amazing feeling they get from making a difference in the world.”
Thank you to all of the sponsors that make Give Next possible:
- Encouraging Educational Excellence (E3) Endowment Fund of the Community Foundation of Northern Colorado
- Patrick and Denise Juliana Philanthropy Fund
- Jim and Holly Dickinson
Click hereto learn more about the Give Next program and to learn how a school can apply to become a participant.
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