What is Give Next?
Give Next is a program of United Way of Larimer County with major support provided by Bohemian Foundation, the program’s mission sponsor.
The mission of Give Next is to educate students about the vital role that nonprofits and philanthropy play in the community by providing students with opportunities for service and leadership through philanthropy and volunteering.
Give Next is an opportunity that engages students with charitable giving, nonprofits and their community. It is a service-learning program that builds collaboration and critical thinking skills, with an overlay of civic engagement.
How does Give Next work?
Give Next is a school-based program that is implemented into an existing classroom curriculum (middle school or high school).
Each Give Next classroom receives $5,000 for grant making in the areas of education, income, health, arts, and the environment. The money for the classroom grants is donated by local businesses, foundations and philanthropists.
Students work together to identify community needs, research nonprofits, volunteer, conduct site visits, review grant applications, make funding decisions, and award grants. At the end of the term, students plan an awards ceremony during which they share lessons learned through the program and award grant checks to selected nonprofits.
The Give Next program provides students an ideal opportunity to demonstrate proficiency in all five areas of 21st Century Skills: critical thinking, information literacy, collaboration, self direction and invention.
Give Next Philanthropy Day
Give Next Philanthropy Day will take place October 3, 2014 at Timberline Church from 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
The theme of this year’s event is “Building Community Through Philanthropy.” Students will explore the theme throughout the day by listening to keynote speakers, perusing a nonprofit booth fair, and attending breakout sessions. Lunch will be provided and students will be given the chance to reflect on what they learned throughout the day.
Contact Jamie Suess (970-407-7054) with any questions about the event.
Thank you to this year’s event sponsors: Community Foundation of Nothern Colorado, Bohemian Foundation and United Way of Larimer County
- Berthoud High School
- Conrad Ball Middle School
- Fort Collins High School
- Lesher Middle School
- Lucile Erwin Middle School
- Poudre Community Academy
- Poudre High School
- Preston Middle School
- Rocky Mountain High School
- Webber Middle School
Information for Sponsors
Information for Teachers and Students
- Give Next Program Timeline
- Program September-May
- Publicity & Resources
- FAQ’s & Glossary
For more information on involving your school in Give Next, or to support a school in Larimer County, please contact:
Jamie Suess, Volunteer Engagement Manager
United Way of Larimer County
424 Pine Street, Suite 102
Fort Collins, CO 80524