Philanthropy 101 Continues for 5th Year
For the fifth straight year, area charities will be receiving much-needed funds thanks to the efforts of Oakwood High School students taking part in the Philanthropy 101 project and the Oakwood Schools Foundation. This year five area charities will be splitting $3,200.
Philanthropy 101 is part of the Wall Street 101 class taught by Natalie Johnston at OHS. Former OSF Board Member Joel Frydman created the initiative between the school and the foundation as a way to help educate students on the basic concept of philanthropy. He wanted students to learn why it is important to give of one’s time, talent and/or treasures to others. Johnston says the program provides a” new dimension to the students' education at Oakwood.”
“I believe the students gain a greater social awareness of the needs surrounding us in the Dayton area, which has lasting impacts on each one of them. The students' gain the value of learning they can give or participate philanthropically whether or not they have an income to do so. In other words, the lack of a big bank account should not prevent a person from giving,” Johnston said.
At the Regular Board of Education meeting Monday, Jan. 14, students presented checks to representatives from Life Enrichment Center and Homefull. The student groups representing those two charities scored the highest with judges in the student presentations in December. Other charities participating in the program and receiving funding this year are Artemis Center, Fisher House and Brigid’s Path.
As part of the program, students researched and visited charities with strong local connections. Using their research and experiences, the students presented to a panel of judges that evaluated the student teams, and made monetary awards to the charities based on the December presentations.
“The work of the Oakwood High School students was really amazing and being selected for the grant will help us so much on our food access initiatives in the community. Combating poverty and food insecurity goes hand in hand and it’s conforming to see this generation thinking globally and how they can make an impact to make their community better for everyone,”Homefull Development Director John Patterson said.
This year’s judges were Frydman, Vince Russell from Johnson Investment Counsel and Jennifer Almoney, OSF Grants and Programs Chairman. The Frydman Family Foundation, Johnson Investment Counsel and the Robert Wagner family donated money so each participating charity would receive funding.
2017: Philanthropy 101 Benefits Five Area Charities
Five area charities will be receiving much-needed funds thanks to the efforts of students taking part in the Philanthropy 101 project and the Oakwood Schools Foundation. The project is part of the Oakwood High School Wall Street 101 class taught by Michael Rado. The Oakwood Schools Foundation helps fund the project.
At the Regular Board of Education meeting Monday, Jan. 8, students presented checks to representatives from Crayons to Classrooms and Clothes that Work! Other charities in the program this year were A Special Wish, Catholic Social Services - Refugee Resettlement Program and We Care Arts.
Thank you to all of the students, charities and the OSF for making this year's project such a success.
To view information regarding past Philanthropy 101 competitions, go to the Archives page.