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Philanthropy 101 Benefits Five Area Charities

Students present checks to one of five charities benefitting from Philanthropy 101

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.

Philanthropy 101 Program making a difference for students, community

Group visiting charity for Philanthropy 101

Philanthropy 101 is making a big difference in both the lives of Oakwood High School students and the charities involved.

Oakwood Schools Foundation Board Member Joel Frydman came up with the idea in 2014. Joel’s vision was to create an initiative between OHS and OSF to help educate students on the basic concept of philanthropy. He wanted students to learn why it is both valuable and important to cultivate an attitude of giving of one’s time, talent and/or treasures throughout one’s life and career. Bringing awareness to causes and the people who support them was also part of the goal of this program. With the help of his family’s foundation, Joel was able to bring the program to fruition and it is now incorporated into the Wall Street 101 class where students learn about philanthropy, what it is, and the difference it makes in the world.

Group visiting to learn about charity

The second phase of Philanthropy 101 involves students applying what they learned in the classroom. Students in the Wall Street 101 classes research charities with strong local connections. Local charities are invited to make presentations in the classroom to the students who will be guided through a process of objectively evaluating the effectiveness of those charities using a number of criteria. Students also spend a day shadowing at the charity of their choice. Using their research and experiences, the students present to a panel of judges that evaluate the student teams, and make monetary awards to the charity or charities they determine have most effectively "made their case.”

The program is always launched by bringing in a speaker (or speakers) who share their insights with students about giving back, and how it has made a difference in their lives.


To view information regarding past Philanthropy 101 competitions, go to the Archives page.