Area charities are receiving much-needed funds thanks to a very unique semester exam given at Oakwood High School and the efforts of the Oakwood Schools Foundation. Five area charities will be splitting $3,700 thanks to the advocacy of students in OHS’ Wall Street 101 class.
Philanthropy 101 is the final project in Natalie Johnston’s Wall Street 101 class. The idea for the project came from former OSF Board Member Joel Frydman. He envisioned an initiative between the school and the foundation to 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 treasures to others.
“This project really educated me in knowing how much of a difference someone can make in someone else’s life,” OHS senior Jonah Cunningham said.
In its sixth year, the project benefitted Building Bridges, Ronald McDonald House Charities, Rebuilding Together Dayton, Boys and Girls Club Dayton and Families of Addicts (FOA).
Anita Kitchen, the Executive Director of (FOA), says she was impressed with the students’ efforts to really understand the different charitable organizations.
“I thought (the students) did an excellent job. They thought they were very much on target with the information they had gathered. It was very impressive,” Kitchen said.
Students were first introduced to the charities and then had the opportunity to decide which charity most interested them. Once assigned a group, students gathered pertinent information about how the organizations were structured, their goals and how they used their funding. On exam day, the students made their case to a panel of judges via Zoom. The judges then ranked the group and awarded money to be donated to all of the charities.
OSF, a component fund of The Dayton Foundation, deeply appreciates ongoing financial support from The Angela and Joel Frydman Philanthropic Fund, Vince Russell and Johnson Investment Counsel as well as Robert Wagner and family.
OSF Grants and Programs Chairperson Katherine Cezeaux was one of the judges this year.
“I was so inspired by the students really taking ownership of their learning and how well they advocated for their philanthropies. This program was such a great example of how you can bring learning to life.”
For the fifth straight year, area charities are 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 students gain a greater social awareness of the needs in the Dayton area participating in this program. The students gain the value of learning they can give or participate philanthropically no matter how much money they have. This experience will have a lasting impact on each one of them,” Johnston said.
At the Regular Board of Education meeting Monday, Jan. 13, students presented checks to representatives from Hannah’s Treasure Chest and The Victory Project. 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 Aullwood Audubon Center and Farm, Dayton History, and the Foodbank.
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.
“Hannah’s Treasure Chest is humbled to have been selected by the students of OHS’ Philanthropy 101 program to receive these funds that will help us provide diapers to keep local babies clean and dry. As we continue working to enrich the lives of local young children in need, it’s encouraging to know there are such perceptive, disciplined and compassionate young adults preparing to become our region’s next leaders,” Deanna Murphy, Hannah’s Treasure Chest Executive Director, said.
This year’s judges were Frydman, Vince Russell from Johnson Investment Counsel and Jennifer Speed, 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.
To view information regarding past Philanthropy 101 competitions, go to the Archives page.