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2017 - 2018

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.

 

2016-2017

Philanthropy 101 Winners announced

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.

For the project, these students researched, visited and presented information about their selected charities as part of their final exam.

A panel of judges then evaluated the presentations Thursday, Dec. 15. Students explained who was served by the charity, how the charity raised and spent its money and what could be accomplished if they were to receive money from this project.

The judges were Oakwood Schools Foundation Chairman Phil Schnell, Vince Russell from Johnson Investment Counsel and OSF Board Member Joel Frydman.

Frydman conceived the idea for the program and brought it to life with the help of his family foundation in 2014. The goal is to teach students about philanthropy and illuminate why it is important to give of ones time, talent and treasure to serve others.

This year, Johnson Investment Counsel also donated money so each participating charity would receive a donation.

The judges were very impressed with the first round of presentations and awarded Good Neighbor House with $750; and St. Vincent de Paul, Oak Tree Corner, Daybreak and Blessings in a Bag with $150 each.

In the second round of presentations, Blessings in a Bag received $750, Good Neighbor House received $250 and the other three charities each received $125.

This is the third year for the project.

2017 Blessings in a bag2017 Good Neighbor House

2016:  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.

2015-2016

OSF Sponsors Philanthropy 101 for Second Year

On Monday, November 2, The Oakwood Schools Foundation sponsored a kick-off event for Philanthropy 101, a joint initiative between OSF and Oakwood High School. Under the guidance of board member Joel Frydman, Philanthropy 101 helps educate students on the basic concept of philanthropy – why it is important to give of one’s time, talents and/or treasure to help those less fortunate in our community. All juniors and seniors as well as freshmen and sophomore members of the OSF Student Advisory Council and Oakwood Giving attended.

Former senior executive of the Hearst Corporation, newspaper industry leader and author Bob Danzig, explained that the predicate to philanthropy is success. One of the keys to success is to “always do more than what is required”. He challenged the students to think about what unique talents they have to offer and how they can be used to bring hope and possibility to those less fortunate in their community.

The second phase of Philanthropy 101 involves students applying what they learned in the classroom. Students in the OHS Wall Street 101 classes are doing research on charities with a strong local presence. Local charities have been invited to make presentations to the students who will be guided through a process of objectively evaluating the effectiveness of those charities using a number of criteria. A panel of judges will evaluate the student teams and make monetary awards to the charity or charities that they determine have most effectively "made their case".

Finally, it is hoped the charities researched in the Wall Street 101 class will find a role for our seniors during the mandatory three-day community service activity in the late spring.

The Foundation is excited to partner with Oakwood High School to facilitate this program, connecting and informing students about how the benefits of their hard work can so positively influence the world in a very real way.

 

Philanthropy 101 Returns to OHS

Philanthropy 101, funded through The Oakwood Schools Foundation (OSF), was so popular with students and teachers last school year, that it returns to OHS this year.

OSF board member Joel Frydman conceived of and brought this course to life through his family foundation in 2014. The goal is to teach students about the basic concept of philanthropy and to illuminate why it is important to give of one’s time, talent and/or treasure to help others.

Juniors and seniors enrolled in the Wall Street 101 course form teams to select five local charities, which they research to learn how each organization works and the impact each has on the populations they serve.

During the course, several Dayton charities talk with classes about the people they serve, and how much each depends on philanthropy. A keynote speaker will seek to inspire students in their development as young men and women. New this year is the opportunity for on-site visits to observe first hand how each organization operates and for students to work at the selected charities during senior community service days in May.

After completing research and observations, student teams present their case to a panel of judges comprised of OSF board members. Upon deciding who made the strongest case for the need for funding, $2000 is awarded among the winning charities.

OSF and OHS are thrilled to again be collaborating on this unique project, and grateful for the opportunity to bring it to Oakwood students. The impact will certainly be lifelong, and aligns with The Foundation’s mission to enhance excellence in education.

 

TWO CHARITIES ARE WINNERS IN OHS PHILANTHROPY 101 COMPETITION

2016 Winner URS

On December 21, two charities were selected to receive monetary awards totaling $2,000. The awards were based on student presentations advocating for an assigned charity as part of the Philanthropy 101 initiative. Philanthropy 101, a unit in the OHS Wall Street 101 class, emphasizes the importance of helping those less fortunate in our local community, through giving of one’s time, talents, and/or treasure. Winning charities and student teams were: Habitat for Humanity of Dayton $1000 (Jacob Frisbee, Jackson Jennings, Lucas Layman, Eric Morris, and Sam Moulton) and United Rehabilitation Services $1000 (Jean Baker and Emma Gunn). In appreciation for their participation in the program, the following charities also received a donation of $166: Adventure Central (program through Fiver Rivers Metroparks), Dayton Society of Natural History, and SICSA.

The Oakwood Schools Foundation is thankful for the generous financial support from Joel and Angela Frydman. Special thanks to Mr. Michael Rado, OHS Business Teacher, for incorporating the Philanthropy 101 unit into the curriculum again this past fall. The panel of judges was comprised of OSF Board of Trustees members: Patrick Armstrong, Darcy Plunkett and Phil Schnell, as well as Mrs. Britt Platt, OHS faculty member. Also on hand were OHS Principal, Mr. Paul Waller and Oakwood Superintendent, Dr. Kyle Ramey.

The Oakwood Schools Foundation provides significant annual support to the Oakwood City School District by funding grants, scholarships and special wish list items, all for the benefit of Oakwood students.

2014-2015

Philanthropy 101 Kicks Off Charitable Program at OHS

On Thursday, November 6, The Oakwood Schools Foundation sponsored a kick-off event for Philanthropy 101, a new initiative between OSF and Oakwood High School. Under the guidance of Advisory Council member Joel Frydman, Philanthropy 101 will help educate students on the basic concept of philanthropy – why it is important to give of one’s time, talents and/or treasure to help those less fortunate in our community. All juniors and seniors as well as freshmen and sophomore members of the OSF Student Advisory Council and Oakwood Giving attended.

Three speakers shared their giving philosophies and what philanthropy means to them. David Fisher, co-owner of Three Witt Enterprises, which includes the Milano’s restaurants, challenged the students to think about what unique talents they have to offer and how they can be used to help others in their community. Oakwood alumna, Barbara Nichols O’Hara discussed the definition of philanthropy: a desire to give back to mankind. She encouraged students to do research to find a cause they are passionate about. She reminded them that should they choose to volunteer, “be responsible and stick with it – fulfill the commitment!” Lastly, Stephan Harman, co-owner of Fusian restaurant, spoke about the concept of “creating something larger than yourself and how, when you give as much as you can to whatever you do, you will receive so much more in return”.

The second phase of Philanthropy 101 involves students applying what they learned in the classroom. Students in Ms. Britt Platt’s Wall Street 101 classes are researching charities with strong local connections. Local charities have been invited to make presentations to the students who will be guided through a process of objectively evaluating the effectiveness of those charities using a number of criteria. A panel of judges will evaluate the student teams and make monetary awards to the charity or charities that they determine have most effectively "made their case".

Finally, it is hoped the charities researched in the Wall Street 101 class will find a role for our seniors during the mandatory three day community service activity in the late spring.

The Foundation is excited to partner with Oakwood High School to facilitate this new way of connecting with and informing students about how the benefits of their hard work can so positively influence the world in a very real way.

THREE CHARITIES ARE WINNERS IN OHS PHILANTHROPY 101 COMPETITION

2015 Winner Care HouseOn January 9, three charities were selected to receive monetary awards totaling $2,000. The awards were based on student presentations advocating for an assigned charity as part of the Philanthropy 101 initiative. Philanthropy 101, a unit in the OHS Wall Street 101 class, emphasizes the importance of helping those less fortunate in our local community, through giving of one’s time, talents, and/or treasure. Winning charities and student teams were: Care House $1000 (Dylan Benedetto, Michael Maresca, Ellie Randall and Hayley Sunshine); Shoes for the Shoeless $600 (Zac Collopy, Kate DeLon, Marcus Mapp, Alex Millard and Noah Teeters); and Humane Society of Greater Dayton $400 (Ben Cannon, Luc Fiore, Robbie Kramer and Elise McCarthy).

The Oakwood Schools Foundation is thankful for the generous financial support from Joel and Angela Frydman. Special thanks to Mrs. Britt Platt, OHS Business Teacher, for incorporating the Philanthropy 101 unit into her curriculum this past fall. The panel of judges was comprised of OSF Advisory Council members of The Oakwood Schools Foundation: Julie Cannon, Pattie Edmonson and Joel Frydman. Also on hand were OHS Principal, Mr. Paul Waller, Oakwood Superintendent, Dr. Kyle Ramey and Director of Curriculum, Dr. Kimbe Lange.

The Oakwood Schools Foundation provides significant annual support to the Oakwood City School District by funding grants, scholarships and special wish list items, all for the benefit of Oakwood students.