Workshop in Multidisciplinary Philanthropic Studies (WIMPS)
- Unless otherwise noted, all workshops are run in Cavanaugh Hall, Room 323A in Indianapolis.
- Workshops run from 12:00 - 1:15 p.m. Additional Materials (slides, papers) are posted to http://www.philanthropy.iupui.edu/Events/
Speaker: Amy Thayer (associate director of Research, Lilly Family School of Philanthropy)
Presentation: School-Based Philanthropy Education and Engagement in Indiana: A Pilot Study Evaluating generationOn Schools Program
Policymakers, educators, and nonprofit leaders have noted a critical need for empowering young people to understand philanthropy and create pathways to action; however, while most studies focus on college students, few researchers have explored the effects of school-based youth philanthropy programs on school-aged children. Therefore, this pilot study was designed to create and test an evaluation plan for use in assessing the impact and outcomes of a school-based philanthropy education program, generationOn, on Indiana students’ civic and philanthropic engagement, prosocial behavior, and empathy. This investigation employed a mixed-methodological approach using focus groups, semi-structured interviews, and retrospective survey techniques with a sample of generationOn schools’ teachers (n=6) and students (n=77). These samples were drawn from geographically-diverse middle schools implementing the generationOn program in a high intensity dosage (n=4) and a low intensity dosage (n=2) within the state of Indiana. The results from this pilot study revealed that the generationOn Schools program does have an impact on Indiana students’ philanthropic engagement, prosocial behavior, and empathy. Further, students participating in a high intensity dosage of the generationOn program reported higher levels of civic engagement and philanthropic activity and improved prosocial attitudes and behaviors when compared to their low-intensity peers. Additionally, effective program implementation was found to be primarily dependent on teachers receiving financial support from generationOn, as well as championing support from school administrators. These results indicated the generationOn Schools program positively impacts students’ knowledge and practice of philanthropy and instigates prosocial behavior. Moreover, the implementation of ongoing evaluations will assist in determining the utility of the program for teachers as well as the long-term outcomes for students.
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