A team of student leaders, known as the Philanthropy Roundtable, spends the winter debating community needs, investigating organizations, and deciding democratically how to best allocate their school’s collection. Throughout the spring, Roundtables leverage their philanthropic dollars to promote student volunteering in their neighborhood, as well as quality service-learning tied to the classroom curriculum. Finally, the year closes with citywide and school-based ceremonies designed to drive outcomes and sustain the program the following year.
The Penny Harvest is unique because it gives students – ages four through 21 – the platform to voice their genuine concerns and discover their leadership abilities through taking action to help improve their very own neighborhoods.
This year, students will decide how to allocate over $280,000 to worthy community organizations and hands-on projects. Coaches should complete the Philanthropy Roundtable Grant Report once decisions are finalized to begin preparation for projects and letting the community know of your good deeds!