Philanthropy Center

Philanthropy Center

Located at: 200 JA BizTown Square, JA BizTown, MN 55111
Philanthropy Center

The JA BizTown Philanthropy Center teaches students about the importance of giving back to our community. Students choose to support one of three nonprofits – Good Karma Dog Rescue, Simon Says Give, or Feed My Starving Children. Employees research and promote the chosen nonprofit’s mission, solicit donations, write grant proposals, and complete a service project.

Opening town meeting speech script
Employee job descriptions (download printer-friendly format)

Executive Director
  • Obtains bank loan.
  • Signs Rental Agreement for business space.
  • Supervises employees and oversees business operations.
  • Signs all business payroll and expense checks.
  • Prepares and gives speeches at Town Meetings.
  • Work with business CEO’s to determine participation collects business donations.
  • Director sets the fundraising goal after Mayor determines the population count.
  • Inputs employee payroll information.
  • Prints and distributes employee payroll checks.
  • Prints and distributes business expense checks.
  • Keeps all records of business expenses and payments.
  • Makes business deposits at Bank.
  • Signs business checks if Executive Director is not available.
Program Manager
  • Works with the team to select a non-profit to support.
  • Purchases the kit and supplies from the Supply and Delivery Center.
  • Sets up an attractive display area to promote non-profit.
  • Collects philanthropy donations from individuals.
  • Leads philanthropy project of the day.
  • Reports total citizen philanthropy at the Closing Town Meeting.
Grant Writer
  • Works with the Philanthropy Team to select a non-profit to support.
  • Research the non-profit’s mission, goals, and impact.
  • Director writes a Grant Application to a local foundation.
  • Determines a method of evaluating the Philanthropy Center’s work for end of day reporting.
  • Assists the Program Manager with the collection of private citizen donations.

Good Karma Dog Rescue – works through volunteer and foster families to find “forever homes” for dogs. Students create a polar fleece tie blanket for a Good Karma dog as their service project.

Cheerful Givers – provides toy-filled birthday gift bags to food shelves and shelters so that parents living in poverty can give their child a birthday gift. Students create a gift bag as their service project.

Feed My Starving Children – provides nutritionally complete meals for starving, malnourished and hungry people throughout the world. Students create greeting cards that are placed in food boxes.

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