This toolkit compiles seven modules that cover topics of social justice and philanthropy for next-generation leaders. Educators in nonprofit organizations or academia, foundation staff, giving circles and young philanthropists can use this content to facilitate personal development, build knowledge and develop their philanthropic practice. The final section of this toolkit includes recommendations for Capstone Projects that will allow participants to turn their learning about social justice philanthropy into action.


  • A comprehensive curriculum that unfolds sequentially and moves from module one through module seven.
  • A “choose your own adventure” guide, selecting modules (or individual resources and
  • activities) that are most relevant or interesting to you.
  • As a compilation of resources you can use to advance your knowledge of social justice issues and/or philanthropy.
  • A catalyst for your own thinking, iteration, and design of ways to teach and learn about topics connected to youth grantmaking.


We’ve compiled some of the best resources on social justice, philanthropy and social justice philanthropy that resonate most with next generation philanthropists. This includes a diverse offering of articles, texts, multimedia materials, and activities woven together to engage participants. Following these modules sequentially simulates the year-long program for next generation philanthropists we designed for the Andrus Family Fund.

Whether you choose to follow each module in sequence or “à la carte,” we recommend starting with modules one and two as they present foundational knowledge on both social justice and philanthropy.

Throughout the curriculum, you will find case studies, which are fictional scenarios that animate how social justice themes may arise in the daily work of philanthropy. These case studies are designed to help participants make critical connections between the social justice material and the philanthropy material contained in this curriculum. For modules that include a case study, we’ve included guiding questions that are designed to help participants reflect on the myriad ways they can position social justice values to guide their engagement in philanthropy.