The School of Philanthropy

A school for tomorrow’s citizens – informed, active, and engaged

Working with 8- to 11-year-olds, the School of Philanthropy aims to ensure that the next generation is enlightened and socially engaged. Since its creation in 2011, the pilot project has become an independent association integrated into 20 classes and extra-curricular programs across the Paris metropolitan region. Welcome to the school of tomorrow’s citizens.

The challenge

"Each of us has, in our own ways, the ability to help. More than just a value, this is a responsibility that, as we put it into practice, allows each of us to continue to grow."

Ariane de Rothschild 

At the start of the program, 99% of the 8-11 year olds did not know what the word “philanthropy” meant. A full 90% could not name a single charitable organisation. And 100% did not know the difference between a “charity” and a “foundation.” The School of Philanthropy gave them concrete answers. The program develops the next generation’s critical thinking abilities, their leadership skills, and the strength of their beliefs.

Our ambition

The program finds new ways of inspiring young people to become involved citizens. How? By establishing a six-stage “Philanthropy 101” course for the whole class: Understanding Philanthropy; Choosing a Cause; Setting up a Project; Implementing the Project; Celebrating Common Cause; and Joining the Young Philanthropists Club.

Develop the practice of teaching civic engagement

by reflecting together on current social challenges and how to resolve them

Train a future generation of informed, active, and responsible citizens

by carrying out a concrete philanthropic project

Complement the educational programs

currently offered in France by supporting the initiatives of teachers and educators

Our solutions

Program and teaching tools

From theory to practice, an innovative program with teaching materials, games, and videos available online.


An active engagement, focused on a local cause chosen by the students in collaboration with a charity or NGO

Community of change-makers

A dynamic movement bringing together younger and older philanthropists with the same objective.

“This is a fantastic tool to unite a class around a project and to get students interacting in a different way with classmates, families, teachers, charities, and, of course, their school!”

Denis Lemarchand
Longchamp Elementary School, Paris

“In a changing society that more than ever requires young people to adapt and to understand the world around them, we are teaching children to be actors in society. You’re never too young to make a difference.”

Domitie de Laroullière
General Manager
the School of Philanthropy

“Children are our future volunteers and donors. It’s very important to teach them from a young age what philanthropy is about and how to get involved with an association.”

Muriel Bideau
General Manager
Make-A-Wish in France

The way forward

  • Develop partnerships to extend the scope of the School of Philanthropy to older children of elementary and high-school age.
  • Raise awareness of social issues among educational teams, families, and young people on a local and international scale.
  • Evaluate the scheme on an ongoing basis to optimize its growth.

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