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What is philanthropy, and does it have a place in schools?

Posted by Trinity Grammar School on Oct 1, 2019 6:00:00 AM

What is philanthropy, and does it have a place in schools?Acts of philanthropy extend beyond giving to charities. In fact, they are an important aspect of many schools and for education in general. However, the idea of philanthropy in schools raises many questions. It’s important to consider, ‘what is philanthropy?’ and how can it support schools to deliver education needs to students.

Here are some key answers to popular questions when thinking about philanthropy in schools:

1. What is philanthropy?
Philanthropy is the desire to help humanity expressed through practical generosity. It is often displayed in the form of financial support but is also recognised through the contribution of time and expertise. Education is a key sector for philanthropic support, given that the overall objective seeks to support the education and growth of children – and more broadly, our community and future.

2. How are private schools funded in Australia?
Schools often get overlooked for philanthropic support as they receive school fees and government funding. According to the Independent Schools Council of Australia (ISCA), an average Australian private school’s source of income is broken down as 43 percent from government and 57 percent from parents and the school community. The proportion of government funding for individual independent schools varies greatly and you can view a school’s funding breakdown on My School.

3. How are private schools funded in Australia?
Donations above and beyond school fees by the school community allow for growth and development, and often secure a school’s future. Philanthropic gifts make building new learning spaces possible and help fund various programmes and initiatives. These contributions benefit a student’s education journey and help him to realise his full potential.

4. Why do schools need additional funding support and where does it go?
In Australia, school capital works programmes in particular are generally 90 percent funded by a school’s parents and community, with 21 percent on average provided by donations. The greater these donations, the more able a school is to grow and provide a higher standard of education for current and future students. Philanthropic contributions, therefore, have a key place in schools.

At Trinity, philanthropic efforts have provided Trinity students with outstanding facilities, opportunities and resources. These include the TGS Scholarship Fund, The Arthur Holt Library, the Ti Tree Indigenous Programme, and the many buildings constructed through the building fund. As a result, Trinity is able to provide a rich educational environment for students. You can find out more about the Trinity’s Annual Giving Appeal here.

5. How is philanthropy in schools different to other sectors?
Philanthropy in education has auxiliary benefits beyond the gift, as it demonstrates to students why giving is important. Giving is a biblical principle as stated in Proverbs 11:25, “A generous person will prosper.” Generosity is such an important characteristic for your son to learn.

Children often learn best through positive role models. So when significant adults in your child’s life display acts of generosity, your child learns why a service mindset is so important.

With some fundamental questions about philanthropy addressed, the importance of philanthropy in schools is apparent. At Trinity, we are so grateful to the many members of our school community who have helped shape Trinity into the School it is today.

Trinity provides an abundance of opportunities which nurture boys to grow into men who are clear and passionate about their unique talents. We actively encourage our students to grow in wisdom and stature and in favour with God and man, in order that they may become responsible, contributing members of society.

We aim to help boys discover their innate talents and unlock their full potential within the context of a supportive Christian environment. We have guided boys to grow in mind, body and spirit for over a century and we know what boys need to truly flourish and succeed.

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Topics: Community service, School funding