All the Money in the World (Creating Your Own Nonprofit)
Activity Objective: Girls are introduced
to the idea of a nonprofit; girls identify what issues are important to
Toward Leadership Outcomes:
Through this activity, girls will:
- Feel connected to their communities—girls feel that they are part of a larger community and recognize the importance of building diverse, supportive, social networks for their personal and leadership development. (Connect)
- 5 min. Introduction (Talking Points)
- 45 min. If I Had All the Money in the World
- 10 min. Reflection/Discussion
- Paper (or journals) and pens or pencils (enough for each girl)
- Large pad and marker (or chalkboard)
- Make copies of the “She’s Got Spirit: Hillary’s Story” handout. (Click
here for “She’s Got Spirit: Hillary’s Story” handout.)
- Read over the entire activity before meeting with girls.
» Introduction (Talking Points) (5 minutes)
- Say something like this: “Today we are going to begin the exciting
journey of going from dreaming about starting a business to the
reality of creating a business. Of becoming real entrepreneurs!”
- “As we already discussed, there are companies that aim to make
money in order to make the world a better place, or companies that
use profits to help others. Does anyone remember what these types
of business are called?” (See callout box below.) “Have you ever
thought of ‘doing business’ and ‘doing good’ at the same time?
For instance, have you ever held a car wash to help raise money
for your place of worship? That is a good example of providing
a service, or doing a business for the sake of a larger purpose—the
purpose of helping your spiritual community thrive. Does anyone
know what these types of businesses are called?”
- “Before we even begin creating our business plan—laying out a plan for starting a real business of our own—we will spend some time thinking about how we want to use our profits to make the world a better place.”
» If I Had All the Money in the World (45 minutes)
- Say to girls, “Think about your answer to this question: If you had
all the money in the world, how would you make the world a better place?
Who would you want to help? Or what would you want to change? Think about
your own community. Or even the entire world.”
- Distribute paper and pens or pencils, or girls can use journals
they have created especially for this group. Write on a large
pad (or chalkboard) the following: “If I had all the money in the
world, I would…” Ask girls to think about how they could make the
world a better place and then complete this sentence. Give them
- On a large pad, make a list of girls’ ideas and issues that matter
to them. (Ask a girl to lead this activity.)
- Ask girls to decide which issues affect their own community, or
which issues they could actually do something about in their community.
Circle the issues.
- Choose one of the circled issues and create a “mission statement”
with girls for an imaginary nonprofit company.
- Distribute copies of the “She’s Got Spirit: Hillary’s Story” handout.
Ask a girl (or girls) to read this story aloud for inspiration.
- Say to girls, “Hillary identified a need—such as hearing about
the victims of the tsunami—and took action to help. How do you
think you could identify a need in your own community? What would
you do? Who would you talk to?”
» Reflection Discussion (10 minutes)
- “Look at the list you created of issues that matter to you. Do you think
all girls’ lists would look alike? Do you think girls from a different
part of the country would create a list that looks like yours? Different?
Or how about girls from a different country altogether? That is, what
do you think your list of issues says about you?”
- “Does anyone know of any nonprofit companies or organizations in
our community (or any at all)? What do they do? Do you know what their
- “If you had all the money in the world, how would you invest it in your community? How would you like to see your community—your neighborhood, town, or city—improve? What new thing or service do you think your community could benefit from?”