ABCs to ATMs - The Case for Paying Students to Learn

The Outstanda Effect: Fostering Philanthropy from the Classroom to the World

The Outstanda model, with its revolutionary approach to paying students for learning, has the potential to not only transform education but also leave a lasting impact on philanthropy. Encouraging affluent students to donate a portion of their earnings from learning gigs to philanthropic endeavors can create a new generation of socially conscious citizens who contribute to society in meaningful ways.

The Donor Mindset: Born or Made?

There is definitely a lot of debate about how a person becomes more philanthropic. One thing that is obvious in a variety of research is that when people have more money and less pressure, they are more philanthropic, on average. 

With this in mind, what will be the long-term impact when a student has had more money and resources and been the beneficiary of kindness, such as being appreciated and paid for working on their academics and in some cases building a habit of giving that is recognized?

The Outstanda Philanthropic Revolution

Boosting Donations

With a new influx of young donors, philanthropic organizations like the World Wildlife Fund could see a considerable increase in contributions, aiding in global conservation efforts.

Local Impact

Wealthier school districts can encourage students to donate a portion of their earnings to less well-funded schools, enhancing educational equality within the community.

Fostering Empathy

Learning to give at a young age can foster empathy and social awareness, traits that are critical for community cohesion and societal well-being.

Volunteering Opportunities

Schools working with Outstanda can partner with local non-profits to offer volunteering as part of their project-based learning, making community service an integral part of education.

Corporate Partnerships

Businesses can match student donations, amplifying the impact and encouraging a culture of corporate social responsibility.


Students can even contribute to scholarship funds, helping their peers access educational opportunities that might otherwise be out of reach.

Global Reach

As Outstanda expands globally, the potential for international philanthropy grows, encouraging cross-border donations and aid.

Philanthropy Education

Outstanda can offer courses on effective altruism, social justice, and community development, educating students on how to make their donations count.

Peer Influence

Students who donate or volunteer can influence their peers, creating a ripple effect of philanthropic activity within schools.

Lifelong Philanthropists

With early exposure to the benefits of giving, students are more likely to continue these behaviors into adulthood, becoming lifelong philanthropists.

The Gift that Keeps on Giving

The Outstanda model offers an unprecedented opportunity to engrain philanthropy into the educational system, creating a new generation of socially responsible citizens. By encouraging students to engage in philanthropic activities from a young age, Outstanda is not just revolutionizing how we think about education but also how we envision community, empathy, and global responsibility.

Hitting Problems from Both Sides

Consider how the increase in donations, volunteering, and philanthropy is coupled with the increases in access to earning for students, which will boost communities and mitigate many issues. The result will be squeezing many social ills from both sides, greatly reducing problems.  

Student Perspective

Ivy, 5th Grade, Longcoy School in Kent, Ohio 

Do you think students should be paid to learn?

Yes, because kids work hard and parents work hard and earn money at jobs. I think kids would do better if they got paid.

If you made more than $3,000 per year learning, how would it change your school experience?

It would be more encouraging to learn and want to do it. My mom would get paid back for a babysitter and I could get more animals.

If you graduated from high school and had access to a savings account that had $10,000 in it, what do you think you would do with the money?

Build an animal palace and start my animal babysitting business.

Tell a true story about a time in your life when having $500 would have helped you a lot.

We could get many round bales of hay at once to feed my animals and my mom and I would not have to work as hard because we already work hard enough.

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