The Whitney and Elizabeth MacMillan Experiential Learning Lab
214 MacMillan Avenue
JA BizTown, MN 55104

Philanthropy Center

At the Philanthropy Center, students will choose a non-profit organization to support for the day. Employees will raise awareness of the organization and its mission and will work to gain the support of JA BizTown businesses and citizens. All businesses will give a financial contribution and JA BizTown citizens will be encouraged to make a personal cash donation as well. Students will learn about careers in philanthropy, the structure and purpose of non-profit organizations, and the importance of giving back to help strengthen our community.

Jobs Available


  • Obtains bank loan
  • Signs Rental Agreement for business space
  • Supervises employees and oversees business operations
  • Signs all business payroll and expense checks
  • Prepares and gives speeches at Town Meetings
  • Work with business CEO’s to recruit board members and philanthropy donations
  • Sets the fundraising goal based on JA BizTown’s population count


  • Inputs and submits business loan to the bank
  • Inputs employee payroll information
  • Prints and distributes employee payroll checks
  • Prints and distributes business expense checks
  • Keeps all records of business expenses and payments
  • Makes business deposits at Bank
  • Signs business checks if CEO is not available


  • Invoices the others businesses
  • Works with the Philanthropy Team to select a non-profit to support
  • Research the non-profit’s mission, goals, and impact
  • Writes a Grant Application to the JA BizTown foundation
  • Assists the Program Manager with the collection of private citizen donations


  • Works with the team to select a non-profit to support
  • Sets up an attractive display area to promote non-profit
  • Collects philanthropy donations from individuals and gives them to CFO
  • Reports total citizen donations to the Executive Director for the Closing Town Meeting

You may enjoy working here if you like:

Giving back
Talking with people

Students in Action