Campbell Urban Philanthropy Education Resource

Build Understanding and Experience of Community 

Student Empowerment through Service

When you light up a student with something they care about, it fuels their effort at school. We practice investigation and service to spark student engagement and a lifelong love of giving and civic participation. Through the lessons and featured activities on this page, students learn that they are philanthropists when they take any action for the benefit of others ... and why they want to give. These teaching resources guide students to explore needs and nonprofits in their community, and tell stories of giving time, talent, and treasure for the common good.

Service-Learning Toolkit


Philanthropy and Service-Learning Lesson Plans 

Lesson plans help build youth understanding of their role in the community as giving and participatory citizens. These lesson plans are ideal for Detroit and other urban-area teachers and were adapted by the Detroit-area "Teachers in Residence" of Learning to Give. Lessons include stewardship, global awareness, justice, and community. 
 

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Service-Learning and Community Building Activities

  1. Community Mapping
  2. Investigation Methods
  3. Designing an App
  4. Reflection Guide

The activities facilitate interaction with the community and guide students to investigate community needs and resources and their own personal interests. The activities provided also help students take action to address a need and then reflect on the service-learning process. These classroom activities were written by master teachers from Detroit, Michigan, to help learners get to know their community and the resources there.

Four Classroom Activities


Nonprofits Interested in Working with Schools

Many nonprofits in your community are interested in working with students and teaching the next generation of citizens about their work. This list of Detroit-specific nonprofits is organized by issue area. These are nonprofits that have worked with schools to connect youth with service and an understanding of the nonprofit sector's role in the community. Although this list comes from Detroit, many of the organizations have sites in most urban areas. Use this as a starting point to connect students with the issues they care about and the organizations who address needs locally.

Detroit Nonprofits


Share Student Work

The Campbell Urban Philanthropy Education Resource requests that you share student work related to urban philanthropy. This venue encourages excellence in students' work while it magnifies their voices and inspires others to contribute to their communities in age-appropriate ways.

On this page and in our social media, we want to share your students' pictures, essays, poetry, and videos of the people in their lives who inspire them to give—grandparents, crossing guards, community leaders, and activists working for the benefit of Detroit or other urban areas. Contact [email protected] to share your story. 


Teacher in Residence Opportunity 

Each summer for ten weeks, one Detroit-area teacher helps develop resources, make connections, and guide the direction of philanthropic urban education. Teachers in Detroit or Wayne County interested in serving as a Teacher in Residence for this project may download or contact Betsy at [email protected] for an application.  

Teachers in Residence from Previous Years:

  1. Caitlin and Scott Opfermann at Detroit Edison Public School Academy (2015)
  2. Angelia Mahone at Durfee Elementary (2016)

About the Campbell Urban Philanthropy Education Resource

C David Campbell, a life-long Detroit resident, believed that all children could learn philanthropy as part of their school experience. The featured resources and lessons of the Campbell Urban Philanthropy Education Resource build an understanding of philanthropy as giving time, talent, and treasure for the common good and students’ belief that they have something valuable to contribute. Thank you to the McGregor Fund for making this resource and Teacher in Residence opportunity possible.

Detroit from the Top Floor by Mike Boening Photography is licenced under CC BY 2.0

The Fisher Educator Mini-Courses provide online training in philanthropy education and service-learning. In your own time and at your desktop, learn methods of thoughtful service-learning, as well as the history, practice, and benefits of philanthropy, for educators, nonprofit professionals, parents, and volunteers.