Students read an old quote about the interconnection of all life on the planet and recognize that we are each affected by what happens to others and the environment. They will analyze current local, state, national and international issues addressed in the evening news. They become aware of the work of the U.N. Global Sustainable Development Goals and of foundations that give funds to improve the conditions of life. Students reflect on something they can do to make a difference.

On September 2, 1945 Japan surrendered, ending a global six-year war that saw the highest number of casualties in history. Much of the world was in shambles and many people were in the direst of circumstances. In the interest of global cooperation and recovery, the U.S. government performed sweeping acts of philanthropy that improved the conditions of people devastated or homeless from war. In this lesson we learn of the Truman Doctrine, Marshall Plan, Berlin Airlift, and the Displaced Persons Act.

To have the learners analyze, interpret and evaluate an annual report of a foundation or nonprofit organization and answer questions in relation to it, and to participate in class discussions regarding budgets, fundraising, and distribution of funds.

To design a community needs assessment and collect, interpret and analyze collected data which will be used in their service-learning projects with foundations and agencies discovered in Lesson One: Foundation, Nonprofit, All Matter to Me.

This lesson will study the partnership between civic participation and good citizenship. It will provide an opportunity for learners to understand their roles as civic participants. Ultimately students will see that one person can make a difference. By influencing others to become involved, many hands can make light work.

Students will become familiar with the Core Democratic Values that are the fundamental beliefs and constitutional principles of American society which unite all Americans.