The purpose of this lesson is to further reflect upon the characters in the story Seedfolks and how the Core Democratic Values/Fundamental beliefs impacted their growth as individuals and as a community.

Written by Lindsay Hill Stawick with some content from an earlier edition by



The Saguaro Seminar was born out of a need to assess social capital and civic engagement in America and provide...


Giving Circle: a collaborative philanthropic tool that leverages small amounts of money to make a more substantial cumulative impact. Related to investment clubs, frequently...

Written by Rick Smith with some content from an earlier edition by Cheryl Gage.



Established in 1956, The Foundation Center is the leading source of information about philanthropy worldwide. Through data, analysis, and training, it...

Students explore their thoughts about money and how it can be used in three different ways (spend, save and donate). They investigate motivations for giving as well as their own thoughts regarding their personal spending, saving, and donating. This lesson may be used with a penny drive or penny war to raise money for a charity.

Focus Question: How do our decisions about spending affect the common good?

Learners recognize water as a scarce natural resource that is often polluted and made unusable. They research local water sources, describe issues that pollute water, and brainstorm solutions.

Focus Question: What is each person's responsibility for environmental stewardship?


Students learn how nonprofit organizations contribute to the common good by supporting the arts. They role-play as members of the board of a foundation focused on the Arts who are making a funding recommendation to bring the Arts to the children of the community.

Focus Question: How does an individual use personal interests and strengths to impact the common good?