Where Did it all Start? Time-lines of History
  1. Strand PHIL.I Definitions of Philanthropy
    1. Standard DP 01. Define Philanthropy
      1. Benchmark MS.1 Define philanthropy as individuals and organizations providing their time, talent, and/or treasures intended for the common good throughout history and around the world. Give examples.
    2. Standard DP 02. Roles of Government, Business, and Philanthropy
      1. Benchmark MS.2 Give examples of needs not met by the government, business, or family sectors.
  2. Strand PHIL.II Philanthropy and Civil Society
    1. Standard PCS 05. Philanthropy and Government
      1. Benchmark MS.10 Give historic and contemporary examples of a voluntary action by an individual or a private organization that has helped to enhance a fundamental democratic principle.
    2. Standard PCS 06. Philanthropy in History
      1. Benchmark MS.1 Explain the role of philanthropy in major themes and social issues in the nation's history.

Students will recognize the importance of philanthropic organizations by using timelines to match historical events to events in philanthropy.

PrintOne or Two 60-Minute Class Periods

The learner will:

  • create a timeline to trace the history and development of the selected organization.
  • compare the history of the selected organization to actual historical events.
  • Poster board, construction paper
  • Markers, rulers, pencils
  • Students' resource materials from previous lessons.
  • Timeline(s) of history and of the philanthropic organization.
  • Textbooks, encyclopedias, almanacs, and other print materials (see Bibliography in Lesson Two).
  1. Anticipatory Set:Draw a line (continuum) on the board that represents the age of students in the class. In this class, mark it into 12 equal divisions from 1987 - 1999. Above the line, ask students for a few significant events in their own lives, (e.g., learned to ride a bicycle, visited a theme park), and place those events chronologically above the line. Using almanac timelines, have students find a few corresponding historical events and place them below the line.

  2. Students will transfer the historical data from Lesson One to timelines.

  3. Students will present their timelines to the class.

  4. Students will, during their presentation, relate the events in the history of their organization to other events in history. Parallel events should be noted on the timelines as well. Students could use different colors to highlight events historically and philanthropically.


Students will be assessed on their timelines and presentation based on the following criteria: Accuracy of the timeline. Students must include at least five events on the timeline of the organization. Students must refer to at least three historical events that occurred at the same time as events in the history of the selected organization.