Compare and contrast enlightened self-interest, egoism, and altruism as they relate to philanthropy and principles of democracy.
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Students engage in a variety of activities that teach the value of budgeting and fundraising. They will investigate the concept of enlightened self-interest and how that correlates to good time and money management and civic engagement.

The students define philanthropy and relate it to environmental stewardship. They analyze mission statements from environmental organizations and write their own personal mission statement. They self-select a group to work with to plan and implement an environmental service project.

In this lesson, students learn about the four sectors of the economy and learn that the civil society sector often steps in when business and government do not or cannot meet a felt need. Students observe the second half of the documentary The Gift of All and write about the issues in West Michigan and motivations of the philanthropists who made a major difference in the area. Students also write a personal mission statement.

Learners explore and share their attitudes about diversity and issues of justice and kindness. The learners brainstorm ways that they can promote the common good by working to eliminate stereotyping, intolerance, discrimination, and prejudice. Students also explore these issues and have time for introspective reflection.

Youth identify motivations for giving and social action in the community. They compare research-based motivations of adults and youth. They write a persuasive call to action for an issue of their choice based on the motivations they learned.