Benjamin Franklin: Philanthropist
Ask the students what they know about Benjamin Franklin. Push them to recall as many facts as they can beyond the kite and key. Tell them that he was very influential in early U.S. history when the democratic civil society was forming. This video shares one of his creative innovations to society.
- How did Franklin get the government to support resources such as libraries and hospitals?
- What is a public-private partnership? What do public and private mean in this context?
- How does society benefit when government and nonprofits collaborate?
- What is an example from current news of the government and civil society supporting a need or resource?
Have students conduct research on the local library. Students may take on questions that interest them. How was it originally funded? How old is it? What is the closest Carnegie Library to your house? How much does it cost to run a library and where do the funds come from?