Community Philanthropists

6, 7, 8

Students will interview citizens of their community and identify examples of philanthropy.

Lesson Rating 
PrintTwo Sixty-Minute Class Periods

The learner will identify how citizens of his/her community conduct philanthropy.

  • Camera and film
  • Video camera and video tape
  • Cassette recorder and cassette tape


  1. Anticipatory Set: Ask students to close their eyes. Keeping their eyes closed, get an overview of how the interviews went by asking for a "thumbs up" for a good interview experience, a "thumbs sideways" for a neutral experience, and a "thumbs down" for a bad experience. Now tell students to open their eyes and see how the class rated their interviewing experience.

  2. After the interview, let students reflect on the success or failure of the interview. Discuss what went well, and what did not go well.

  3. Have each team report on the information they gained from their interview. Discuss the information received from the citizens of the community and evaluate the extent of philanthropy in the community.

  4. See Experiential Component for suggestions on making a local philanthropy video to be shared with the community.


The completed interviews and team report may serve as the assessment.

Cross Curriculum 

The students will design and edit a video. They will take the interview segments and edit them into a complete video. The video will include an introduction, graphics and scenes from the community and their school. The students will plan and execute a presentation ceremony to give the video to the community. Several options can be considered: writing a song, play, or poem, creating a dance, and designing a billboard. If video equipment is not available, the project can be accomplished using pictures taken with digital, disposable, or instant cameras. The pictures could be included in a display with reports and reflections about philanthropy, nonprofits in the community and the interview process. The display could be presented to the school, public library or mayor for public display.

Philanthropy Framework

  1. Strand PHIL.I Definitions of Philanthropy
    1. Standard DP 05. Role of Foundations
      1. Benchmark MS.2 Name a local community foundation and describe its broad purpose.
  2. Strand PHIL.II Philanthropy and Civil Society
    1. Standard PCS 01. Self, citizenship, and society
      1. Benchmark MS.4 Describe the characteristics of someone who helps others.