PrintOne or Two Sixty-Minute Class Periods

The learner will:

  • describe the history and function of a grant-making foundation.
  • research a local grant-making foundation through the Internet.
  • compare two foundations by graphing their financial information.
  • Kellogg Foundation (Handout One)
  • Scavenger Hunt (Handout Two)
  • Assessment for Scavenger Hunt (Handout Three)
  • Graph paper
  • Colored pencils


  1. Anticipatory Set: Give a small cup of Kellogg's Corn Flakes to each student. Ask the students to taste and see if they can guess what food it is. Discuss with students and ask, "What do you think the Kellogg Company does with all of their profits?" List student ideas.

  2. Open the lesson with information from the Kellogg Foundation (Handout One). Ask students to highlight those items that surprised them about the foundation.

  3. Explain that now that the learners have acquired information about the Kellogg Foundation, they are going to learn about other local foundations. Give the students the Scavenger Hunt (Handout Two). Send the students to computers and have them follow the directions on the worksheet which will send them to http://www.guidestar.org. They will research two foundations. Using the information available on the website, have students fill in their worksheets.

  4. Assist students in comparing and contrasting the two different companies they researched by showing them how to graph the information. Include the total amounts of the Financials section (Contributions, Government Grants, Program Services, Administration Expenses, Total Expenditures, and Net Gains/Losses). Assist students as needed as they work.

  5. Form students into small groups. Using their graphs, have students report on their comparisons within their groups. When they are finished, graphs can be displayed in the room.


Use Assessment for Scavenger Hunt (Handout Three) to assess student graphs.

Philanthropy Framework

  1. Strand PHIL.I Definitions of Philanthropy
    1. Standard DP 05. Role of Foundations
      1. Benchmark MS.1 Name at least one grant-making foundation and generally describe its purpose.