Foundations and You

Unit of 3 Lessons
Grade Levels: 
Arts Education
Language Arts
Media / Technology
Social Studies
Issue Area: 
Civil society
Focus Question 

 How can young people make valuable contributions to the field of philanthropy? 


Photo Credit:  2009 Downtown Greenville, S.C. by Mike Burton is licensed under CC by 2.0

Unit Overview 

Students become familiar with the importance of philanthropy and foundations to society. They learn about Youth Advisory Committees (Y.A.C.) that are part of the community foundation. The students write a grant proposal to a Y.A.C. for a project. The experience may motivate them to seek to be on a Y.A.C. in future years.

Service Experience 
In Lesson One: “Phil”-ing Good, the students design and display a poster illustrating the definition of philanthropy. In Lesson Three: Let’s Write a Grant Proposal! students plan and write a grant proposal to ask for funding to carry out a local youth-centered project.
Lessons in This Unit 
Foundations and You
Lesson 2 of 3

Students learn the definition of a foundation and become familiar with the resources of the Learning to Give Website. A representative of a local community foundation speaks to the class about the foundation’s mission, activities and funding.

Teacher Note: In advance, invite a representative from a local community foundation to speak to the class. (If possible, invite representatives from two or three foundations – a community and a family foundation - on consecutive days.) Give the speaker a copy of Attachment One: Foundation Speaker Notes so he or she knows what is expected.