Philanthropy and the CDVs

Grades: 
6, 7, 8

The purpose of this lesson is to give the students background information on how philanthropic organizations help to perpetuate the Core Democratic Values.

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Duration 
PrintTwo Sixty-Minute Class Periods
Objectives 

The learner will:

  • identify the Core Democratic Values that are embedded in the mission or purpose statements of various philanthropic organizations.
  • give specific examples of philanthropic organizations or individuals acting for the common good.
Materials 
  • Sample Mission/Purpose Statements (Attachment One)
  • Poster board and markers
  • Computers and/or printed materials on each organization from above
  • Scoring Checklist for Poster Presentations (Attachment Two)

Instructions

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  1. Anticipatory Set:As students enter the room, have a list of philanthropic organizations listed on the overhead projector or written on the board. Ask the students to turn to their neighbor or nearby student and discuss what each of the organizations listed have in common. Allow about two or three minutes for this exercise.

  2. Define the term philanthropy as individuals and organizations providing their time, talent, and/or treasures intended for the common good.

  3. Hand out the mission statements of several philanthropic organizations. Explain that these are nonprofit organizations which are not-for-profit or tax-exempt organizations that are specifically not associated with any government, government agency, or commercial enterprise. Ask the students to read their mission or purpose statement silently to themselves.Teacher's Note: For a comprehensive list of organizations and mission/purpose statements, visit "Guidestar," a Web-site that has over 640,000 charitable organizations in its database. Go to https://www.guidestar.org/ for some very valuable and useable information. Some mission statements can be found by using Sample Mission/Purpose Statements (Attachment One).

  4. After allowing enough time for reading, ask students to form small groups (no larger than three students). Groups should be formed based on a common mission statement. Once they have formed their groups, provide another mission statement that has not been assigned and ask students to read the mission statement and identify the Core Democratic Values that are represented.

  5. Upon completion of their small group discussion, each group will share their mission statement with the rest of the class and report their findings of Core Democratic Values.

  6. Students should create a poster that will illustrate the Core Democratic Value(s) they identified and the mission statement they studied. The poster will include the organization's name, its symbol, the mission of the organization, the Core Democratic Values that were identified, and activities of the organization that help it to meet its mission. (See the Scoring Checklist for Poster Presentations (Attachment Two).

Assessment 

Students will be assessed on their posters. Use the Scoring Checklist for Poster Presentations (Attachment Two).

Philanthropy Framework

  1. Strand PHIL.I Definitions of Philanthropy
    1. Standard DP 01. Define Philanthropy
      1. Benchmark MS.1 Define philanthropy as individuals and organizations providing their time, talent, and/or treasures intended for the common good throughout history and around the world. Give examples.
    2. Standard DP 02. Roles of Government, Business, and Philanthropy
      1. Benchmark MS.6 Identify significant contributions to society that come from the civil society sector.
    3. Standard DP 06. Role of Family in Philanthropy
      1. Benchmark MS.1 Identify how families contribute to the socialization of children.
  2. Strand PHIL.III Philanthropy and the Individual
    1. Standard PI 01. Reasons for Individual Philanthropy
      1. Benchmark MS.6 Identify and explain how fundamental democratic principles relate to philanthropic activities.