Day in the Life of a Nonprofit (A) (6-8)

6, 7, 8

Students will share information gained during the interview process and reflect on the information learned and its personal impact.

Lesson Rating 
PrintTwo Fifty-Minute Class Periods

The learner will:

  • summarize information about jobs in the nonprofit.
  • share information with their peers.
  • describe work in the nonprofit sector.
  • reflect in writing about the relationship between their lives and nonprofit organizations.

Recording sheet used during the previous lesson to record interview sequence and questions.


  1. Anticipatory Set: Write the following quotation for the students to see. Read the quotation out load to them."My passion is caring about those who don’t have enough to make it through life in society. It’s about poor people and families that need help raising their children. That’s why I come to work every day, that’s why I want to make a difference." Luz Vega-Marquis

    Give the students this background information about Ms. Vega-Marquis: She is the President and CEO of the Marguerite Casey Foundation, responsible for distributing $30 million annually in grants for families, youth, and children. Ms. Vega-Marquis served as executive director of the Community Technology Foundation of California, where she worked to bring information technology to under-served communities. She is a founder of Hispanics in Philanthropy. Ask the students to imagine how Ms. Vega-Marquis might have answered the questions they asked in their interviews. Have students share their conjectures.

  2. Day One:

    Have the students present to the class their interview findings.

  3. After the presentations, if time, discuss with the class the common responses or themes from the interviews.

  4. Day Two:

  5. Guide students in a reflection discussion of what they discovered during the research and interviewing process. Some potential reflection questions include:

  6. How did your research differ between the research and interview process?

  7. What did you learn about the nonprofit sector that you did not know before this study?

  8. What did you learn about careers in nonprofit organizations?

  9. Would you consider a career in the nonprofit sector? Why or why not

  10. After a discussion, ask students to respond in writing to the following questions:

    1. How has this experience, researching nonprofit organizations and interviewing nonprofit employees changed your understanding of nonprofit organizations and their place in our community?
    2. What might motivate you to choose a career in a nonprofit organization?

Teachers can assess the quality and quantity of the interview information, the quality of the presentations to the class, participation in the reflection discussion and the written response to the reflection questions.

Scoring Rubric Points:

Description For five points: Students should incorporate a reflection from each lesson presented in this unit, have well-thought out ideas and reflections, and make striking applications to their communities and lives. For four points: Students should have discussed three of the four lessons, have fairly well-thought out ideas and made some applications to their communities and lives. For three points: Students should have discussed two of the four lessons, have some ideas and reflection, and barely applied this lesson to their communities and lives. For two points: Students should have discussed one of the four lessons, have one idea of reflection, and likely not applied the information to their communities and/or lives. For one point: Students have not discussed any lessons but attempted to apply this lesson to their lives and communities in some manner. For zero points: Students did not complete the assignment.

Philanthropy Framework

  1. Strand PHIL.II Philanthropy and Civil Society
    1. Standard PCS 02. Diverse Cultures
      1. Benchmark E.4 Demonstrate listening skills.
    2. Standard PCS 03. Philanthropy and Economics
      1. Benchmark E.10 Identify local people who have jobs in the civil society sector.
    3. Standard PCS 04. Philanthropy and Geography
      1. Benchmark E.1 Name examples of civil society organizations in the community.
      2. Benchmark E.2 Identify and describe how civil society organizations help the community.
    4. Standard PCS 07. Skills of Civic Engagement
      1. Benchmark E.4 Analyze information to differentiate fact from opinion based on the investigation of issues related to the common good.