Philanthropic Research

Unit of 3 Lessons
Grade Levels: 
9
10
11
12
Subjects: 
Language Arts
Philanthropy
Social Studies
Media / Technology
Issue Area: 
Civil society
Focus Question 

How do nonprofit organizations and the government address needs of citizens differently? 

 

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Unit Overview 

This unit assists students in conducting philanthropic research using GuideStar and other online sources. Students can select areas of interest for possible philanthropy, read actual mission statements of philanthropic organizations, review their accomplishments and acquire information about their financial status. They will also compare the work of government departments with similar work done by nonprofit organizations and determine the necessity for the third sector.  

Service Experience 
This unit serves as a preparation for selecting a volunteer activity.
Lessons in This Unit 
Unit: 
Philanthropic Research
Lesson 2 of 3
Grades: 
9
10
11
12

Students will analyze how the executive branch enforces laws through its departments and executive agencies. They will also investigate how public interest groups serve as watchdogs on government, protecting and advancing the rights of citizens. In many cases nonprofit organizations work with executive departments and agencies to carry out their work.