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.
This lesson will take students step-by-step through the investigative process necessary to select an organization or project to support with voluntary giving.
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.
All too often when one looks at the local economy, the role of nonprofit organizations is overlooked. This lesson will focus on their role both in the local economy and, to a lesser degree, internationally.