Philanthropy—Essential to a Democratic Society
Students define philanthropy and discuss the difference between duties and responsibilities of civic participation. Students become aware of the role of nonprofits in promoting social justice and fairness for minorities when the government can't do everything. Students look for support for philanthropy in national and state documents. They use parliamentary procedures and the town meeting format to develop their own philanthropic project.
Learners are introduced to the concept of philanthropy, as giving time, talent, or treasure and taking action for the common good. They evaluate the role of philanthropy in the smooth functioning of government, and describe the role of families in shaping a democratic society.
Learners will define government and describe a democratic republic with a Constitution. They identify the role of government at all levels - national, state, and local and talk about what young people can do to have a voice.
Learners recognize the value of nonprofit organizations and identify how nonprofits meet citizen needs when government can't.