Philanthropy Is Everywhere

Unit of 4 Lessons
Grade Levels: 
Social Studies
Media / Technology
Issue Area: 
Civil society
Focus Question 

What can we learn from diverse people today and in history about private action for the common good? 


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Unit Overview 

Students learn about various kinds of philanthropy, from individuals doing "random acts of kindness" to corporate philanthropy and careers in the nonprofit sector. They have the opportunity to practice philanthropy and learn the characteristics of a volunteer. They identify organizations in their own community as "for profit" or "nonprofit" and explore job opportunities in the nonprofit sector by listening to speakers from various organizations.

Service Experience 
Students conduct a needs assessment by interviewing different nonprofits about their needs. Together they make a plan to take action for the common good. 
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