Philanthropy at Home and Abroad
Students examine philanthropy, both globally and locally, comparing the work of foundations that provide international help to the work of their local community foundation. They identify reasons for giving and analyze their own motivations for philanthropy. Students participate in a fundraiser and choose which community organizations to fund.
Students will analyze their interconnection of all life on the planet and recognize that we are each affected by what happens to others. They will look at current local, state, national and international problems shown in the evening news. The work of foundations that give funds to improve the conditions of life in other world communities will be researched.
In lesson one, Global Issues, students looked at problems and solutions in other parts of the world. (Note: It is not necessary to do Global Issues before doing this lesson) In this lesson, they examine their community from their own eyes, the “eyes” of the media, and the eyes of the community. They observe the good that is occurring in the community and determine who is providing the “good” that does exist. They use the five themes of geography as their base for study.
In Lesson One: Global Issues, the learners researched the work of foundations doing philanthropic work around the world. In this lesson they will look at foundations in their own community, specifically community foundations. They will analyze services in their community and note that the government is not always able to provide all the services needed.