Changing for the Common Good

Grades: 
9, 10, 11, 12

Learners cite philanthropic historical events on a timeline. They focus on events in which the nonprofit sector was used to make positive changes in society.

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Duration 
PrintOne Fifty-Five Minute Session
Objectives 
  • The learner will:
    • identify how the nonprofit sector was used to make positive changes in society.
    • place significant events related to marginalized, disenfranchised and disadvantaged groups and individuals on a timeline.
Materials 
  • Colored markers and white butcher paper

Instructions

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  1. Anticipatory Set:

    Review the meaning of the terms "nonprofit sector" and "for-profit sector." Identify some organizations that work for the common good. 

    • Divide the group into five working groups. Assign these five time periods to the groups: 1800-1840, 1841-1880, 1881-1920, 1921-1960, 1961-present.
    • Each group creates a timeline of philanthropic events or actions in their time period. The facts may come from the handout or the Learning to Give Philanthropy Timeline
    • Display the timelines in order, and have representatives from each group teach the others about how philanthropy made change in their time period. 

Philanthropy Framework

  1. Strand PHIL.II Philanthropy and Civil Society
    1. Standard PCS 01. Self, citizenship, and society
      1. Benchmark HS.5 Describe civil society advocacy organizations and their relationship to human rights.
    2. Standard PCS 02. Diverse Cultures
      1. Benchmark HS.5 Describe how women and minority groups have used the civil society sector as an alternative power structure.
      2. Benchmark HS.7 Identify and give examples of the important roles women and minorities have played in the civil society sector in history.
    3. Standard PCS 05. Philanthropy and Government
      1. Benchmark HS.4 Identify and discuss civil society sector organizations working to protect individual rights, equity, and justice.
    4. Standard PCS 06. Philanthropy in History
      1. Benchmark HS.1 Describe how the common good was served in an historical event as a result of action by a civil society sector organization.
      2. Benchmark HS.5 Identify positive philanthropic historic acts or events that helped build the community, state, and nation.