Rise of Foundations and Nonprofits (The)

Unit of 3 Lessons
Grade Levels: 
Language Arts
Media / Technology
Social Studies
Issue Area: 
Civil society
Focus Question 

What is the role of foundations and nonprofits, and how do we work with them to address issues we care about? 


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Unit Overview 

Studnets learn all about nonprofits in their community through annual reports and interviews. They learn about the role of nonprofits and each analyze the goals and work of one nonprofit. As a class, they compile information into a resource that can be used by young people who want to donate time, talent, or treasure to a local agency. 

Service Experience 
The learners will conduct a needs assessment to determine community awareness of foundations and nonprofit organizations. Based on these findings and evaluation of the data, the learners will arrange for and conduct an oral interview with the director of a foundation or nonprofit of their choice. They will compile their findings in essay form, to be combined later into a philanthropy pamphlet. The learners will design a pamphlet of foundations and nonprofit organizations their local community can access. The pamphlet will be placed in the counseling offices, library and local community center.
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