Investigations in Aid—Making the Pitch

6, 7, 8

The purpose of this lesson is to help students understand the process that is followed when preparing an appeal for aid. They will use the information gathered in the last lesson to prepare their presentation to a mock philanthropic organization.

Lesson Rating 
PrintThree to Four 60-Minute Class Periods

The learner will:

  • (representing five emerging nations) prepare a proposal for financial assistance based on the identified needs of the country.
  • participate in a presentation to a mock philanthropic organization for assistance
  • participate in the decision making process to determine how the aid will be distributed between the five nations appealing for assistance.
  • Poster Board and markers
  • Lesson One-B, Attachment One: Philanthropic Organizations Sample List For Student Research
  • Group Presentation Planner (see Attachment One)
  • Group Presentation Outline (see Attachment Two)
  • Group Presentation Notes (see Attachment Three)
  • Group Role Evaluation (see Attachment Four)


  1. Anticipatory Set:Ask students the following questions: "Do you think philanthropic organizations can meet the needs of every request for help? How should philanthropic organizations decide which nations they will or will not help?"

  2. Students, in cooperative groups assigned in Lesson Six: An Investigation in Aid-Identifying the Need will examine the results of their research and brainstorm ideas and formulate plans to solve the problems faced by their respective country.

  3. Using the Group Presentation Planner (Attachment One), students in their cooperative groups will begin to organize their group presentation and proposals for aid to solve the problems faced by their respective country. The students will then complete the Group Presentation Outline (Attachment Two) and practice their presentation strategy as outlined in their Group Presentation Planner.

  4. Students will give their group presentation while the rest of the class takes notes on each presentation Group Presentation Notes (Attachment Three).

  5. Following all the presentations, the class will discuss and reach a consensus of opinion as to which of the proposals for aid they feel most warrant funding. Students may not vote for their own cooperative group’s proposal.

  6. Each student will be required to reflect upon and assess their own, as well as their group’s, involvement and presentation Group Role Evaluation (Attachment Four).


Group Role Evaluation sheets will be assessed (see Attachment Four). If used, student journals/learning logs may also be evaluated. Students will write a comparative essay discussing the five countries and assess the merits of each in their appeals for aid.

Cross Curriculum 

Students will make an appeal to a panel for assistance. Students will experience the decision making process.

Philanthropy Framework

  1. Strand PHIL.II Philanthropy and Civil Society
    1. Standard PCS 04. Philanthropy and Geography
      1. Benchmark MS.3 Identify and describe civil society organizations whose purpose is associated with issues relating to "human characteristics of place."
      2. Benchmark MS.4 Map the locations of the emerging democracies and identify the relationship of civil society and government.
    2. Standard PCS 07. Skills of Civic Engagement
      1. Benchmark MS.3 Participate in acts of democratic citizenship in the classroom or school, such as voting, group problem solving, classroom governance or elections.