Servant Leadership and Collaboration in Philanthropy
In this educator mini-course, we explore how servant leadership, generosity, and collaboration can help groups lead change. We learn from philanthropic leaders in Michigan about how nonprofit, government, and business leaders work in partnership to make a difference. This course introduces the Our State of Generosity project and shares links to related teaching resources: three lessons for middle school and three lessons for high school, plus several activities that teach knowledge and skills of leadership, perseverance, collaboration, effective philanthropy, career readiness, and addressing community needs.
Upon successful completion of this course, the learner may request a certificate suitable for a professional development portfolio, or as proof of educational clock hours that can be used toward continuing education credit in most states. Please contact your State Department of Education for specific information.
The learner will:
- define philanthropy and recognize the value of philanthropy education.
- distinguish the work of government, nonprofits, and business.
- define and give examples of servant leadership.
- identify meaningful career and volunteer opportunities through the nonprofit sector.
- explore the Our State of Generosity project that shares the stories of Michigan's philanthropy landscape and partnerships.
- preview lessons and activities to teach youth philanthropy.
The nonprofit sector, also known as the philanthropy or third sector, is a place where anyone with an idea to improve the common good can make a difference. This sector is made up of people and institutions working to improve life through charitable and volunteer-based activities, such as the arts, hospitals, children's aid societies, environmental action, citizen collaboration, and community engagement. Philanthropy addresses needs that business and government cannot or will not address. Even the youngest people who are "doing good" at school and in their communities are part of the philanthropic sector.
Teach students how they can influence change through the principles of servant leadership. This section explores the traits of servant leaders.
Learn from servant leaders about their work to make the world a better place. This collection of reflections provides models of what works when philanthropists use abundance thinking — there is enough to go around — and work collaboratively rather than competitively to get things done.
In this course, we have looked at the nonprofit sector as a place to address needs to make the world better. We have explored what it means to be a servant leader. We have observed models of generosity and open collaboration. In this section, we explore how to get youth involved in servant leadership and collaboration to address community needs.
This quiz has four multiple-choice questions based on the mini-course "Servant Leadership and Collaboration in Philanthropy." If you answer 75 percent correctly, you will have the opportunity to download a personalized certificate. You may revisit the course and retake the quiz, if desired....