The learner will:
define philanthropy as giving or sharing time, talent or treasure for the common good.
identify acts of philanthropy.
recognize the value of community capital in his/her classroom and community.
design a poster illustrating the definition of philanthropy.
define foundation as a nonprofit organization that distributes funds through grants for charitable activities for the common good.
become familiar with the resources available on the Learning to Give Website.
name at least three charitable organizations in the community.
take detailed notes from the representative of a community foundation.
write thank-you letters that summarize some of the speaker’s key points.
Locate a grantmaking foundation.
Choose a youth-centered project to carry out.
Write a grant proposal to fund the chosen project.
In Lesson One: “Phil”-ing Good, the students design and display a poster illustrating the definition of philanthropy. In Lesson Three: Let’s Write a Grant Proposal! students plan and write a grant proposal to ask for funding to carry out a local youth-centered project.
Use the rubric provided in Lesson One (see Assessment) to assess the student posters.
Lesson Two: Solid Foundation – Assess student notes and letters for comprehension of the foundation’s purpose.
Lesson Three: Let’s Write a Grant Proposal! – Monitor students’ Internet research and evaluate their notes (Lesson Three, Attachment One: Community Foundation Research).
Assess students’ problem-solving, group-cooperation and writing skills and adjust instruction accordingly.
“Copy and Paste” Class/School Newsletter Information Insert:
In our unit called “Foundations and You,” we are studying philanthropy and the role of foundations in our community. This unit will challenge the students to write a creative grant proposal to a youth advisory committee so they can appreciate being the “giver” as well as the “ receiver.”
Interactive Parent / Student Homework:
Students talk to their families about community groups that help people. Send home Attachment One: Philanthropy Homework from Lesson One: “Phil”-ing Good. Students come to school with a list of organizations or local philanthropists to begin the discussion in Lesson Two: Solid Foundation.
In advance of Lesson Two: Solid Foundation, invite a representative from a local community foundation to speak to the class. (If possible, invite representatives from two or three community foundations on consecutive days.) Give the speaker a copy of Lesson Two, Attachment One: Foundation Speaker Notes so he or she knows what is expected. Some resources for finding these speakers include the local chamber of commerce, www.guidestar.com (search by local zip code) or call your local community foundation directly. Directions for finding the community foundation nearest you are in the Instructional Procedure of Lesson Three: Let’s Write a Grant Proposal! and at the following Website: http://fdncenter.org/funders/grantmaker.
See individual lessons for benchmark detail.
Lessons Developed By:
John Eva Artis
Albion Public Schools
Crowell Elementary School
1418 Cooper Street
Albion, MI 49224
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