Students will conduct a one-day fund raiser, survey members of the community (school or local area) to determine a need, write proposals to satisfy the need, serve as a board of directors and a youth advisory committee to determine how funds will be spent, and evaluate the project.
Six Fifty-Minute Class Periods
The learners will:
- explain why students have a responsibility to act in the voluntary sector to improve the common good.
- design and use a survey instrument to collect data related to a need in the community.
- explain how a youth advisory committee uses a form of “advise and consent” when making recommendations to a board of directors.
The learners will raise funds in a one-day fund raiser, conduct a survey to determine community need, complete a grant application, present their request to a board of directors and fund a project.
Put the following quotation on the chalkboard: “The man who dies…rich, dies disgraced.” Let the learners discuss who they think said it and what was meant.
Each student should write a short paper addressing the following topics:
Let students do an Internet search on Carnegie, research his “Gospel of Wealth” and see how he spent his fortune on philanthropy.
Lesson Developed By:Evelyn Nash
Your child has been participating in a unit called “Advise and Consent” where students are learning about how some of the President’s decisions are subject to “checks and balances” by the United States Senate. As part of this unit, students are also learning that the government does not do everything when it comes to services needed by the public. Families, businesses and nonprofit organizations also provide some of these needed services. One of the types of nonprofit organizations they are learning about is the community foundation. The community foundation provides help to various organizations which serve the community.
Students will gain the experience of what it is like to serve on a community foundation by earning a small amount of money through a one-day fund-raising activity; conducting a survey of the community to determine its needs; researching groups that provide assistance; writing and presenting a proposal to fund a community need; and selecting a recipient for the funds raised. Their final decision will be subject to the “advise and consent” idea since the final decision will be made by a small student “board of directors” which will take the “advice” of the presenters or reject it for a valid reason.
You may be asked to participate in a survey of community concerns for one of your child’s assignments. I encourage you to give a small portion of your time to completing the survey. This unit reinforces civics, economics, reading, writing, listening, speaking and research concepts and skills over a two-week period. If you have any questions or wish further information regarding this unit, feel free to contact me. If you have knowledge of a particular nonprofit group that serves the community and may be of interest for the researchers, I would welcome such information.
Thank you for your help with this unit.
Directions: As a class, list the topics to be surveyed in the far left column. When conducting the survey, put a check mark in the appropriate column each time a person selects a topic as their main area of concern for which something needs to be done. In the far right column, briefly describe the interviewee’s concern.
Note to Teacher: Delete the samples before use with your class.
Describe the history of the organization proposed to receive funding. When was it founded, who does it serve and what is its history handling this type of community service?
How will we determine whether the funding accomplished its purpose?
Indicate how much money is being requested and a detailed estimate of project costs. Are requested funds sufficient to carry out the project?
Youth Advisory Committee Members Making This Recommendation:
Project Name: __________________________________________
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