Philanthropy—Essential to a Democratic Society
Students define philanthropy and discuss the difference between duties and responsibilities of civic participation. Students become aware of the role of nonprofits in promoting social justice and fairness for minorities when the government can't do everything. Students look for support for philanthropy in national and state documents. They use parliamentary procedures and the town meeting format to develop their own philanthropic project.
Learners will be introduced to the concept of philanthropy, evaluate the role of philanthropy in the smooth functioning of government and describe the role of families in shaping a democratic society.
Learners will describe the role of government at all levels and identify whether or not needs are being met by the government or in some other way.
Learners will recognize the value of nonprofit organizations and identify how nonprofits meet citizen needs when government can't.
Students will use national and state documents (Declaration of Independence, Constitution, Bill of Rights, Federalist Papers # 10, state constitution) to find support for philanthropy.
Students will learn the fundamental principles of parliamentary procedure and use the procedure to create a plan for a service project in the community.