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Organizations Back National Effort to Teach Students About Nonprofit Sector.

Elementary and high school students nationwide will have a new opportunity to learn about the importance of the nonprofit sector and philanthropy, thanks to a partnership effort among several national organizations and Learning to Give, Muskegon, Michigan. National partners include Independent Sector, Council on Foundations, National Center on Black Philanthropy, the Urban Institute's National Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy, all of Washington, D.C., and the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Alexandria, Virginia. Independent Sector has volunteered to provide office space for the project to accommodate meetings in the nation's capital.

The Learning to Give project will target 90,000 public schools and 25,000 private schools serving 54 million K-12 students. Nearly 500 lesson plans, written by teachers and field tested in classrooms, are available free to school teachers, school districts, and parents on the project's Web site: The initiative was first launched locally four years ago by the Council of Michigan Foundations, Detroit.

"Our plan is to begin by actively working in five to nine states as demonstration projects. We hope to work through the universities in each state that have a graduate program in nonprofit management and an undergraduate college of education," explains Kathryn Agard, project director. "We will serve as technical assistance providers to these universities. They, in turn, will provide professional development to current teachers; help build additional philanthropy content and add to the lesson pool; expose undergraduate students who are working to become teachers to the philanthropy content; and lead implementation of the Learning to Give materials in 20 schools in their state," she adds. "Because all of the Learning to Give materials are available for free on our Web site, we are also working to help teachers become aware of the information as well as provide an orientation to the philanthropy content so they will be comfortable teaching the lessons."
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Date:Aug 1, 2001
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