Mini-Courses

Learn through Mini-Courses at Your Desktop!
 
The Fisher Educator Mini-Courses below are supplied through our currculum partner Learning to Give and provide online professional training in philanthropy education and service-learning. In your own time and at your desktop, learn methods of thoughtful service-learning, as well as the history, practice, and benefits of philanthropy, for educators, nonprofit professionals, parents, and volunteers. Participants earn certificates that may be applied toward professional CPE credits. Get started today and expand your skillset!

Why I Serve

This educator mini-course defines philanthropy and describes the research-based motivations for giving time, talent, or treasure for the common good. Participants are prompted to explore how and why to motivate themselves and others to serve. Each participant is guided to write a "Why I Serve" statement. 

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The Role of Philanthropy in Democracy

This educator mini-course focuses on the relationship of the philanthropic nonprofit sector to democracy. Several key ideas underlying democracy are actualized in the nonprofit sector. We explore what schools teach about democratic citizenship, social contracts, and core democratic documents.

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Teaching Philanthropy 101: A High School Course

This educator mini-course provides background for teaching Philanthropy 101 or another philanthropy survey course in your school. Gain knowledge, skills, and approaches to help students understand issues and resources in their communities so that they can make informed, impactful decisions about how they will contribute their time, talent and treasure.

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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.

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Reflection in Service

In this educator mini-course we explore the purpose of reflection and learn a variety of reflection techniques and questions. Learn to engage the hearts and minds of volunteers and activists in order to increase the meaning of any service experience. 

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History of Philanthropy

In this educator mini-course, we observe philanthropy embedded in the very nature of humanity. Our unfaltering belief that the world around us can be made better stretches back thousands of years. Philanthropy, from the Greek root meaning "love of mankind," comes naturally to us, and is motivated by a number of different reasons. In this course, you will learn about the philanthropic elements of ancient civilizations and various religions. Finally you will learn about the philanthropic underpinnings of major social movements in the history of the United States of America.

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Getting Started with Service-Learning

This educator  mini-course introduces service-learning to educators with a brief overview of strategies and helpful tips. Learn the steps and quality indicators of service-learning, which is a teaching and learning strategy that combines real-world application of academic skills and content with service to the community. Through stories, examples, and reflection questions, learners analyze what makes a service-learning experience meaningful to everyone involved - the students, teacher, community members, and the recipients of the service. 

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