What’s your Passion??

What’s your Passion??
If you had to give away several thousand dollars of real money to a deserving charity in your community, how would YOU decide? That’s the challenge students face in the Main Street Philanthropy program.

Participants start by using our Make A Difference (“MAD”) card-sort activity to identify what gets them excited. They must screen 20 different cards representing 20 areas of charitable focus and narrow the field until they find the three they care most about. As the list of possibilities gets smaller and smaller, the choices get harder and harder.
Once students have found their Top Three interests, they use the back sides of the cards to identify local charitable organizations that align with their personal interests. We group students into small teams based on their Top Three interests.
Then the work begins in earnest. In only eight weeks, participants must investigate, report, evaluate, and finally decide which local charities get the gift.

It’s an exciting adventure jam-packed with important life lessons.

“We change students’ lives by helping them experience
the joy of intelligent giving.”

About Ryan Ponsford

Ryan Ponsford is a Co-Founder of Main Street Philanthropy; the idea for which stemmed from his working with families addressing financial challenges through wealth transfer. He has been involved in wealth management and real estate for nearly two decades; specializing in the evaluation, management, and transfer of illiquid assets. That the kids blow their inheritance is no surprise, the number of family relationships destroyed is tragic, and the cause of much of Ryan's efforts.

Mr. Ponsford possesses a unique ability to recognize the source of problems, provide clarity for solutions, and grasps the impact solutions will have on the peripheral of clients’ lives.

He graduated from Point Loma Nazarene University with a degree in Industrial-Organizational Psychology and extensive coursework in Chemistry. In addition, he holds securities licenses, professional licenses for Life and Health Insurance, California Partnership Long Term Care, is a Real Estate Broker, and holds multiple industry certifications.

Ryan has participated in several industry-specific mastermind groups including the Laureate in Wealth Strategies, InKnowVision, SunBridge Legacy Advisors, Advisors in Philanthropy, and the Southern California Institute.

He is a sought-after speaker for client and industry events, investment conferences, private investment clubs, and family gatherings.


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