Fun in Wisconsin!

Skype Screenshot!

We had a super morning with the Campellsport class in Wisconsin! Our founder, Ryan was able to Skype in with the class, share his story about how Main Street Philanthropy got started, the importance of giving and how it can change those who give, as well as a few tidbits about making important decisions in life. Students asked questions about the structure of MSP and what keeps him motivated to keep working on it.

“My secret mission,” said Ryan, “is to be able to show mathematically that within a few years, our MSP students and those we have impacted will be on a larger giving-growth trajectory through our Main Street giving than the billionaires that have signed the giving pledge.” He described the math as not too complicated, but important as we illustrate the impact that anyone can make in improving our communities and the world. Good luck with that!

We’re excited to watch and read as these students continue their philanthropic adventure, learning about their passions, their communities, and making a difference.

Thank you team Silbernagel, our fearless Ambassadors, and Ms. Danielle Dreher, the sponsoring teacher at Campellsport High school – none of this works without your support and efforts!

Week 1 Natalie Hettwer

A.) i learned that everyone wants to help change everything and you can only help very few.

B.) I want to learn about the impact of helping others really has on people.

Samara Kreuser

Week 1- This week we used the MAD cards. The MAD cards really helped me understand how grateful I am as an individual for the life I am living today. They also showed me how hard choosing only a select few groups to help can be. I had a very difficult time choosing these groups because overall I wanted to help and support each and every one of them. I also learned that me and my partners are alike in some ways, but also very different in others. We had picked some of the same organizations, but also different ones, meaning we think a few of the same topics are more important than others, but others in some ways are less important than the rest. I hope that by being in Main Street Philanthropy I will better understand some of the biggest problems facing our world today and have a better understanding even for those of smaller problems facing our community as well.

Kylie Hermann

A. The MAD cards showed me that I cared about a lot more things than just a few of the options I had picked. I also learned that my peers had other causes they thought were more important. Everyone has their own idea of what is important to them and others.

B. What I hope to gain from participating in the Main Street Philanthropy Program is to learn more about the charities in the area and how to help and make a difference.

Maddie Ferguson

Week 1- The MAD cards helped me learn things about myself and my values. It was very difficult to try and narrow down to the Top 3 problems that I value. I am very excited to start this program and eager to learn. I hope that this program really helps to give me a new perspective about the organizations in this community and the work that they do that I may not be aware of.