Check Delivery in Wisconsin!

A few months back, a group of students in Kewaskum, WI had the opportunity to deliver checks to local on-profit organizations.  Led by MSP Ambassador, Dona Miotke, and supported by The Silbernagel Group and many local businesses, the students embarked on their 10-week journey of self discovery, analysis, fundraising, and group interaction, they were rewarded with the gift of giving!  As one student shared in her blog,

“It was really awesome to see the people at the charities faces when our class delivered each check. It made me proud that all of our hard work actually paid off just by seeing how happy this one check made people. I’m really glad that I could be apart of this experience. When we went to the Washington County Humane Society they were so shocked to see how big our check was. I know they will use that money for great use.” – Samantha W

 

Another shared,

“When we delivered the checks to the organizations on Friday, it made me feel like I was making a difference in people’s lives. It was great to see how grateful the recipients were and that made me feel proud of everything our group did while fundraising the money we were giving to the organizations.” – Lexie S.

 

and another!

“Giving the money to the organizations made me feel a sense of accomplishment in knowing what we did was going to help others out in various ways. I felt very good about what the class did and It made me feel better as a person to give the money that our group worked hard to raise. It is nice to see hard work turn out into nice results.” – Nathan H.

 

Can you see the trend?  These students are doing things for people and causes other than themselves, they worked extremely hard to be able to do so, and they have a sense of pride, accomplishment, and gratitude for the opportunity!  Many of the next generation as a group of very self-centered individuals, but it’s just not true – they are growing, learning, and living through giving!  

 

Would you like to see more students impacted through this type of an experience?  Support Main Street Philanthropy as we lead high school students through a journey in living, giving, and intelligent financial decision making; inspiring the next generation of philanthropists, changing the hears and minds of those who give!

 

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Blog post from selected organization in San Diego!

It’s All About the Kids, an awesome non-profit in San Diego shared about being selected by a group of students from Clairemont High!  Check it out!

Blog post from org selected by MSP!

Congratulations!

Thoughtful Notes from Harmony High

Over the past two months, a group of 23 students from Harmony High in Florida have been on their philanthropic journey, led by Scott Farnsworth, one of our founders and a wonderful advisor to families in the Orlando area.  Throughout their adventure, the students share their experience through their blog writing.  Here are a few of their comments throughout the program….

“From the non-profit panel I learned that it is very important to talk with a representative or board member of an organization before donating because you get a true understanding of the organization and of the people running it. Sitting down and taking to someone in person helps to get a feel for the passion behind the organization and the reason it exists rather than a hollow description on a computer screen. I am learning that it takes a lot of effort to fundraise money and now I am starting to appreciate and recognize the hard work that goes in to it.” 

 

“The MAD cards were fun to use. It was hard to decide what we’re only 5 main things I cared the most about. I learned that I cared most about children. I learned that a lot of people in our class cared so deeply about many different causes.”

 

“I was so excited to deliver the check to our organization.Having all the organizations come in to receive the donations and seeing their reactions was amazing.  It felt so good donating and raising money with my group.I really enjoyed participating in Main Street Philanthropy again it was a fun and great experience. I wish I could be back next year to participate again but this will help me continue to give back and it encourages me to do so.  This whole experience was life changing no matter how many times you go through it you always learn something new.  I really enjoyed working with the Medical Marvels and donating to the Ronald McDonald house of charities.”

 

I learned the multiple ways to evaluate an investment of a company. With today’s modern society there is plenty of ways to check the background of a company like checking their website, call, or email. For my group it was easy for us to go talk to them personally before looking up on a website since they are located at the school! I find that it is relatively easy to evaluate a non profit organization because all company’s must post their numbers and information.

 

“I interviewed my mother because I felt like it was important for me to learn about her past and what shaped her in to the person that she is today. One thing she said that surprised me was a problem in the world that she would fix, which was starvation in children. It surprised me because I didn’t know that was something she was passionate about. I learned that my mother has a very broad set of things she’s passionate about and things she would change in the world today.”

 

There are so many more wonderful thoughts and quotes that could be shared from this class!  Once again, I’m amazed by the growth and thoughtful nature of this next generation of philanthropists.  Please join us in congratulating them and encouraging them to continue on their journey of generosity!

 

 

Students from Main St. Philanthropy Speak at Millburn Board of Ed Meeting on February 23, 2015

The End – A noteworthy journal entry

As you all know by now, as students go through Main Street Philanthropy, they are encouraged to blog each week about their experience – what they’re learning, the impact the course is having, etc.  The number of incredible insights is way beyond our ability to share each and every one, but here and there we extract and share them.

This particular blog entry was written by a student from our MSP class in New Jersey.  Read it, enjoy it, and if you feel so inclined, share your thoughts, or even consider supporting other students’ ability to participate in Main Street Philanthropy!

The End

I cannot believe it is already over. It feels as if I was just walking into the Key Club room for the first session of Main Street Philanthropy where I met Mr. Levey and received my sacred course book. This journal will act as a reflection on all my work and progress through this course as well as a look to the future.

The thing I will remember most about Main Street Philanthropy will be the people. The reason I love activities like this is because it is a place to meet similar minded service lovers. Talking with others who had the same passions and visions as me was invigorating. Knowing that my concerns were not singular was comforting. A valuable lesson I learned during these weeks was how to handle my money when giving to charities. For me philanthropy has always meant doing service and giving time to a cause. Now that I earn my own funds through jobs, I want to be able to donate smartly, making sure that the money I give is being used wisely and towards the actual cause of the organization. I know that the experience I had with this course only got me more enthusiastic about donating my time and money towards causes I am concerned about.

If I was to give advice to a nonprofit organization looking to receive support from a philanthropist I would say a key factor is solid communication. If an organization returns calls and emails, and has dedicated members who are willing to explain and answer questions about their cause, people are more likely to volunteer and donate.

To others who are considering the Main Street Philanthropy Course– I say DO IT!!! It never hurts to try something you are curious about, or interested in, because you never know the positive results you can gain from a unique opportunity such as this. Programs like this one do not exist everywhere, and getting the chance to be a part of one is quite special. I can guarantee that people of all types and interests kind find a takeaway from this course, whether thats learning more about yourself, donations, charities, worldly causes, team work or planning a fundraiser.

I would rather be given $25 to keep than $250 to give away. Now I know this answer seems selfish but the reason I would rather be given funds is because when donating you get no control over where your money is going and you are not included in the process of it being used to help a cause. If I was given $25 of my own I would use it towards creating my own event to support a cause I care about. For example, last year I created a Battle of the Bands at my school on a budget of $0, lots of planning, and a great support system, and we raised over $800! It is possible that with $25 more than $250 could be raised and during the process you can have the power over where your money is going and who it is impacting. I know at the beginning of this course I would have chosen option b, to donate $250, because at first glance it seems like the better answer. But what Main Street Philanthropy gets you to do, is think deeper and harder about the change one can create, and become more creative with what resources you are presented.

~Ilina G., High School Student and Philanthropist

 

Thank you Ilina for your insight, your wisdom, and participation in Main Street Philanthropy!   It’s young adults like you that give us the confidence that there is hope for our future!  There are capable minds to lead us now and in the future.  Keep up the great work!