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MSP Week 4

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I have come to the conclusion that evaluating non-profits for a potential investment is a very difficult task. And it makes it even worse when there are hardly and non-profits that are specific to your cause. I have been at it for a while but neither me nor my partners are having luck finding any potential investments in any non-profits we find. It may be that our cause is too specific, so maybe we need to expand our direction to just anything having to do with help in the arts and music category.

MSP Week 3

My cause/organization is going to be pretty difficult to find a charity for. There aren’t that many causes for art and music that I alone could find online. It is very important to look at numbers before making an investment I believe because without that information you may be making an investment that could end up hurting you financially. I am going to keep searching for a charity that would be specific to our cause, but I don’t know how it will turn out because many charities are started up for a cause that is affecting America as a whole.

MSP Week 2

The brown paper bag activity was  very interesting activity. The people in my group were surprised at what I had brought in my bag. In mine was an empty Monster energy drink can, a guitar pick, and my phone. Each of these items represented a major part of my life. Monster is just something that makes me happy. Some people say I might have an addiction, but I just can’t resist! The guitar pick was in place of my actual guitar that I obviously couldn’t fit in the bag. I play guitar every single day and it has the biggest impact on my life. Playing with my band is something I cant imagine my life without. And lastly, my phone is the thing I am most attatched to. But not for reasons you might think. I can’t go one day without listening to my music. I can’t, I would go crazy. But this paper bag activity has really got me thinking about myself though.

Week Three

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“Life is life- whether in a cat or dog or man. There is no difference there between a cat or a man. The idea of difference is a human conception for man’s own advantage.”
-Sri Aurobindo

“Nothing living should ever be treated with contempt. Whatever it is that lives, a man, a tree, or a bird, should be touched gently, because the time is short. Civilization is another word for respect for life…”
– Elizabeth Goudge

What I learned in class about animals was that only 10% of owned dogs were adopted from an animal shelter, 39% of U.S. households own at least one dog, and about six million vertebrate animals are dissected yearly in U.S. high schools alone.

For our animal cruelty cause we learned that there are at least four laws against animal cruelty, “every major circus that uses animals has been cited for violating the minimal standards of care set by the United States Animal Welfare (AWA)…Today dogfighting has been reported in urban, suburban, and rural settings in all regions of the country” and the most interesting one of them all was that “Dogfighting became prevalent in the U.S. after the Civil War, with professional pits proliferating in the 1860s. And was a source of entertainment for police officers and firemen.” Some of these came from dosomething.org.

It is important to look at the numbers before making an investment to see how the organization profits and how they manage money that they receive from the donations. If we didn’t see if they were validated we wouldn’t know how or if the organization used the money.

What I learned about my organizations when I looked at their tax returns was that it was really hard to find them if you didn’t search appropriately and that some organizations didn’t make as much money or they didn;t fill in most of the requirements we needed, for example, the organization P.A.A.W.S, Inc. Some organizations like San Diego Humane Society & SPCA and the Progressive Animal Welfare Society had great changes from the year the tax form was made and the previous year.

MSP- Week 1

For the first day of Main Street Philanthropy (MSP), we used the MAD (Make A Difference) Cards. I learned that I want to get more involved with children and that I want to get involved in how they grow up and see the world. I worked with a partner and I learned that she likes animals and that she would like to get involved with them. Using these cards helped us see what we are interested in more and what different types of organizations we might be interested in. From participating in the MSP program, I hope to learn how to choose the right organizations to donate to.

MSP Week 1

I have a feeling this project is going to be a challenging but enjoyable task over the next month. I am looking forward to seeing how our groups grow and what we can accomplish with actual charities. I am excited to learn how the business aspect of things work out in this specific field. I am expecting great things to come out of this Philanthropy project, and am sure whatever we learn we will use in the future regardless of what field we decide to go in to.

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Week 3

So week three came! It was awesome.  Ryan, our MSP, instructor came by and during the begging of the class and he called an organization for us, and the lady seemed recessive and she was willing to let us know about the tax and 990 information. She said she’d email my partner Cole and give him information about the 990 and tax information.  It was kind of sketchy how they split up the tax information into different section and how they don’t share the same tax file.  My partner never received the information about the tax, and i’m starting to think that Red Cross isn’t really reliable and trust worthy and I wouldn’t want to invest money into an organization that I don’t trust.  They say they want to help bring the community and nation together not just help with natural disaster relief, and they seem like a big organization and all but I have doubts about them now and they didn’t make a good impression on me or my team.  I’m not happy with what happened and I will continue to search for new and better organizations which will bear good fruit for the world.

What I Learned

So far what I have learned about my cause is that there are many other organizations about animal cruelty. I like the fact that there are many other organizations about this cause because animals are not always thought as important. Poor animals are always just thought as animals, they are never thought about as living, breathing creatures like us humans are. Animals also have emotions. They care about one another, especially their young. Animals need to be thought of more by everyone, not just pet owners.