philanthropy: “Philanthropy? I guess it’s like those people that put in time to help others, right?”

Blog 7

***11. Define philanthropy.
“Philanthropy? I guess it’s like those people that put in time to help others, right?”

For this activity, I have chosen to interview my older brother, Ian.

The biggest thing I have learned from this interview is that my brother and I think a lot alike, (surprising right?) Here are his responses.

1. Where did you grow up, and how were things different then than they are today?
“I grew up in the Philippines. I’d say I have a lot more opportunities now and I guess I’d say I advanced mentally and physically from then and I have a lot more friends and social skills.”

2. What was an experience you had as a young person that changed your life? What lessons did you learn from that experience?
“My move from the Philippines to the U.S definitely changed my life. Lessons I’ve learned? We shouldn’t be too complaisant in where we are because something might change and we have to adapt to the new situation.”

3. How were money matters handled in your family growing up?
“I guess they were handled the way they were supposed to because I was never lacking in anything. I was never lacking in clothes or food so I guess money matters were handled.”

4. What are some lessons about money that a young person should know?
“I think young people these days don’t understand the value of money because I feel like our last generation planted the tree and this generation enjoys the shade. A lesson a young person should know I guess is when it comes to money, you have to work for it. Unless you are a college student looking for a scholarship, there isn’t free money.”

5. What are some organizations or causes you have supported or that you now support with your charitable giving and/or community service?
“I guess I strongly support the issue with teens getting all the information they need to prevent childhood pregnancies. I feel like if we give them what we need as far as birth control and if we are more open about it, we can lower the percentage of pregnancies.”

6. What are some ways that charitable giving and community service have made your life better?
“I don’t know, I just feel more accomplished now and part of the community.”

7. What are some reasons you think it’s important that young people today get involved in charitable giving and community service?
“Today’s young people are our future so it is important for them to know what they could do to make the community more efficient organization because if you don’t teach them now, later on down the road what is going to happen to community?”

8. If you could fix one serious problem in the world today, what would that be? Explain why that area of concern is so important to you.
“I’m going to say, AIDS in Africa because it’s just as bad as hunger there and it’s often not as known or paid attention to because most people think it’s an awkward subject but it is a very serious problem.”

9. Tell me about a time when it felt like you made a meaningful differ- ence in someone’s life, or in your community, or in our country.

10. In your opinion, what are some secrets to a joyful and fulfilling life?
“Umm… I guess just keeping friends and family close, keeping connected with the people in your life. Always trying new things, stepping out of the comfort zone when it comes to things you like to do. And having a positive attitude.”


When I researched my organization I found out that they let you choose where the money goes. I also learned that they don’t make very much profit off of the money you give them because they send all of it out to people or orginizations so I know that my money is going to the right place.

Family member interview – Yajaira

I choose to interview my dad, he’s a very noble men who is always caring for others, tries to make everyone around him happy, and is an extremely hard worker. My dad is a professional contraction worker, he has his own company and is always working day and night. I look up to my dad for all of the thing he has done throughout his life . My dad has invested money into charities for around 3 years now which I had no idea about. He told me that when he was around my age, All he wanted to do was help others. He always wanted to do so much when he had so little. He was always trying to make other happy, when he wasn’t happy himself . My dad is a wise man and he’s the best person ever.


Calling my organization as I said before was a bit difficult . But when they finally called back, I was ready to say what I had to say and they actually seemed interested. They gave me an update in there organization and what type of animals are they focused on. It was great hearing all of there success and how many animals lives where saved. Going towards our fundraising, it was great! What we did was a water war day. Teachers volunteered to help out, they would stand in a line and they would ether get thrown at with water balloons or get wimped cream all other them. It was really fun but it got a bit out of hand and we had to cancel it. We made around $80 but it was amazing. Most of the stuff we used for our fundraiser was donated so we didn’t spend that much money. It all turned out great, everyone was having such an awesome time!

family interview

I had interviewed my mother with the list of questions given and for the most part she couldn’t really give a depth answer. For example, one of the questions i asked about how community service affected you, and as for my mom, her life really didn’t afflict on supporting her community and being open minded. As a kid my mom immigrated from Cambodia to the U.S., and her living status was really bad. Her family didn’t have much money to live upon, so they had t0 live through a struggling time. Growing up all she knew was that she had to go to school and that was her number one priority. With that being said her answers really didn’t surprise me because i know my mom really well and i was more inform rather than surprised. But aside from that she did believe that poverty is a big issue in the world and that’s something she thinks need to be focus upon. Something i learned from the conversation is that there are lots of problems in the world, and the best thing to do is to just give back and help. If we provide help across the world, it would better our lifestyle and how we view everything.