No Representation Without Taxation… Taxation Form 990

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Not too long ago, we learned about taxes.

It is so important to analyze an organization’s taxes, (more specifically, form 990) because their taxes tell you EVERYTHING you need to consider. For instance, they tell you how much of a downer’s donations go toward the cause, how much is allocated to the staff, how much are put toward fund raising and how much it costs to raise one dollar. Let’s say 70% go toward management, then you probably would not want to waste your money on that organization.

I chose Feeding America to analyze. After filling out Ryan’s worksheet, I got a better understanding of how donations are spent. Personally, I found the worksheet very satisfying to fill out; I felt like a powerful judge, judging Feeding America in a matter of 15 minutes.

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

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***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.

Ejilrae Gayola – The Cat’s Out of the Bag!

Unfortunately, I was absent for Monday’s brown bag activity. With that being said, here are the three items I would have brought:

Green Belt

shoe lacescane


The cane portrays my visual disability and the pair of shoe laces symbolizes my immigration from the Philippines to the United States. The green belt has a funny story. Last June, my brother and I tested for our new belts for kempo; he tested for his green-brown and I tested for my green.

About three hours into the test session, we were all told to gear up to spar, I was paired to spar my brother. Half way into our sparring session, my brother and I clinched and he went for a take down. When I fell on the floor, I landed on my elbow and dislocated my shoulder. The entire test session was stopped and my Sensei had to pop my arm back into place. Telling you all that it was excruciatingly painful is an understatement.

I went home that night with a hard earned green belt. The next day, I still participated in the AOBT’s annual trip to Magic Mountain.


Ejilrae Gayola – What Matters to YOU?

Friday’s activity got me thinking of the global issues that mattered most to me. My top three MAD cards were hunger, disaster and people with physical disabilities.

Hunger was an obvious pick. I believe that no one should ever go hungry. It is an issue that always tugs at my heart strings.

I chose disaster because, as you all may have already heard, a storm struck the Philippines. I felt inclined to help. My family and I donated boxes and boxes of clothing for the effected Pilipinos.

Finally, I chose people with physical disabilities of my own disability.

This activity has reinforced the values that matter most to me.