Week 1:


What I learned today is that choosing how to make the world a better place isn’t as easy as you would think. When using the MAD cards I chose the cards that best described how I feel about those certain organizations. I tended to choose organizations that I personally connected to. It was hard making the decision to choose my top three but I know that doing my part will help the word and if others do their part we will ultimately make the world a better place.


I hope that I can gain more leadership skills and become a better human being. Being a better person will make this world such a better place.There is too much negativity in the world and not enough positivity. With main street philanthropy mayne there will be more positivity

Week 1 Benny Frase

Today was an extraordinary day! We were introduced to philanthropy. Philanthropy is the concept of promoting/helping people to improve their welfare. For the first course, we got to use MAD (Make a difference) cards and my partner and I got to pick six each. Then we got to pick our top three cards. It was interesting how the activity worked, I learned that my partner was interested in helping veterans, housing issues, and preserving historical places/items. I never knew he would pick those specific cards! I learned about myself that i am an animal lover and realized the importance of helping the youth out. As they are the future of the world. I also learned from others the importance of other categories of helping out, i didn’t realize that our society has so many problems as i am ignorant to them. I hope through the philanthropy program that i learn how to become a better person, a better role model, and a better leader.

Colin Rafter – Week #1

We began Main Street Philanthropy today. We first talked about philanthropy itself, what it means and who can be a philanthropist. The definition of philanthropy is simple, but acting as a philanthropist is not quite so easy. To be a philanthropist, one must have a love for mankind. You must donate yourself to a community. That community can be the size of North America or as small as your own neighborhood. We also talked about priorities. We used Make A Difference cards to determine what was most important to us. I personally put relief above all else. The immediate relief of those in need was something I put above all else. But it’s difficult to make a decision like that. How do you compare cancer research to environmental conservation? They’re both different and they’re both very important. I am very hopeful for the coming months where I am able to work with Main Street Philanthropy.  

Week 1 – Emma Penfield

The first activity we did this class was the MAD cards. These cards stood for “Make A Difference” and each held a different cause. We had to choose six causes and then narrow those down to three. I found it a little hard when choosing because I felt as though I was putting some causes in front of and were more important than the others. When I finally decided on my three, I wasn’t surprised with my results. My results showed my passion for people and their health. I believe that people deserve the best in order to live their best life. Likewise I wasn’t surprised with my surrounding peers’ causes because they feel in line with what I knew about them. I hope to gain more information about the charities and how they specifically work. I also hope to give back to these causes that mean a lot to me and make a small change.

Elena Deheck – Week One

Today for our Main Street Philanthropy class period we looked at MAD (make a difference) cards to look through and choose our top three causes that stood out to us. I learned about myself that I tend to lean towards family and child services but what I chose as my top choice was about Civil Rights. I chose this because on the back of the card it talked about providing support to a smaller minority of people who don’t receive fair treatment a majority of the time. I learned that the people I worked with either had almost opposite views of what was most important or very similar views. There wasn’t really an in between for me. I hope to gain a more helping attitude from this class and to have an affect on other people and show people/friends or anyone who may be affected that I support their cause.

Olivia Adornato week 1

Looking at the MAD cards, I realized there are a lot of causes that need help. While picking my top 3 it shows that I care about equal rights and social justice. I thought about the struggles people go through and how no one should be experiencing something like hunger. I hope to gain better qualities and willingness to help others who aren’t as fortunate as us.

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This week, I learned that philanthropy is the love for humankind. The ‘philos’ means love, and the ‘anthropos’ means humankind. Charities contribute to philanthropy, because we can give our time and money to problems that we want to help. I chose ‘environmental protection,’ because I love the environment and i want to protect it. I also chose ‘animal care,” because I’ve always loved animals and I have a dog, so I want to help care for more animals. The last charity I chose was ‘health research & education,” because health is a very important topic. Using the MAD cards, I learned that there are many different charities to donate to and you should donate to a cause that YOU want to help. From this program, I hope to gain an understanding of why people donate and how it helps charities around the world.

Week One: Kayden Eichmann

I think that using the cards were hard at first. You kind of have to have mind over matter. It’s almost like you’re trying to figure out which problems are more relevant the others. Personally, I think that all of the cards were important, for their own reasoning. But, I chose to go with the Hospitals and Medical Care, Public Health and Welfare, and the Hunger cards. I chose these three cards specifically because they are important, and basic needs. Hunger is not a good feeling, and not being able to eat, or drink the correct amount your body requires, can be concerning for your bill of health. I also both of the medical cards because one of them had a really good point of raising awareness for certain diseases, and obesity, etc,. I learned that i personally lean towards the medical type of needs, more than materialistic type of things. I know both of the people that I was working with, so I didn’t learn the most about them. I would like to learn more about how everything works in the business, what they do, and why they do it. I also want to learn more about being a leader, and how it would benefit me in future jobs I take on.

Week 1

I learned that it is actually pretty hard to choose a charity to help considering that all charities need help. It’s hard to prioritize one charity over one another. I can’t say that I learned anything too major about the person who I was paired with because even though I have had very minimal conversation with my partner ( Sam Melzer) I was able to draw conclusions as to why he choose those. I imagine if I didn’t know them or their past some of the tings they said might be surprising.

Week 1 Ethan Williams

I like a Make A Difference cards. The Cards really showed me that there are a lot of good charities to help and there isn’t really one charity that is better than the other. The topics that I picked were Hunger, Veterans and Service Personal and Environmental Protection. I believe that no one should have to go through being hungry and not have food when they are hungry. Veterans and Service Personal is a very important to give back to the people that serve/served this country. Environmental Protection is also very important because we should protect and keep the natural land that we live on and keep the world clean.