Blog #4

Last week in Main Street Philanthropy Class we discussed our experiences with reaching out to charities. A lot of students were nervous to speak with the charities and therefore did not have the confidence to make the call. Yet, the students who did make the call and were very anxious at first realized that it was not that difficult at all. Once I heard the positive reactions to cold calling, I was more willing to make the call myself. Although both calls I made went straight to voicemail or a secretary, I am still hopeful that in the future I will be able to make a connection with a representative from a charity. We also learned about tax returns and how they work. It was very interesting understand what tax returns are because when I am older, I will utilize these skills that I learned in Main Street Philanthropy. They are also important because it is necessary to know how charities handle their money when giving a large donation to them.

Journal 3

Initially, my group had trouble deciding on a specific cause that we wanted to focus on because we all had different MAD cards. We finally realized that we all cared about helping others for the greater good and specifically, helping children. We all had different ideas and thoughts on how we want to help children. For example, some of us wanted to do something involving child’s rights, and I thought about doing something surrounding children’s education. Eventually, my group came to a decision to serve our community by providing a safe environment for children. Our vision statement is to protect children’s rights by providing proper education, shelter, and support. It was difficult to come up with a specific cause that we all agreed on, but eventually we all agreed on focusing on child abuse and the ways to prevent it. My group and I agree that we all want to have a hands on interaction with children, and genuinely try to make a change regarding Child Abuse and Youth Services, instead of just raising some awareness for the issue.


Week 1 Blog

During the Make A Difference Activity, I found myself struggling to choose only 3 concerns. I learned a lot about the way I make decisions, and the process that others go through in order to narrow down a wide variety of concerns to their top three choices. In this program, I hope to gain better decision making skills, because they are necessary in all aspects of life. I believe that I will get better at making decisions in learning more about my self and my own interests during this course. Once I gain a better knowledge about myself and the world around me, I will have an easier time making decisions because I have a basis to formulate my decisions on. The three social issues that I did choose were Family Services, Animal Care and Informal Education. Most of the other concerns that I was choosing between were very similar to my top 3 choices.  It was difficult for me to make a final decision because I did not know exactly what I cared about, yet I had more of a general and broad understanding. I hope to gain a better sense of my specific interests, which will make my decision making process much quicker and simpler.