Week 9 Blog

Week 9 was interesting. I had realized by then that the class was almost over and we did not have too much time together before the final day.

In class, now that we had gotten our organizations chosen and designated our fundraising money to a specific organization, it was time to reflect on the class as a whole and talk about the benefits and the experience we, the students, had achieved.

We also wrote little essays and reflections about what Main Street Philanthropy had accomplished for us, how our life perspectives on everything were changed to more positive and thankful and grateful ones, and how I will continue to make the world a better place by doing my part and advancing my vision for the world.

I talked about how this class was a very unique experience, one that I believe a lot of people should not overlook. This class was truly a unique experience for me because I do not believe that I will go this into depth into philanthropy and the philosophies behind it, and be able to actually communicate with real leaders of organizations and programs that are changing the world and making it a better place to live, and I thought that this was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and I am very grateful for it. I realized through this program how many opportunities and chances I have to make my life better, and how grateful I should be for all of the privileges around me. This class has not only taught me important information on the logistics of philanthropy i.e. how to wisely donate money, trust the organization it is going to in order to make sure the money is being put into good use, and taxes and Form 990s that describe the income and outcome of money as well as purchases and profit. This class has taught me to love the people around me and truly put time and effort into making something happen that will benefit people who need my help, because I will experience joy and passion for the work that I have done and I will ultimately experience happiness, something that is rare at times because of all of the stress surrounding me with school, extracurricular activities, etc. in my life. I am thankful for this special program that has made me into a financially, educationally, and characteristically turned me into a wiser person with a bigger heart.

I hope to continue communicating with MSP and Yale as well as the organization that our group has decided to donate to through perhaps phone calls and (mostly) emails. I will definitely continue trying to help people in the general area of health, as our group had focused on helping sick children, which I think we will have accomplished by finally handing in our check to our organization. In the future, I will try to arrange different organizations regarding health such as soup kitchens that feed the hungry to allow Key Clubbers to participate and do service for the community. I will definitely tell my sister about this program so that hopefully if this program is also offered to her in high school, she will be able to learn more about the world and philanthropy through the teachers and the workbooks and the information that is taught to the students.

I hope MSP the best in the future and I would like to try to make this experience the start of something newer that will leave a positive imprint on the world.

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