Philanthropy is giving time and money to help the community. Our group’s mission is to serve our community by helping to protect the environment.  The charities our group identified are I Love a Clean San Diego, Surfrider Foundation of San Diego, International Rivers, and Our City Forest. I Love a Clean San Diego educates our community to conserve and enhance our environment. The Surfrider Foundation of San Diego is an organization that protects the environment and keeps the oceans clean. They go down to the border to prevent the built up of sewage and preserve the beaches. International Rivers is an organization that constructs dams around the world to protect the water for Earth. Our City Forest takes care of, plants, and protects trees in the community. They also like to encourage others to care for the trees around them as well. Financially, The Surfrider Foundation scored a 13/15. International Rivers scored a 10/15. Our City forest scored a 12/15. We decided to donate to three charities, one per person in the group. Jamie chose to donate to Our City forest instead of International Rivers because first of all, the financial score was better, and second, the phone call was slightly better than the other organization because she found out more about Our City Forest than International Rivers. She also thinks that the work they do, taking care of and planting trees, is more helpful than building dams to protect ocean water, even though that is also very important. Amber chose to donate to the Surfrider Foundation of San Diego because they are an involved with the city of San Diego. She likes that they help educate the youth and personally knows people who worth with the Foundation. Madison chose I Love a Clean San Diego because it was a local charity that she participated in. We are all going to donate 100% of the money we each get to our organizations that we chose wisely.

December 2, 2014

Today I finished one interview with an organization. It went well, but I didn’t get 1/2 of my questions answered because I was speaking to the wrong person. I wasn’t talking to a board member, so the person I was asking questions to didn’t know the answers to the board member questions I asked. the good part is, he said I could e-mail him so that he could forward my e-mail to someone who WOULD know the answer to my questions. In today’s class we talked more about officially confirming the tournament details with people and finishing the flyer. I still have to get donations from a store for the tournament, and I hope I can get those donations soon.

11/25/14 class

In this week’s class we discussed ideas for the tournament and decided each of us should at least get ONE donation of some sort. So… the tournament flyers are out, I think, so all we have to do is find donations and get the supplies ready for the tournament. I think this is going pretty well because people are actually willing to play in the tournament. I tried calling organizations that work for environmental protection, and for one of them, I couldn’t figure out which number to dial for donations so I just skipped it. I’m figuring out that this interview is actually really hard to get. Most organizations didn’t pick up, but when one did, I was told to do a little research before asking for answers. I’ve gotten one call back that is actually willing to do the interview, but the only free time is NEXT Tuesday. I think I might have to have the interview during class, otherwise, I could call him before class starts and have the interview there. Setting up times for an interview is far harder than I thought it would be, but hopefully this one interview will go well and I can have at least one organization to donate to. I can’t wait for next Tuesday to see what the next class will be about.

November 18, 2014

This week we discussed the fundraising tournament in more detail. We also talked together as a group about calling organizations we researched to make an appointment more an interview. Hopefully by next week I will have interviewed at least one organization that is good enough to donate to.

This week’s class was fun. I liked listening to the different ideas for fundraising. I think it will be interesting actually getting people to participate in the tournament and donate money. It is cool how we are doing a big group donation event together while also doing an individual team event also. I look forward to the next class to see how many people others have convinced to participate in the event.

This week’s class was fun. I enjoyed being separated into smaller groups and sharing the unique items that were important to us. I also thought it was amusing trying to think of a team name because the different names we thought of were  strange and laughable. I believe it will be interesting researching organizations that support fighting for our concern and I am excited to attend the next meeting we have.