Read about Lisa
Spees' experience volunteering at the San Diego Foundation.
Lisa learns about how nonprofit organizations
help others, when she volunteers at a
kind of philanthropy did you participate in?
I volunteered to help at the resource center
of a funding organization. I helped people find
ways to earn money to start or to help their
did you get the idea to get involved?
My school encourages the students to find
a way to serve our community. I wanted to be
involved and asked my mother to help me find
a service project. She knew of the San Diego
Foundation and helped me find information and
get a project to do there.
you work with anyone else?
Just my supervisor, the director of the
resource center at the San Diego Foundation.
What was the best
thing about your experience with philanthropy?
The best thing about my experience was getting
to know people who I came to respect because
they were trying to help the less fortunate.
the hardest part of your project?
The hardest part was when I was not able to
answer questions people had in the library,
and I would have to find my supervisor to help
you say to someone else who is thinking of getting involved with some kind of
The more you give to your project, the more
you get out of it. You learn a lot more if you
put the most energy into it.
you changed as a result of your experience participating in philanthropy?
I have a new respect and understanding for nonprofit
organizations. Before I had done this project,
I knew almost nothing about nonprofit organizations.
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