Philanthropy "We do it once a year"


(Saving Christmas 2005)      Wreath_4


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so as you guys might realize there is a lot of work that goes into the IFS Philanthropy department. I mean there is endless research and phone calls to narrow down a group, organization, or person in need. I sometimes find myself not being able to sleep at night wrestling with the decision I am faced with. Picking a single entity would mean leaving out the many others in need of our help. Of course this burden is miniscule compared to the hardships these underprivileged men, women and children face everyday.
    So I am sure by now one can understand why it has taken so long to get another Philanthropy project underway (hint of sarcasm. I get it I’ve been slacking).  I must say that although "Saving Christmas" was a big deal last year we have surpassed it in 2006! So without further ado I am proud to announce IFS has sponsored a child from the Dominican Republic. I know one might be asking themselves, what about the many homeless and needy we have in our beloved Santa Barbara?
    In reply I point out a couple reasons for not sponsoring someone in good ol’ S.B, First I would ask to keep in mind that we are the International Flapjack Society and our goodwill must also be international. Secondly the Homeless in S.B don’t have the hardships that people in underdeveloped countries have. I am not even entirely sure that all the homeless in Santa Barbara are homeless. I added a picture to illustrate this second point. After much research I found it is less expensive to sponsor a child from a third world country then in America.
    I mean we want to do something that will make us feel good and if we could feel good at a lower price I ask is this not killing two birds with one stone? When you pay for an expensive Philanthropy project you feel good about the kindness you have shown but also feel down about the money you have spent. This is the issue with spending a lot of money on a person in America as opposed to one in a third world country. We can do a good deed at a lower price which makes us feel even better. So sure there are those that might yell “No outsourcing of Philanthropy” but these children can do the job of helping us feel better about ourselves at a much lower price. Plus it helps out that third world country which without our aid would have one more hungry mouth to feed. The only solution I can think of is if the hungry children immigrated here and we paid them for their cheap philanthropy needs.
    So returning from my tangent on globalization and its effects on Philanthropy I would like to announce our sponsored child… introducing Estarvin from the Dominican Republic (chosen among other more important reasons for his name which explains his situation (pun intended), His name can also seem similar to mine but if anyone calls me this I swear to god…) Once I get more information on the little guy I will brief everyone on his situation and how IFS has helped.

    Paying for the little guy is another issue that I have worked tirelessly on. I have always wanted to do something good with out costing us an arm and a leg. He is 30 dollars a month which works out to 90 dollars per meeting so we have 3 months times $30 is $90. With 17 members this works out to $5.5 per member every third month. Still too pricey? Well I have called up IHOP and talked to the manager, he told me he would be willing to give us a 10% discount on our entire bill for our meetings. 17 members plus $25 give or take meals comes out to $425. 10% is $42.5. This will go to sponsoring the child which comes out to $90-$42.5 is $ 47.5. Divide this number by all members and we get $2.8 for each member every third month! I told you paying for a child in a third world country would be cheap and how good does it feel to say “IFS is responsible for saving a life” a little better than saving Christmas right?


Santa Barbara bum on the left and Estarvin on the right.


8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. mandrew
    Nov 03, 2006 @ 08:10:49

    Once a year magic is more than than can be said of a few other ministers Estarvin, errr I mean Esteban. Good work.
    Is that really his name? Thats great, just great.

  2. D-Jam
    Nov 02, 2006 @ 12:38:25

    Good job Estarvin.. oh I mean Esteban.. oh SPRAMMMY!!

  3. athletics
    Nov 02, 2006 @ 12:34:39

    Rousing has hemoroids? Pound my monkey ass.

  4. Rousing
    Nov 02, 2006 @ 10:06:19

    Wow Dad, this Philanthropy is BIG. This is amazing Esteban. Great post…is that really his picture (how much of the post is real, how much sarcasm – sorry but my mind is clouded with hemoroid agony)?

  5. athletics
    Nov 02, 2006 @ 09:35:23

    How would we go about getting this kid to a meeting as a guest member, or maybe an honorary junior member (no beer privileges)? Or maybe we just go to the DM for our first international meeting? So many options. Nice job Estarvin, I mean Esteban.

  6. spirits
    Nov 02, 2006 @ 00:17:25

    Saving the world one Estarvin Marvin at a time. Way to go E. Do you accept Euro?

  7. M+T
    Nov 01, 2006 @ 20:16:08

    Can we send him a shirt?
    3 Days before meeting and you pulled-out a gem. Good Job Philanthropy, you’re just like Santa Claus, you get off your ass once a year to do something magical.
    (I fixed the post.)

  8. E
    Nov 01, 2006 @ 18:28:14

    Sorry I should have previewed this before I posted it. There was a mix up going from word to type pad.