The philanthropists that spoke to us in Arte America were very helpful for our class. I personally felt more connected with the story of Granville. It was very interesting to learn that Darius Assemi and his family are from Iran and that they contribute to the Fresno community as well as to the Middle East. Mr. Assemi's quote about "teaching them to fish, rather than just givig them the fish" is very eye opening. I believe we need to also work in creating a "fishing industry" so that the organizations that we help can grow more efficiently. We can, for example, encourage the "challenge grants" that the Bonner Family Foundation implements. Our partnership with a Community Benefit Organization should be more than monetary. We should try to make a positive impact in our community.
Grizelva Garcia