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Total Altruistic Project Foundation

T.A.P. Into It

San Diego, CA   |  https://www.TotalAltruismProject.org
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Total Altruistic Project Foundation

EIN: 85-3296813


Mission

The Total Altruistic Project® Foundation is a nonprofit organization that identifies projects that heightens altruistic behavior in people which helps our environment, both ecologically and socially. Our organization then strives to implement the project to success.

Ruling year info

2020

President of Foundation, Founder

Gary Blume

Main address

4628 Alma Pl

San Diego, CA 92115 USA

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EIN

85-3296813

Subject area info

Vocational post-secondary education

Community college education

Cooperative education

Educational exchanges

Recycling

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Population served info

Children and youth

Adults

LGBTQ people

Heterosexuals

Women and girls

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NTEE code info

Environmental Beautification (C50)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

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Programs and results

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Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Total Altruism Project

This project makes a common random act of kindness, picking up a piece of litter, more convenient to do while venturing along a popular path. However, that simple act ends up benefiting not only the environment and that person (who feels a bit better about themselves), but it is also shown to benefit the person who witnesses the act. It also benefits the custodians of the land (reducing their litter patrol workload) and local governments that budget for litter control. The project also benefits a local community college in that the Biostatistics class uses the project for their semester study to help learn coursework. The project has health benefits for both people and their pets. And, most importantly, by boosting the inner-worth of the person who is performing the act of kindness...they are self-motivating to repeat the use of the project in the future. "Imagine all the good that could be achieved if we could get people to feel good about themselves."

Population(s) Served
Families
Non-adult children
Grandparents
Single parents
Retired people

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Our results

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How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of accolades/recognition received from third-party organizations

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Population(s) Served

Families, Adults, Adolescents, Children, Parents

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Total Altruism Project

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Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

San Diego Parks & Rec, Area II Manager San Diego Mesa College Bio(statistics) 200 Professor Julia Hoopes the Kiwanis Club of Grantville-Allied Gardens The Point Loma Assembly San Carlos Area Council

Number of children who have knowledge of quantitative concepts, spatial relationships, and sequencing. Children show interest and the ability to apply measuring, categorizing, and sequencing in real-life situations.

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Population(s) Served

Academics

Related Program

Total Altruism Project

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

San Diego Mesa College's Prof. Julia Hoopes uses our Total Altruism Project (T.A.P.) to help teach her Bio(statistics) 200 course. T.A.P. gives the students real-life applications for their studies.

Number of groups/individuals benefiting from tools/resources/education materials provided

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Population(s) Served

Families, Parents

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Total Altruism Project

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Conservation tools are made public for park visitors to use. Grounds Maintenance Workers benefit from daily volunteer litter patrol. Community college statistics course benefits with their studies.

Number of groups brought together in a coalition/alliance/partnership

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Population(s) Served

Families, Foster and adoptive parents, Grandparents, Single parents, Stepparents

Related Program

Total Altruism Project

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

San Diego Mesa College's Bio 200 course works with the Total Altruism Project and San Diego Parks & Rec. The local community works with the T.A.P. project and San Diego Parks & Rec.

Number of students demonstrating responsible behaviors and work habits

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Population(s) Served

Students, Teachers

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Total Altruism Project

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

A class of biostatistics students (approx. 25 students) use the Total Altruism Project to master scientific data gathering skills and test experimental designs, and honing their work skills & habits.

Area of land, in hectares, indirectly controlled by the organization and under sustainable cultivation or sustainable stewardship

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Population(s) Served

Families, Foster and adoptive parents, Grandparents, Single parents, Stepparents

Related Program

Total Altruism Project

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The Total Altruism Project has 5 litter-grabbing tool stations surrounding this park that the community uses to help keep the park litter free.

Number of youth who consider the implications of their actions on others, their community, and the environment

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Related Program

Total Altruism Project

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The site of the first T.A.P. feasibility study at a community park,abuts Lewis Middle School. Students are often observed using the T.A.P. conservation tools in a responsible and respectful way.

The amount of litter reduced due to the use of the conservation tool provided.

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Population(s) Served

Students, Teachers, Researchers

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Total Altruism Project

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

San Diego Mesa College Bio 200 Fall 2022 semester project on the Total Altruism Project showed a significant decrease in litter (by 50%) once installed at the Allied Gardens Community Park.

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Imagine what effect it would have ON THE WORLD if a common random act of kindness, picking up a piece of litter, was made more convenient! Like a pebble being dropped into a calm pond, the good energy expands outwards. A person who picks up a piece of litter, just because they know it's the right thing to do, ends up feeling good about themselves; they are the pebble that starts the energy flowing. A person who witnesses that act usually feels good enough to thank that person for their actions...another shot of good energy is created. When it becomes more convenient to pick up a piece of litter, more people will perform this act of kindness, and the environment becomes healthier. And when this act gets repeated on a daily bases the custodians of the land feel great that the community is helping them out, the management company of the land becomes grateful that their employees are happier and are doing less litter patrol, leaving time for other, more complicated maintenance items. Local governments benefit by reducing their budget expenses for litter control...and it keeps expanding into other areas.
But wait, there's more:

The Total Altruistic Project Foundation (T.A.P.) has completed its first Feasibility Study at the Allied Gardens Community Park. We invited a local community college's Bio(statistics) 200 class to "science" the project to prove the hypothesis of the ripple effect caused by making it more convenient to pick up a piece of litter. Their controlled study showed that it reduced the litter in the park by half, and nearly eliminated the daily litter cleanup by park staff. Not only were the environmental results stunning but the students learned the material faster and better due to the real-life application. The students were happier, the professor was happier and the college, itself, is getting accolades for their participation in the project.

And all the T.A.P. foundation is doing is providing litter-grabbing tools on stations spaced out along a popular path. We have hypothesized that there are enough people in all populations that have and will continue to pick up a piece of litter when they are triggered to do so that if we make it more convenient to do so, more people will do it. Doing altruistic acts, such as picking up a piece of litter, has been proven to help a person's inner worth...making them a happier person. Isn't that what life is about, to feel good about yourself as much as possible??? When this simple act of kindness is repeated then the good energy keeps on rippling out! Our first feasibility study, from Nov. 1st - Dec. 15th, 2022 has been shown to extend out to 12 ripples...with the promise of further extension as we expand our project into other parks.
NOTE: The results were so promising from the first study that San Diego Parks & Rec have allowed us to open our 2nd feasibility study in one of 15 parks, and the Bio class is ready to use T.A.P. for their Spring Semester project.

The founders of the Total Altruism Project (T.A.P.) self-funded the entire project through the first feasibility study. With the incredibly positive results from this project's first study (results that can be verified by data charts, surveys, and references), the plan was to take those results and crowd-fund to raise money for the 2nd feasibility study at a park with different conditions. The plan was to accumulate the money on our own time and, when the funding is complete, install the 2nd feasibility study...again, on our own time. However, the Bio(statistics) 200 professor from Mesa College, Professor Julia Hoopes, had such good results from her 2022 Fall Semester class that she recently notified the T.A.P. foundation that she would like to use T.A.P. again for her semester project...a class that starts January 31st (next week). Given time to introduce descriptive and inferential statistics, basic probability, and binomial & normal distributions, along with organizing the experiment and collecting a statistically significant amount of data to form a control/baseline, T.A.P. needs to be installed by mid-March. San Diego Parks & Rec have already invited us to install our project in any of 15 of their parks (they love us THAT much!!!).

The BIG PLAN: with a 2nd, successful feasibility study, Parks & Rec will probably mandate T.A.P. to be in all their applicable parks (approx. 200). Since no one is allowed to advertise in a city park...UNLESS you sponsor something for the park (like a bench, table, a tot-lot, or T.A.P. equipment)! Our staging signs have a center spot reserved for a sponsor's logo, as do all of our conservation, litter-grabbing tools. We aim to have corporate sponsorship once we have completed our second feasibility study. We expect a similar financial sponsorship level as naming rights on a stadium. This will allow us to expand throughout the city.
But wait, there's more!!! Our foundation is registered as an educational 501(c)(3) with many board members having careers in education. The board is presently creating a certification curriculum for a career in altruistic conservation programs. Students who become certified with us will be able to open similar altruistic conservation projects in other cities around the U.S. and the world. Plus we are developing an internship program, to give students field experience in the production of conservation tools, inventorying & warehousing equipment, data collection, and maintenance of tools and projects out in the field.

We hope you can envision all the good that is now created from just simply making it easier to pick up a piece of litter. There is so much good being created from this project that we have to bring it to the public. People's altruistic nature is the pebble that is dropped into the pond and help us continue sending out ripples of good energy. T.A.P. Into It.

Financials

Total Altruistic Project Foundation

Financial data

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Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: 2022

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Revenue
Contributions, Grants, Gifts $0
Program Services $0
Membership Dues $0
Special Events $0
Other Revenue $3,636
Total Revenue $3,307
Expenses
Program Services $6,943
Administration $0
Fundraising $0
Payments to Affiliates $0
Other Expenses $0
Total Expenses $6,943

Total Altruistic Project Foundation

Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: 2022

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Assets
Total Assets $8,368
Liabilities
Total Liabilities $0
Fund balance (EOY)
Net Assets $8,368

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Documents
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President of Foundation, Founder

Gary Blume

I am the president of the Total Altruistic Project® Foundation. I have always had a love for the outdoors. I ran cross-country from 8th grade through college because it got me outdoors. I received a degree in Forestry, and I taught Biology at Clairemont High School, San Diego for almost a decade. One of the awesome things about teaching at Clairemont High School was that I had access to a natural, dense canyon...an awesome place to use as a classroom when teaching ecology and the likes. I love life, and I know that there are a lot of people like me. I am the one who thought of all the good that would occur if there was a tool that would make picking up a piece of litter a bit easier and was at-the-ready, stationed along popular walking paths. At this point in time, I have counted 11 different entities that benefit from this project, and none that have been hindered from it. That's when the name of the project came to mind: the Total Altruism Project®.

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Board of directors
as of 01/25/2023
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Board chair

Gary Blume

Karen Durst

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Amy Blume

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Pam Chandler

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George Butterstein

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Organizational demographics

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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