Philanthropy in Phocus – Recap & Announcement 6.18.2021

Connecting with Career Day Inc.

Career Day Inc.™ organizes a program that aims to change the lives of young adults by introducing high school students to the paths others have taken to reach their career goals. By working in partnership with a variety of professionals and school staff, Career Day Inc.’s program creates an atmosphere of acceptance and opportunity for all students at every academic level.

Beth Bucheister (Executive Director/Board Chair) is the founder and Executive Director of Career Day Inc., a not-for-profit organization created to inspire young adults to reach high and believe that with endurance and positive self-esteem they can achieve their goals. Beth is a Certified Professional Coach who has been advocating for those in need all her adult life. Her ability to identify, prioritize and plan a positive course of action is a strength she uses as a Life Coach. Her late husband, Arie, is the inspiration for the scholarship awarded to students who are inspired by Career Day.

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Next week, check out the podcast when Genevieve Piturro, Founder of Pajama Program will be joining me in the attic. Pajama Program is a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that promotes and supports a comforting bedtime routine and healthy sleep for all children to help them thrive. Tune in Friday, June 25 at 10am.

Philanthropy in Phocus – Recap & Announcement 6.11.2021

Combating Hunger One Sandwich at a Time

One Sandwich at a Time is a nonprofit organization with a mission to combat hunger and homelessness through volunteerism, kindness, compassion, and our two hands! It is the simple action of making a sandwich that creates a ripple effect of change.

Erin Dinan is from Chicago and went to college at Auburn University and graduate school at Harvard University. She moved to NYC to pursue photography and one night, while going through a personal struggle, said a prayer for guidance, to make a change in this world that can help those in need.

Shortly after, while running through Grand Central Station to catch the last train, she shared her sandwich with a man who was hungry. This eventually led to One Sandwich at a Time!

Dinan lives in NYC and loves art, travel (have been to over 30 countries!), family/friends, and humanity. They are her greatest passions!

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Next week, Beth Bucheister, Executive Director of Career Day Inc., will be joining Tommy in the attic. Career Day Inc. inspires young HS students by bringing in people to talk about a variety of careers.

Philanthropy in Phocus – Recap & Announcement 6.4.2021

Meeting the Need – Nonprofit Resource Hub

NRH is a trade association whose mission is to serve, be a resource to, educate, and connect its members to the nonprofit community.

At the same time, NRH serves the nonprofit sector as a bridge connecting nonprofit organizations to each other and to helpful resources.

Danette O’Connell, the Co-Founder and President of the Nonprofit Resource Hub and the CEO of Triumph International. Her passion is helping both national and international NONPROFITS by providing expertise in growth, sustainability, strategic planning, operations, technology, and financial management.

She had been assisting organizations for over 20 years with her entrepreneurial spirit.

Watch Tommy’s interview with Dannette as it streamed on Facebook here.

Next week on the Philanthropy in Phocus video show, Erin Dinan from One Sandwich at a Time will be joining Tommy in the attic.

Inspired by an interaction with a hungry homeless person, Erin began making sandwiches and handing them to those in need. After a discussion with her friend and co-founder George Kontogiannis, One Sandwich at a Time was born.

Tune in Friday, June 11 to watch or listen.

Philanthropy in Phocus – Recap & Announcement 5.28.2021

Find Comfort with Solace House

At Solace House, their services include free, easily accessible counseling and support for individuals who are experiencing suicidal distress, have made a suicide attempt, engage in self-harm and/or have been bereaved by suicide.

They also offer Family Support for our clients’ loved ones, group bereavement counseling and community awareness workshops. All of the programs provided are completely free of charge, confidential and conducted by highly qualified Licensed Clinical Social Workers.

Danielle came to Solace House in 2017 after working on the Communications and Development team at the Center Against Domestic Violence (CADV), a non-profit providing shelter for survivors of domestic violence. Danielle’s role at CADV supported the organization’s fundraising/development, events, marketing, communications and outreach efforts. While at CADV, she participated on Cities for CEDAW, New York City Steering Committee. Along with representatives from multiple New York City organizations, she advocated for a local women’s bill of rights ordinance based on the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). Connector.

Watch the whole interview with Danielle Gallagher & Elizabeth McInnes as it streamed on Facebook.

Next week in the attic, Danette OConnell of the Nonprofit Resource Hub will be joining Tommy. Tune in Friday, June 4 at 10am.

Philanthropy in Phocus – Recap & Announcement 5.21.2021

Story Hour With The Book Fairies

The Book Fairies is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that collects reading materials for people in need throughout metropolitan New York. The reading materials foster literacy and academic success, provide a respite from personal struggles, and nurture a love of reading across age groups.

Amy Zaslansky is the founder of The Book Fairies, a nonprofit organization that provides books to people in need across metropolitan New York. Since its inception in 2012, The Book Fairies has donated more than 2.7 million books to underserved schools and nonprofit organizations including hospitals, homeless shelters, soup kitchens and correctional facilities. Amy, a lifelong avid reader and lover of books.

She is a Maryland native, graduated from Emory University with a BA in Psychology and earned her MS in Occupational Therapy from Temple University. Her earlier careers included being an Occupational Therapist, and operating an e-commerce site. Amy resides on Long Island with her husband, three children, and a small menagerie of pets.

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Next week, Solace House will join me in the attic for an interview. Solace House’s goal is to make talking about not being okay, okay. At Solace House, their mission to provide free, accessible, professional counseling and support services to anyone in emotional crisis.

Philanthropy in Phocus – Recap & Announcement 5.14.2021

Connecting with The Corporate Source

The Corporate Source (TCS) is a 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to improving employment equity for individuals with disability. TCS achieves this with dynamic collaborations within the federal, state and private sector by providing outsourcing business services including: disinfecting and janitorial services, total facilities management, mailroom operations, call center support, messenger services, kennel care and more. In the process, TCS helps its partners meet their Corporate Social Responsibility objectives to increase disability employment, inclusion and acceptance.

Michael Kramer is Chief Executive Officer of The Corporate Source, a nonprofit organization based in Garden City that is dedicated to creating employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities and providing services leading to independence and fulfillment. Celebrating its 25th year changing lives, TCS creates these opportunities through outsourcing service fulfillment to federal, state and private sector contracts, employing a workforce of nearly 400 throughout New York City, Long Island, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands.

Watch the entire interview as it streamed on Facebook.

Tune in next week when I’ll be interviewing Eileen Minogue and Amy Zaslansky from The Book Fairies. The Book Fairies have given away 2.5 million books to penitentiaries, homeless shelters, schools, and other places in need.

Philanthropy in Phocus – Recap & Announcement 5.7.2021

Everyone Wins with Heroes to Heroes

Heroes to Heroes provide spiritual healing and peer support for American combat veterans who have attempted suicide or are on a path to self-destruction due to moral injury/PTSD. Judy Isaacson Elias founded Heroes to Heroes in March 2010.

She spent most of her career in Broadcast Media in radio advertising sales and management with Regional Reps Corporation, XM Satellite Radio, Emmis Communications, CBS Radio, and Viacom.

Judy lives in Boynton Beach, Florida, with her husband Zev, their dog, Benji, and is enjoying being a Grandma while following her passion of helping our veterans through Heroes to Heroes.

Watch the whole interview as it streamed on Facebook.

Next week, Michael Kramer, CEO of The Corporate Source will join me in the attic on the podcast. The Corporate Source is a nonprofit dedicated to promoting the employment of  people with disabilities and providing services leading to independence and fulfillment. Tune in live May 14 @10am Eastern here.

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Philanthropy in Phocus – Recap & Announcement 4.30.2021

Today in the attic for the podcast, I interviewed Michael Remaley of Restaurant Workers’ Community Foundation (RWCF).

Launched on March 15, 2020, RWCF raised $6,751,226.02 by the end of 2020, 50% of which provided direct crisis relief to individual restaurant workers. The remainder of the funds went to nonprofit organizations serving restaurant workers in crisis and zero-interest loans for restaurants to get back up and running.

Watch the entire interview as it streamed on Facebook here.

Next week, Judy Isaacson Elias, Founder of Heroes to Heroes, whose mission is to provide spiritual healing and peer support for Combat Veterans of all conflicts and all faiths who have attempted suicide or are on a path to self-destruction due to moral injury/PTSD. Tune in live May 7 @10am Eastern here.

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Philanthropy in Phocus – Recap & Announcement 4.23.2021

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Today’s guest in the attic was Jennifer Singer – Executive Director of Bright Futures for Youth.

Bright Futures for Youth is a community-focused nonprofit organization committed to addressing the ever-changing needs of youth, from sixth-graders to those in their mid-20s, in Nevada County.

Teens and adolescents face many challenges and many changes that are part of growing up. It’s a time to figure out who they are, what they value and hope to achieve. A little extra support, tools and resources along the way can make a big difference and help youth overcome obstacles. There certainly are more challenges today than when we started in 1995.

Bright Futures for Youth, created by the merger of The Friendship Club and NEO in summer 2020, has three programs to address the issues and help youth in numerous ways, from after-school programs and a drop-in Youth Center to ensuring access to services. Our focus areas are health and wellness, healthy relationships, goal setting, self-awareness, self-sufficiency and community connectedness.

Bright Futures for Youth is about helping youth today to ensure a better future for tomorrow.

Watch the whole interview with Jennifer Singer here.

Next week, Michael Remaley of Restaurant Workers’ Community Foundation (RWCF) will be joining me on the podcast. Launched on March 15, 2020, RWCF raised $6,751,226.02 by the end of 2020, 50% of which provided direct crisis relief to individual restaurant workers. The remainder of the funds went to nonprofit organizations serving restaurant workers in crisis and zero-interest loans for restaurants to get back up and running.

Watch my interview with Michael Friday, April 30 @ 10am live here.

Philanthropy in Phocus – Recap & Announcement 4.16.2021

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Connecting with the Allied Foundation

The Allied Foundation, Inc. is a for impact, designated 501C3 that was formed in 2015 by a group of concerned pediatric physicians who saw a lack of access to essential resources within their patient population and joined together to actively make a difference in the greater community. Ending diaper need is one way in which we fulfill our mission. Diapers are an essential need no baby should ever have to go without.

Heather Edwards is a mission driven development professional who is passionate about generating philanthropic support to advance the mission of the organizations she serves. Her career in development spans 17 years where she held leadership positions in healthcare at academic medical centers, higher education and social service agencies.

Heather also spent 7 years of her career building brands for national products including Post Kids Cereals-Honeycomb, Avon, US West and Tri-State Cadillac. Heather is happily married to her wonderful husband Kevin and proud mom to Jack, Katie and Linda.

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Next week in the attic: Jennifer Singer of Bright Futures for Youth