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.

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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 4.9.2021

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Queens and the Chamber of Commerce

‍This week, Tom Grech – CEO of Queens Chamber of Commerce visits Tommy D in The Attic!

The Queens Chamber of Commerce has been serving the Queens Community for over 100 years, celebrating its Centennial in March of 2011. The Chamber’s Mission is “To foster connections, educate for success, develop/implement programs and advocate for members’ interests.” With this in mind the QCC provides immeasurable resources and support to its member organizations which number over 1200 companies and organizations.

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Next week in the attic: Heather Edwards of Allied Foundation

Philanthropy in Phocus – Recap & Announcement 3.5.2021

Strong, Smart, and Bold with Girls Inc. of Long Island

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This week, Tommy interviewed Renee Daniel Flagler, covering exciting topics that relate to empowering young girls. Flagler is the Executive Director of Girls Inc. of Long Island, whose mission is to empower girls to be strong, smart, and bold. Renee is also an award-winning writer, adjunct professor, and speaker who is passionate about encouraging women and youth to pursue their passion and purpose. Renee advocates for youth both in the United States and abroad.

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Next week in the attic, Tommy will be interviewing Robert S. Budd, Chief Executive Officer of Family Residences and Essential Enterprises, Inc. (FREE). FREE is a not-for-profit agency that supports individuals of all abilities with community living opportunities, employment, day services, clinical, crisis, education, after-school and other supports.

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Philanthropy in Phocus – Recap & Announcement 2.26.2021

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How Nonprofit New York makes an Impact

Today’s guest is Taina Sanon, who’s the Programs Director of Nonprofit New York. We will discuss how Nonprofit New York Educates, Advocates & Networks on behalf of its 1700+ Nonprofit members.

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Philanthropy in Phocus – Recap & Announcement 2.19.2021

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An Inspiring & Motivating Conversation with Hey There Beautiful

Today Tommy D is joined in The Attic by Hey There Beautiful Foundation Founder & Executive Director Dailisha Rodriguez whose goal is to empower women and young girls with the confidence they seek in order to achieve success and abundance. Their vision is to provide support, connection, trust, inspiration and leadership skills. With workshops continually beautify communities while creating personal human connections to support empowering the world. They believe anything you can dream will flourish with hard work and perseverance.

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Next week, Taina Sanon of Nonprofit New York will join me in the attic.

You’re Invited: Long Island Imagine Awards, July 8, 2020 [Video]


The Long Island Imagine Awards, hailed as the “Academy Awards for Nonprofits” is the leading awards program recognizing innovation and leadership in the nonprofit sector on Long Island. This grant competition was established in 2012 by Ken Cerini, CPA, Managing Partner of Cerini and Associates, LLP. The Long Island Imagine Awards receives hundreds of applications each year from Long Island-based nonprofits who want to spotlight their innovation in programming, social impact and overall excellence. Winners are announced LIVE at the event after their video is premiered in front of an audience filled with over 400 supporters of the sector. Each finalist receives a complimentary video, and the winners receive a $5,000 grant to further fund their missions. Nearly $200,000 has been distributed since inception.  ​​