I have known the work of the GOOD PEOPLE FUND since it began. I am so impressed with Naomi, the founder, who not only finds amazing organizations and people in need of funds, but she truly helps them beyond the monetary funds with amazing advice and guidance. I have seen the impact she and the GOOD PEOPLE FUND have had on many not for profits. It is truly so wonderful to read the annual report to learn of all the great organizations that my dollars can go towards helping. Read it........you too will be inspired by the GOOD PEOPLE that Naomi and her board chose to support: http://www.goodpeoplefund.org/news-and-publications/annual-reports/
I became aware of Good People Fund about 8-10 years ago and since then have been a steady donor and serve on an advisory committee to its board. If you aren't aware of GPF you have lots of company: in a way, that's a reflection of its greatest strength on one hand and its opportunities on the other. GPF flies well under the radar of most donors and even most Jewish communal leaders specifically because it targets needs that are markedly different from any other similar organization.
GPF does "micro-philanthropy" - donating to small, often start-up, programs in the US and Israel. They exemplify the adage of "a little bit goes a long way" - its grants are tiny by comparison to most funds but the impact those grants make is massive. That's why I like it so much: they move fast, they create tangible results, and they give a much-needed injection of resources and support to these otherwise struggling individuals or organizations.
This is a truly wonderful organization in every way. At a time when the world seems too big and violent, and people can easily be made to feel hopelessly insignificant, The Good People Fund gives the lie every day to the idea that individuals can't make a difference. Naomi Eisenberger and Debbie Klein work tirelessly to make sure that people in need of help can get it quickly and with sensitivity to their needs. I'm amazed at the scope of this operation as well as the remarkable positive impact they've had on people's lives.
In an increasingly impersonal world, it is a privilege to donate to a fund which reminds me that individual efforts do have great impact. Without such efforts so many needs would go unmet. The Good People Fund, under the leadership of Naomi Eisenberger, supervises these efforts in a way that I could not, so I know my donations are doing the maximum amount of good.
It is with great enthusiasm that I write this letter to highly recommend the Good People Fund for the Great Nonprofits list of Top-Rated Jewish Nonprofits. One reason I am so impressed with this extraordinary umbrella tzedakah is that it supports a wide variety of worthy causes and innovative projects, most of which are grass roots and do not receive major support from any one source. I continue to be inspired as I read about the profound impact of this fund on people who are in need of food, clothing, comfort, support, companionship, and healing, both of body and spirit. Moreover, I know the overhead is minimal and that the leadership is deeply committed to ensuring maximum effectiveness of gifts, honesty, and transparency. I have known the Executive Director, Naomi Eisenberger, for approximately twenty years, and I have full confidence and faith in her outstanding, devoted work that makes such a meaningful difference in the lives of so many people who depend on us to be G-d’s partner in healing broken lives.