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The Good People Fund

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Human Services, International, International Development, Personal Social Services, Philanthropy

Mission: The Good People Fund searches for and supports people who work quietly and diligently, often below the radar screen and with shoe-string budgets, to better our world in untold numbers of ways. It is to these people, small entities or individuals whose efforts don’t benefit from glossy brochures or promotions, or help from adequate staff or large organizational structures, that we direct our attention. Their success is our mission — by making them and their work visible and viable to others who will provide needed funding through tzedakah that is given in a cost-effective and meaningful way.

Geographic areas served: US and Israel

Programs: The good people fund was formed for charitable and educational purposes, providing both financial and operational support to small grass-roots programs in the united states and in israel. These programs are devoted to serving others in need. The good people fund assists programs to become sustainable and independent, and to advise individuals, students, teachers and donees ways to improve and maximize the use of financial and other resources and how to utilize other peoples talents on behalf of repairing the world.

provides charitable and educational assistance to those that better our world in numerous ways by providing both financial and operational support to small, low-overhead grass-roots programs and organizations that generally "fly below the radar screen" who are devoted to serving others in need in both the united states and israel. Common to all is the presence of an individual or small group who have recognized a problem and have dedicated themselves to resolving it.

Community Stories

42 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

Great experience working with the Good People Fund! Friendly staff, prompt communication, very open and inclusive spirit of work. The Good People Fund funded our pilot 'Farmer Pod' initiative at Plant It Forward. Plant It Forward worked with another local nonprofit organization, Open Architecture Houston, to construct Farmer Pods for shade and storage for two of our refugee farmers. We greatly appreciate it!

Kerry30

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Good People Fund invested in our potential and has been instrumental in our growth. It is an incredible force for good, and we are so thrilled to be able to work with them.

Client Served

Rating: 5

‘Kaima Beerotayim’ – an agricultural farm with community participation that provides an occupational and educational framework for youth who have dropped out of the formal education system. The good people fund is a major social partner with an important leading influence in future development and helping us to achieve the association's goals. The relationship with the fund is close , personal and warm approach which allows openness and collaborative thinking without judgment. The good people fund team has helped us through hard times and we are thankfull for their partnership.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We at S.A.H.I. had a great idea – we knew youth, and in particular at-risk youth can become a positive force in their own lives and in the lives of their communities. All that needs to happen is that they shift their focus towards caring for and giving to others. We already had a pilot program that was doing wonders. But we wanted to reach further – more youths, more cities, more communities. Naomi and the Good People Fund immediately got what we were trying to do. The Good People Fund are not just giving us financial support. We are getting a true partnership, good advice, great connections and real support in turning a great idea into a real social movement.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Good People Fund has been a tremendous asset to our organization's growth. They understand the needs and challenges of small nonprofits and are responsive and compassionate. We have grown and developed because of their strong support!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The Good People Fund staff have taken the time to get to know how we serve the most vulnerable, and what our organizational needs are. They truly care about our work and want to help us meet our goals. They are more than funders - they are advocates and supporters.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Good People Fund, inspired and led by some really, really good people, was among the first to believe in our mission at Kaima – that being to apply agricultural activities to re-connect to Israeli youth who have dropped out of school, society, and their families and provide them with a sense of personal purpose and social value. The GPF really ‘got’ what we were trying to accomplish, when our ideas were merely dreams. Later, as we began to gain traction and expand, thanks in large measure to their involvement, they remained by our side, helping with funding, guidance, and encouragement. GPF’s giving model is unique within the grant-making community. They care, they are there over time – as full partners in our social change making endeavor. The relationship, nearly three years old, is one that we believe will last a lifetime. Every person needs two things in this world: a compass to guide them, and an anchor to provide them with security. Naomi, her board and colleagues have offered us both!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

"The Good People Fund" fulfills a very important role in seeking out and assisting new organizations and the people behind them. We at "Ten Gav" are very grateful to Naomi at TGPF for her financial assistance and for the handholding and guidance that comes along with it. The beauty of this organization is in its willingness to give new people with new ideas about how to make a contribution to society, a chance to get up and get going. In addition it's a great feeling to be a recipient alongside other recipients as I think the other beneficiaries are doing such interesting and important work. It's a great club to belong to!

Client Served

Rating: 5

"The Good People Fund" fulfills a very important role in seeking out and assisting new organizations and the people behind them. We at "Ten Gav" are very grateful to Naomi at TGPF for her financial assistance and for the handholding and guidance that comes along with it. The beauty of this organization is in its willingness to give new people with new ideas about how to make a contribution to society, a chance to get up and get going. In addition it's a great feeling to be a recipient alongside other recipients as I think the other beneficiaries are doing such interesting and important work. It's a great club to belong to!

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Good People Fund was instrumental in helping our charity reach a new level of success. We have benefited greatly from support with a new website, a logo and a matching grant. Our organization, Breaking the Chain Through Education, strives to eradicate child slave trafficking in Ghana, Africa. Since receiving support from The Good People Fund, we have grown significantly and have rescued many more children from slavery. Naomi has remained in contact to provide ongoing and invaluable advice and guidance. We feel so grateful and fortunate to be recipients of the good work of "Good People".

Jared6

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Good People Fund actively supports organizations making a positive difference in the world. By supporting the Good People Fund, you can give & know that your money will be going to a worthy cause. Naomi is phenomenal, and she recently came to a site visit at Spirit Club! Her follow up on the grant awarded shows how diligent they are about supporting worthy organizations that meet their criteria.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our small non profit , The Jewish Gift Closet, collects and distributes clothes, furniture and baby equipment to those in need in our community and administers an emergency fund to cover rent and basic necessities. The Good People Fund stepped in at a critical time when demand for help exceeded our available funds and we didn't know where to turn. They provided the necessary expertise and matching funds for our first venture into crowd funding. They took a personal interest in our charity and followed up with our progress. Our team is made up of volunteers and it was gratifying to all of us to receive the support of an organization that recognizes "good people". To make it even better, their Director Naomi and one of the board members made the trip to San Diego to visit us and get to know us. We only wish there were more organizations like theirs.

Blyth L.

Client Served

Rating: 5

As a start-up non-profit doing innovative work on the edges of what people typically think about, it isn't easy to capture the attention of funders who are used to looking at bigger fish doing more typical things. What a lift, gift, inspiration and motivation it thus was to learn about the Good People Fund and to meet with their wise and emotionally intelligent ED and trustees. They listen, they ask good questions, they think about interesting things in different ways, and they genuinely care about making a difference in the world. They also understand how hard it is for smaller non-profits to be seen. And yet some of the best work is happening on the edges and in the corners. The Good People Fund is exactly what it's name suggests: Good People helping Good People do Good things. It is a much-needed, compassionate, smart idea that is very well executed. I am grateful

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Good People Fund is just that; Good People. Always true to their word, they have been an integral part to our organization's growth , bringing us closer to ending hunger in Oregon.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Good People Fund is a fantastic organization and I will highly recommend them. Their work goes above and beyond the interactions we have with most foundations. It's not just about numbers: you know that at the end of the day they care about your wellbeing and success. Our nonprofit, Sundara, receives sponsorship from their fund. They are an absolute pleasure to work with.

Menachem S.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Shai Asher: Transitional Employment Solutions is a small start up non-profit organization providing apprenticeship training for people with special needs in rural northern Israel. About a year ago we became a beneficiary of The Good People Fund. Our connection with the GPF was a great achievement for us not only in terms of financial assistance but more importantly because of the caring, professional and mentoring relationship which developed with Naomi and her staff and board. Their availability and interest in all aspects of the program, especially with the programs participants, has given us the needed emotional and technical support to move our mission forward. I thank the day I first encountered Naomi and God bless them for their goodness.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Second Helpings Atlanta, Inc. is a proud member of The Good People Fund family. For two years now, we have received a generous grant to help us expand the reach of our Program to rescue unused food and get it to the hungry. The Good People Fund's Executive Director, Naomi Eisenberg, has provided us with guidance and wonderful "food for thought." Though our beginnings were in 2004, we have made tremendous growth strides in the past 5 years, including hiring our first full-time Director. The Good People Fund is making a huge difference in moving us toward our goals, by 2020, of feeding twice the number of food insecure individuals, especially children and seniors.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Good People Fund supported me and my work with Barbershop Books, a program that places child-friendly reading spaces in barbershops, at a very early stage. Their matching grant provided invaluable financial support that has helped Barbershop Books impact the lives of more children.

Client Served

Rating: 5

At Hope and Comfort we collect and distribute personal care products to improve the health and self esteem of adults and children in need. The Good People Fund has been wonderfully generous with their time and resources to help us grow to meet unfortunately the enormous demand that exists for our services. Naomi and her team are terrific to work with and we consider ourselves very lucky to have them by our side.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Perhaps a story can best explain how important The Good People Fund has been to us:

We, a group of court appointed attorneys and social workers, started a small non-profit so our poorest child clients could get the help and services they desperately needed, which we could not find elsewhere.

Here are some examples of what we face in court:
children not going to school who live in homes without electricity or heat, stressed parents who because they can't afford to fix their car, are about to lose their job and possibly their home, teens getting into trouble on the street because they can't pay sports team fees, unsocialized children who need quality after-school activities, a foster child who has settled into a nice foster home but may need to change foster families because of allergies unless an air conditioner can be purchased, a young mother in a homeless shelters who feels frustrated and hopeless because without a phone or bus fare, she can't get a job so she can get back on their feet..

For 9 years we have held fundraisers to raise the money to help these children and families, but we have paid basically all of the expenses involved in actually running this non-profit (while servicing more than 700 requests for help) from our own pockets.

So I can't tell you how grateful we are to The Good People.

I initially heard about their good work from a friend who has been contributing to them for years.
From the moment I first called Naomi to see if 'TGF' might be interested in One Can Help, they have been exceptionally responsive.

Naomi immediately understood what we do and why the help we give is so necessary for this very vulnerable and underserved population. While the money we give beneficiaries is relatively small, these small amounts really can make an enormous difference!

'TGF' provided us with a matching grant this year of $7500. It was so impressive to see how their offer helped create excitement among our supporters . As a result, we easily surpassed our initial fundraising target!

I can truly say that 'TGF's generous support is helping One Can Help develop the infrastructure we need in order to continue our mission into the future with confidence. Their advice and their support are proving to be invaluable.

Anne Bader-Martin, Esq.
www.OneCanHelp.org

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Our organization is honored to have recently joined The Good People Fund's community as a grant recipient. The financial support that The Good People Fund has given us has already made an impact. But even more remarkable to our grassroots non-profit is the individual and unique support we have received from day one from the GPF. The comments that Naomi and her board members made and the questions they raised at our interview immediately caused us to step back and begin to look at our organization differently and more deeply. Already they have given us invaluable feedback on marketing and development and have facilitated connections that we know are going to help us to make more impact in the world. The GPF is a stellar operation with a wealth of knowledge and incredible vision, and we cannot recommend them highly enough.