The Good People Fund combines the best attributes of a professional run charitable organization with genuine personalized attention towards both the organizations
the Good People Funds and also the many great causes the grantee organizations
are working on. Its director rolls up her sleeves and cares about the details, the
people, the stories. As a new grantee organization, I can honestly say that it is rare
that a grant-making organization will want to understand our work to the level
that the Good People Fund does. Many small organizations, like the one I run, are
run on a shoe-string and we are very focused on delivering the most impact while
spending the least amount of money. To have a grant-making organization on whom we
can rely for advice, and who takes a sincere interest in our work, is a real blessing.
We are really grateful to be able to work with the Good People Fund!
Founder/Executive Director, Caravan to Class
The Good People Fund was the best thing that happened to our start-up non-profit! We were struggling to meet the demand for our services and their grant enabled us to hire a social worker, doubliing our staff and increasing our productivity exponentially. Our organization runs singles events and dating services for people with disabilities. We were having trouble convincing donors why they should support our project while at the same time we have over 500 registered clients and a constant flow of new people asking for help. We met with Naomi and her team and we didn't have to do any explaining. They just got it! They immediately figured out the best way to help. Their pattern of finding real needs and raising the money to meet them is the best charitable model imaginable.
I have been working with Naomi Eisenberger for more years than I can remember - first when she managed Ziv Tzedakah Fund and now in her capacity as founder and administrator of The Good People Fund, a charitable organization devoted to finding and supporting small, often overlooked causes that do good work. Naomi has a talent for zeroing in on places where The GPF can make a vital difference. She uses her donors' contributions wisely and appropriately. My clients, Jewish women in financial crises living in the five-county, Greater Philadelphia area, often have been beneficiaries of the generosity of The GPF when communal resources and public benefits have been exhausted. I feel fortunate in knowing that when such cases arise, The GPF will be there to consider my request and help to the fullest extent possible.
Eileen S. Sklaroff, President, Female Hebrew Benevolent Society
I'm the director and co-founder of Volunteers In Psychotherapy (VIP)-- and we're the happy recipients of yearly support from Naomi Eisenberger and the Good People Fund. We're a grass-roots organization providing free psychotherapy to people in exchange for volunteer work they provide to the charity or government agency of their choice. By working independently of insurance, no managed care company can demand reports about people's private discussions -- which is crucial to developing trust in discussing very personal matters which are typically the source of people's confusion, inner conflict and emotional upset. Also, so many people have no insurance, or insurance which will pay for psychoactive medication, but not personal discussions.
The GPF regularly checks with us about our progress and ways in which they can help us. Though their financial resources are limited and must be spread among many worthy causes, they sincerely and energetically strive to help organizations do good work helping people.
They have always listened to us for the specifics of difficulties we encounter doing our work. Most recently they even helped us to move in a new direction which should help therapists in other regions who've contacted us, inquiring about greater details of how VIP works, and asking for assistance in developing similar programs in their locales. [In the 14 years that we've run VIP, we've provided pro-bono consultations with over 100 therapists who've contacted us in this regard.] Now we're developing this program to "export" the VIP model to independent groups across the U.S. through ongoing consultations.
Not only has the GPF encouraged us in this initiative, they also provided matching funds for half the cost of the work. Beyond that, they have actively encouraged another "mental health" foundation to consider providing the other half of the funding. For a relatively small amount of money, VIP's approach could be used and modified by groups of therapists and other stakeholders in many areas.
This is just one example of the many instances in which Naomi took an interest in our work, our outreach to the community (last year Naomi brainstormed with us in optimizing the benefits of author Joanne Greenberg's [I Never Promised You a Rose Garden] generous offer to speak on VIP's behalf at a local university), our needs and our future plans.
The Good People Fund is worthy of many people's support! They've helped us and many other charitable programs, working efficiently, frugally, thoughtfully and passionately.
I am the Executive Director of the New Orleans Women’s Shelter where we assist women and their children to transition out of homelessness into a stable and independent lifestyle. The Good People Fund was a blessing to our agency. Naomi Eisenberger and her team visited the New Orleans Women's Shelter a few months ago and very were inspiring to our residents and staff. Naomi and her team were able to see who we were and what we are doing to help homeless women and children in the New Orleans community. They were very supportive and provided us with a wealth of information on various software products, other small non-profit programs, and put us in contact with people who are making a difference in our residents’ lives. One of the many doors Naomi opened was introducing us to a local photographer who came into our shelter and provided several of our residents including an 11 year old girl with an opportunity of a lifetime. Their work included photographing several major events held in New Orleans. Also, under the direction of Naomi Eisenberger and The Good People Fund we were awarded an opportunity to expand on some of our programming. The funds awarded came at a very critical time and for that we cannot thank them enough!