For the past year, I have frequently been in contact with Naomi Eisenberger, the director of the Good People Fund. I am constantly impressed with the work that the Good People Fund does. From Ms. Eisenberger, I learned the meaning and the importance of the term Microphilanthropy. Ms. Eisenberger has an innate ability to recognize where even a small amount of money or assistance can do the most good. I am a teenager who runs my own nonprofit organization, PuzzlesToRemember (www.PuzzlesToRemember.org). From the beginning, I have relied on Ms. Eisenberger for advice and direction. I knew nothing about how to incorporate as a nonprofit organization. Ms. Eisenberger shared her experiences with me as well as directing me to online sites where I could learn more. She continued to assist and encourage me all the way through the process of attaining 501c3 status. In my view, Ms. Eisenberger not only runs an organization where she helps the most needy, but she also deserves recognition for each person that my organization helps, because she was instrumental in helping form my organization. Many times, Ms. Eisenberger has suggested other people of whom I might ask questions. Sometimes, she has even researched organizations for me and given me her candid opinion of them. All this she has done for a teenager, many states away, whom she has never met! Just imagine how many lives she touches through her Good People Fund! Many organizations are set up to provide large amounts of help to large numbers of people. The Good People Fund is unique. It can touch many lives or just the life of one person, perhaps an elderly person living alone and cold because all the heating money for the month is gone. What mitzvahs she performs!
I run a baby charity(St. Joseph's Baby Corner) 501(c)(3)in Seattle, WA. The Good People Fund has helped our babies from their very beginning and more. I first caught up with Naomi when she was working with Danny Siegel of the Ziv Tzedakah Fund in the early 1990's. They have helped to provide car seats, portacribs, nursing bras, baby board books, and more to our babies in the Seattle area. The assistance of the Jewish community has been miraculous over all these years. Our work is definitely non-sectarian. The willingness of Naomi to work creatively and quickly to address the needs of the babies has been a blessing for everyone. One of the many things that we are asked to do on ocassion is provide for the burial of a baby that has died. Most families that are expecting a baby are not prepared for the possibility of the baby dying while being born. Naomi has quietly opened the $$$ and asked how much I needed for the clothing, casket, or anything else the parents were needing to give the baby a dignified burial. Here all of the babies are assisted. We know nothing of the religious preferences of the family unless it is relevant to what is being requested. Naomi also worked cooperatively with several other groups so that a headstone could be placed at the grave of a 14 year-old boy that was accidently killed. The un-marked grave was bothering the boy's mother so much that there was fear that she would loose the baby she was pregnant with when this family's disaster occurred. Funds have been given to us to provide safe car seats, a safe place for the baby to sleep and nursing bras when needed so Mom can nurse the baby easily. The Good People Fund and their friends understand that the "little things" really do mean a LOT in people's lives. Giving quickly, quietly, and with loving hearts is the trademark of the Good People Fund and Naomi. I've lost count of all the babies that they have helped. The Good People Fund has made the world a better place to live for all of us.