Good People Fund Inc.

Small actions, huge impacts

aka The Good People Fund   |   Millburn, NJ   |  www.goodpeoplefund.org

Mission

The Good People Fund, inspired by the Jewish concept of tikkun olam (repairing the world), responds to significant problems such as poverty, disability, trauma and social isolation, primarily in the United States and Israel. We provide financial support, guidance and mentoring to charitable activities of modest proportions that are undertaken by Good People acting singly or in small groups. The Good People Fund operates responsively, flexibly and with a minimum of bureaucracy. Though rooted in Jewish tradition, the Good People Fund supports both Jewish and secular programs.

Ruling year info

2008

Executive Director

Naomi K Eisenberger

Main address

384 Wyoming Avenue

Millburn, NJ 07041 USA

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EIN

26-1887249

NTEE code info

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (T12)

Personal Social Services (P50)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Our world is beset by many intractable problems for which there are no simple solutions. The Good People Fund seeks individuals, visionaries, who are inspired to creatively resolve those issues be it hunger, poverty, the refugee crisis, empowerment of women, to name but a few. Once we have identified these people and their good work we support them with funding and mentoring to help them grow. By publicizing their efforts we also shine a light on their efforts giving them visibility they might not otherwise receive.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Working in Appalachia

Since 2009-2010, the Good People Fund has been actively involved in providing services to a very remote area of Kentucky, deep in the Appalachian region. We bring volunteers to the area annually, repair homes, provide monthly food as well as an annual trailer load of food and maintain personal contact with community members between visits.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The Good People Fund identifies Good People doing great work — on a personal scale — and introduces them to our donors who are seeking creative ways to help people in need. Our grantees, primarily in the United States and Israel, are small, grass-roots, under-the-radar efforts run by dedicated individuals, or Good People as we describe them. Unwilling to accept the status quo, they've found inventive means to ease poverty, hunger, disability, social isolation and more — with very low overhead and inspiring results. Our goal is to nurture their commitment and ability to achieve meaningful results, one community at a time. Grants range from small gifts to relieve urgent needs identified by our trusted sources, to seed money that leverages innovative solutions. We pre-screen and evaluate every organization to ensure that donors' funds are used for their intended purpose. We also provide significant management guidance and support to our grantees to help them grow their great work.

To identify new programs we make periodic site visits to Israel and various locations in the US where potential new programs may exist. The most important aspect of our work is the personal relationship with the grantee. We take our screening and vetting process very seriously. At the outset we engage in serious conversation with the founder to understand the root of their passion and the story that led them to pursue their work — usually this is a deeply profound and revealing conversation. Once we determine that we have discovered a dynamic visionary open to our mentorship and guidance, we take a close look at their financial status. We ask for budgets, 990s and any other documentation that shows financial health. We look for a budget below $500,000 and no full-time professional development staff. Potential grantees must demonstrate an ability to maintain low overhead, that the majority of expenses go towards programs and that the impact of our grants will be significant. Many of our organizations are in the nascent or emerging stages and we like to see the potential for growth. Though we have no precise formula, years of experience enable us to identify the right fit when we see it. We work with the grantee to determine their greatest needs and where our funds will have the most impact. Our opening grants, often matching challenges, generally range from $1,000 to $5,000 and are directed to a specific purpose. We then begin an ongoing mentee-mentor relationship, providing guidance and expertise in all aspects of non-profit management. We stay in touch with our grantees on a rolling, as-needed basis. Our written documentation is simple; we do not find layers of paperwork an effective assessment tool. Ultimately, we build personal, professional relationships with each of our Good People, to nurture their great work, monitor progress and ensure accountability.

It is really the human capital that has built our organization and that keeps it going at a strong pace. We are fortunate to have an Executive Director with over two decades of experience identifying and mentoring modest-size, nascent-stage organizations. Her ability to vet these organizations combined with her expertise in the management and running of small non-profits has allowed us to grow our model. Our Executive Director is supported by a very involved and highly capable Board of Directors that each brings a unique skill set to the table. In addition, the Good People Fund maintains a small part-time consultant staff that covers public relations and marketing as well as a Jewish Educational Consultant to interact with Jewish educators and produce educational materials. (most positions are covered by grants specifically awarded to cover their costs)

Since 2008, we have raised over $13,000,000 and granted over $11,000,000 to more than 185 small organizations, mentoring them as they grow. Several have outgrown us as their budget grows beyond our rough cut-off of $500,000. Through our work with small organizations as well as our Human Needs/Self-Sufficiency work, we know that more hungry people have been fed, more homeless people have found shelter, more at-risk youth have discovered supportive outlets, more elders have overcome the isolating effects of aging, more disabled people have found meaning in their lives and more people caught in the cycle of poverty have achieved some stability. We have built a strong organizational base with solid infrastructure, proper governance, financial oversight, active sub-committees and a committed board that meets regularly and have grown our staff to include consultants who assist in our work.

To do: increase our audience; assure our sustainability and continue to identify worthwhile programs.

Financials

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Operations

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Good People Fund Inc.

Board of directors
as of 2/25/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Larry Paul

No Affiliation

Term: 2019 - 2021

Erik Lindauer

No Affiliation

Peter Freimark

No Affiliation

Rabbi Gordon Fuller

No Affiliation

Dr. Arthur Brenner

No Affiliation

Lisa Lindauer

No Affiliation

Evelyn Herwitz

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Larry Paul

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David Gilman

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Rachel Litcofsky

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Jody Harburger

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Steve Moehlman

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Adina Kanefield

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Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No