Founded in 2008, under the direction of Naomi Eisenberger, The Good People Fund provides financial support and management guidance for small to medium grassroots efforts devoted to tikkun olam (repairing the world).
Inspired by the former Ziv Tzedakah Fund, we connect donors with Good People who, operating with low overhead and on a personal scale, have developed creative solutions to poverty, hunger, disability, trauma recovery, social isolation and other significant challenges-but whose work would otherwise go unsupported.
Most of our grantees are based in the U.S. and Israel, but our Good People reach out to communities beyond, as well. We target highly effective non-profits headed by dynamic Good People, with annual budgets under $500,000, and no professional development staff.
In keeping with our philosophy that the vast majority of donor dollars should support those being served, we maintain a lean operating budget. Salaries for our small staff are underwritten, as are a significant proportion of other operating costs.
The Good People Fund
- Discovers and supports small, effective tzedakah initiatives dedicated to tikkun olam that might otherwise fall below the radar screen of larger charities.
- Builds personal, professional relations with each of our Good People, to nurture their great work, monitor progress and ensure accountability.
- Helps donors do a maximum of good with each dollar spent by connecting donors with the Good Person whose work best realizes their personal tzedakah goals.
- Educates about the meaning and power of tzedakah.