Founded in 2008, The Good People Fund provides financial support and management guidance to small and mid-sized, highly effective non-profits, headed by dynamic Good People who are devoted to tikkun olam (repairing the world).
We help donors achieve a maximum of good with each dollar spent by connecting them with the Good Person whose work best realizes their personal goals for tzedakah (to do the right thing by giving). We also welcome undesignated gifts that we direct to projects where the need is greatest.
- Scope: We target inspired non-profit entrepreneurs who operate with low overhead and on a personal scale, who 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.
- Screening: We find our Good People through our vast network of trusted contacts, and we screen each potential grantee to ensure that their work is effecting positive change. Our goal is to strengthen our grantees as they grow into self-sustaining organizations.
- Supervision: We build personal, professional relations with each of our Good People, to nurture their great work, monitor progress and ensure accountability. Our grantees consistently tell us that our mentoring is as valuable for their success as our financial support
- Speed: Often, we encounter situations where timely support is critical. We work efficiently, on a moment’s notice, to insure that urgent needs are met swiftly.
Living Our Values
In keeping with our philosophy that the vast majority of donor dollars should support those being served, we maintain a lean operating budget. Most of the salaries for our small staff are underwritten, as are a significant proportion of other operating costs.
Building on our mission of tikkun olam, we go beyond the act of giving to educate future donors about the meaning and power of tzedakah—and how they can best use their own talents and resources to do good works.