Bill Hughes was the headmaster at Garden School, where I attended high school in Jackson Heights, NY. Mr. Hughes has been gone for several years, but I think of him constantly. A quintessential New Yorker, he was passionate, caring, and took no prisoners when he had something on his mind.
I often think of one of his favorite sayings: the best thing in life is to have a choice.
Just as Mr. Hughes empowered me throughout my time at Garden School, we want to empower you to use the power of choice.
We want donors who are passionate about a particular field to feel the impact of their gift and know their dollars are going where they want them to go. Within these fields, Federation will allocate the funds to the agencies and programs working hard in our communities to make a difference.
We know that in 2018 it is easier than ever to give directly to a particular organization, and we don’t wish to discourage people from supporting agencies about which they care deeply. But the impact area system allows donors to support the agency about which they are most passionate AND other agencies that do similar work about which they might be unaware. As they say, a high tide raises all boats.
Even though I am fairly certain that Bill Hughes never contributed to a Jewish Federation, I think he would be very pleased.
P.S. Your 2018 donation of $1,000 or more is eligible for this opportunity, even if you’ve already made it. Click here and let us know if you’re interested in learning more or talking about the way(s) in which you’d like to allocate your gift for maximum impact!
P.P.S. This is just the beginning of empowering our donors! What else is in the works? Crowdfunding options for all donors to pool money and allocate to impact areas. Are you interested? Click here to be notified when this exciting opportunity is available.