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Charitable endeavors with Jonah Engler

Jonah Engler never pictured that charitable endeavors would be his life’s work. But the “cause” was instilled upon him early, helping his mom with several projects sponsored by her employer, the United Federation of Teachers (UFT). While attending college, Jonah discovered an innate aptitude to lead, and to build. This powerful combination built the charitable man he is today.

His first endeavors were funded by writing competitive grants. Slowly, donations appeared. His goal has always been self-funded charities. However, he tries to avoid turning them into “businesses. He believes in giving his charities a “humble” feel. Charities have specific missions and visions, but at the end of the day, he knows they are just about giving to those who need help the most. Jonah is very outspoken about ‘other’ charities that do not truly support what their missions.


What has been the biggest accomplishment in your career?

Most would answer this question like, “when I got an award” or “the long-deserved promotion”; however, my proudest accomplishment began with Children of Promise, part of their mission offers mentorship for children whose parents are sent to prison. I met a bright young man with great drive and perseverance. I took this man under my wing and began to mentor him on school work, how to present himself, and worked various volunteer opportunities. I am not quite sure who made more of an impact on who though. (chuckles)


Is charity your biggest passion?

I have many passions and charity is by far my favorite non-family related one. I love the aspect of giving back, helping those in need, and giving guidance to younger generations.


What motivates you?

Knowing that I am doing what I truly feel passionate about. I feel the main drive is helping people and its just simply being attentive towards someone can mean the world to the other person.


How do you stay ahead of the competition?

Simple. Set out to do exactly what the organization says they stand for. That statement is somewhat of a no-brainer you would assume, but most may be surprised to find that organizations don’t exactly follow what they preach and that is not good. Sooner or later, said organization will be seen by donors, volunteers, and potential donors as inefficient. In that sense, maintaining a good organization that values their work is likely to appear more favorable to those looking to give and that’s how to say ahead of the competition.

Which philanthropists, past or present, have inspired you the most?

Bill Gates would be my go-to guy for inspiring me the most and it’s simply because he truly loves helping those all-around the world, he carries himself well, and is an all-around great human-being. He truly is one of the greatest philanthropists to emulate in our time and probably of all-time.

What is the next step for you?

Well I would like to incorporate my children into the realm of giving back as they get older. I feel this is a good way to establish great interpersonal skills and good morals.

What are some of the favorite tools and resources for your type of work?

G-suite is still one of the most powerful tools I use, it literally has everything I need to write, edit, and even connect with advisors and consultants.


What advice do you have for other would be philanthropists?

My best advice would be to find out what best suits you in the philanthropy realm and learn everything you can about it.

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