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Philanthropic Friday – Philanthropic Moms Honor Roll

Monday, July 7th, 2014

Like many of the most remarkable women in my life – Rebecca Levey’s presence in my life seems to have to real beginning and hopefully, no end. coque iphone x And the range of where we go and what we accomplish together is infinite – it feels like the most remarkable version of “ OH THE PLACES YOU’LL GO” – with the very best of company!

I have never been let down by Rebecca’s boundless energy, keen intellect or her ability to get the job done. She steps up in a way that is genuine – with complete passion and focus. coque iphone Rebecca always gets the job done and she does it exceptionally well at that. Her commitment is different from others in that she sees no barriers. If Rebecca says she is in – she in – mind, body and soul. coque iphone soldes There is no such thing as lip service – when Rebecca commits she rolls up her sleeves and makes magic. Her dedication and her accomplishments run deep. I will never really be able to thank her enough for the way in which she stepped up for me and the R Baby Foundation in 2011. That is just one example, of many. coque iphone 6 The list goes on and on….

And it is not only what she does. It is also how she views the world. Just this week there was yet another day in which NYC city schools were open in the midst of a freezing, messy snowstorm. There was a bitch-fest gong on over on FB. But one voice of clarity, perspective and reason stood out, it was Rebecca Levey:

“There are definitely different considerations for public school. more than 70% of NYC public school students receive free or reduced lunch. there are over 1 million kids in the school system. not having school means not getting a meal for many kids. not to mention parents who don’t have child care or the ability to stay home with a kid out of school.”

And that is Rebecca – smart, caring and determined to bring us all along as she makes good on her commitment to making the world a better place. Meet my dear friend, Rebecca Levey:

Rebecca Levey

Beccarama & KidzVuz

What makes you a Philanthropic Mom?

Funny, I would not think of myself as “philanthropic.” The work I’ve done in education and for other causes is more about volunteering time, sweat and sometimes tears, to get things done that need getting done. Philanthropy seems very lofty and more about money – but the spirit of it – the sense that you can make a difference and see change through giving and doing is very much at the core of my being.

What is an early or stand-out memory of community service, philanthropic commitment or another way in which you felt strongly connected to an issue in the bigger world?

I think being the New York State Representative to the Mom Congress on Education and Learning in D.C. a few years ago really brought home the power and energy of what can happen when women all over the country stand up in their local area and fight for different education causes. Having 51 women come together and exchange ideas, formulate plans and really coalesce all of their individual fights into one larger effort for education reform was incredibly inspiring and made me realize that no matter what else I do professionally, my heart and soul are with the education movement.

Who was your biggest philanthropic influence?

I am consistently influenced and inspired by so many women doing amazing work every day. Jennifer James and the Moms for Social Good network she has built, in addition to her advocacy work, awe me on a daily basis. Julia Beck has been a major force in my life as an example of a woman who weaves philanthropy and passion into everything she does. And, Melissa Bilash whose tireless work on behalf of gifted kids, and passage of the TALENT Act, keeps me hopeful that advocacy can see real results.

What about being a Philanthropic Mom makes you most proud?

I am most proud of the real changes my co-president and I made at my daughters’ school – as well as the conversations we spurred and continued discussions that needed to had. soldes coque iphone It’s great when you can see tangible results from your work.

What is the legacy of change you want to leave behind?

I really just want parents to feel empowered and know that they should always have a seat at the table. And more importantly, I want my kids to know that if they want something to change they have to step up and do the work to make it happen. coque iphone It may not come to fruition, or it may look different from what you envisioned, but if you don’t step up nothing will ever change.

What would your girls say about all of this?

They would say it took up too much time! Honestly, they are very proud, and I think it gives them a sense that you should invest in your community, keep connecting and talking to everyone you can, and not be a passive wallflower.

Philanthropic Friday – Philanthropic Moms Honor Roll

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

Welcome to the first edition of Philanthropic Moms in 2014. coque iphone At a time when so many are “resolving” to do better, I thought it would be an ideal time to introduce you to a mother whose resolve to care for those around her is an amazing example of how we all are able to use our amazing power for good!

I met Natalie Goldberg Klein through Ciaran Blumenfeld, one of the great connectors in my life. Ciaran’s amazing habit of getting the right people together was in full effect from the word “go” with Natalie. Natalie impressed me with her remarkable ability get the right things done both well and fast. My head spins just thinking about Natalie in action! She not only knows what needs to be done (and with whom) but also how the to execute the task at hand with speed, agility and accuracy. Natalie is beautifully unassuming and, at the same time – incredibly powerful in her commitment to her values. She steps up again and again for those who need her the most (think Baby Buggy for example) and brings all the right people to the table. Her smile is omnipresent as she continues to leave her mark in all the best ways. She uses her influence for good – always and perfectly. As a professional and as a mother she is forever leading by example. coque iphone Natalie is one of those remarkable people who you meet and wonder how it was possible you’d not had her in your life forever. Well, the good news is now I will!

Meet my friend and our first Philanthropic Mom of 2014, Natalie Goldberg Klein.

Natalie Goldberg Klein

Hollywood Hot Moms

What makes you a Philanthropic Mom?

I don’t really see myself as a philanthropic mom. coque iphone pas cher But as someone who has always felt that of I can find a way to give back, I will search hard to make it happen.

What is an early or stand-out memory of community service, philanthropic commitment or another way in which you felt strongly connected to an issue in the bigger world?

As a child we always were helping out in soup kitchens and buying groceries for those who were in need. coque iphone pas cher As a teen I worked at Mitzvah corps in northern Arizona, which was started by young teens to help out local kids who could go up to a camp for a week and enjoy themselves with sports,swimming, and endless food. coqueiphone I worked hard to afford to go to camp and all year we fundraised to help get those kids there! As I got older I always helped whenever I could. I ran a program for teens while in my early 20′s to help kids in need who had a family member or members that was lost in the Paris flight crash from NYC. coque iphone solde It’s always been a part of what I do! But after I had Jax, my first son, I was working on events for Hot Moms Club. I was very proud when we partnered with Baby Buggy for the Hasbro launch of Let’s Rock Elmo and donated over 25k in product and toys to children in need.

Who was your biggest philanthropic influence?

My synagogue was my biggest philanthropic influence — they really encouraged us to always give.

What about being a Philanthropic Mom makes you most proud?

Knowing that I am helping others and showing my kids that other peoples needs like this come first. That we should be honored to help.

What is the legacy of change you want to leave behind?

That all of us recognize that together we can change the world to make it a better place, one step at a time.