Jonah Engler is an intrepid philanthropist and business owner from Brooklyn, New York. He enjoys every aspect of the giving community from mentoring young kids to running his own charities. His background allows him to bring unique methods and ideas to the table as a business owner. Jonah has developed efficient and synergistic methods to deliver the best aspects of non-profits. However, Jonah is not always all about business; he enjoys seeking out new foods, the next best cup of coffee, and family time with his children. Jonah was first introduced to charity through his mother at a young age. He carries the tradition on through his children today. Jonah believes including his family in his endeavors creates a closer bond and develops values they can learn from. He wishes more organizations followed what they preach when it comes to charities. If more organizations followed the methods Jonah created, more can be accomplished, and the affects can carry into their mission productively.
What is your hobby?
It is difficult to just pick one, but I would say giving back. I really enjoy running and working with charities.
How did you get started with this hobby? What inspired you?
Charity was instilled in me when I was young, my mother works for United Federation of Teachers (UFT) where she showed me the inner-workings of a charity and all the good they can do.
Tell us what you love about it.
The aspect of giving back and helping others is the absolute favorite part of what I do
Are there any groups you’re a part of or events that you attend related to your hobby?
There are many that deserve to be mentioned; however, that list would be exhaustive. The top charities I work with, aside from my own, are Children of Promise, National Breast Cancer Foundation, AIDS fund, and Robinhood Foundation.
Have you had to invest in equipment and if so, please share some of the things you’ve bought.
I have not personally had to invest in much other than the typical laptop. However, we have acquired many recreational items and electronics to help others through our charities.
Where do you buy most of your supplies?
We look to get equipment through local sources to support the community further.
Are there any good books for beginners?
Nonprofit Startup: A Simple Guide to Starting a Charity and Forces for Good: The Six Practices of High-Impact Nonprofits are both excellent books to help anyone interested in starting a charity.
How has this changed your life?
Charities have drastically changed the way I act and treat others. Not that I was a bad person before or anything (Chuckles), it’s more that I engage in conversation more, listen to what people have to say, show interest in what interests them, for starters. Growing up in a city where everyone is in a constant rush, it can completely change your outlook if you just take the extra time to converse with others.
What advice do you have for others starting out with this hobby?
If you want to start a charity for a cause you believe in, first make sure there isn’t already an existing one. Make sure you have the passion and legitimate means to put forth the effort in creating a startup. Starting a charity is not an easy task and it will take a lot to achieve, but if the cause is worth it, it is worth it to do.
Are there any other hobbies you have?
When I am not working with others you can find me eating food and drinking coffee. My passion for delicious food and coffee is more than enough to be considered a hobby.