Philanthropy is a critical component of any vibrant, sustainable community and, according to someone who has spent considerable time in both 'worlds' -- former Summit Mayor Jordan Glatt, and now Director of Strategic Partnerships at the Community Foundation of New Jersey -- the world of cause-related giving shares many of the same principles as civic engagement, activism, and even politics.
"In each of these areas, meaningful change typically starts from the bottom and works its way up," said Glatt. "Lasting change requires champions with perseverance. And engagement, activism, and philanthropy are all inherently democratic."
Glatt says he didn't fully appreciate the holistic similarities until he arrived at his latest venture, the Community Foundation of New Jersey (CFNJ), an alliance of families, businesses and foundations that work together to create lasting differences in people’s lives and communities, supporting charitable giving that is inspired by their donors.