Published on November 15th, 2018 | by Brandon H0
Jonah Engler’s mom worked for the United Federation of Teachers (UFT). So prior to his college years, she was able to secure employment for him. He loved the UFT, and this is where he found the value of a job well done. In college, he studied business and began taking an interest in the concept of charitable giving and philanthropy. Armed with knowledge and drive, Jonah built his first charity, soon after college. Initial financing came from competitive grants, as well as a few successful individuals who understood his passionate desire to help and shared his views.
His initial foray became the template as he moved on, continuing to donate his time and efforts to worthy causes. Engler believes that charities must always provide transparency, accountability, and consistency. He further believes that a charity has one end goal, to help those in need. Unlike most donors, he insists on giving not just from his own funds, but his own valuable time as well. Through the years, Jonah has shown himself as an outstanding member of a proud profession – philanthropy.
What are some things that you love?
The most obvious answer would be is that I love being a parent first and foremost. My other personal loves include charity, coffee, Buddhism, and thought-provoking ideas.
What’s your favorite type of food?
This answer is going to be a little silly. I do love a good cheeseburger. They are so simple, yet so very satisfying. Much like giving, they offer layers and balance and each aspect satisfies each individual independently.
What are your aspirations in life?
Having completed much of the societal important life milestones well before my thirties, my aspirations of doing what I love, giving back, and helping others remains as a staple for me.
What’s your biggest accomplishment to date?
My biggest accomplishment, besides fathering the best three kids a person could ask for, would be mentoring a young man. I was able to help him achieve high honors in school after his father was sent to prison. For me, nothing is more rewarding than knowing you had a direct positive impact on someone else’s life. I couldn’t be prouder of this young man.
What’s one piece of advice you can share with others?
Learn how people operate at a psychological level. You will notice why, and how people do the things they do. This concept is especially important for me. It helps optimize the joy I find through charitable giving. Also, knowing and understand people will also allow you to adjust and adapt your business concept to the actual needs of your current and potential clients.