Mission and Guiding Principals 2017-06-19T14:54:30+00:00

Mission

The Greenstein Family Foundation’s core mission is to make the world a little better than it is today, and to inspire others to do the same.

Guiding Principals

Practicing & Promoting Tikkun Olum

“Do things for people not because of who they are or what they do in return, but because of who you are.” – Rabbi Harold S. Kushner

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The Greenstein Family Foundation supports multiple causes under the guiding principle of Tikkun Olam—a core principle of Judaism defined by acts of kindness performed to make the world a better place. The founders subscribe to Abraham Ghandi’s comment that, “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.”

Taking Action and Taking Risks

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena…” – President Theodore Roosevelt

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The Greenstein Family Foundation encourages and supports the quest for meaningful improvement and impact. Good intentions and brilliant ideas are wonderful but they are rendered worthless without corresponding action. Actual impact is what matters. The Greenstein Family Foundation realizes that achieving lofty ambitions requires pursuing creative, unconventional and unproven but thoughtfully considered opportunities.

Meaningful Change Starts with Strategically Addressing the Attainable

“Most of the things worth doing in the world had been declared impossible before they were done.” – Justice Louis Brandeis

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The Greenstein Family Foundation believes that impactful and lasting change often requires starting on the ground floor where, change is most attainable. As such, the foundation is willing to pursue opportunities to start small on the premise they will grow to become role models for others to emulate. Additionally, the Greenstein Family Foundation operates on the belief that large and strategically placed acts of charitable giving can affect more positive exponential change than a multitude of smaller less concentrated gifts.

The Basics are Needed for Hope to Flourish

“All I know is that the greatest achievement in life is to have been, for one other person, even for one moment, an agent of hope.” – Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sachs

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The Greenstein Family Foundation believes that everyone deserves equal access to food, shelter, safety, education and good health. It is hard to envision — much less pursue — a bright future when focused on basic survival.

With Good Fortune Comes Great Responsibility

“If life happens to bless you with talent or treasure, you have a responsibility to use those gifts as well and as wisely as you possibly can.” —Bill and Melinda Gates

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The Founders embrace the core value that with good fortune comes responsibility, and our duty as local and global citizens is to help those in need. For us, the opportunity to give back is not just a responsibility, but a privilege. Establishing the Greenstein Family Foundation was a furtherance of these views and a response to Sir Winston Churchill’s statement that, “We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.”

Freedom of Expression

“Imagination is more important than knowledge.” – Albert Einstein

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The Greenstein Family Foundation believes that everyone should have access to art and creative expression. Imagination and alternative modes of expression of the artist can open a door to the same in the viewer.

Learn From Others

“A wise one is the one that learns from others” — Ethics of our Fathers,
Ancient Jewish Teaching

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The Founders believe they and the Greenstein Family Foundation can benefit greatly by learning the lessons and best practices from other leading philanthropists. There is no pride of authorship or need to reinvent the wheel. What matters is maximizing the effectiveness of the resources dedicated. Therefore, the Greenstein Foundation allocates considerable time to evaluating what others have done successfully.