The Philanthro Phund

The Philanthro Phund is a personally-financed initiative to provide the resources needed for individuals to pursue projects and initiatives that inspire them. There is no specific cause that the fund is dedicated to as they are not politically or religiously affiliated. The core requirements of the projects that I have or will fund in the future include having a documented plan that demonstrates:

  • A documented project mission statement
  • Affiliation with a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit (either as a core initiative of the organization or official fiscal sponsoree)
  • A statement of why the project is important and worthy of funding
  • Background information on the key individuals involved
  • A timeline for executing the project including key milestones
  • A project budget
  • A statement indicating how project success will be measured

My ultimate hope is that another Philanthro Productions lies within the projects funded – something lasting, meaningful, and creative.

Disclaimer: The Philanthro Phund is associated with Philanthro Productions, Inc. in name-only. No funds donated or granted to Philanthro Productions, Inc. can or will be used to fund projects. Consequently, I retain sole discretion over the distribution and management of funding.

Projects Funded To-Date:

Project Leaders: Jamie Lu / Rashi Kacker
Funding-to-Date: $1,250
501(c)(3) Organization: The Women’s Foundation of California

RisingLeaders Summary
RisingLeaders aims to partner with Bay Area nonprofits (focused on providing training programs for the youth) that could benefit from an exclusive one-on-one mentorship program led by RisingLeaders. Rising Leaders’ 2013 pilot mentorship program will collaborate with Turning Heads, a San Francisco non- profit, and its incubated project, Sweet Dreams. Turning Heads empowers young females through vocational arts and entrepreneurship training. Sweet Dreams exposes and trains members in the key aspects of operating a small business, using cooperative principles, and facilitating real-world experiences in entrepreneurship. Members participate in all aspects of Sweet Dreams including: product design, creation and packaging, material and production inventory, bookkeeping, marketing, and sales.

The mentorship program will provide one-on-one guidance for young women ages 14 through 21 primarily in the areas of professional and career development, the college application process, life skills, and entrepreneurship. Mentor and mentee pairs will meet in person once every month at the San Francisco non-profit headquarters while participating in frequent conversations via phone calls and emails and the occasional group outing. Sweet Dreams Rising Leaders Program will include consistent mentor and mentee feedback, exclusive and structured curriculum and projects in addition to an in-house internship program to train mentees to excel in a professional setting. Graduates of the program will take their skills and experiences gained from the program to further inspire their peers and communities. The goal is to provide mentees with one-on-one guidance so that they further gain confidence and become empowered young leaders in their communities.

Turning Heads Sweet Dreams Overview
Turning Heads Sewing and Fashion Design provides vocational arts education, entrepreneurship training, and develops young women leaders in San Francisco. Turning Heads challenge race, class and gender stereotypes by believing that young women of color can work together and create a future that is personally, socially, academically and financially successful. Turning Heads gives young women the opportunity to express their creativity, develop a sense of self-reliance, and follow their dreams. Sweet Dreams is a project of Turning Heads Sewing and Fashion Design Program.

Sweet Dreams exposes and trains the young women of Turning Heads in the key aspects of operating a small business, using cooperative principles, and facilitating real-world experiences in entrepreneurship.  Meeting weekly, members participate in all aspects of Sweet Dreams including: product design, creation and packaging, material and production inventory, bookkeeping, marketing, and sales. The young women’s handmade products include 100% organic lavender and flax seed eye pillows, yoga mat bags, aromatherapy dream pillows, rice, flax seed and lavender neck pillows and zipper cases. Members create a business plans, produce commercials, blog, participate in sales events and public presentations, and conduct market research interviews.  While learning the skills needed to operate a small business, these young female entrepreneurs are successfully marketing their products to yoga studios, boutiques and retail stores in San Francisco as well as on the internet.  All Turning Heads Sweet Dreams members share the profits equally.

Restructuring / Turnaround consultant for Del01tte during the day, wannabe tech journalist by night, philanthropist by weekend. I view the business world through the lense of Apple, a company focused on excellence through design and unrelenting focus to be the best. Design dictates what we see, what we use, and ultimately, how we live. Apple is not a perfect company, but it has created a business revolution we will never see again.