JEZ Magazine - Sixth issue

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RENÉE JOSLYN FOUNDER PHILANTHROPY UNBOUND PHILANTHROPY 100 It’s always a privilege to introduce our readers to people serving as conduits for equitable social reform through their life’s work, especially given today’s array of unprecedented challenges. Meet Renée Joslyn, the Founder of Philanthropy Unbound and Philanthropy 100. We discovered through our conversation there’s many layers to the aspect of giving contributing to the true value of philanthropic endeavor. Cites Renée, “By loving human-kind, loving forward and giving of the soul, we all become philanthropists. ” We hope you’ll see a reflection of yourself in our interview with Renée imbuing a heartfelt desire to help others in your community at large.

Philanthropy. In it’s altruistic ideal, our brains conjure a wide range of images evoking meaningful benefit. The school candy bar fundraiser. The local Salvation Army. The church collection plate. The regional sports fundraisers supporting a plethora of health care initiatives. These grass roots undertakings are the foundation of a socially responsible society working to help those in need. We recognize and applaud these efforts for through charitable community undertakings, our children learn by example. The well-being of society depends on it more than ever before. In deeper thought, we envision corporate conglomerates, usually helmed by wealthy white men exercising power, donating millions and upwards to their charities dujour, which on the surface appears noble, but what we don’t always see is the conversion of those donations into public influence and tax exemption status under the guise of philanthropic deed. These donations can languish untouched for years in donor advised funds (DAF’s) never reaching the intended recipients. It’s a fact our laws and policies governing corporate gifting certainly need restructuring. Yet still, corporate initiatives addressing food insecurity, education disparities, gender bias, and racial injustice to name a few, are being successfully launched on a continuum, purely motivated by a desire to give back. As a Philanthropic Strategist for close to two decades, Ms. Joslyn has been focused on designing philanthropic solutions that work successfully, changing the face of giving while advancing justice against racial marginalization on a global scale. Dedicated to making the world a better place throughout her career, the path to business owner appears divined. Working with extraordinary individuals, foundations, non-profits, and corporations, she was inspired to found Philanthropy Unbound. Her mantra, “New Rules, Bold Moves,” sheds a light on her determination to ensure a strategic approach to philanthropic effort for her clients together with her advisory team, driving meaningful change through the creation of sustainable, social impact programs.