Andrew Davis


I have a structured approach to giving that it is not emotional, I think about how my donations can go furthest to improve my community. 

Location: New York, New York

Profession: Healthcare Market Strategist

What was the first charitable gift you ever gave:

My brother and I funded the planting of a tree in Israel.


What is your charity of choice:

United Way.I like the United Way because it’s efficient at fundraising and allocating funds to charities that might be overlooked. If there were a bulletin board in the office, 90% of money would go to breast cancer, and none would go toward seniors who can’t speak english, or jobs programs for recovering heroin users. United Way ‘gets it’, and leverages its size and reach to target many groups and smaller charities that provide critical services to the local community but would never be able to sustain themselves independently.  

Who inspires you to give:

I look internally for motivation; I have a structured approach to giving that it is not emotional, I think about how my donations can go furthest to improve my community and budget for a personal giving target each year.


What motivates you to give?:

How often does the voice in your head say, “someone should do something about that?”. That ‘someone’ is typically a cash-starved charity that needs a donation. Government services target the most visible problems, but more nuanced societal challenges often cannot be solved without the talents and innovative solutions of non-profits.


How do you give of your time?:

I have sat on several non-profit boards and am passionate about improving financial governance as well as helping to make fundraising campaigns more effective. I am also a volunteer EMT.


If you could start your own charity, what would it be?

I’d love to create a small charity to help other non-profits run better! Every city needs a 1-day free conference on how to be a better board member, how to fund raise, how to market, how to track and quantify effectiveness of services, how to attract and reward engagement, and networking to share best practices and hire new talent.


What advice do you have for others to consider giving?

Give more than just your money; if it’s worth giving to, it’s worth getting involved with. There’s so much to learn by sitting on committees and boards. I also tell my single friends to get involved with non-profits, it’s a self-selected group of community-minded leaders.


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Julia Levy, Founder, has a decade of development experience, including working for a philanthropist, a small nonprofit and now a large nonprofit. She has raised significant dollars for numerous causes, from education to religion and from donors of all ages. Julia holds a Certificate in Fundraising from NYU’s Heyman Center for Philanthropy and an undergraduate degree from Cornell University. Julia has taught fundraising workshops, most recently at Brooklyn Brainery and coached development professionals.

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