Naomi Hirabayashi


What motivates me: The belief that it’s every generation’s responsibility to figure out how to make the shitty things in our society better. If the older generation is rolling their eyes because of the idealism and boldness of the younger generation, we’re doing something right.

Location: New York, New York

Profession: Chief Marketing Officer, DoSomething.org

What was the first charitable gift you ever made?

to Thorn Tree Project:

http://www.thorntreeproject.org/

What inspires you to be a part of Do Something?

My teen sisters, and my teenage self.

I wish I had known about DoSomething.org when I was in high school. I was angsty, passionate, and a little pissed off. I could have taken that energy and gone full force into action around an issue I cared about. That’s why DoSomething.org exists, to help young people channel that energy into social action, and that’s why I love this org.

What has been the most rewarding/challenging part of your work?

Most rewarding: I’m obsessed with the people I work with. They’re smart, funny, and good.

Most challenging: I want every young person in the world to know we exist, and we exist for them. Continually thinking of new ways to get in front of more young people is an ongoing (and exciting) challenge.

Who or what motivates you to give?

If giving is determined by working at an organization that is dedicated to social change, then:

  • What motivates me: The belief that it’s every generation’s responsibility to figure out how to make the shitty things in our society better. If the older generation is rolling their eyes because of the idealism and boldness of the younger generation, we’re doing something right.
  • Who motivates me: My boyfriend Ruaraidh (pronounced Rory, he’s for real for real Scottish). He’s good through and through, and it brings me joy to make him proud.

What advice do you have for others to consider philanthropy?

Well first, what are you considering?

If you’re considering giving, do your research on organizations in the space and make sure it’s the best org for that issue. Are you considering working in philanthropy?

Come on over. We need the smartest people working on the most important issues of our time.


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About

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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