End-of-Year Giving by Brian CalifanoEvery year we try to highlight a charity or charitable organization that focuses on things that we feel strongly about — children.  All of the charities that we have highlighted below work with children in some fashion, and during this time of the year we would like to acknowledge their contributions to helping children in need. 

As we come to the end of 2021 and prepare for a healthy and prosperous 2022, we wanted to make our readers aware of the following charitable organizations that we have a close relationship with:

Angelwish: For many years now, we’ve highlighted the wonderful work of Shimmy Mehta and Angelwish, a non-profit that helps children and families in need living with chronic illnesses all over the world. These are usually the kids seen in outpatient clinics on a weekly/monthly basis to help manage and monitor their illness. COVID-19 has made life extremely difficult for these families and their support networks.

Angelwish remains focused on providing toys and gifts for these families, but oftentimes, their social workers are asking us to help with humbling items such as cleaning supplies, masks, and nonperishable food that can be shipped as many families are unemployed and are scared to wait on long lines at food pantries with their children. 

Click here to donate to Angelwish.

Click here to listen to our podcast with founder, Shimmy Mehta.

No Kid Hungry: Emily Simeone is Brian’s colleague and has provided marketing support for AcceleratingCFO for the last five years. She’s also the Sales Director for SalterieOne Sea Salt, a manufacturer of hand-harvested sea salt, out of Duxbury, MA. In collaboration with other entrepreneurs and start-ups in the local food space, Emily and SalterieOne are supporting No Kid Hungry this holiday season — and we encourage you to support them too.

In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, 1 in 6 kids could face hunger. No Kid Hungry is working to end childhood hunger by helping launch and improve programs that give all kids the healthy food they need to thrive. This is a problem we know how to solve. No Kid Hungry is a campaign of Share Our Strength, an organization committed to ending hunger and poverty.

You can donate to Emily’s fundraiser page for No Kid Hungry here

Jacie’s Kids: Jodi Jacobs is an AcceleratingCFO client and also works with Jacie’s Kids, a Long Island based charity focused on doing a world of good for Long Island children with cancer and their families. Founded in 2002 by Jacie Capuano, the charity began as a loving outreach from one cancer patient to another. While in the hospital for her own treatment for cancer, Jacie looked beyond her struggle to interact with children suffering from the same disease. In them she saw the hope and beauty of their spirit, and dedicated this charity and her life’s work to trying to make the world a little brighter for local children fighting cancer right here on Long Island.

You can donate to Jacie’s Kids via PayPal here.

Take-away: In the words of St. Francis of Assisi: It is in giving that we receive.  During the end of the year, we encourage you to give some funds and your time to a charity that means something to you and/or your company.  Please consider donating to one of the three charities listed here in this post or choose one that means a lot to you.  Either way, please remember to count your blessings and help those who are enduring some hardships during this holiday season.

Brian Califano & Scott MargolinBrian Califano

Scott Margolin

Co-founders & Managing Partners



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