My Story of Why
When I was a little girl dreaming about how I would change the world, asking people for money wasn’t exactly what I had in mind. My name is Sunny Krantz, and I ask people for money. I’ve been doing this for a decade now for a few of the most respected Jewish agencies in the country.
This summer, I joined the Development team here at JCC Chicago. I had previously considered a career in hospitality, but after setting many a’ meal on fire, I decided to stick to fundraising. These days at work we are raising funds for our 2020 JCC Chicago Annual Campaign, a giant but “easy” task. Telling someone that their gift will impact over 60,000 people in our community typically works, but of course there is more to the conversation. Donating is a choice, and behind every choice there is a story.
For some people, donations are about numbers. Here at JCC Chicago, the math is simple. We have programs with fees, people pay the fees if they can. We have programs with fees, if people can’t pay the fees, we do. “We” is our generous donors, and without them, we simply could not support the entire community.
Why do I give to the J? Well, first of all it’s a lot easier to ask someone to hop on the train if you’re already on it, but that’s not why I give. When I donate to my top causes, I actually feel like I might be getting more out of it than the recipients. Tzedaka (charity) is a muscle to me, and the more I exercise it, the stronger and better I feel. But why? My grandparents met in a displaced persons camp in Feldefing, Germany after losing both of their family members in the Holocaust. They married 6 weeks later, they had my dad 9ish months later, and 9 months after that they came by boat to America with nothing in their pockets. I am confident that their strength to survive their nightmares of youth was partially the dream that their children and grandchildren (me!) would be living this gorgeous, full and meaningful life in Chicago. For all they gave for me, I try each day to give a little back in any way I can. Whether it’s a $1 a day, or maybe $18 this year (#18= Chai, or life, in Hebrew) my job is to ask people to consider flexing their philanthropic muscle for JCC Chicago.
I would love to hear your philanthropic story, your why. Please consider sharing your strength with JCC Chicago by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Yes, I might ask you for money, but that’s what I do.