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An Interview with Karen Mangia
Published in Authority Magazine

“Develop an organization-wide culture of gratitude. Say thank you all the time! Thank your donors, your volunteers, and your staff. Anyone working or engaged in a nonprofit is probably trying to solve a thorny problem, and nobody working on it is getting rich doing this. Be grateful and express that gratitude to everyone making your mission happen.”

For someone who wants to set aside money to establish a Philanthropic Foundation or Fund, what does it take to make sure your resources are being impactful and truly effective? In this interview series, called “How To Create Philanthropy That Leaves a Lasting Legacy” we are visiting with founders of Philanthropic Foundations, Charitable Organizations, and Non Profit Organizations, to talk about the steps they took to create sustainable success.

As a part of this series, I had the pleasure of interviewing Gretchen Grad.

Gretchen Grad is the visionary founder of Hands of Peace, an interfaith, international nonprofit organization that empowers American, Israeli and Palestinian youth to become agents of change.

Thank you for making time to visit with us about a ‘top of mind’ topic. Our readers would like to get to know you a bit better. Can you please tell us about one or two life experiences that most shaped who you are today?