To foster and leverage philanthropy as a catalyst for change - making a positive impact on the world around us by helping individuals, families, and organizations define and live their legacies and unlock their latent philanthropic potential by raising awareness, understanding, competence and capacity.
The Legacy Philanthropy Group believes that every individual and every organization has untapped potential to make a profound and lasting difference in the world we live in.
We also believe that each of us gets to choose what we are going to do with that potential, when we do it, and who we are going to do it with – and that these choices ultimately define our legacies.
Finally, we believe that giving feels good and, when done with purpose and intention, can impact the giver just as much or more than it does the recipient.
The Legacy Philanthropy Group was founded to build bridges between nonprofits who provide the programs, expertise and infrastructure to make an impact in our communities, and the individuals and organizations that support the missions of these nonprofits with their time, talents, and money.
We build these bridges by helping our clients develop the knowledge and skills required to identify, build and foster connections based on a shared vision and a commitment to work together towards a shared mission.
We provide our clients with structured, interactive, hands-on philanthropic programs and workshops that are fun, thought-provoking and educational.
Our Ambassador Excellence programs help nonprofits provide board members the knowledge, skills and perspective they need to be more impactful as Ambassadors on behalf of their organizations.
Our Hands On! Philanthropy and Family Philanthropy Roadmap programs bring participants together and guide them as they clarify and articulate their philanthropic values, passions and vision. They then use that clarity to put a purposeful plan of action in place to honor those values and maximize the impact they can make in the community.
Jay Weisman is a Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy® (CAP®) and the founder and principal of Legacy Philanthropy Group.
Jay brings a unique perspective to his work, having spent many years working with donors, nonprofits, foundations and corporate giving programs all across the United States. His clients have ranged from some of America’s largest and most prestigious giving organizations such as The J. Paul Getty Trust, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, The Carnegie Corporation and Citibank, to much smaller private, family and community foundations with staff as few as one person. Jay has also served on a number of nonprofit boards. He is currently an Executive Board Committee Member and Philanthropy Committee Chairman with the American Red Cross, New Jersey Region. He has lectured and spoken at the University of Wisconsin, the University of Delaware, and Fairleigh Dickinson University as well as at venues such as the Foundation Center in New York City.
Mark gained his Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy® from the American College of Finance, and Leadership Coaching Certification from Georgetown University. He is a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) with the International Coaching Federation.
This unique combination of philanthropy advising and professional coaching skills fuels his active practice in both philanthropy coaching and nonprofit leadership coaching; working with individuals, families, teams, and coaching groups. His writings have been featured on The Motley Fool website, The Chronicle of Philanthropy, The Council on Foundations website, and Sojourner’s Magazine.
Mark is the author of the book, The Generosity Path: Finding the Richness in Giving.
Our sequoia logo speaks to our mission on many different levels. These trees can live to be thousands of years old and grow to over 300 feet tall and over 50 feet in diameter. They live on for generation after generation, all the while giving rise to new branches and planting seeds for the future by dropping their cones to the forest floor.
The roots and branches of a majestic tree have long been a metaphor for the history and relationships of family. The family tree links us to our ancestors and provides a visual reference of our genealogy. The tree is also a great representation of how family values, passions and learnings impact our legacies. From a common root in values, individuals, families, and their descendants will branch out, creating their own paths through life and ultimately dropping the pine cones we see as a family’s philanthropy.
The same exact thing applies to a company or nonprofit organization. These seeds, that embody the essence of our values, can grow to have a huge social impact on our communities. From a single seed can come many trees, and ultimately a forest will grow. This becomes our organic legacy.