- December 19th, 2014 by editor
Brianne Manz is a bit of a magical creature. She is a beautiful muse in fashionably flowing frocks with cascading hair and captivating eyes. Brianne appears as though she was put on earth to inspire — and inspire she does.
I’ve known Brianne for years, we’re connected through New York City social media circles, though our friendship seems to have no beginning or end. Ask Brianne what is new and she shares openly and fills your heart with tales of her family, friends and the myriad of ways she is deeply connected to the world around her. She will quickly rattle off a healthy list of current projects that connect and care for the world. Brianne joins each philanthropic and social responsibility initiative with passion and a clear sense responsibility for both doing well and doing good — she is in it for real.
Brianne works with dedication and drive — never complaining and always super confident that she will complete the task at hand — advancing the cause and leaving everything she touches better than she found it. Brianne does not move mountains, she moves people. She rallies those around her and brings her friends, family and community to all she does. While Brianne is quite busy with her three adorable children, family and career, she always has time for a moment with friends, a celebratory meal, or quick catch-up call. She values what is precious and prioritizes care.
Meet my friend and this week’s Philanthropic Mom, Brianne Manz:
What makes you a Philanthropic Mom?
When I started my blog, Stroller in the City, I never anticipated the scope of the platform it would evolve into, allowing me to voice my opinion and actually become an influencer for all things baby. The greatest thing about my job is the number of unique opportunities I experience with my children, while contributing to our community. I am able to collaborate with companies, such as Every Mother Counts, Baby Buggy, Shot At Life, and R Baby Foundation to raise awareness about their organizations. My kids have learned the importance of giving back and do so on a daily basis by donating toys and participating in runs/walks within our community. I will now also be participating in a recycling your pump campaign with the Ronald McDonald House in the new year.
What is an early or stand-out memory of community service, philanthropic commitment or another way in which you felt strongly connected to an issue in the bigger world?
When I was younger I went on a class trip to a senior citizens home, during the holiday time to sing and bring cheer to them. Visiting that home moved me, and I can still see their faces light up watching us. After that, I asked if I could volunteer once a week, and I did so for the remainder of the school year. I still visit sometimes when I go back home and bring them special baked goods.
Who was your biggest philanthropic influence?
I would say my biggest influence is Christy Turlington. What she has done for others moms in third world countries by giving them a chance to raise a healthy baby is beyond amazing, and resonates with me, even more so now that I am a mom.
What about being a Philanthropic Mom makes you most proud?
I’m so proud that my children, as young as they are, are understanding about their surroundings living here in NYC and realizing that not everyone is as fortunate as they are. A few weeks ago, a homeless man walked onto the train asking for money and food, my son Ryder quickly opened his snack bag and offered him a banana. My heart exploded!
What is the legacy of change you want to leave behind?
I hope that everyone comes to realize that even a little bit can make a huge difference. A lot of people I talk to always express concern that they don’t have enough money to donate, but it’s more than that. It’s about volunteering and believing that you can make a change.
What would your children say about all of this?
I think my children will be proud that their mom has such an active part in our community, and they will hopefully have been excited to be a part of my influence.