Philanthropic Friday – Philanthropic Moms Honor Roll
Talk about a gem! I have had the amazing luxury of having the sparkling and precious (really priceless) Nicole Feliciano in my life both as a friend and as an amazing partner for years – many incredible years. With Nicole, the challenges of of doing it better and with more care for the world as a whole are just part of a day’s work. She meets raised bars with grace and great commitment – never doubting her vision or her own personal power. She brings the same amazing passion to her parenting as well - that signature smile, boundless energy and beaming pride all shine though! Nicole makes scaling to new heights on a daily basis look easy (and always ultra chic as well) – that is just how she does it. And so I admire her in the same way – deeply, enthusiastically and with great sincerity. I am sure you will feel the same. Meet my friend and Philanthropic Mom:
What makes you a Philanthropic Mom?
MomTrends has grown into quite a web presence. I do my best to sprinkle in cause-based features wherever I can. From shopping tips that support a charity to embedding PSA on the site, I do my best to make giving back trendy.
And I do my part. I’m not one to volunteer in heroic proportions, but I do my best to step up to the plate: donate to an auction, volunteer at an event or write a check.
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?
Whenever I go on a site visit to a BabyBuggy supported partner I am gob-smacked. To see where the donations of gear and money end up in needy, thankful and most important hopeful hands—that’s when it all comes together.
What about being a Philanthropic Mom makes you most proud?
My girls are keen observers. They are picking up on the clues that giving back is a vital part of our family’s core values. Seeing them develop compassion and empathy makes the effort worthwhile.
What is the legacy of change you want to leave behind?
For outsiders NOT to scratch their heads and wonder how one raises a family in NYC. I’d love our fair city to remain diverse while providing more opportunities for growth and fulfillment.
What would your kids say about all of this?
“Mom, are you giving our stuff to the kids again?…Wait I’ve got some more toys.” They get it—and that’s the most important part.