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Friday, April 30, 2021
Facebook Live Video from 2021/04/30 - Come to the Table with RWCF

Facebook Live Video from 2021/04/30 - Come to the Table with RWCF


2021/04/30 - Come to the Table with RWCF

[NEW EPISODE] Come to the Table with RWCF

Restaurant Workers’ Community Foundation is an advocacy and action nonprofit created by and for restaurant workers. RWCF was founded in 2018 to advocate for – and raise funds for other nonprofits working toward – gender equity, racial justice, fair wages, and healthy work environments in the restaurant industry. In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, RWCF’s additional focus is on supporting workers in crisis and small business owners with the Restaurant Workers COVID19 Crisis Relief Fund.

Michael Hamill Remaley is Board Vice President and Fundraising Committee Chair or Restaurant Workers' Community Foundation. For the first three years of its growth, Michael Hamill Remaley was board Treasurer and the Lead Consultant to Restaurant Workers’ Community Foundation. As an independent consultant to nonprofit and philanthropic organizations with his firm Hamill Remaley, he works with a client roster that includes the New York Community Trust, Bridgespan, J.M. Kaplan Fund, Public Agenda, the Support Center for Nonprofits and Inside Philanthropy.

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Show Notes

Segment 1

The first segment opens with an introduction of the show and this episode's guest, Michael Hamill Remaley, Vice president and fundraising committee chair of restaurant workers community foundation. Tommy then gives a history of how he met today's guest and the networking group TNG. Through multiple networking opportunities, Tommy met Michael and ultimately led to appearing on today's episode. Michael and Tommy give a history of his organization and their impact on the restaurant and non profit industry. Michael gives a semi detailed story about his beginning days working in philanthropy and nonprofits. For Michael, these early days were crucial for establishing his love for helping others and forming his mentality of leaving the world a better place than you found it.

Segment 2

The second segment opens with Tommy discussing the main topic of the episode which is Michael's Restaurant Workers Community Foundation. In 2018 Michael started RWCF as an action nonprofit. Michael and his foundation raise and distribute funds through grants for workers in the labor sector. He believes that in 2018 his foundation became the first to focus specifically on issues facing these labor workers and the organizations that support them. Michael and Tommy share their experiences over some of the most damaging factors facing the restaurant industry and their workers. For Michael and his husband, the results of the 2016 election was proof to them that either restaurant workers were unaware of the policies impacting their lives or they didn't care. Either way, this was enough motivation for Michael and his husband John to start RWCF as a way to help these workers.

Segment 3

The next segment opens with Michael discussing RWCF program goals. Michael hopes to provide the services needed to help restaurant workers with wage fairness, gender equity, racial justice, support for the immigrant community, mental health, and substance abuse. Michael explains that the best way to reach these goals is through grant making, community organization, and impact investing. In the first fiscal year of the organization, Michael saw growth he wasn't expecting and was able to raise $40,000 in 2019. He then distributed $13,000 over 11 different companies. This was working well for Michael, even growing a board of 20 people. Michael explains that this helped survive the incoming year. In one notable way. The board signed off on hiring a part time employee to handle all of their social media. Michael explains this was insanely helpful due to the fact that he and his husband were doing most of the work for the foundation all through 2020. What RWCF needed, according to Michael, in this time was a more diverse leadership across their committees. Michael got that diverse leadership he was looking for and was able to start other projects in the foundation to get even more people help. This was of course 2020 so the one thing on their mind, like everyone else's, was the global pandemic. More relief funds were set up to help workers and restaurants with being able to survive the lockdown in New York, not only as business but in general. Michael and his team raised over 8 million dollars. Yes, 8 million dollars, to be distributed to workers and businesses.

Segment 4

The final segment opens with a reintroduction of the show and a reminder that yes, what you before was right. 8 million dollars. Michael gives a hopeful yet complex vision of the future for his foundation. Michael explains that he and his team have distributed funds to over 40 companies working with COVID relief and how he plans to network his foundation and those nonprofits to work together because they all have similar goals. Michael explains that the Restaurant Workers Community Foundation will continue the work they have been doing, but actively looking for new ways to help the people in the restaurant industry. This means informing the roughly 15 million restaurant workers in the United states of their existence and their services.


00:00:39.120 --> 00:00:40.260 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: Everybody that's my theme.

00:00:40.260 --> 00:00:52.440 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: song it's 10am Eastern time is Friday morning guess, where I am just below the roof above the second floor it's your boy Tommy D, the nonprofit sector connected coming out to you that's right from the attic.

00:00:52.890 --> 00:00:59.940 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: And every single Friday morning at 10am I bring in into the attic from visit another leader.

00:01:00.510 --> 00:01:05.970 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: Another pioneer from the nonprofit sector, you know how passionate I am about this sector.

00:01:06.270 --> 00:01:16.620 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: You know I say that unfortunately nonprofits are overlooked at times underfunded and unrecognized and my answer to that amplify their missions and messages.

00:01:16.980 --> 00:01:27.990 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: Is philanthropy and focus pH oC us that's right, you know it was born in 78 grew up in the 80s and 90s remember fat pH at that was a thing, so we used to write that on our notebooks and stuff so.

00:01:28.260 --> 00:01:36.060 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: Plus, I like alliteration definitely my favorite grammatical tool in fact I don't think I have any other grammatical tools, I care much about I just like.

00:01:36.840 --> 00:01:46.530 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: alliteration so welcome to the attic everybody, ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, here we are, and we are ready to amplify so i'm going to tell you a quick story of how I met.

00:01:47.070 --> 00:01:53.490 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: The organization we're going to be speaking with today really and the gentleman who's here with me virtually that is in the attic so.

00:01:54.420 --> 00:01:59.130 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: You may not know this and I don't know that i've shared much here on the program about.

00:01:59.640 --> 00:02:08.550 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: The networking group PNG something i'm very involved with i'm involved with leadership of this organization is a national networking organization operates from local communities.

00:02:09.180 --> 00:02:16.200 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: we're in eight different cities right now expanding out to the west coast couple more cities coming online in the month of May, so very exciting, but I tell you that.

00:02:16.650 --> 00:02:26.130 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: Just to sort of set up this whole thing about how Michael and I Michael my guest today and I had had connected, and it is all about connecting, as you know, I say that all the time, so.

00:02:26.880 --> 00:02:34.230 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: First, what happened was my friend, Michael goldberg of PNG founder T amp G and leaning goldberg had said.

00:02:34.650 --> 00:02:42.720 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: Well, we have this upcoming virtual holiday event for T amp G the networking group and we'd like to align ourselves with a nonprofit organization and what happened was.

00:02:43.410 --> 00:02:47.820 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: Michael grew up and work for many, many years in the restaurant business Michael goldberg that is and.

00:02:48.090 --> 00:02:54.420 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: And I certainly maybe we'll get into it today, but I grew up in my uncle joe's place in forest park in what's called halogens and I spent a lot of time.

00:02:55.260 --> 00:03:00.450 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: While I started the bussing tables, I mean I was washing dishes in the Deli when I was 13 bussing tables like 15 in the.

00:03:01.110 --> 00:03:07.980 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: In the restaurant and by the time I was 18 I was tending bar four nights a week and I don't know if that was legal or not, but I was doing and I think it was okay.

00:03:08.850 --> 00:03:23.280 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: If I was drinking probably was was not legal, but I did not drink, when I was under age okay everybody so relax so networking, to me, is about learning and helping and it kind of came out of this opportunity is is Michael and laney found this organization.

00:03:24.450 --> 00:03:33.270 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: called restaurant workers Community foundation, and this totally resonated with me personally, because I grew up in the biz and spend a lot of time behind the stick, as we say and.

00:03:34.800 --> 00:03:38.130 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: And at our event, what we did was all the money that was our.

00:03:39.480 --> 00:03:41.940 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: call it the tickets that were sold for our holiday event.

00:03:42.450 --> 00:03:50.790 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: Teams you decided to take those dollars and match those dollars and write a check to the restaurant workers Community foundation, now that for me if you know me.

00:03:51.090 --> 00:04:02.460 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: In person or even listen to last 17 weeks to this program you know I can't let it stop there it's like whoa wait a minute hold on there's more here I love this organization I love what they're doing, how do we, how do we next make an impact so.

00:04:03.120 --> 00:04:09.750 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: So john berry was was originally our guests at the T amp D event back towards mid mid ended December.

00:04:10.200 --> 00:04:19.710 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: And, and then I connected with Michael family and i'm doing my best to pronounce that i've been practicing Michael on that right pretty good I got a thumbs up so we're good there guys, so if you're not watching I did it right.

00:04:21.450 --> 00:04:28.680 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: So so Michael Ramallah and I connected I guess couple months back and the unique situation with this program is.

00:04:29.880 --> 00:04:36.900 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: booking out so far in advance, because well there's only a Friday every at the end of every week it's not there's not multiple Fridays so.

00:04:37.890 --> 00:04:49.680 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: So, Michael I met and we had we connected I said look I really like what you're doing, we obviously want to get this money out and support the organization, but i'd love to go 123 steps further down the line.

00:04:50.070 --> 00:04:54.630 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: and get you on the program that's really what brings us here today, so Michael before I even jump into.

00:04:55.050 --> 00:05:07.380 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: reading your bio and stuff my favorite thing to do and I used to say this before I actually had a program because it was kind of my whole my whole life is the time ED show, so I would say, welcome to the show so Michael welcome to the show, welcome to my attic.

00:05:07.800 --> 00:05:08.910 Michael Remaley: Thank you for having me.

00:05:09.210 --> 00:05:13.860 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: i'm glad you're here i'm excited I love the picture behind you we've talked about in the past, what is that what is it picture.

00:05:14.670 --> 00:05:24.330 Michael Remaley: It is a photograph of a offer eliason exhibit at the Tate modern that my husband took 20 years or so ago.

00:05:24.450 --> 00:05:26.250 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: giant, you must have a very large camera.

00:05:29.670 --> 00:05:43.650 Michael Remaley: I think the camera was like probably like a pretty early pixel version like low not that big of pixel version back in 2003 or something like that, so the camera itself as a standard camera what the picture.

00:05:44.010 --> 00:05:45.210 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: You didn't expect that one I just.

00:05:47.730 --> 00:05:54.900 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: Well i'm excited to have you here, I am going to read some of your background and sort of set the stage like I tell everybody, you know what we talked about here on this program is.

00:05:55.260 --> 00:06:00.990 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: We certainly talk about our guests in their background and how they're connected to to my favorite the nonprofit sector.

00:06:02.010 --> 00:06:10.350 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: We talked about the history of the organization, we talked about the programs the impact that the organizations, making and this organization has made an incredible impact both on.

00:06:10.710 --> 00:06:21.090 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: restaurants directly and restaurant workers as well and we're going to dive into that and then we talk about where's the organization going what's the future of the organization and my favorite piece is always.

00:06:21.420 --> 00:06:26.850 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: Who do you need to meet and who do you need to connect with and we kind of pepper that through what we've got through the conversation i'm sure.

00:06:27.240 --> 00:06:30.810 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: But I always want to make sure we definitely hit upon out towards the end so that's kind of sets the stage.

00:06:31.170 --> 00:06:36.000 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: i'm going to just read some background so i'm telling you guys i'm reading so if my eyes are not staring.

00:06:36.420 --> 00:06:47.520 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: At you guys it's because i'm reading so Michael hamill Ramallah is board Vice President and fundraising committee chair of restaurant workers Community foundation for the first three years of this organizations of.

00:06:48.030 --> 00:06:56.100 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: The first three years of its growth Michael is board treasure and lead consultant to the rwc half i'm going to call it that, so we save a couple minutes.

00:06:56.640 --> 00:07:01.620 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: As an independent consultant to nonprofits and philanthropic organizations his firm hamill family.

00:07:02.100 --> 00:07:10.110 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: He has worked with a client roster that includes in New York Community trust bridge span jm kaplan fund public agenda.

00:07:10.650 --> 00:07:21.990 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: And the support Center for nonprofits and inside philanthropy I think we have a qualified guests, ladies and gentlemen, I said to Michael earlier, so this is not going to be just about our wtf because.

00:07:22.410 --> 00:07:30.930 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: I know that the people who listen to this show and we'll listen to this show are people who want to support nonprofits, yes, but they're also nonprofit leaders because.

00:07:31.230 --> 00:07:38.610 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: that's why I like to hang around with so that's who follows what we're doing over here so Michael is going to share some of his thought leadership and I.

00:07:39.030 --> 00:07:46.470 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: I expect down the road that i'm going to convince them to speak in front of a bunch of nonprofits won't for me at some point I love, how you put people right on the spot, so they.

00:07:47.010 --> 00:07:57.330 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: can't they can't wiggle away so Previously, it was a senior Vice President for public policy and communications for philanthropy in New York, which is a regional association for grant makers.

00:07:57.720 --> 00:08:05.910 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: And prior to being referenced in New York, Michael led to him hamel Bramley consulting practice with nonprofits.

00:08:06.510 --> 00:08:16.260 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: and foundations clients, such as the communications network Center for effective philanthropy grantmakers excuse me grant makers for education, public interest project and on and on and on, so.

00:08:16.620 --> 00:08:24.090 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: we'll get I, and I say on and on, not to just say it like it is an important, but when I bring on people who are so impactful in this sector.

00:08:24.360 --> 00:08:32.310 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: The laundry list is long, we can go into these accolades but you know what me reading, it is not as exciting for Michael telling us, the story or.

00:08:32.580 --> 00:08:38.640 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: You hearing Michael tell us the story so that's it let's let's jump in we'll get into the organization, later on, I always start here.

00:08:39.390 --> 00:08:51.420 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: Why nonprofit I have this little quote I have this little thing like this story, I could tell you start us off, and if you don't do the quote i'll do it later on, but what How does it start, how does a life in philanthropy begin.

00:08:53.670 --> 00:09:05.790 Michael Remaley: Well, I guess, I have to thank my do gooder unitarian parents who like made me believe that like that one human being has an obligation to do leave the world of slightly better place than you came into.

00:09:06.930 --> 00:09:20.640 Michael Remaley: So that was one day and I undergraduate was a journalism and public relations major and I graduated from temple University in in 1991, which was a.

00:09:21.720 --> 00:09:43.110 Michael Remaley: A bit of a recession, at the time and I done all these like internships and I couldn't get a job in journalism or public relations, and so I started waiting tables as one does and I I swear to God it never been so flush with cash, because I was like waiting tables at a lunch place.

00:09:44.220 --> 00:09:49.890 Michael Remaley: If all Monday through Friday and then like going to TGI Fridays to work, the dinner chef.

00:09:49.950 --> 00:10:02.430 Michael Remaley: is like seven days a week, so I was just like making a lot of cash and earning $2 and one cent and 13 cents an hour, which is the some minimum wage for tip workers.

00:10:03.840 --> 00:10:14.940 Michael Remaley: yeah so there was all that and I definitely decided that I when I got fired from TGI Fridays for complaining about a kinds of customer not giving me a tip I.

00:10:16.800 --> 00:10:26.250 Michael Remaley: realized that I was not suited to work in the service industry, but I was definitely a learning experience that I have brought forward to my experience with restaurant workers Community foundation, but we'll get to.

00:10:27.510 --> 00:10:37.830 Michael Remaley: But I also at that time of my life typed 100 words a minute, because I just like typed on my papers very diligently all through college and.

00:10:38.490 --> 00:10:44.160 Michael Remaley: So I was like Why am I doing this like i've worked in an office and I started temping and my.

00:10:44.520 --> 00:10:56.430 Michael Remaley: After i'd tempt a couple of months, like the temp agency was like hey there's his job at this small family foundation, do you want to like because you know, are you interested in interviewing for this general you know office manager job.

00:10:57.180 --> 00:11:03.690 Michael Remaley: And that was the Stockton rush Bart whole foundation is a small family foundation Philadelphia them and.

00:11:04.980 --> 00:11:12.660 Michael Remaley: I got the job and, basically, I was like the second right hand to like the Executive Director of the Foundation for three and a half years, and I was like oh.

00:11:13.110 --> 00:11:24.870 Michael Remaley: What there are these organizations that like exist to give money away, and they have like a huge amount of influence and how like things happen in social change, and I was just like.

00:11:25.770 --> 00:11:37.200 Michael Remaley: This is what I want to do for the rest of my life, this is my career and my boss had a degree in social work, and so I was like Oh, maybe i'll get a masters in social work, just like she did.

00:11:38.400 --> 00:11:49.380 Michael Remaley: And I kind of had my sights set on like in Philadelphia like at the time the big elephant in the room, was the Pew charitable trust, and I was like I want to be a program officer at the Pew charitable trust.

00:11:49.590 --> 00:11:55.500 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: So that was it like you saw that you will get the msw and i'm going to go to you, yes Okay, yes.

00:11:56.910 --> 00:12:04.530 Michael Remaley: So I did get the msw and I actually along the way i've done this interview informational interview with an organization called.

00:12:05.010 --> 00:12:10.680 Michael Remaley: was called the conservation company it's now called TC group, which is a big phone profit consulting practice.

00:12:11.310 --> 00:12:19.200 Michael Remaley: And I did that interview like you know, while I was still at this doctrine much sparkle foundation before I went full time in Grad school.

00:12:19.980 --> 00:12:32.130 Michael Remaley: And when I came out of their out of Grad school, I was like they had a job, open and they ended up hiring based on, like the previous conversation informational interview like I did so, I always like.

00:12:32.850 --> 00:12:44.880 Michael Remaley: Tell anybody who's like getting started in nonprofits like go talk to the people that you would like to one day work for and just like a lot of people in nonprofits are really generous with their time.

00:12:46.560 --> 00:12:55.110 Michael Remaley: way too generous with their time and they will talk to you, if you like, say, this is why i'm like interested in your organization, however, find out more data i've done a million of them myself so.

00:12:56.910 --> 00:13:01.530 Michael Remaley: anyways so like when I came out of graduate school I started working for this nonprofit you know.

00:13:02.130 --> 00:13:12.780 Michael Remaley: This for profit consulting firm to work with philanthropies and nonprofits and I worked for them, for two years and then I got recruited from there to go work for puter charitable trust, a huge.

00:13:13.410 --> 00:13:23.370 Michael Remaley: philanthropic organization and all my like notions of like how perfect philanthropy is we're disabused very quickly.

00:13:23.730 --> 00:13:34.050 Michael Remaley: And I became very jaded about philanthropy and we can talk a whole lot more about that i'm obviously i've had 30 year career in philanthropy so well, I like I love all that it can do.

00:13:34.410 --> 00:13:42.480 Michael Remaley: But anyone who's worked in philanthropy also knows how insular and weird it can be too so happy to talk about that that's the like a little started and point.

00:13:42.900 --> 00:13:43.590 Michael Remaley: out at it.

00:13:43.950 --> 00:13:47.580 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: that's great so sort of the, but you can always give us the good the bad and the ugly, which is why I sort of.

00:13:48.150 --> 00:13:55.260 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: joked with you earlier about you know saying we'd love to have you speak in front of a bunch of my nonprofit leaders, I mean there's certainly this platform is great for that.

00:13:55.920 --> 00:14:06.480 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: But I do run a monthly nonprofit executive leadership Roundtable For those of you interested just reach out to me Tommy D at philanthropy and focus calm and we can get you some linkedin on what we're doing there.

00:14:06.870 --> 00:14:14.550 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: Michael I want to we're going to go to break and that's how fast the show goes we're gonna go to break and just about a minute so we'll we'll be back, but i'd love for you to kind of take this.

00:14:14.940 --> 00:14:25.050 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: take us back to you know 2018 and and what what the problem we were solving excuse me not we you all were solving when it came to creating.

00:14:25.650 --> 00:14:36.060 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: This this particular foundation why don't what the what is this a solution to and then we'll dive into programs, but I will say look having grown up in in the restaurant business and started certainly.

00:14:36.750 --> 00:14:46.050 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: As much as I am involved in more to be more involved in the nonprofit business, this is one of those crossroad meetings for me well, we get to really explore two things that are super important to me and i'm sure.

00:14:46.590 --> 00:14:50.670 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: A lot of us grew up working in restaurants man it's how you get through college and high school at some points you know.

00:14:51.000 --> 00:14:54.660 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: Ross and insert certainly those in the arts, you know.

00:14:55.680 --> 00:15:00.630 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: actors and actresses end up in the restaurant business tears to meet, so we have a lot of them that plug into the show as well, so.

00:15:01.080 --> 00:15:11.730 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: I will be back in two minutes it's your buddy the nonprofit sector connector with Michael from the restaurant workers Community foundation, where are we in the attic i'll see you guys in two minutes thanks for.

00:18:07.200 --> 00:18:17.910 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: For that song about 100 times and every single time, it gives me a chuckle because we were like we're going to lyrics and we were like what rhymes with attic oh come through all the static end of the thing.

00:18:18.000 --> 00:18:18.480 Michael Remaley: works.

00:18:18.540 --> 00:18:24.600 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: It works right it's fun and kind of course some of my guests actually sing the song with me, but will we won't.

00:18:28.440 --> 00:18:29.550 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: We won't put you on the spot.

00:18:30.240 --> 00:18:32.520 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: I i've done some videos with me singing it and.

00:18:32.520 --> 00:18:35.550 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: People Would you mind not singing it next time so anyway.

00:18:37.500 --> 00:18:42.120 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: Right so so 30 year background in philanthropy and consulting.

00:18:43.290 --> 00:18:57.450 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: You know, has has this TGI Fridays story that we heard about in the past, basically no restaurant workers yeah you can make good money but there's certainly they need advocacy restaurants, as a as an industry need advocacy so along.

00:18:59.070 --> 00:19:11.940 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: The restaurant workers Community foundation is formed in 2018 as an advocacy an action nonprofit created for restaurant workers action nonprofit let's start that what does that mean.

00:19:13.230 --> 00:19:26.220 Michael Remaley: So we're we're in the Community foundation model so if people are familiar with, like other Community foundation's that have been out there for ever, like a geographic Community foundation like New York Community trust.

00:19:26.880 --> 00:19:33.510 Michael Remaley: started hundred years ago that really kind of its primary purpose is to raise funds and distribute those funds through grants.

00:19:34.590 --> 00:19:41.430 Michael Remaley: And those kind of geographic foundations function for years and years and years and.

00:19:41.850 --> 00:19:52.440 Michael Remaley: Then in like the 1870s and 80s, they started seeing other kind of demographically focused Community foundation's like lemons foundations and then 90s LGBT Q foundations.

00:19:53.250 --> 00:20:01.950 Michael Remaley: But there wasn't really any foundations that we knew of that were focused on a particular Labor segment, so as far as we know where the first.

00:20:02.370 --> 00:20:09.450 Michael Remaley: You know organization, there are lots of other organizations working on restaurant worker issues we love them, we support them with our grant dollars.

00:20:10.080 --> 00:20:20.970 Michael Remaley: But there wasn't any organization that was raising funds and, like you, being a centralized kind of point for raising funds and distributing it and growing the network of those organizations serving restaurant workers.

00:20:21.510 --> 00:20:36.300 Michael Remaley: So that's our primary purpose, but like where it came from they vary as these things tend to be very personal story, so my husband john is the President of the Foundation and after the 2016 elections.

00:20:37.470 --> 00:20:44.280 Michael Remaley: He was, as many of us were quite devastated some people were very thrilled with the outcome of that election and.

00:20:44.880 --> 00:20:54.180 Michael Remaley: us not so much and the morning after after I called my mother and cried on the phone with my mother, I went into work at philanthropy New York.

00:20:54.780 --> 00:21:09.030 Michael Remaley: And cried with my co workers and commiserated unbeknownst to me my husband, who was working from home at the time for momofuku restaurant group he was the bar director for momofuku restaurant group for like all the chain.

00:21:09.840 --> 00:21:26.700 Michael Remaley: The and he was at home still drinking from the night before and hiding is drinking and basically couldn't get out of bed for the next five days and was kind of like went into this dissociative state, it was a real it was.

00:21:28.560 --> 00:21:35.760 Michael Remaley: unprecedented and just like really disturbing and sad and it took him a long time to work, his way out of that.

00:21:36.750 --> 00:21:49.050 Michael Remaley: And, as he was doing that he was furiously texting with his friend and former momofuku colleague Alex pooling who she had moved out to Seattle to start of.

00:21:49.560 --> 00:21:56.700 Michael Remaley: A sandwich shop chain with her husband and they basically were like in this like text.

00:21:57.150 --> 00:22:08.610 Michael Remaley: tear say why don't restaurant workers more engaged in the issues that like affect their lives and like more you know motivated to like get involved, politically and like you know.

00:22:09.270 --> 00:22:22.200 Michael Remaley: there's like so many issues that, like our kind of a microcosm of like so much of what's wrong with America that is like distilled in the most crystallized form in the restaurant business low wages.

00:22:23.070 --> 00:22:37.740 Michael Remaley: Poor career mobility, sexual harassment and sexual gender inequality racial inequality terrible treatment of immigrants, and it really heightened like mental health and substance abuse issues.

00:22:38.490 --> 00:22:46.260 Michael Remaley: So you know because it's an environment that like there's so much drinking but there's also a lot more going on, besides just drinking like little kind of.

00:22:46.350 --> 00:22:47.070 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: The last few.

00:22:47.160 --> 00:22:48.240 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: Years a lot of access, like.

00:22:48.270 --> 00:22:50.130 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: You know I grew up and everything's and.

00:22:50.640 --> 00:22:52.590 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: You know started kind of stories only.

00:22:53.520 --> 00:23:00.030 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: To kind of underscore that you know I don't know if i've shared this with my audience I quit drinking at 32.

00:23:00.390 --> 00:23:01.020 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: And I you know.

00:23:01.080 --> 00:23:08.760 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: I grew up in that business, as I say so, by the time I was 32 I like to joke about it that I drank more than somebody drinks in an ad your life.

00:23:09.390 --> 00:23:13.230 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: Like again that's a joke, but it was pretty true, and that was sort of you know.

00:23:13.830 --> 00:23:21.780 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: I stopped people around me and stuff you know, and I think what the biggest challenge for first of all you're saying that you mentioned a half a dozen.

00:23:22.080 --> 00:23:27.630 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: Things that people are up against challenge, whether it be mental health issues are being discriminated against them and then you have access.

00:23:28.320 --> 00:23:34.830 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: To those right there and and access to many other things, for those of you who may not be aware of the restaurant business but there's access to other.

00:23:35.970 --> 00:23:44.970 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: Substances and that a lot of that lunch together substance abuse wise, we talked a bit we talked about in the past on this program about mental health issues and.

00:23:45.300 --> 00:23:52.710 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: And I get up here in the attic I started stamping my floor on my feet on the floor and yada I don't try to do back in the desks and the counter moves and stuff like that, but.

00:23:53.010 --> 00:23:57.360 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: I get cranky about it because mental health issues in this country, although that's not what you're talking about.

00:23:58.200 --> 00:24:07.020 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: there's such a stigma around mental health and it's it's wrong if I i've said it before maybe sounds trite at this point, but if I if I break my arm right cut my hand.

00:24:07.740 --> 00:24:19.950 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: And he's there's no stigma around that I go get the help I needed but from a mental perspective it's unfortunate and and I know we're going to talk Coleman and related to the to the organization as well, but I want to go back to you to set that up so.

00:24:20.190 --> 00:24:29.670 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: yeah john's going through these challenges coming out and start connecting and they're like what and you set it up so well, so what happens next what they got they have a problem we've established a problem now.

00:24:30.120 --> 00:24:37.620 Michael Remaley: yeah so they're like well why isn't there like, how can we like raise funds to like effect the change in.

00:24:38.130 --> 00:24:44.760 Michael Remaley: their original thinking was like because they're not in philanthropy or in nonprofits there's there's a restaurant people they're like.

00:24:45.240 --> 00:24:56.910 Michael Remaley: Could we like raise funds to like you know do shareholder advocacy to get restaurants that like put darden group the like the big kind of restaurant chains that really treat their restaurant workers terribly can we like.

00:24:57.510 --> 00:25:11.220 Michael Remaley: Somehow do shareholder advocacy and they were like bouncing these ideas off of me, and I was like well you know there that sounds like you could be doing impact investing like a lot of foundations have used their corpus to like invest in various ways.

00:25:12.720 --> 00:25:21.510 Michael Remaley: Whether it's shareholder advocacy or kind of like investing in the kind of businesses that are doing well, so that is something that you know exists out there.

00:25:21.600 --> 00:25:29.580 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: What does that mean exactly Michael it means like not focusing on those who need to improve but but pushing more towards those who are doing it right kind of rewarding organizations like that.

00:25:29.730 --> 00:25:35.370 Michael Remaley: Yes, and we should, at some point in this conversation talk about as part of the coven fun we establish the restaurant.

00:25:36.000 --> 00:25:46.500 Michael Remaley: restaurant futures long program it's a zero interest loan program for businesses, trying to come out of the out of the crisis, who want to use a pro worker kind of framework for their work.

00:25:47.640 --> 00:25:51.330 Michael Remaley: So, so that was part of like the original thinking was like.

00:25:52.080 --> 00:26:09.870 Michael Remaley: You know how can we use funds that are raised both grant making but also Community organizing so our work from the beginning, from the concept from that kind of like organized thinking around like early 2017 when we first started trying to form a board, and this was really just like.

00:26:10.890 --> 00:26:19.170 Michael Remaley: Alex and john going to their professional network saying like who wants to like get involved in this and forming a like a beginning board.

00:26:19.530 --> 00:26:25.470 Michael Remaley: But like that kind of like we're going to do three things we're going to do grant making we're going to raise funds for grant making.

00:26:26.040 --> 00:26:42.720 Michael Remaley: And for Community organizing and impact investing so that three part model of like spent you know roughly for every dollar that we raised we try to you know evenly distribute across those three areas has always been a part of our like the core part of our identity.

00:26:42.960 --> 00:26:47.280 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: say that for everybody, one more time grant making Community organizing and the third bullet.

00:26:47.700 --> 00:26:48.840 Michael Remaley: Impact investing.

00:26:48.990 --> 00:26:50.820 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: Talking about sequence we're going to get through yep yeah.

00:26:51.750 --> 00:27:00.660 Michael Remaley: So, which is kind of the least well developed area of our work, and we can talk about that because it's really complex so i'm.

00:27:01.980 --> 00:27:09.000 Michael Remaley: So, in the spring of 2017 basically we started bringing having meetings at philanthropy New York in a conference room and philanthropy New York.

00:27:09.300 --> 00:27:15.450 Michael Remaley: With a bunch of people who were interested in being on the board, and you know moving this forward we started meeting with lawyers alliance.

00:27:16.200 --> 00:27:31.560 Michael Remaley: Lawyers aligns with absolutely crucial i'm a huge fan of lawyers alliance of New York, thank you to them for like helping us, you know getting us together with pro bono lawyers think like get our you know bylaws and our like applications to the irs and i've been on the fun.

00:27:31.950 --> 00:27:35.400 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: Just because you've been in philanthropy doesn't mean you've set up.

00:27:35.580 --> 00:27:38.730 Michael Remaley: organization, I had no idea how hard it is to.

00:27:38.730 --> 00:27:51.900 Michael Remaley: set up a nonprofit like i've been on the giving side for 30 years and, like I think probably blissfully unaware of like just how hard it is to get something like that up and running, I now understand why people use like fiscal sponsors so much.

00:27:54.030 --> 00:28:01.980 Michael Remaley: So, because it was a year and a half of like applications like filling out all the evolution, it takes like you know for ever for the if you.

00:28:02.310 --> 00:28:11.580 Michael Remaley: You can do the like expedited version, the irs 501 C three, but then you have to go through the steps, later on, so we just decided to do the full thing right Oh, you know long term.

00:28:12.300 --> 00:28:23.640 Michael Remaley: And so, like you have to wait for that to be done, then you have to apply to New York state to like you know for the to exist in New York state, and then you have to go back to the state and, like apply to like the like.

00:28:24.000 --> 00:28:27.390 Michael Remaley: To be able to solicit funds in the State of New York, which is another process.

00:28:28.050 --> 00:28:40.950 Michael Remaley: All that took like a year and a half, so, but we we consider our birth date the day we got the go ahead from New York state to like solicit funds in the state in September of 2018 so that is our kind of like birthday to us.

00:28:41.520 --> 00:28:46.830 Michael Remaley: We had like been doing a lot of like and meeting you know quarterly of the board the forming board.

00:28:47.850 --> 00:28:57.570 Michael Remaley: During that time and kind of like thinking things through, but we didn't have any money to work with and we didn't have any way to ask for money until September 2018 so that's really our beginning.

00:28:57.870 --> 00:29:11.340 Michael Remaley: And as soon as we got that permission, we were like okay let's have our first big event, it was a gathering of about 40 people in our legs very small very small 800 square foot apartment.

00:29:12.480 --> 00:29:20.400 Michael Remaley: So that was our first kind of like gathering and we raised from the board and other folks about $11,000 for that first event.

00:29:21.000 --> 00:29:26.370 Michael Remaley: And we also since we knew that money was coming in, we also made an announcement that we're giving away.

00:29:27.030 --> 00:29:43.290 Michael Remaley: Our first one third of in grant making so we gave three $1,000 grants to restaurant opportunities simon's united brand workers and outsmart nyc try to hit some of our program areas and just to be clear, like our program areas of the issues that I.

00:29:43.530 --> 00:29:44.100 Michael Remaley: talked about.

00:29:44.130 --> 00:29:53.490 Michael Remaley: Earlier wages and career ladders gender equity and sexual harassment racial equity and fair treatment of immigrants and mental health and substance abuse.

00:29:54.120 --> 00:29:59.070 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: So I think we're gonna let's do this let's take a quick break sure I think we're at a nice.

00:30:00.300 --> 00:30:07.470 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: Nice opportunity to kind of tease people and hold them back and say we'll be back in two minutes gang it's Tommy in the attic philanthropy and focus.

00:30:08.010 --> 00:30:18.360 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: Michael family is here and Michael i'm excited to have you here because we're going to continue to dive into the impact and again, this is my space, the nonprofit space in the restaurant space together man so well done.

00:30:18.780 --> 00:30:22.170 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: Michael will be back in two minutes everybody else we just back here in the Act two minutes.

00:33:07.320 --> 00:33:08.340 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: every Friday morning.

00:33:09.000 --> 00:33:18.870 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: Time in his attic that's where I want to see you 10am Eastern time I was told to recently I say Eastern standard time than buddy miles it's not Eastern standard you gotta say Eastern time so um.

00:33:19.320 --> 00:33:27.030 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: And then maybe the me I was news to me I 43 years on this planet for me man I didn't know I figured it out, so thank you Sean for teaching me that.

00:33:27.540 --> 00:33:40.740 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: Alright, so let's let's let's go like this i'm on the website, right now, which for you all is restaurant workers OK that's it restaurant workers C here's what i'm reading off the site wage fairness and career ladders.

00:33:41.340 --> 00:33:49.920 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: gender equity and sexual violence, racial justice and support for the immigrant community and then finally mental health and substance abuse, these are the challenges.

00:33:50.280 --> 00:34:02.280 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: That you guys have decided, with your organization or important and you're going to address these challenges correct me if i'm wrong through grant writing Community organization and then impact investing I think I kind of set it up right.

00:34:02.700 --> 00:34:04.140 Michael Remaley: Yes, grant making.

00:34:04.530 --> 00:34:04.980 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: Making.

00:34:05.010 --> 00:34:07.140 Michael Remaley: will end up having to do some grant writing but yeah.

00:34:11.310 --> 00:34:14.730 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: Well that's Another thing we know the money comes it flows through right so.

00:34:15.300 --> 00:34:16.440 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: Where else to you, and then you.

00:34:16.560 --> 00:34:30.150 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: send it out understood grant making Community organization and impact investing Michael take us back through this you set it up, for us, you set up where you were what what what kind of the catalyst of this was and now let's talk about how you making an impact as an organization.

00:34:30.930 --> 00:34:41.970 Michael Remaley: So 2013 was the year of our first full fiscal year and we were really happy with that you know first we set a very modest goal in that you're raising $30,000.

00:34:42.870 --> 00:34:47.070 Michael Remaley: And like you know just get a slow start, and we were really thrilled that like we.

00:34:47.610 --> 00:34:53.580 Michael Remaley: Did our own fundraising first fundraiser we participate in some other fundraising events like alcohol companies.

00:34:54.000 --> 00:35:11.820 Michael Remaley: And then, and we ended up surpassing our goal of and raise $40,000 in that first year and did another round of grant making distributing $13,000 in grants that year to 11 different organizations so we're like, and we also build up our board to 20 people with one of our goals.

00:35:12.030 --> 00:35:12.540 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: Big board.

00:35:12.930 --> 00:35:23.340 Michael Remaley: which was really important when came, because at that point we're like Okay, we need to like you know john and I were doing, most of the work and.

00:35:24.090 --> 00:35:37.590 Michael Remaley: Our board had signed off on hiring a social media a part time social media person to like pick that up which that person started may the week of May 15 2020.

00:35:39.240 --> 00:35:41.670 Michael Remaley: Interesting timing so.

00:35:42.750 --> 00:36:00.840 Michael Remaley: But the the 20% Board was really important, because at our board retreat in January 2020 we said Okay, let we really want to like really flesh out these committees that we have and like have greater leadership and like more diversity of leadership like moving the work forward.

00:36:01.020 --> 00:36:08.640 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: it's working bored otherwise on you and john so you have a common cause an employee consultant on social media, but other than that.

00:36:08.910 --> 00:36:19.530 Michael Remaley: Yes, we have been an all volunteer organization, all the way up until literally This week we are new executive director started this week last name because.

00:36:20.670 --> 00:36:23.700 Michael Remaley: Media rollout net and I knew it was happening i'm.

00:36:24.990 --> 00:36:26.040 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: excited for you guys i'm.

00:36:26.280 --> 00:36:33.150 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: thrilled and I can amplify that message for you, I want to do so, so make sure you know, as soon as you start putting it out there, so I can help you with that.

00:36:33.600 --> 00:36:43.230 Michael Remaley: So we had like this kind of growing leadership on our board and people, you know somebody in charge of communications somebody in charge of event planning somebody is in charge of you know.

00:36:44.730 --> 00:36:49.290 Michael Remaley: fundraising and governance and all those kind of things that Foundation should have committees for.

00:36:50.700 --> 00:37:04.260 Michael Remaley: So that was really important when the crisis, the pandemic started bearing down upon New York City and we were national we had aims to be a national organization, but, and we did have board members all across the country.

00:37:04.680 --> 00:37:10.650 Michael Remaley: But we really kind of like we're best known in New York, because that's where we did our first event and stuff like that.

00:37:12.600 --> 00:37:25.830 Michael Remaley: Why should also said that in 2019 we also developed these kind of like draft guidelines for restaurants, to help them think about like how they could be better for workers, workers on our four areas so that was also important, just to put that aside.

00:37:28.650 --> 00:37:39.660 Michael Remaley: When the crisis was happening, we had an emergency meeting of the Board the weekend before the 15th and, just as the restaurants were all being shut down.

00:37:40.920 --> 00:37:46.590 Michael Remaley: And our board, the first thing that they said that they wanted to do was a resource page for workers.

00:37:46.920 --> 00:37:54.900 Michael Remaley: And that was like in my mind, the most important thing that we could do is just like put together information and like point restaurant workers in the right direction.

00:37:55.260 --> 00:38:06.450 Michael Remaley: And I will say that, like in the first two months of restaurant of the crisis at that, from that point on, that page of resources was getting 20,000 hits a day.

00:38:07.110 --> 00:38:18.600 Michael Remaley: It was you know so much of our needed our media consumption is like New York based and like a lot of it had to do with what New York workers can do, but we try to keep it as national as possible.

00:38:20.460 --> 00:38:29.850 Michael Remaley: But in that board meeting and I are virtual board meeting the board bells and said Oh, maybe we should start a like a relief fund, you know, maybe we'll Reno you know.

00:38:30.300 --> 00:38:36.480 Michael Remaley: raise a few thousand dollars and do what we can do our part to like help people out and like this structure the fun.

00:38:36.960 --> 00:38:50.100 Michael Remaley: Half of it should go to direct financial assistance have a quarter of it should go to nonprofits serving restaurant workers with like crisis relief efforts like food assistance pro bono legal assistance.

00:38:51.120 --> 00:38:58.320 Michael Remaley: Domestic violence assistance things like that that is separate from like direct financial assistance.

00:38:58.980 --> 00:39:06.990 Michael Remaley: And we want to set aside one quarter to help restaurants, when the restaurants can get up and running again to get help them get up and running again.

00:39:07.770 --> 00:39:24.510 Michael Remaley: So that is the structure that was laid out and we were very clear about that and, like all of our messaging around the the crisis fund that that's what it would go towards, and I think that that is a big part of our success was like being very clear about this is how every dollar goal.

00:39:24.510 --> 00:39:28.530 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: guess where it's gonna This is where it's going to go so before before we continue, I want to ask you this.

00:39:29.670 --> 00:39:30.090 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: Excuse me.

00:39:31.980 --> 00:39:42.090 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: I know the numbers which are we're going to talk about the numbers, but I want to teach you to play, what was the goal for you set this out, and you know where the money is going to go and you're going to.

00:39:42.450 --> 00:39:48.840 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: explain this to donors and funders and right different source is versus what was the original goal to raise.

00:39:48.930 --> 00:39:54.240 Michael Remaley: We had no dollar goal we had no dollar goal, I mean, I think that we were.

00:39:55.290 --> 00:40:09.630 Michael Remaley: Thinking you know literally like we would be incredibly happy to raise $100,000 like I think that that that will I mean we never talked about it about dollar goal, but I think in in our minds like like that would be.

00:40:09.990 --> 00:40:10.680 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: Every story.

00:40:10.740 --> 00:40:12.510 Michael Remaley: Right, that would be three times what we raised the year.

00:40:12.510 --> 00:40:12.960 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: Before I.

00:40:13.140 --> 00:40:17.970 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: mean comparing it to history, you know we've done in the past, you go that's three x that's a big win.

00:40:18.030 --> 00:40:18.930 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: Right, yes, all right.

00:40:18.990 --> 00:40:21.810 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: So, so it was so in your mind sort of Maybe it was 100 grand.

00:40:22.290 --> 00:40:26.220 Michael Remaley: yeah exactly so and, at the same time, we were like launching this.

00:40:27.390 --> 00:40:34.560 Michael Remaley: Some of our board members, especially john had like really deep connections in the food in food media business.

00:40:35.100 --> 00:40:46.170 Michael Remaley: And people were coming to us from eater and from Bloomberg pursuits and various other publications saying hey, we know that restaurant workers has been doing work in this space.

00:40:46.590 --> 00:40:53.610 Michael Remaley: What are you doing about this crisis, are you going to do a fun and we're like oh funny you mentioned it, we are just launching this fun today.

00:40:53.970 --> 00:41:01.590 Michael Remaley: And so right out of the gate as everything was going haywire in the world like we were getting all this media coverage about our our.

00:41:01.890 --> 00:41:15.900 Michael Remaley: Crisis fun and basically after those first couple articles, like every article about a crisis fun for restaurant workers basically listed us as their life first thing, and there were lots of other crisis funds for restaurant workers one fair wage did a great one.

00:41:18.420 --> 00:41:24.960 Michael Remaley: The restaurant national restaurant association's which we do not approve of their terrible people, but like.

00:41:25.710 --> 00:41:37.650 Michael Remaley: They did one and we actually kind of talk with them about what they're doing and try to be supportive, because we really believe, like anybody who's raising funds for restaurant workers and and getting it to restaurant workers in the conscientious way deserved.

00:41:38.400 --> 00:41:46.920 Michael Remaley: You know, to like we listed them on our resources, page, like any any crisis fun for restaurant workers, we wanted our our community to know about.

00:41:48.810 --> 00:41:51.870 Michael Remaley: And that in that first week we like.

00:41:53.460 --> 00:41:56.220 Michael Remaley: Basically, got connected to southern smoke Foundation, which is a.

00:41:56.790 --> 00:42:09.150 Michael Remaley: Texas based organization that had been doing direct crisis relief for restaurant workers, since hurricane Harvey specifically in Texas, but they had a whole case management system that we had no way.

00:42:09.960 --> 00:42:21.750 Michael Remaley: We could do ourselves so they you know they've been doing it for a couple years they had the kinks worked out, they had like this whole online application process and they had one case manager possibly two at the time.

00:42:23.070 --> 00:42:36.690 Michael Remaley: And so they had a system so we're like we're not going to recreate the wheel so basically every you know, for all the work the money that we raise for direct shirt direct financial support and goes to southern smoke foundation so.

00:42:36.690 --> 00:42:37.140 Michael Remaley: Maybe he'll.

00:42:37.560 --> 00:42:39.150 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: And so, let me stop you for a second because.

00:42:39.150 --> 00:42:40.800 Michael Remaley: buried the lead on how much money we've.

00:42:40.800 --> 00:42:42.330 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: Raised we're gonna.

00:42:43.500 --> 00:42:45.570 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: we're gonna even for the whole show here's the thing.

00:42:46.830 --> 00:42:56.910 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: Listen folks listen to what michaels talking about if you don't have the infrastructure for a certain program where you don't have the assets, whether they be financial assets or people assets or whatever the cases partner.

00:42:57.330 --> 00:43:05.220 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: work with other organizations, I mean it's natural for foundation like this i'm assuming Michael it's natural for the Foundation to look for partners, but other nonprofits gang.

00:43:05.670 --> 00:43:13.440 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: pay attention look around, if there's somebody who's doing programs that looks similar to yours last week Jennifer singer was here and we talked about a merger of.

00:43:14.550 --> 00:43:21.150 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: You sort of look like us, we sort of look like you why don't we combined and be better for and that goes to what I talked about you know, two plus two.

00:43:21.600 --> 00:43:31.410 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: You know in math it's, for I believe it is yeah it is I work with my kids on math last night it's for but in networking connecting collaborating some exponential number much, much higher than four.

00:43:31.740 --> 00:43:36.660 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: So, Michael do we want to do you want to tease that the numbers, or should we just say now, before we go to a.

00:43:36.870 --> 00:43:38.520 Michael Remaley: Quick break and probably just say that.

00:43:39.000 --> 00:43:40.140 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: How much did you rate, so you.

00:43:40.890 --> 00:43:43.260 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: got it was 100 grand maybe so we're at the.

00:43:43.350 --> 00:43:58.860 Michael Remaley: End of March 3 march 31 of this year we've raised about $7.2 million just for the coven fund and then about another million plus for general general supportive restaurant workers core mission work.

00:43:59.010 --> 00:44:11.520 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: So, so this is an idea that john and Alex are angry about some things that are going on in the world and say we need to make an impact and you need to make an impact specifically and its base that we love and care about MySpace it was good to offer the restaurant business.

00:44:12.060 --> 00:44:19.680 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: And was an idea, like everything you look around the room you're in the room that I ended all started as an idea in someone's Finally, and this idea has now taken.

00:44:20.100 --> 00:44:23.820 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: Or has raised and accumulated over $8 million dollars.

00:44:24.180 --> 00:44:34.020 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: For people and businesses that really truly needed zone, first, I say before we take a quick break I say thank you for what you're doing because it's incredible Thank you john and Alex and the team because it's a great impact.

00:44:34.800 --> 00:44:37.770 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: When we come back, I want to talk about a couple things want to talk about who.

00:44:38.130 --> 00:44:49.080 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: And where and and and what's going to happen next, who do you want to meet where can I connect you and what's the future this organizations will be back in two minutes tell me in the attic the nonprofit sector connector we'll be right back with Michael thanks for.

00:44:50.790 --> 00:44:52.980 Michael Remaley: Listening to radio.

00:44:53.190 --> 00:44:53.640 And my.

00:44:55.830 --> 00:44:56.460 Key.

00:45:38.340 --> 00:45:38.880 posted the.

00:47:02.010 --> 00:47:07.710 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: On no return there I heard a bit of static, so we were cutting through that static let's sneak through this net static.

00:47:08.100 --> 00:47:15.240 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: join me in the attic every Friday morning 10am where we amplify the message for nonprofits that are making incredible impact and certainly.

00:47:15.660 --> 00:47:31.560 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: The restaurant workers Community foundation raising over $8 million are making just that sort of impact so Michael let's let's break it down to where do we go from here what's the future of this organization, who do you need to meet and what can we share with people.

00:47:33.510 --> 00:47:35.460 Michael Remaley: Well, a goodness.

00:47:37.590 --> 00:47:40.020 Michael Remaley: The future of the organization is like.

00:47:41.370 --> 00:47:45.840 Michael Remaley: Complex so we've started a whole bunch of initiatives over the past year, obviously we.

00:47:47.280 --> 00:48:05.610 Michael Remaley: encourage people to go to the faq on our website about the coven fund and how we've distributed those funds so we've funded about 40 plus organizations over the past year all around the country doing crisis relief work and structural change work in the industry.

00:48:07.440 --> 00:48:09.600 Michael Remaley: So we have a growing network.

00:48:09.900 --> 00:48:20.460 Michael Remaley: Of nonprofits of all across the country that care about restaurant workers and are doing, you know all kinds of different works on we're doing crisis relief works i'm are doing mental health work for restaurant workers and we're doing.

00:48:20.760 --> 00:48:32.850 Michael Remaley: General gender equity in sexual harassment work and some of it overlaps so we're really trying to start like really networking those organizations and giving them opportunities to share their experiences.

00:48:33.630 --> 00:48:39.270 Michael Remaley: And what their challenges are and obviously continue to give them resources, so they can keep doing their work.

00:48:40.230 --> 00:48:46.140 Michael Remaley: So, but in the midst of all that we were also kind of we launched the restaurant managers network.

00:48:46.710 --> 00:48:52.260 Michael Remaley: So we put out a call last June, we put together a big resource packet for restaurant managers to talk with.

00:48:52.650 --> 00:49:01.380 Michael Remaley: At the time, it looked like some restaurant, a lot of restaurant workers might be going back to work, and like but there's like a lot of outstanding questions about like how you connect.

00:49:01.710 --> 00:49:09.150 Michael Remaley: restaurant workers to resources government resources can be very tough to get Ahold of or understand and there's like lots of.

00:49:10.050 --> 00:49:22.170 Michael Remaley: Things that you know restaurant managers don't know what to tell their to their workers, so we put that together that resource packet Thank you to Rebecca pahlka vic's who really lead that work.

00:49:25.680 --> 00:49:31.410 Michael Remaley: At the same time, we launched this restaurant managers network and said hey, we think that, like restaurant managers are really the kind of.

00:49:31.710 --> 00:49:46.410 Michael Remaley: linchpin in cultural and policy change within organizations there's lots of policy changes that need to happen with government, but like a lot of the change needs to happen to restaurant workers are the relationships between owners and workers and how they get treated.

00:49:48.330 --> 00:50:02.040 Michael Remaley: So we launched that we are just we now have like a volunteer leadership group that has kind of like mapping out what they want the network to do and how to recruit and like how to present information on a website and how to like start planning.

00:50:02.340 --> 00:50:13.140 Michael Remaley: Virtual and online and live events in the future for the restaurant managers network and like let it become something being we also this year.

00:50:14.490 --> 00:50:21.420 Michael Remaley: On march 2 launched the racial justice fund the restaurant workers racial justice fun, which is.

00:50:22.110 --> 00:50:29.820 Michael Remaley: The has the same basic concept of our of the code fund in the sense that, like we are raising funds and distributing funds.

00:50:30.810 --> 00:50:46.230 Michael Remaley: And that is led by Steve Ali, who is a volunteer who came to us or originally was a volunteer he's now a part time paid consultant for the project, but he came to us as an out of work line cook he's based up in Syracuse.

00:50:47.340 --> 00:51:02.340 Michael Remaley: And, basically, you know it's like I really believe in what you're doing, I want to volunteer and he was got involved in the fundraising committee and, just like knocked it out of the park anything that we asked him to do, he did it and was just incredible at it and.

00:51:03.360 --> 00:51:12.990 Michael Remaley: Last June when we're having a lot of people ask us what we're planning, you know how are we responding to the the uprisings that were happening.

00:51:14.760 --> 00:51:21.780 Michael Remaley: You know and trying to, and there are a lot of conversations in the industry about like how food media like covered.

00:51:23.280 --> 00:51:31.050 Michael Remaley: People of color issues and, like equity in every aspect of the system and we said we didn't want to just like Willy nilly kind of.

00:51:31.890 --> 00:51:42.840 Michael Remaley: Say we're going to do whatever we took a very long nine month process of community of talking to Community and and identifying steering committee members to.

00:51:43.710 --> 00:51:49.140 Michael Remaley: Basically, like map out what this racial justice fun should be and we launched it last.

00:51:49.950 --> 00:52:05.310 Michael Remaley: In March this coming this past March and so we're now raising funds for that, so we have like a whole bunch of things going on programmatically and up until this month we have been an all volunteer organization with you know to kind of contractors.

00:52:07.560 --> 00:52:14.490 Michael Remaley: And so, this year we're really focusing now that we're going to have an executive director kind of like figuring out.

00:52:15.630 --> 00:52:30.150 Michael Remaley: You know, we bitten off a lot, and you know really need to concentrate on like executing those things, we feel, like all the things that we have started are really incredibly important.

00:52:31.110 --> 00:52:47.550 Michael Remaley: But we also you know need to get our executive director on board and really have her start talking to a lot of people about what we're doing why we're doing and where her priorities are so in terms of like who we want to talk to, and who we want to network with.

00:52:47.670 --> 00:53:07.830 Michael Remaley: Yes, I would say that our relationships, right now, are very you know, there are 15 million restaurant workers in the United States it's a huge number of people, and I would say, a miniscule number of those people know that we exist so that's our first priority is like.

00:53:07.830 --> 00:53:08.700 Michael Remaley: Having every.

00:53:09.630 --> 00:53:25.110 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: So not as much to get to the restaurant tours but to get to the those individuals who were working the line cook the busboy GM you know back house around the House the whole deal, so they so they are aware of you so some sort of campaign around that of awareness, yes.

00:53:25.140 --> 00:53:38.790 Michael Remaley: Yes, this is a, as you said at the beginning of the show this restaurant this organization is by workers for workers, we absolutely believe that restaurant owners are restaurant workers.

00:53:39.270 --> 00:53:45.000 Michael Remaley: You know they have different perspectives and our work is about the most marginalized people in our Community.

00:53:45.810 --> 00:53:52.620 Michael Remaley: But restaurant owners and restaurant managers have always been a part of our Community our organizing community.

00:53:53.460 --> 00:54:03.210 Michael Remaley: And we, you know, there are parts of our board and we love them, but you know, our work is really about engaging restaurant workers and getting them involved in the issues that affect their lives.

00:54:03.780 --> 00:54:13.380 Michael Remaley: So that is really important to us is just make sure every restaurant worker across the country knows that we exist and that you know they can get involved in various ways, we have a very strong volunteer.

00:54:14.430 --> 00:54:20.910 Michael Remaley: program like so basically anybody who wants to get involved in some way in Russia in our work in the many aspects of our work can do that.

00:54:21.630 --> 00:54:30.240 Michael Remaley: But in terms of, like the other kind of relationship that you're probably asking you about in terms of like you know nonprofit professionals in like funder networks and stuff like that we.

00:54:31.200 --> 00:54:47.400 Michael Remaley: The as soon as we like had we're clear what our organizational budget was for this year we joined philanthropy New York we I am a obviously philanthropy New York accolade I cannot wait till things start opening up again and we had outright like.

00:54:47.850 --> 00:54:49.140 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: The people go to the place.

00:54:49.170 --> 00:54:50.100 Michael Remaley: exactly right.

00:54:50.370 --> 00:55:03.000 Michael Remaley: I mean I am still like encouraging all philanthropy new york's board members to participate in as many online philanthropy New York events as they can and get involved in things like the workforce funders group and stuff like that.

00:55:04.140 --> 00:55:12.840 Michael Remaley: But you know, obviously, we are also a development organization like I need to connect as a fundraising chair i'm very cognizant of starting to think about who.

00:55:13.170 --> 00:55:26.460 Michael Remaley: When this new executive director is ready to start talking with the broader public how to connect her to you know funders but also to media reliable whole rollout campaign and like who we want to talk to you when.

00:55:27.120 --> 00:55:41.280 Michael Remaley: I just, we need to make sure that she feels really, really comfortable talking about history or organization and what her own priorities are as she takes on this like vast amount of work, so I would say, like.

00:55:42.630 --> 00:55:50.640 Michael Remaley: Our kind of funder base is most nonprofits would be very jealous of how diverse our funder base has become.

00:55:51.720 --> 00:56:00.420 Michael Remaley: We have like a lot of corporate donations from like a lot of restaurant groups and and beverage companies and restaurant supply companies.

00:56:01.920 --> 00:56:11.580 Michael Remaley: But like basically like our online donations just from like normal people all across the country like huge it like I think about.

00:56:12.090 --> 00:56:23.850 Michael Remaley: don't quote me on this because i'm not looking at the faq at the moment but lay and I have to update the faq but it like I think like 1.5 million of the 7 million readers from small donors.

00:56:23.850 --> 00:56:26.940 Michael Remaley: Like under like under $50 donation.

00:56:27.180 --> 00:56:35.880 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: But that means that I just got to pull it back because we're almost at time but I want to say that That to me is those small donors right we'd like big checks, but little checks are great to lots of.

00:56:35.880 --> 00:56:45.390 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: Oh that's awesome but that tells me that your donors are also those people that are recipients of these dollars and the support because they're looking out for your organization because you've looked out for them.

00:56:45.660 --> 00:56:48.750 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: So here's what I want to do, how do they get in touch with you, Michael and then i'm going to bring it home.

00:56:49.920 --> 00:56:59.700 Michael Remaley: And they can get in touch with us by going to the restaurant workers Community foundation's website, which is restaurant workers s C

00:56:59.940 --> 00:57:01.620 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: restaurant workers

00:57:01.920 --> 00:57:12.000 Michael Remaley: we're also on all the on this main social medias is we're on instagram we have very large following on instagram we're on Facebook or on Twitter all those places.

00:57:12.240 --> 00:57:17.760 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: All right, awesome you guys know every single week we run out of time we before we run out of things to talk about but that's just what happens the atic.

00:57:18.240 --> 00:57:28.170 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: Mike o'malley one of the original founders and creators of the restaurant workers Community foundation's to actually be in here in the attic with me, I appreciate you I got a couple of announcements everybody.

00:57:28.500 --> 00:57:35.640 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: don't forget every if your nonprofit or your leader or board member the roundtables and the first Thursday of every morning I wrote them here on zoom the nonprofit.

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00:58:06.180 --> 00:58:12.960 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: On two things I want to tell you, Michael before you go I gotta hook you up with my boys over premier payroll they're heavy heavy in the hospitality space.

00:58:13.140 --> 00:58:18.810 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: I have some other connections, I wrote down for you we'll talk about it later on listening stay tuned Steve fry always Friday here on the network.

00:58:19.050 --> 00:58:29.070 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: Talk radio dot nyc Jeremiah fox followed by him and Joseph mount for one of your boy the nonprofit sector connect your top of the House at a cool thing Michael thanks for being here, everybody.

00:58:30.120 --> 00:58:30.630 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: See you later.

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