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May 15, 2018 9:35 am

Member Spotlight: 3 passion projects we love

Translated voter rights cards, a conference for small foundations and a worldwide gratitude map.

Jackie Lewis repping her World Gratitude Map.

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Member Spotlight is an editorial series shouting out Generocity members’ latest news. Learn more about membership at generocity.org/membership.


Generocity readers are inherently passionate: They choose careers or volunteer with nonprofits and other mission-based orgs working to make Philly better.

In our third edition of Member Spotlight — where we highlight a few members’ latest projects, job changes or personal news — catch an update on the passion projects of three people who’ve invested in us.

(Psst, learn more about why we launched membership here, and become a member here.)

Jackie Lewis

Her 9-to-5 is as Leadership Philadelphia’s head of alumni engagement and outreach, but her side hustle is the World Gratitude Map, the crowdsourced project she founded in 2009 that’s since been accessed by more than 23,000 people in 100 countries (and gotten some national press to boot).

Users can contribute their own instances of gratitude to the map, and Lewis searches Twitter and Facebook every morning — phrases such as “overcoming the odds” and “new hope for” — for grateful tidbits to add.

“Crowdmaps as a technology have been used to measure murder, election fraud, crime, erosion, and other negative impact. What if, we wondered, we used this same technology to harness the good in the world?” she wrote in an email. “It has one simple purpose: to help keep our eyes on all that’s Good and Beautiful and Possible in the World (hashtag #SeeTheGood).”

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Lewis said she’s considering turning the website into an app. She’s also donating a World Gratitude Map baseball cap to be given away by Generocity. Want in? The next new member gets it.

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Lauren Cristella

Cristella, who joined Committee of Seventy this January as its chief advancement officer, has been running a fundraiser for the government and policy nonprofit to print voter rights info cards in Spanish, Chinese, Chinese Simplified, Khmer, Korean and Vietnamese ahead of today’s election.

The campaign seeks to raise $1,000 to cover translation, design and printing expenses in partnership with APABA-PA, Ceiba, Greater Philadelphia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and SEAMAAC. It’s all to “remove one more barrier to voting in this important election!”

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Jen Leith

The Douty Foundation’s executive director is chair of the host committee for Exponent Philanthropy’s 2018 national conference for foundations, families and philanthropists who give with few or no staff, to be held in Philly from Sept. 28 to 30.

“It’s exciting to attend,” Leith wrote in an email, “because in addition to pertinent topics in philanthropy, the host committee was very intentional in determining how to highlight the nonprofit work happening here. As a result, we will be highlighting Philadelphia through the lens of social justice.”

Conference participants will make site visits to “Immigrant Communities Thriving,” including Juntos and Puentes de Salud, as well as orgs working in “Sustainable Urban Development,” including Church of the Advocate and Philadelphia Urban Creators.

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