We are Business for Good
He has significant experience in both for-profit and non-profit development. Jahkeen’s worked with GE, AT&T, Keybank, the City of Albany, AVillage, and he’s co-founder of 4th Family, a non-profit that serves at-risk youth.
He’s been repeatedly recognized for his achievements in business, community activism, and philanthropy.
Jahkeen believes that a thriving eco-system of positive, local businesses can lead to communities of greater equity, and equality.
An entrepreneur herself, and a founding member of a TEDx committee in NYC, Connie loves mentoring and helping others launch and grow their own businesses.
Connie believes that people are an organization’s most important asset. And that leadership requires a desire to be in the trenches, working alongside your team to create a product that everyone can believe in.
With experience in banking and administration, as well as an educational background and teaching stint in the field of women’s studies, Alexa exemplifies Business for Good’s approach: merging the tools of business with the desire for a better world.
At Business for Good, Abby’s Capital Region roots, her love of animals and art, and her desire to change the world for the better, all find expression through her work. Her role at BFG is a perfect blend of Abby’s skills and heart.
We are entrepreneurs. Which essentially means we had an idea, we worked hard, had a few fails, got back up, had some luck (good and bad), and received lots of help and support along the way.
From Lisa’s start in mortgage lending, to Ed juggling a demanding job and three young kids, there was a time, not all that long ago, that our current life would have been unimaginable to us.
We’ve experienced a level of prosperity that’s still hard to get our minds around.
We’re living our dream. And we’re very grateful for it.
But we believe dreams should be accessible to everyone.
Throughout our careers, we’ve been committed to giving back. We’ve worked hard to get to where we are, but we’ve also been uniquely fortunate.
We established Business for Good because not everyone has the same opportunities that we’ve had to pursue and achieve a dream, or to even dream freely because of the economic and social obstacles standing in their way.
We had a simple goal when we started: to help as many people as we could. Do as much good as we could do.
We knew we wanted to be active, hands-on. We wanted to do more than cut checks. We wanted to build something lasting by investing in people for the long term, and in every way.
To do this we had to rethink the relationship between business and philanthropy.
We had to find a path of enduring giving so that we could provide the kind of sustained support that we believe leads to lasting change.
We’ve seen the power of business and entrepreneurship to embolden people, to strengthen and shape communities. And our goal is to harness it—for good. For everyone.
We hope to meet you on the road to a better world.
Ed & Lisa
Ed has been deeply invested in philanthropy throughout his career. He has made significant contributions to countless organizations focused on improving equity in education, preserving arts and culture, providing emergency services, and fighting homelessness and food insecurity both locally and abroad.
It is Ed’s belief in the untapped potential of entrepreneurship as an agent for social change that inspired him and Lisa to found Business for Good.
It is Lisa’s humane, connected, hands-on approach to philanthropy and community service that Business for Good is modeled after.
Education: LMSW from Columbia University. BFA from NYU Tisch School of the Arts.
Education: BS in Business Administration from University of Colorado at Boulder.
Ed, Grace, Emily, Nick, and Lisa
TOGETHER WE BUILD DREAMS
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There’s good on the horizon—
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