WHO WE ARE
Supplies for Success is powered by a group of volunteers who work passionately to ensure that children living in poverty have the tools they need to succeed in school and beyond. Because everyone is so generous with their time, skills and moxie, we are able to convert the vast majority of our funding into the supplies that will help change lives, one backpack at a time.
These three passionate, professional women work tirelessly to make sure that all children have the backpacks they need. Without them, Supplies for Success would be nothing more than a dream - because of them, more children are equipped with the tools they need to thrive each year.
Founder and President
Mindy Richenstein has a passion for social justice and engaging volunteers to fight poverty. Following a successful 21-year law career, Mindy retired to engage in philanthropy. A volunteer with UJA-Federation of New York for more than 25 years, she has served in many leadership roles and on boards, including the Board of Directors. Last year, Mindy was elected to serve on the National Board of Women’s Philanthropy of the Jewish Federations of North America.
Five years ago, Mindy launched a social venture to raise money for Supplies for Success --The Better Collection, a curated collection of women’s luxury fashion and accessories where 100% of the profits go to the purchase of backpacks and school supplies. In 2018, The Better Collection funded the purchase of more than 5,000 backpacks and as part of its overhead supported other charities including, the American Cancer Society, UJA, Northwell Health, Einstein Medical School and Met Council.
Mindy has been married to Larry for 42 years, and is the mother of entrepreneurs, Eric and Lisa. Lisa and son-in-law, Andrew Silverman blessed Mindy with grandson, Austin aged three.
Vice President and Secretary
Jill Bodian has more than 25 years of experience working inside organizations’ branding, marketing and communications departments, identifying and articulating brand value, communicating to internal and external audiences and helping grow customer loyalty and expanding businesses.
Having first worked in and then led branding, marketing and communications organizations in multiple industries, including Grey Advertising, TIAA-CREF, Alliance-Bernstein, Lincoln Financial Group, Prudential Douglas Elliman Real Estate, Merck Medco, among others, Jill has expertise working with top brands to bring marketing and communication concepts from creation through execution. But nothing happens without the right talent and since graduating from The S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, she’s been involved in talent management—acting as an advisor and recruiter to Newhouse students and later, recruiting for her own teams in the organizations she worked. Jill is a vice president of The Better Collection.
In her free time, she loves traveling, exploring NYC, and volunteering her time to help not-for-profit organizations achieve their goals. She lives in New York City with her husband and, she’s currently hoping, her college-aged son will come home soon.
Lisa Goldman is a tax partner at Berdon LLP, where she specializes in international taxation. Lisa began her career with Ernst & Young and Pricewaterhouse Coopers, and later was a partner in another New York CPA firm, where she led the international tax and personal advisory practices. She also worked in the private sector as the Principal International Tax Analyst for Timken Corporation (NYSE: TKR), a $2 billion manufacturer, for which she traveled to China, Japan, and Mexico on international acquisition and restructuring projects. She is a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners, the New York State Society of CPAs, and American Institute of CPAs. She has been selected as one of the Notable Women in Accounting and Consulting by Crain’s New York Business and she has given lectures at professional forums and universities. She has also published articles in related publications and co-authored the NYSSCPA’s Guide to International Taxation.
Lisa is also involved in leadership roles for various nonprofit organizations - in addition to sitting on the board of Supplies for Success, she also participates on the Wilson Society Advisory Council for the Hospital for Special Surgery.
Lisa lives on Long Island with her husband and three children.
We couldn’t do what we do without the combined talents and commitment of our Leadership Council. These incredible women donate their time and treasure to our cause by chairing our regional committees, fundraising, providing logistical support every step of the way, scouting and coordinating assembly venues, hosting and organizing pop-up boutiques, and so much more. They are the heart and soul of our organization, and we are so grateful for each one of them:
Tracey Lubin Flynn
Patti Grabel Mayrock
FRIENDS OF SUPPLIES FOR SUCCESS
We are also very grateful to all who volunteer to help us purchase, pack, and deliver backpacks all over!
WE WOULD LOVE FOR YOU TO JOIN OUR TEAM!!!
email@example.com to become a Friend of Supplies for Success or find out how to join our Leadership Council.
Since no one organization can meet the need of the 15 million kids living in poverty in our country, we feel fortunate to work with incredible Community Partners who provide these vulnerable populations with essential resources and support.
In addition to sharing filled backpacks, through the years we have also shared best practices, wholesale resources, and a strong sense of camaraderie with the following nonprofit organizations
Brooke Jackman Foundation
High Water Women
Jewish Federation of Greater Charlotte, North Carolina
Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey
National Council of Jewish Women - Lynbrook
Philly's Tools for School
St. Francis Pantries & Shelters Grandparent Program
The Associated - Baltimore, MD
PARTNERS IN CARING
We thank you from the bottom of our hearts!
Bridgehampton Community House for hosting our 2019 backpack assembly in the Hamptons.
Design Distributors for trucking and warehousing through the years.
Rachel Hirscheimer for producing our video.
Maskit for a Trunk Show to benefit Supplies for Success.
Miss Chocolate for trucking and warehousing through the years.
Ray Leventhal for Trunk Shows to benefit Supplies for Success.
Dardo Sabarots for developing our website.
Saland Photography for taking amazing photos!
Sid Jacobson JCC for hosting our 2019 backpack assembly in Nassau County, in addition to hosting independent assemblies.
Solomon Schechter School, Albertson for hosting our backpack assemblies in Nassau County for so many years.
Theory for Trunk Shows to benefit Supplies for Success.
UJA-Federation of New York for incubating us and providing back office and marketing support through the years, and for the continued partnership as we branch out on our own.