Common Questions

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100% of your contribution will go directly to projects helping those in need. None of your dollars will be diverted to administration; all of these expenses are paid through a special grant made by one of our founders.
The Hebrew word tzedakah means "justice" or "righteousness." It is commonly thought of as "charity."
We connect our donors with the people they are helping. Donors are able to see how their contribution can make a difference. We facilitate communication between the donors and the projects and we also listen to our donors, seeking out new initiatives that are important to them.
Nothing would make us happier than knowing that we introduced you to a project that touches you. We encourage you to learn more about a particular program and explore additional ways to lend your support.
We seek out individuals who have spearheaded projects that reach out and help individuals in need and whose needed and inspiring work falls below the “radar screen” of traditional outside funding. Financial support given by Hands On Tzedakah must ultimately make a profound difference in the project and people served. We fund people and projects that are a good match with our donor’s charitable interests as it is their charitable dollars that we are leveraging. Also, we believe that utilizing volunteers is essential.
Yes, Hands On Tzedakah is a 501(c)(3) U.S. public charity under the IRS code. All donations are tax deductible to the full extent of the law.
The initial criteria for funding requires that the project or need meet the parameters of our mission statement. If a program meets these parameters then prior to any substantial program funding, we will engage in a “Hands On” process by visiting the program, getting to know the program and obtaining and reviewing information on budgets and other financial information, including tax returns and accounting reports.

In cases where we distribute funds to individual intermediaries who have developed programs that meet our criteria, we insist upon an on-going interaction with regular financial and operating reports to Hands On Tzedakah so that we are satisfied that the funds allocated to them are used as intended.
Hands On Tzedakah gives direct aid for the relief of the poor, distressed and underprivileged where specific cases of extreme need are referred to us. These cases are subject to especially stringent investigation and accountability. The relationship with and credentials of the charitable organization or individual making the referral is vital.
Hands on Tzedakah recognizes the borderless needs of all people. Our reach extends from Florida and New York, to other parts of the US, to Israel, Guatemala, and all across the globe.
We have five directors.

Ronald L. Gallatin is a retired lawyer, CPA and Investment Banker who has spent his retirement giving considerable time, professional expertise and financial resources to various charities. He has been active in both campaign and fundraising as well as the fiscal responsibility and strategic planning aspects of the organizations he has been involved with. He is a former Treasurer and Major Gifts chair of the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County and a past member of the Board of Directors of UJA/Federation of New York. He currently is a member of the Board of Directors and Vice Chair of Ruth and Norman Rales Jewish Family Services.

Gerald Cramer is a co-founder and Chairman Emeritus of Cramer Rosenthal McGlynn, LLC, an investment advisory firm. Mr. Cramer’s civic and professional commitments include membership on the boards of the National Road Safety Foundation and Ripplewood Corporation, a major private equity firm. He served as a lieutenant in the U. S. Navy. Mr. Cramer graduated from Syracuse University where he now serves on the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees. Mr. Cramer has also sponsored and funded a joint venture between Maxwell School of Syracuse University and the Counter Terrorism Committee of The Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya Israel as well as funding academic leadership scholarships for the past seven years for IDC students.

Alan M. Gallatin is a Partner of Grant Thornton LLP where he leads the firm’s Detroit tax practice. He serves a wide range of clients across multiple industries, providing year-round compliance and planning, as well as transactional support. Within the community, he serves on the Board of Directors of the Fresh Air Society/Tamarack Camps and as a Trustee of Adat Shalom Synagogue. He has previously served as a Trustee and Executive Committee Member of the Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey. He is a former Vice-Chair of the Jewish Federations’ National Young Leadership Cabinet, and a graduate of the Berrie Fellows Leadership Program.

Jason F. Merrick is a Certified Public Accountant who has his own accounting and tax practice, and is the Chief Financial Officer of Random Source, Inc. an office supply company which he is a part owner. He is also an adjunct Professor of Accounting at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida. Mr. Merrick served as the Treasurer of Parkland Isles Homeowners Association for over 13 years and has been involved in the non-profit arena for over 14 years serving as the Chief Financial Officer of Ruth and Norman Rales Jewish Family Services.

Adam S. Rosenthal is a Managing Director in the Private Wealth Division of UBS Financial Services, Inc. where he works exclusively with high net worth individuals managing and creating various wealth preservation strategies. His clients include several members of the "Forbes 400" and "Forbes Billionaires". Adam is actively involved in UJA/Federation fundraising in New York City.