Raphael & Sasha Morozov
To make the most impact, one must not simply donate but think outside the box, mentor, and volunteer.
Raphael and Sasha are first-generation immigrants from the former Soviet Union who came to the United States when they were kids. The warmth and generosity of the Jewish community that welcomed them with open arms had a tremendous impact on their worldview. Raphael is a technology leader, and Sasha has dedicated her career to social work and the nonprofit world, where she sees firsthand the impact of philanthropy.
The Foundation: Why did you open a Donor Advised Fund at The Foundation?
Raphael & Sasha Morozov: Because we understand the value of tikkun olam and the importance of having an impact, which are core values for us. The desire to make philanthropy a long-term commitment inspired us to open a Donor Advised Fund at The Foundation.
The Foundation: What is your area or areas of charitable passion?
Raphael & Sasha: We are focused on poverty, Jewish nonprofits, American veterans, and Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF). We believe that everyone should have a shot at the American dream.
The Foundation: How has COVID-19 affected your giving strategy?
Raphael & Sasha: This year has been like no other, and the level of need is like no other. We have focused on providing a wider safety net and contributing to agencies who are working with those that are most affected by the pandemic.
The Foundation: What is your advice for others who want to become more strategic, effective, and informed philanthropists?
Raphael & Sasha: To make the most impact, one must not simply donate but think outside the box, mentor, and volunteer. This is the way to build a legacy of giving, caring, and long-term involvement in the betterment of the community, the country, and the world.
This article was featured in The Foundation’s Winter 2020 Legacy magazine.