Enriching our Philathropic Palette
Howard Einstein comes from a long line of people who believe in the power of philanthropy to transform lives.
Howard Einstein comes from a long line of people who believe in the power of philanthropy to transform lives. “My grandfather taught us to give back more than you take,” he says. This is something that he and his wife Angi and his whole family have embraced, giving their time, talent, and treasure to many organizations over the years they’ve called Greenville home.
Howard’s maternal grandfather, William Rosenfeld, was chairman of the Community Foundation in 1971 and also served as president of the United Way of Greenville County the first year that their campaign raised $1 million. Howard’s parents, Nate and Sugie Einstein, are longtime supporters of the Community Foundation. Following their example, Angi and Howard have made their own impact on a number of charitable organizations including the Junior League of Greenville, Clement’s Kindness, Jasmine Road, Greenville Women Giving, the Cancer Society of Greenville County, and the Carolina Youth Symphony (CYS).
Their generosity has not gone unnoticed. Howard’s 20+ year involvement with the CYS has resulted in more opportunities for the children pursuing their passion in music through camps, additional orchestras, and performances at Carnegie Hall. CYS executive director Anna Lee Elmore recalls one particularly moving experience when she witnessed Howard’s reaction at a Carnegie Hall show. “After the performance he was almost in tears, overwhelmed by the magnitude of the experience of seeing our CYS kids where truly great musicians have played,” she says, adding, “We would not be the caliber organization we are today without his business savvy and his willingness to help whenever asked.”
For her part, Angi has recently added another good cause to her plate. Jasmine Road aims to help women break out of the cycle of sexual exploitation and addiction. Kathryn Norwood, board chair of Jasmine Road says Angi has become a very passionate volunteer and supporter. “Angi is very creative and organized,” she observes, “and we are now working together to develop a social enterprise restaurant to employ the residents of Jasmine Road and to provide sustainability for the organization.”
Angi and Howard were very excited to establish a Donor Advised Fund with the Community Foundation in 2015 to make a lasting impact on Greenville. In this way, they say they can give more to charity, especially after retirement, so they don’t have to worry about scaling back their giving when they are no longer earning an income. “It’s tax-effective and we can save for future giving,” Howard says.
Along the way, they’ve been bringing up future donors. The Einsteins have been intentional about including their children Davis and Meg in their giving. Educating them about why and how to give back is a cornerstone for their family. Of their efforts, the couple simply says, “it matters and it’s important.”
"My grandfather taught us to give back more than you take."