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Philanthropy is a Group Effort for Dr. Alan Solinsky

It might be easier to enumerate the ways in which Dr. Alan Solinsky is not charitable because his philanthropy threads through every aspect of his life.

Whether in his ophthalmology practice performing “Mitzvah Medicine,” coaching sports teams, giving to others’ interests, or pursuing his own passions around Jewish life and learning, Solinsky has incorporated Tikkun Olam (repairing the world) through it all.

“I like to participate as much as possible to help things get better,” Solinsky says. He doesn’t stop at his own participation, however, because he consistently engages other people in philanthropy, whether by giving time or money. 

Often, Dr. Solinsky will match a gift to encourage others as well. Some examples include:
  • When visiting another ophthalmologist for a professional visit, he buys lunch for staff and makes a contribution to the doctor’s favorite charity. “I’ve given some interesting gifts that way, including to a Christian Ophthalmological Society,” says Solinsky.
  • For dress down Friday in his office, each staff person gets to choose a charity and Solinsky EyeCare will match the gift. 
  • For his children’s b’nei mitzvot, each child chose a charity to receive donations in lieu of gifts, and the family would match it. That’s one way that Pups for Peace got a generous gift one year. 
Solinsky uses a Donor Advised Fund and Designated Funds at the Jewish Community Foundation, about which he says, “JCF makes it so incredibly easy to start with a small amount and grow. At first I didn’t think it was for me, but now I see how direct and simple it is. I especially like to give stock; it’s one of the most tax efficient ways to give.” He says of his designated funds, “It’s nice to know that each year [the organizations] get a gift, no matter what happens.”

Solinsky is also an impact investor, purchasing Israel bonds as another way of supporting Israel. He employs people with disabilities, such as autism, to great success. He will be going on the Wheels of Love Israel bike ride this year to benefit the Alyn Children’s Hospital in Jerusalem, and hopefully a few friends will join. He’s even lost weight when it benefits a charity of his (long story, ask him about it!).

“I want to get people involved in good things,” Solinsky says. “I read an article about a righteous rabbi in Jerusalem, who was asked if he was one of the lamed vov (the 36 righteous people), and he answered, ‘sometimes.’ I think any one of us can be one of the righteous people on any given day, and that the possibilities are boundless as a result.”

Well, Dr. Solinsky, we’re proud to partner with you and help you make your vision a reality – along with all the many inventive ways you choose to express it!

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