We believe in employing new ways to accomplish change.”
Who We Are
Gotham Gives was founded by Fred and Joanne Wilson in 2021 to focus on the challenge of making New York City a more equitable community, one that offers the same opportunities for all New Yorkers. Gotham Gives will build on The Wilsons’ successes in encouraging innovation and supporting entrepreneurs to create programs that include new models of thinking and doing to achieve measurable and ambitious goals.
In honor of Gotham Gives’ anniversary in spring 2022, Fred and Joanne sat down with Executive Director Jennifer Klopp to reflect on one year of Gotham Gives in this podcast.
Joanne Wilson is an angel investor with a portfolio of more than 130 companies at her company, Gotham Gal Ventures. Joanne focuses on female entrepreneurs as she finds them to be tenacious and thorough leaders who ask great questions and know how to listen. She is the host of Positively Gotham Gal, a podcast that features conversations with female-identifying pioneers in their fields who are disrupting the status quo and paving the way for the next generation. Joanne co-founded the Women’s Entrepreneur Festival and has chaired several successful nonprofits. She currently sits on the boards of The High Line and the Fund for Public Housing. She also writes a daily blog appropriately called Gotham Gal.
Fred Wilson is a venture capitalist, currently a partner at Union Square Ventures (USV). USV typically invests in technology companies that have the potential to fundamentally transform important markets. Fred believes technology can make it easier and more affordable to learn, access existing knowledge, and contribute to human progress. Fred is also Chair of the Computer Science for All (CS4All) initiative, which he helped launch in 2015. He is co-Chair of Tech:NYC and served on the City’s Fair Recovery Task Force. Fred sits on numerous boards of for-profit companies and non-profit organizations, including Etsy, Inc., and The Shed at Hudson Yards. He also writes a daily blog.
Sarah Holloway has worked in the NYC education sector for over two decades focusing on K-12 education, equity and technology. Since 2007, she has served on the faculty of Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and is a Senior Fellow for Social Entrepreneurship. Most recently, Sarah co-founded E Lab, an online fellowship that brings together problem-solvers, experts and entrepreneurs in K-12, higher education and workforce to rethink the systems that educate our planet to help ensure equality and equity of access. Sarah sits on the Board of Five One Labs, Visit.org, CSforALL and Eat Offbeat.
Jennifer Klopp has spent her entire career working for non-profits that support the well-being and education of children, and that provide opportunities for vulnerable, overlooked, and under-resourced communities. She has held leadership positions at international development and humanitarian organizations during periods of strategic growth and diversification. She believes that lasting change is most often achieved by innovating with partners and by listening to, collaborating with, and empowering beneficiaries.
Transparency and Accountability
Gotham Gives, Inc. was incorporated in October 2020, and activities began in January 2021. We received our EIN number, 85-380-8077, in April 2021.
Our 2020 and 2021 audited financial statements are available upon request.
Please contact Jennifer Klopp with any questions.