Our founders are all about giving back to their community!

While traveling in 2014, Spiral Giving co-founder Sue Greene Fuirst was moved to learn about other communities’ efforts to engage youth in philanthropy. Having a longstanding commitment to humanitarianism herself, she loved the idea of inspiring young people in her own hometown to learn about giving and nonprofits beyond the occasional service project. The following year, Sue partnered with Julie Gerstein to launch Spiral Giving.

To-date, the organization has awarded grants to numerous local organizations and taught dozens of high school students about the need to give back. We look forward to watching our impact spread as Spiral Giving grows and our students graduate and continue to make their world a better place.

Sue Greene FuirstSue, a Westchester native, dedicates her time to local nonprofits in order to create meaningful, sustainable change in our communities. In addition to her role as Executive Director of Spiral Giving, she recently served as Chair of the Board of Directors of the Open Door Foundation, the philanthropy arm of Open Door Family Medical Centers. Sue is a 2017 graduate of Leadership Westchester, a Volunteer New York! program designed to increase nonprofit leadership skills and has worked with many organizations, including the Chappaqua PTA and the Eagle Hill School Parent’s Association.

Julie GersteinJulie is a dedicated volunteer who has shared her time and talents with many organizations.  Most recently, she was a Board member and committee chair of Impact 100 Westchester, where she continues to work as part of the Advisory Committee.   In the past, Julie volunteered with Yonkers Partners in Education (YPIE), where she served as a mentor for high school students, and was a Board member of the Chappaqua School Foundation, where Julie was responsible for a variety of fundraising and treasury activities as well as grant approval. 


Board of Directors:

Sue Greene Fuirst – Executive Director

Julie Gerstein – Director of Operations

Lisa Ballou

Blakely Brodbeck

Nicole Butterfield

Deb Notis

Barbara Weinstein