In celebration of National Philanthropy Day, the Association of Fundraising Professionals will pay tribute to the individuals, organizations, and businesses who generously give their time, talents, and resources for the enrichment and benefit of our communities. This year, the AFP Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties Chapter have selected Jaden and Jordan Lind to receive their Youth in Philanthropy Award.
Jaden and Jordan Lind are brothers who attend San Marcos High School. At the beginning of the pandemic, the brothers learned that many families didn’t have wi-fi access and realized that it meant that there were students who could not attend school via Zoom. Immediately, they reached out to family and friends, raised over $36,000, and donated it to the Santa Barbara Education Foundation to assist students in need.
But philanthropy isn’t new to the Lind brothers. For years, Jaden and Jordan have given back locally and to those in need abroad. It all started years ago when Jordan wrote a letter to Santa asking for 20 blankets to distribute to the homeless in Santa Barbara. Jaden and Jordan continue to seek out ways to help those in need. When the Lind family traveled to India in 2019, the brothers distributed holiday gifts to children at an orphanage in Mumbai.
Since then, the brothers established the Jordan Elf Project as a nonprofit focusing on serving the homeless in Santa Barbara, orphans in India, and Covid-related needs. In addition to raising necessary funds for worthy causes through the Jordan Elf Project, the brothers continue to serve meals to the homeless with PATH Santa Barbara and invite friends to join as “elves” to help distribute donations in the community.
The Lind Brothers will be honored at the Association of Fundraising Professionals Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties Chapter National Philanthropy Day celebration on Tuesday, November 16, 2021, at the Museum of Ventura County.