Donor Spotlight: Maneesh Goyal is a busy NYC executive who always finds time to give back
We recently checked in with Maneesh Goyal, founder of MKG, a marketing agency based in New York and L.A., about why he chooses to give to Next Step.
How did you first become involved with Next Step?
Through Bill Kubicek from my wonderful days as a counselor at Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, where Bill was a driving force.
What might someone be surprised to know about you?
While running a bicoastal marketing agency with clients such as Google and Ralph Lauren, I also have a Masters in Public Health from Yale University.
What's your personal philosophy about what should be done to help youth battling serious illnesses and transitioning to adulthood?
For all youth transitioning into adulthood, you only know what you know- and for those battling serious illnesses, their exposure is even more limited. I think this is why providing mentorship and programs for these youth is critical to give more access to life skills and general knowledge about how the world works.
What was your first impression of Next Step?
That it does amazing work serving a population of young adults that are often overlooked, and the truly transformative role Next Step has played in young adults’ lives.
There are a lot of worthy charities out there. What motivates you to continue to support Next Step?
The fact that Next Step is a relatively small team with an incredible impact, and they also use their funds wisely.
What do you wish other people knew about Next Step?
I wish other people knew how challenging the transition into adulthood is for youth with serious illnesses, and that very few organizations focus on this demographic, making Next Step’s work so important.
What would you tell someone who is thinking about donating to Next Step?