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About Us: Evolving Trends

The Brach Family Charitable Foundation was established in 1997 by our parents, William and Nancy Brach. The short-term objective was to set up a simple legal structure for providing support to causes they believed to be important. Their long-term objective was to pass on the responsibility of running the foundation to us, the next generation.

From early adulthood until his passing in 2003, William L. Brach maintained a strong and active interest in helping the underserved and promoting social justice. He also often expressed concerns regarding the future of our planet and supported programs that protect our environment. Nancy Brach maintains similar interests with, also, a strong focus on alcohol and drug rehabilitation. Both founders have maintained interests in causes that support those most vulnerable, such as the very poor, endangered women, children, and the elderly.

A big family “buzzword” while both parents were alive was systemic giving; this refers to nourishing activities that address root problems, promote measurably effective systems, stimulate seminal research or advance sustainable models suitable for further replication. The Foundation continues to support projects that advance systemic giving.

Evolving and guiding trends welcome the advancement of Mindfulness and Mediation practices within educational, organizational and political systems. The Foundation also encourages the role that Partnership Development plays in addressing community and global issues and also welcomes development of international businesses, advancement of fair and compassionate healthcare policies and services, and, always, the practice of kindness toward all living beings.

It would be overly simplistic to say, “the seed doesn’t fall too far from the tree.” For example, although our father was concerned about establishing common agreements to secure the future survival of our planet, he was not inclined to support mindfulness or consciousness-raising practices. In other respects, the seed and tree share a near proximity. Each of us upholds our parents’ interest in advancing systemic approaches toward addressing egregious world conditions, advancing programs that protect our environment and empower the poor and underserved. But perhaps we find our greatest commonality in our simple desire to see all beings move from suffering onto pathways that lead to a more secure and happier life.

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