How can we help more children?

on 10 April 2018

A note from Turning Points for Children: The Lipstein Family is one of the honorees at Kids at Heart 2018. Please join us in celebrating their commitment to children.  

We asked Sandy and Gail Lipstein, “When you wake up in the morning and you think about the work of the Lipstein Family Foundation, what do you hope to do?” They responded, “Give as many children a chance to succeed as possible.”

A mindset to help underprivileged children has been at the heart of the Lipstein family through multiple generations. Sandy and Gail Lipstein, both graduates of the University of Pennsylvania, have been married for 44 years and have combined their passion for serving children, both professionally and personally, in ways that have had a lasting impact on the community.

Gail’s professional career included serving as a pediatric physical therapist at Philadelphia’s HMS School for Children with Cerebral Palsy, and as Director of Rehabilitation Services at Children’s Heart Hospital. Sandy spent the majority of his career as Chief Financial Officer for Comcast-Spectacor; he retired from that position in 2008. Both have served on several boards of nonprofit organizations and have had roles in community advocacy; including Sandy’s decade-long commitment as a Turning Points for Children board member.   

Turning Points CEO Dawn Holden Woods recalls her impression of Sandy Lipstein, former Board Treasurer, “Sandy is a strategic thinker.  I was always grateful that someone of his caliber chose to share his expertise with Turning Points. He cares deeply about providing resources and opportunities to underserved communities as evidenced by his support of our work and other organizations serving vulnerable populations.  The organization we are today is close to the one he envisioned we could be. I hope he’s proud of what he sees.” 

The Lipstein family is committed to giving kids a better chance to succeed and never stops asking the question, “How can we help more children?” 

When asked about their hopes for Turning Points for Children, Sandy responded, “The hope for the future of [Turning Points for Children], as it is my hope for all organizations supporting underserved children, is to give them the means/confidence/motivation to break the cycle of poverty into which they were born, and become successful adults.” 

Sandy and Gail’s own children have continued the family’s legacy of philanthropy and helping others through careers that are deeply rooted in improving the community. Their daughter Loree, a graduate of Fuqua School of Business at Duke University, is the founder and Principal at Thread Strategies in Washington , DC, a firm that specializes in working with nonprofit organizations on development strategy, execution and operations.  She works with a number of non-profit organizations and uses her expertise and limitless energy to advance their work and address important social issues.  

Julie, a graduate of Emory University had an opportunity to work as an intern for a branch of the Centers for Disease Control.  She performed so well there that her supervisor arranged for her to be hired by the outside organization that was doing contract work for the CDC, and Julie has been there ever since.  

Their son Brian, a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania with a major in economics, is the first and only certified male image consultant in Pennsylvania. He owns Henry A. Davidsen, a high-end, custom-tailored clothing & image consulting company, which has been recognized as one of the fastest growing privately held businesses in Philadelphia. The donation of a suit from Henry A. Davidsen has become a sought after auction item at the Turning Points for Children annual gala for the past several years.  

The Lipsteins have been a part of the Turning Points for Children family in more ways than they realize, and their family mission truly embodies what it means to be a turning point in the lives of others. Join us at Kids at Heart May 3, 2018.