Roy Y. Chan, Founder & CEO of Philanthropy for America (PFA)
• Tell us about your job and your responsibilities.
In 2016, I founded and created my own national 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, Philanthropy for America (PFA), here in Bloomington. At PFA, we create jobs across the United States by enlisting Millennials to work in the nonprofit sector for two years, and helping nonprofit organizations build capacity and to train the next generation of young adults for careers in the nonprofit sector. We are very similar to Teach for America and City Year models where young adults get the tools and training to become aspiring educators, humanitarians and global leaders. The only difference is that PFA send Millennials to work in nonprofits instead of schools. We work strategically to invest in jobs that solve local problems and help communities thrive.
Our ultimate goal is to create one million jobs for Millennials in the next ten years. If successful, those jobs will be serving half a billion people living in underserved communities. We firmly believe our generation has the ability to reduce inequality (e.g., income, wage, gender, race, wealth) in our lifetime. We want to be part of it. You can learn more about our work at www.philanthropyforamerica.org
• What is your favorite part about working for Philanthropy for America?
Meeting people who have become successful nonprofit professionals, philanthropists, and humanitarians. My favorite moments always involve sitting around a table sharing stories and hearing how a Millennial has increased his/her skills because of X, Y & Z. I thrive off of those conversations.
• How long have you lived in Bloomington and what brought you here?
I have lived in Bloomington since 2015. I moved from Los Angeles, CA to Bloomington, IN largely to start and launch PFA at a small town with low cost of living and high civic engagement participation. I also chose Bloomington because of the IU School of Education and the IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy where I am currently completing my Ph.D. degree in Education Policy Studies and Philanthropic Studies. Eventually, once PFA is fully funded by donors and foundations, we anticipate to relocate our organization to Indianapolis by 2025.
• Are you involved in any other community organizations or have any hobbies? Tell us more!
I am involved with several community organizations including Bloomington hYPe (helping Young Professionals excel), United Way Monroe County, Stone Belt, My Sister’s Closet, and the IU 21st Century Scholars Program. I am also an active member and regular attender at High Rock Church here in Bloomington, IN.
• If you could have coffee with anyone, who would it be and why?
Shiza Shahid, the creator of The Mala Fund. I would like to meet her because she’s the youngest self-made female entrepreneur. I would ask her business questions then I would thank her for warming my heart.
• What is your favorite Bloomington tradition?
I definitely have to say breakfast at Runcible Spoon Café & Restaurant…you can’t go wrong with their breakfast burritos and chocolate chip pancakes, as well as their fresh squeezed homemade orange juice!
• Where can you be found on the weekends and spare time?
I love kayaking and running in Griffy Lake especially during the summer time. I also love reading a nice book at The Pourhouse Café and enjoying some lemon ice cream at Jiffy Treet :)
• Roy's contact info
Phone: (812) 855-7510