What do you get when you combine the spirit of entrepreneurship with the spirit of philanthropy? You get Jordan Fromm, a 16-year-old junior at Springside Chestnut Hill Academy and North Wales resident who, four years ago, created a charitable fund to raise money for two local kids-focused organizations.
It all started with incentive money that a friend of the family offered to give Fromm – 12 years old at the time and a passionate ice hockey goalie – every time he got a game shutout (in which the opposing team makes no goals). From that small idea grew the bigger idea to start a charitable fund, Shutouts For Kids, which would earn donations based on the number of shutouts Jordan achieved during a season.
“I really appreciated the offer from our friend, but I thought it would be a better idea to give the money I earned to charity,” Fromm said.
Over the past four years, Fromm has collected over $40,000. These funds have been split between Make-A-Wish Philadelphia andSusquehanna Valley and the Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation.
“When I first started to think about where to contribute whatever money I earned, I looked for organizations that had something to do with kids because that’s what I related to,” Fromm explained. “I did some research and learned about the great work these two organizations were doing with young people, so I decided to give to them.”
On Jan. 23, prior to a hockey game at the Old York Road Ice Rink, Fromm presented his latest donation, in the form of a check totaling $5,074.20, to Dennis Heron, president and CEO of Make-A-Wish Philadelphia and Susquehanna Valley. The donation represents that organization’s share of the funds this young philanthropist raised during the prior hockey season.
“Jordan’s entrepreneurial spirit and compassionate support set a wonderful example for other teenagers in the community,” Heron said. “He genuinely enjoys giving back to those less fortunate, and he has demonstrated that over the past four years raising more than $21,000 for our wish granting mission.”
Fromm’s altruistic ambitions don’t stop here; he wants to make sure that Shutouts For Kids continues after he graduates and moves on to college. Mark Greenberg, director of SCH Academy’s Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership (CEL), is helping him do just that.
“Through the school’s Venture Incubator program, we’re helping students like Jordan who are interested in starting or growing their own businesses,” Greenberg said. “Jordan has a very successful enterprise that he wants to take to the next level. As a result of working with us, he is planning to ‘package’ what he does and enroll other goalies to do the same. By shifting from a single operator to a ‘train-the-trainer model,’ he has the possibility of adding a zero or two on Shutouts For Kids’ charitable impact. We’re helping him work through all the details of this process.”
In the meantime, in addition to working on his business plan, Fromm is practicing his butterfly technique to block as many pucks as he can so that he can top last season’s charitable earnings of $15,000.