For the last four years, Jim and his family have taken the lead in planning and raising funds for an annual Children’s Christmas party. Learn more about why he invests money and time in Father Joe’s Villages.
Making a Bigger Impact
Jim DeLapa, CEO of Kiran Analytics, his wife Kim and their children’s involvement with Father Joe’s Villages began when a friend told them about the good work of the agency and asked for a contribution. Over the last 15 years, the DeLapa’s commitment to the organization has grown to a steadfast dedication to our mission and to improving the lives of children experiencing homelessness in San Diego. Why did I think writing a check was enough? I can make a bigger impact.”
Jim says that when the family started to get more involved and learned the magnitude of the issue, they “got really inspired by the work of Father Joe’s Villages, especially the Therapeutic Childcare Center.” He said, “As I got to know the organization and got more involved, I thought, ‘Why did I think writing a check was enough? I can make a bigger impact.”’ And he has.
For the last four years, Jim and his family have taken the lead in planning and raising funds for an annual Children’s Christmas party. In addition to the countless hours, they spend on ensuring that the children have a magical holiday experience, he and Kim are loyal donors and leaders in getting their friends, family and employees involved. Jim also served on the Board of Directors for five years. His term ended in December 2017.
Investing in Children
“I want to state emphatically that a contribution to the organization is a good investment. If you evaluate your investment based on return on investment (ROI), Father Joe’s Villages stacks up really well.”
Jim shared, “Serving on the Board, I was able to see a whole other side of the operation. The leadership… these are people that could work at the C-level in any corporation in San Diego. They are smart and talented people.”
When asked why Jim has continued to give over the years, Jim said:
When you invest in Father Joe’s Villages, you are investing in people who will get personally involved at the core level of homelessness. In the end, we have to get to people who are on the street and forge a path for them to get back on their feet. This is what Father Joe’s Villages does, this is where the ROI comes from.”