Martha’s Vineyard Community
In 1994, George established You’ve Got a Friend, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation which distributes aid to Island families and individuals who are undergoing catastrophic events such as sudden illness, death of a bread winner, accident or natural disaster. The organization receives private donations and ensures that all gifts go directly to those in need. By 2017, You’ve Got a Friend helped more than 70 Island beneficiaries by distributing over $1.5 million dollars towards their health, support and well-being.
What’s unique about You’ve Got a Friend – and it’s by design – is there are no administrative costs involved. The directors contribute their services and the law office administers the nonprofit at no cost to the organization and provides pro bono legal counsel. As a result, 100 percent of the donations are distributed directly to beneficiaries.