Category: News

09 Apr 2018
New Bridge Medical Center

The Difference A Grant Can Make

We recently provided a grant to a facilitator at a major treatment center in northern NJ. While they are a major organization, our small grant made a world of difference.

In group, we have thirty to forty-five clients at a time. The large number makes it hard to engage when trying to have a group topic. With this money, I am able to provide more effective and meaningful groups by bringing in more interactive elements. I have seen the impact that it has made on my clients and influenced their recovery. So far I have incorporated elements of art and games with my clients. Currently, I am looking into purchasing workbooks that focus on unique and specific topics to cover, adding musical elements, and yoga.

Your generous contribution has made a positive impact on my clients and the community as a whole.

GROW was founded to help provide a meaningful impact for people and groups who don’t qualify for massive grants. So many foundations only give $40,000 or more while countless programs and individuals need $1,000 or less to make an impact. We are actively looking to reach more people, to help more people, and to give (and raise) more money.

23 Aug 2017
GROW Foundation merchandise

New Ways To Support GROW

This has been a productive summer for GROW! We were invited to collaborate with some amazing people including the world famous House Of YES and the Wormtown Festival in Massachusets. These spaces will help us spread our message, meet new people and sell our exciting new merch!

GROW Foundation t-shirtGROW Foundation pin

We now have t-shirts and hat pins available for sale. All the proceeds go directly to GROW and they ship right away. You can click the pictures to see them in our Etsy store.


28 Mar 2017
Chef Nate Smith Allswell

Delicious Eats at Our Launch Party!

You know we’ll be hosting our Launch Party on April 8 at Webster Hall in NYC but today, we’re proud to announce that the AMAZING Chef Nate Smith will be donating the food (aka dance fuel). Chef Smith was the head chef at the famous Spotted Pig in NYC before opening his own restaurant Allswell in Brooklyn. Allswell has a frequently updated menu that focuses on organic, local, gastropub fare in a cozy setting. Located in Williamsburg, Allswell is the go-to spot for burgers, brunch, and fresh flavors.

For our party, Chef Smith will create a menu of pass around bites so you don’t have to stop dancing. We are still finalizing the actual menu but you can be assured that you will want more of it!

Nate Smith

21 Feb 2017

How GROW Came To Be

In January of 1997, the DEA finally had enough evidence to arrest me. 6 months of phone taps, surveillance, and informant intel culminated with my face on the hood of a car, gun to my head, surrounded by 15 unmarked cars protecting 30 or so agents with shotguns and pistols aimed in my direction. I watched my 15-year-old sister get arrested, shotgun to her back, as they cuffed me. This was supposed to be a quick deal on my way to visit my mother in the hospital. Instead, my father was called to bail his children out while at his wife’s bedside watching her recover from a collapsed lung she suffered earlier the same day.
In the 20 years since that event, I have completed two degrees including an MBA in strategic management, won an international business plan competition, built and sold multiple companies, and traveled the world. All without drugs. My path to recovery began with a rehab facility and 12-step work to impress the judge. What really kept me out of trouble was the new connections I made. People my age with similar interests who were having fun (more fun than I thought I was having) and who remembered it all.
These connections have lasted all these years and grown to friends, colleagues, teachers, and sources of inspiration across the world. Since I started on this journey, many new forms, methods, and best practices have been uncovered and furthered by experts in the field. Advances in technology, psychology, and communication have allowed for many to help many. Both in person and long-distance healing is available now thanks to the tireless curiosity, research, and experimentation of people across the world.
In 2012, I hosted a party to celebrate having 15 years clean. We raffled off some donated items and raised over $5,000 for an NGO working on addiction prevention and treatment. Since then, addiction and drug abuse grew across the world. In planning a party to celebrate 20 years clean I realized we had an opportunity to beat that contribution and committed to raising $50,000. This amount can certainly help an NGO and they would be grateful. In starting to research who would be a viable recipient, I realized that I could help more people with many small donations vs one large one. Thus The GROW Foundation was born. We will continuously be raising funds and vetting NGOs to determine their value and use of funds. As technology and treatment options continue to change we will stay up to date and ensure our impact is palpable.
Aaron Mandelbaum February, 2017