John and Janet Mockovciak
Janet Mockovciak doesn’t remember a time when her parents weren’t giving – her father to our country as a public servant stationed abroad, her mother as a tireless volunteer for community causes. It seemed natural for Ms. Mockovciak and her husband, John, to give when they could. “It’s just something that’s always been a part of my life,” she said. “There wasn’t a day when I had a revelation. The hard question is: why don’t more people give?”
The couple opened their advised fund at The Dallas Foundation in 2001. As a financial advisor, Mr. Mockovciak was comfortable with estate planning and familiar with some of the pitfalls of starting a private foundation.
“The logistics and paperwork that would have gone into establishing a family foundation were way more involved than we needed or desired,” Ms. Mockovciak said. “The Dallas Foundation was the right fit for our needs.”
Soon after they opened their advised fund, the couple also joined Dallas Social Venture Partners (DSVP). The nonprofit uses a venture capital model to invest in local social service agencies. “Partners” must contribute annually to the pool of capital, and be willing to share their business expertise with nonprofits that receive grants. DSVP started as an initiative of The Dallas Foundation.
“We really liked the active engagement that came with DSVP, versus just writing a check,” Ms. Mockovciak said. “With both DSVP and The Dallas Foundation, philanthropy education events were pivotal. It gave you an opportunity to really think about what you’re doing on a very personal level.”