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Foundation Faces – Gabriel Onorato

Cooper Foundation Gabriel Onorato Intern

Welcome to “Foundation Faces” our new blog segment where we step away from the formalities and share the real-life stories of the incredible individuals who drive The Cooper Foundation. Here, we highlight the heartbeat of our organization through the eyes of our dedicated employees. Expect engaging personalities, heartfelt stories, and a touch of humor as we take you beyond the polished exterior. From everyday triumphs to defining moments, meet the faces behind the magic. At The Cooper Foundation, it’s the people who make the difference.

This week features new hire, Gabriel Onorato. Gabe is the Marketing Project Coordinator here and began his journey in philanthropy in April. He comes to us as a recent graduate from Drexel University with multiple years of experience in the marketing field through prior internships.

What drew you to the Foundation initially and what brings you back each day?

“It’s the people that I work with! They were extremely welcoming when I first joined the Foundation and have been so helpful with teaching me about themselves, the work we do, and how to excel at the highest level in my role. I could not ask for a better team to work alongside in our efforts to make a substantial difference for the lives of those in need!”

What is most rewarding about working at the Foundation?

“When you are younger, you don’t have much power to be able to make a change or help those in need. In my new role, I am now part of a team that has the ability to give back and help people in ways I never could before. Knowing that the work we do here aids in making an everlasting impact on people’s lives is truly fulfilling for me.”

Who or what inspires you?

“My family inspires me every single day, specifically my parents. I am forever indebted to them and my goal in life is to be able to give back to them for all the time, love, lessons, money, and effort they put into me. Without them, I would not be the man I am today, and I am beyond grateful for everything they have done for me. When it is time for me to help take care of them, I want to be able to give them the relaxing retired life that they have always dreamed of because they deserve nothing less. Each day I strive to make them proud to say that they raised a good, honorable man.”

What advice would you give to someone who is looking to work in Philanthropy?

“Do it! It will be the most fulfilling work you can get involved in and it just really makes you feel good. To step into the office each day with a purpose and understanding of how much good your work can do, it just feels great. The Foundation puts so much time and effort into their fundraising events, campaigns and creating innovative ways to give back. These types of jobs can be challenging, yet so rewarding and it has a visual/tangible result that can really pull on your heart strings. I cannot be more thankful for the opportunity to work in philanthropy.”

What do you enjoy doing outside of work?

“It usually depends on the day, but I have many hobbies and things going on in my life outside of my work. For starters, I am a collegiate athlete. I spent 4 years wrestling Division 1 at Drexel University, and I will continue my career with my remaining years of eligibility at Glenville State University where I will wrestle and earn my MBA.”

“Wrestling is a big passion of mine and a sport I have loved since the age of 3. Along with competing myself, I also am a volunteer assistant coach at Seagull Wrestling Club where I look to give back and help young wrestlers chase their dreams of becoming great wrestlers/people. Outside of wrestling, I love to spend time (very averagely) golfing, fishing, working out at the gym, at the beach, or just being with my family and friends.”

As we wrap up our first glimpse into life “Behind the Scenes” with Gabriel Onorato, Gabe’s story reminds us why we’re all here—to make a real impact. His journey sheds light on the passion and dedication that fuel The Cooper Foundation. It’s not just about the tasks; it’s about the people and their stories, all working towards a common goal. Until next time, let’s keep striving to make the extraordinary possible through the power of philanthropy.