Tom Dlugopolsky is proof that for-profit and non-profit missions can go hand in hand. He says that he decided to become more involved in YNPN Cleveland to learn more about nonprofit fundraising and to strengthen his relationship to Cleveland’s nonprofit community. In his role as a financial planner at Skylight Financial Group, he helps people make the most of their financial lives every day.
Born in Erie, PA, then raised partly in small town Michigan and partly in Brecksville, OH, Tom earned his B.S. in Sociology and B.B.A. in Marketing from Cleveland State University. When he was younger, he thought that he wanted to be a teacher because a particularly bad math teacher treated him unfairly; he wanted to prevent other kids from having the same bad experiences. Before coming to Skylight Financial Group, he worked at a small business and had to coordinate his own benefits, including acquiring various types of insurance and retirement planning. He began to wonder if other people could benefit from his experience, and that led him to Skylight. As a financial planner, each situation Tom encounters presents a different challenge. He says, “It is really fun seeing people start to understand their financial lives and realize how they can better themselves.”
Now living in Cleveland’s Kamm’s Corners neighborhood, Tom spends much of his time outside of work involved in community organizations. He serves as President for Delta Sigma Phi’s Delta Omega alumni chapter, and he sings as a baritone in the North Coast Men’s Chorus. He is a founding member of F.L.A.R.E. (Focused LGBTQ and Ally Rising Entrepreneurs), and he is also a member of the Saint Vincent de Paul Society’s new YP board, St. Basil the Great’s parish council, and Playhouse Square Partners.
Tom’s involvement in this wide array of nonprofits led him to join YNPN Cleveland, and he says: “It feels like I have found a new family to be a part of.” He feels similar about the city of Cleveland—he says it’s like the little brother of cities and that, though it can be subject of jokes, Clevelanders always band together to defend our city. In his spare time, he plays volleyball and soccer, frequently attends theater performances, and also just enjoys meeting new people and relaxing at home with his girlfriend.
When asked where he would go in a time machine, Tom says he would like to go back in time to the moments where we started doing “the little things we do that we take for granted,” like eating bananas or grilling meat. No wonder, then, that he enjoys learning more about the backgrounds of the people that YNPN Cleveland brings together. If you’d like to get in touch with Tom to learn more about his work with Skylight or any of his community interests, you can find him on LinkedIn or email him at email@example.com.