The Long Island Way is a for-profit partnership organization that cultivates sustainable communities by bridging the business and non-profit sectors at networking events and online directory. In two short years, The Long Island Way has captured the hearts and minds of individuals and companies committed to collaboration as the way to realizing a shared mission.
The Long Island Way is changing the marketing landscape for corporations and non-profits alike by creating a best-practice cause-related marketing process. Through its Cause Champions, Alliance Partners, DCM Partners, Community Development and Event Programs, The Long Island Way has engaged hundreds of businesses and non-profits in relations that create momentum and support for a shared service mission. While the business community provides resources and services, the non-profits link their business partner to a revelant cause, enhancing corporate name recognition and branding among various stake holder communities.
It's a unique network of businesses and non profits that work together to support each other in a way never before imagined. We promote, support and connect businesses and non profits, to help them prosper and grow.
"Connecting Good Causes with Great Companies for Better Communities"
The Long Island Way is the brainchild of Donna Cariello, whose diverse professional and volunteer experience make her uniquely suited to lead this pioneering business concept. Donna has been called a visionary, a natural born leader and a creative, out-of-the-box thinker.
According to Donna, “The Long Island Way is the culmination of my life’s work — a business system that matches non-profits and established businesses to form mutually beneficial relationships. The misson of The Long Island Way — ‘making a difference through the spirit of giving’ — is my own mantra for life. I’ve now created a way to merge my personal aspirations with a viable business model, engaging both the business and non-profit communities on Long Island.”
Prior to founding The Long Island Way, Donna's worked as a financial specialist with several prominent companies. For several years, she was an operations / administrative manager for the FedEx Corporation, overseeing an operational budget of $2.2 million. As the manager of a Fortune 500 company, Donna gained extensive experience in a fast-paced environment where an attention to detail was essential. Handling customer service, recruitment, benefit programs, ISO 9000 audits, environmental and safety compliance, as well as community service, Donna was able to continually inspire her staff to reach their professional and personal goals, receiving several awards and promotions for her accomplishments. Donna earned the trust and respect of her colleagues in her “lead by example” management style.
Donna Cariello demonstrates an active career in Long Island’s non-profit field. She sat on the Board of the Long Island Center for Business & Professional Women and Horseability. She has been active in UCPN of Nassau, Ronald McDonald House, Mothers Center, Canine Companions, Hempstead Boys & Girls Club, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk, United Way of Long Island, March of Dimes, Long Island Cares, LIVE Long Island Volunteer Enterprise and AHRC. Donna also participated as an Advocate for 2020 Vision for the Child Care Council of Suffolk County.
Donna received recognition from the Long Island Press as a Fortune 52 Woman for making a significant contribution to the non-profit community. She has appeared on radio and TV and has been highlighted in publications. Additionally, Donna holds New York Life, Health and Accident licenses, NASD Series 7 and 63, and has been awarded numerous certificates in the fields of finance, management and leadership.
Donna Cariello’s lives and breathes her core belief system….to make the world a better place…one person / one organization or one company at a time. It is evident through her everyday life … with her family, with her friends and with strangers…she walks her talk. Donna sees the best in people…changes attitudes, uncovers choices, contributes welcoming ideas…and ignites enthusiasm.