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When a Little Goes a Long Way

By on May 20, 2015

In November 2013, as six friends in LA were sitting together and enjoying the company of one another, they came up with a thought – a thought that would soon bring hope to the lives of many.  The vision, headed by President and Co-founder, Asher Eghbali, was to make a change, and after much brainstorming, they formulated a simple approach that beautifully ties together the act of giving and uniting individuals in making a difference in the lives of those who are struggling financially.

The concept was simple: All it takes is $5 a month, but the only way to make an impact is if people joined together to do so.  A little pocket change doesn’t mean much to the average person, but it could mean the world to someone else.

Soon after, Just 5 Club (J5), a section 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, was formed allowing people to register as members on their website.  Every month, $5 is withdrawn from members’ accounts, and at the end of the month all the funds that have accumulated are donated to a selected recipient.  Each potential recipient goes through an initial interview process by 1-2 board members who present the case to the rest of the board to make a final and unanimous decision.

Group at GalaOne of J5’s values is transparency, therefore, monthly newsletters are sent out via email, updating members as to whom their funds were distributed to for the month and how it helped the individual or family at another chance to start again. The aim is to provide enough details to paint the picture without disclosing their identity, as of course that is kept confidential.

That first month of November, these young professionals started off with 12 monthly members – themselves included.  They have now grown to 201 members currently totaling $1005 with every single penny donated at the end of each month to the recipient who had been struggling to make ends meet.

J5 has given hope and inspired many, but it’s not enough.  There is so much more that can be done and their aim is to reach as many people as possible, eventually encompassing all corners of the world.  This team is a strong believer in the power of unity; when people are united with one common goal in mind, even the smallest amount can make a significant difference and J5 is committed to making that difference possible.

VolunteeringThe most essential value that J5 has implemented in this organization is the act of unconditional giving.  It is both a physical and spiritual experience that revives one’s soul and generates purpose.  J5’s board has a strong belief that it is every individual’s duty to lend a helping hand to those in need, and find it is their own responsibility and privilege to find people to join them in making a difference.  J5 strives to bring together like-minded people to unite in helping those less fortunate  – blind to age, race and religion.


To find out more about J5 or to become a monthly member, please visit



About Laya Sarraf

Laya Sarraf is Chief of Marketing and Communications, serving as a board member for J5. Along with her team, she works hard in helping those who are experiencing severe financial and other hardships. Laya grew up in LA and works as a real estate agent with Keller Williams Beverly Hills.