The founder of Charity Charge, Stephen Garten chats with nonprofit and social impact leaders from around the country about social good, fundraising, and everything in between.
Ep 74 Kenzie Ferguson | VP, Foundation & Corporate Social Responsibility, Delta Dental of California
In Episode 74 of the Charity Charge Show, Stephen talks about corporate social responsibility and thinking like a VC with Kenzie Ferguson, Vice President, Foundation and Corporate Social Responsibility for Delta Dental of California and the Vice President of the Delta Dental Community Care Foundation. Delta Dental Community Care Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Delta Dental of California and its affiliated companies. Its mission is to increase access to oral health care, fund oral health education and support organizations that serve vital needs in our communities. Since 2011, the Foundation has awarded more than $60 million across 15 states and the District of Columbia.
Prior to joining Delta Dental, Kenzie was consulting with nonprofits and women-owned small businesses in Morocco and France and was TE Connectivity’s first Director of Corporate Social Responsibility. Kenzie holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Santa Cruz, a Master of Business Administration degree from Nyenrode University, and is a PhD student at the International School of Business in Paris.
Ep 73: Marc Pollick | Founder & President, The Giving Back Fund
In Episode 73 of the Charity Charge Show, Stephen talks with Marc Pollick, Founder & President of the Giving Back Fund. The Giving Back Fund (GBF) is a national nonprofit organization that encourages and facilitates charitable giving by professional athletes, celebrities, high net worth individuals, existing nonprofit organizations, corporations and others who truly desire to give back. They provide philanthropic consulting, management and administrative services while operating as a flexible, convenient vehicle for establishing individual foundations and fiscally sponsored projects under a governance structure like that of a community foundation. Stephen and Marc talk about Marc’s journey from Holocaust scholar to founding the Giving Back Fund and how nonprofits can search for efficiencies in their field.
Marc Pollick is an internationally recognized speaker, writer and consultant on philanthropy and charitable giving, who has guided the philanthropic efforts of an impressive clientele of celebrities, professional athletes, high net worth individuals and corporations. Prior to entering the philanthropic world, Marc had an extensive career in academic Holocaust Studies, working with 1986 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Elie Wiesel. He was Founding Executive Director of the Zachor Institute for Holocaust Studies and founded The Elie Wiesel Institute for Humanitarian Studies.
Ep 72 Ken Tsunoda | VP of Development & Network, TechSoup
In Episode 72 of the Charity Charge Show, Stephen talks with Ken Tsunoda, Vice President of Development and Network for TechSoup. TechSoup equips changemakers with transformative technology solutions and skills they need to improve lives globally and locally and their mission is to build a dynamic bridge that enables civil society organizations and social change agents around the world to gain effective access to the resources they need to design and implement technology solutions for a more equitable planet. Ken and Stephen talked about TechSoup’s Direct Public Offering (DPO), an opportunity for individuals and funds to be part of the growth of TechSoup. More information about the DPO can be found at techsoup.org/investor by emailing email@example.com
Ken was previously General Manager of NGOsource, the game-changing service that revolutionizes global philanthropy for U.S. grantmakers. A project of the Council on Foundations and TechSoup, NGOsource is an online service that certifies NGOs as equivalent to U.S. public charities through a process called equivalency determination. Ken’s career has included management roles in non-profit organizations, VC-backed technology start-ups and leading global firms. Prior to TechSoup Global, he served as Executive Director of Sager Family Foundation, which incubated start-up social ventures in conflict areas, including Rwanda, the West Bank, Pakistan and Afghanistan. Ken earned a B.A. with honors in Physics from Harvard University, and an M.P.P. degree from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.
Ep 71 Jonathon Nevett | President & CEO, Public Interest Registry
In Episode 71 of the Charity Charge Show, Stephen talks with Jonathon Nevett, President & CEO of the Public Interest Registry (PIR), with the mission to empower, through the Internet, those who are dedicated to improving our world. As long as you have a mission, PIR can help you make it go live online. Stephen and Jon talk about why your nonprofit should have a “.org” domain and how PIR works to maintain the trust that a “.org” conveys. If you see a fraudulent use of a dot-org URL, please report it to firstname.lastname@example.org
Jon Nevett is a veteran of the domain name industry. He co-founded Donuts Inc. in 2010 and helped to raise in excess of $150M to form a registry of over 240 Internet domain extensions. Jon is also a founding Board member of the Domain Name Association, the domain name industry’s trade association. Previously, Jon served as Senior Vice President at Network Solutions, where he was responsible for policy, government affairs, registry relations, and the corporate ethics office.
EP 70: Baron Jay Littleton | Founder & President of the Baron Jay Foundation
In Episode 70 of the Charity Charge Show, Stephen talks with Baron Jay Littleton, President and Founder of the Baron Jay Foundation, with the mission to motivate and empower economically disadvantaged individuals — especially youth — to become productive and contributing members of society. They discuss the power of mentorship and Mr. Littleton’s decision to start his own foundation.
Baron Jay Littleton founded the Baron Jay Family Foundation in 2004 to give back to disadvantaged communities in ways that can truly make a difference. He is committed to using his business savvy, experience as a motivational speaker, and celebrity image as a positive role model to uplifting disadvantaged youth, especially in urban America and in Africa. Mr. Littleton believes that computer literacy – along with English skills development and financial literacy – are keys to closing the global digital divide.
Ep 69: Daniella Genas | Founder of She’s The Boss
In Episode 69 of the Charity Charge Show, Stephen talks with Daniella Genas, Founder of She’s The Boss, a business advisory service that equips ambitious entrepreneurs with the tools, guidance and accountability to build profitable, sustainable, systems driven businesses. Daniella and Stephen discuss how social enterprises and nonprofits can benefit from strategic planning and thinking like a start-up.
Daniella launched her first successful business in 2007 and her second business in 2014. She sold both businesses in 2015. In addition to her entrepreneurial endeavours, Daniella lists University Lecturer, Charity Trustee and Visiting Industrial Fellow as roles in her portfolio career. She has an MBA (Advance Strategy & Innovation) and Masters in Enterprise, in addition to her entrepreneurial experience and formal business training.
Inspiring, engaging, and insightful! 🔥
Whether you’re a well-established fundraiser or simply interested in learning more about philanthropy and some of the amazing non-profits out there - this is a must-listen podcast for you! Stephen does a fantastic job leading conversations with an impressive lineup of founders, fundraisers, social impact leaders, and more. Highly recommend listening and subscribing!
Stephen, host of the Charity Charge Show podcast, highlights all aspects of social impact leaders, social good, fundraising and more in this can’t miss podcast! The host and expert guests offer insightful advice and information that is helpful to anyone that listens!
Asking all the right questions
Love this podcast—fundraising is tough as it is, and as we form our “new normal,” Charity Charge is helping give an idea of the questions we should ask to figure out what this new landscape will look like. Highly recommend!