By Heidi Johnson
The Charity Matters Podcast shares the stories of innovators, entrepreneurs and inspiring modern-day heroes who set out to solve the problems of humanity with their incredible journeys of service. Join us each week for a front-row seat to the best of humanity.
Episode 27: The Pollination Project
Through the most unexpected and roundabout way I had the privilege of being connected to today's amazing guest, Ariel Nessel the founder of The Pollination Project. Ariel is a successful real estate developer by day, a practicing yogi and an inspirational human being. You are not going to want to miss this incredible conversation about what inspired Ari to rethink philanthropy and create The Pollination Project.
October 13, 2021
Episode 26: Love Not Lost
Join us today for an incredible conversation with Ashley Jones, the founder of Love Not Lost. Ashley shares her journey through grief with the loss of her young daughter and her transformational experience from loss to creating a remarkable organization that provides family photoshoots for the terminally ill.
September 29, 2021
Episode 25: The BumbleBee Foundation
A few months back we asked all of our Instagram followers to send us their favorite nonprofits and one of the many was an organization called The BumbleBee Foundation. I reached out to Heather Donatini and we had an incredible conversation. Join us today to listen to the heartwarming conversation with Heather Donatini, aka Queen Bee of the BumbleBee Foundation. Heather and her husband Jason, established the Bumblebee Foundation in 2011 in memory of their son Jarren who was diagnosed with rare liver cancer at the age of three. Their mission is to inspire hope, faith, and the overall well-being of pediatric cancer families.
September 15, 2021
Episode 24: Be Perfect Foundation
One remarkable person I have met through Charity Matters is Hal Hargrave. Hal was involved in a tragic accident that left him paralyzed fourteen years ago. He used that experience to serve others suffering paralysis with his nonprofit the Be Perfect Foundation. Trust me, this will be a gift you give yourself today. The man is pure light and inspiration.
September 1, 2021
Episode 23: Our Wave
As thousands of students head back to college this month it seemed like a good time to revisit our conversation with Kyle Linton and Laura Sinko on the topic of sexual assault. While never a comfortable topic, it is an important one. There are more than 433,638 sexual assaults in the United States each year. Join us today for an insightful conversation from two incredible perspectives about the new and exciting ways Our Wave is bringing healing to tens of thousands through their work.
August 25, 2021
Episode 22: Until There's a Cure
Join us as Nora Hanna and I discuss how the landscape has changed for AIDS and the beauty of what happens when people come together to make a difference. So often we think with nonprofits we are taking on impossible causes. This conversation was so enlightening because it really shows us that time and commitment result in positive changes. Until There is a Cure is a wonderful example of one organization's mission to continue to educate the world on HIV AIDS.
August 17, 2021
Episode 21: The Yellow Heart Committee
People say that youth is wasted on the young, and never has that statement been less true than with this incredible nonprofit founder, N'dea Johnson. At only 24 years old she has undergone incredible personal loss and trauma and has used that to help others with her two-year-old nonprofit The Yellow Heart Committee. Hear N'dea Johnson's inspirational story of loss and perseverance as she works to heal and serve survivors of sexual assault and trauma.
August 11, 2021
Episode 20: Once Upon A Room
Join us today for a fantastic conversation with the three Once Upon A Room founders; Jenny Hull, her daughter Josie Hull and Josie's best friend Sienna Dancsecs. We will learn about Jenny Hull's incredible journey from being a celebrity assistant to an adoptive mother and nonprofit founder. These three remarkable humans will inspire you with their friendship, love, and beautiful work helping thousands of children and families each year.
August 3, 2021
Episode 19: Anne Pollack, Crossing Point Arts
Join us for today's podcast to learn about Anne Pollack's own story of healing through creativity and the path that lead her to found Crossing Point Arts. It is an incredible journey where all of life's paths intersect at a place of service. Ann shares her story using her multiple gifts as an artist to heal victims of human trafficking. Photo credit: @seanwaltrous
August 3, 2021
Episode 18: Stéphan Pieterse, Distance for Difference
People often come into your path for a reason. Stéphan Pieterse is the founder of the South African nonprofit Distance for Difference. This week's news has more violence in South Africa and is a perfect time to share Stéphan's message of hope, love, and goodness.
July 27, 2021
Season 2, Episode 17: Happy 10th Anniversary Charity Matters!
Today, we are excited to be celebrating our anniversary with the launch of Season Two of the Charity Matters Podcast. We are looking back at some of the incredible people we met along our journey who have taught us so much about life, kindness, compassion, community, connection, and ourselves. So join us as we look back and get excited for what is ahead.
July 15, 2021
Episode 16: Havens House
I am so excited to share our conversation about Abeni's work helping high school youth deal with homelessness, her journey in founding Haven's House Youth Services, and how she juggles it all. The motto "Actions Not Words" from our alma mater definitely made an impact.
May 12, 2021
Episode 15: Infinite Strength
As a breast cancer survivor, Roberta wondered about the women she sat with in treatment who didn't have the same resources she did, and she was determined to change that. Infinite Strength supports undeserved women with the financial costs associated with breast cancer.
May 5, 2021
Episode 14: Building Families With Help Us Adopt
Becky Fawcett, the founder of Help Us Adopt, and I caught up and had a fantastic conversation about what motivates her and her incredible mission to build families. Join us today for a fun conversation that will have you inspired and remind you that one person can make a difference!
April 28, 2021
Episode 13: Her Smile, A Lesson In Divine Time
It is a rare human that touches our soul. When my path crosses with these angels on earth there is something indescribable that happens. Dena Betta shares her message of love and resilience after losing her 14-year-old daughter, Jenna, in a tragic accident.
April 21, 2021
Episode 12: Alexandria House
Join us today to hear our fascinating conversation with today's guest, Sister Judy Vaughan. We discuss everything from her work in founding Alexandria House to her tattoo, her motto, her sheroes, their feature in Justin Beiber's video, and most importantly to her tireless dedication to the community.
April 14, 2021
Episode 11: Fotolanthrophy, Storytelling With A Purpose
Katie Norris founded Fotolanthropy, a nonprofit that combines photography + film + philanthropy to share inspiring true stories of people who have overcome adversity. When I first read about her, I knew I needed to meet her.
April 6, 2021
Episode 10: Ryan Seacrest Foundation Listening To The Heart
Today's guest, Meredith Seacrest, is the Executive Director of the Ryan Seacrest Foundation. And yes, she is Ryan Seacrest's sister. I'm excited to share our inspiring conversation about their families' journey in service and the incredible way they are using their gifts to help eleven children's hospitals across the country.
March 30, 2021
Episode 9: America’s Kids Belong
Have you ever had a call that changed your life? Brian Mavis and his wife Julie both did and that call was to help children. More specifically the 400,000 children who are part of the foster care system in this country. Three-quarters of those children will be reunited with their family or another family member. The remaining 100,000 children need forever homes. What these children have in common is that they all need a home whether a temporary or a permanent one.Join us today for a fascinating conversation with Brian Mavis as he shares his family's calling and journey in starting America's Kids Belong. The remarkable story of what one family has done to change what family means for thousands and thousands of children.
March 24, 2021
Episode 8: Rhonda's Kiss A Mother's Legacy
We never know when life is going to change in an instant. Kyle Stefanski is one of five children who grew up with a big happy family in Cleveland, Ohio. Kyle's mom Rhonda was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2014 and passed away eight short weeks later. Their family was devastated but knew that their mom, Rhonda would want them to do something positive for others. The result and legacy is a nonprofit called, Rhonda's Kiss, a nonprofit organization that supports cancer patients with the non-medical expenses that come with cancer.
March 16, 2021
Episode 7: The Ternan's, Song for Charlie
There is nothing more painful or devastating than the death of a child. When Charlie Ternan died last spring at age 22, just three weeks shy of his college graduation, from fentanyl poisoning it devastated his family and the community. The pill he got online turned out to be a fake painkiller made of the dangerous opioid fentanyl. Since Charlie's death, his parents, Mary and Ed Ternan have been researching fake pills and fentanyl and have formed a nonprofit, Song For Charlie dedicated to warning young people about this growing danger.
March 9, 2021
Episode 6: Alma's Backyard Farm a lesson in feeding the soul
In today's episode, we discuss the origins of Alma's Backyard Farms. The journey that brought Richard Garcia and Erika Cuellar to Compton and to begin their nonprofit organization. What fuels them to do this work and the life lessons learned in the process of creating this amazing organization that exists to reclaim the lives of formerly incarcerated people.
March 3, 2021
Episode 1: Heidi Johnson, Charity Matters
With my first episode, let me re-introduce myself to those of you who are just joining us. My name is Heidi Johnson and I am the founder of Charity Matters. Ten years ago, after starting a nonprofit with a group of friends, I decided that the world was focusing on the wrong people. I began a search to find my tribe, an incredible group of entrepreneurs who worked tirelessly to solve the problems of humanity. Nonprofit founders. I was one but I wanted to understand why millions of people across the country started businesses to help people?
January 25, 2021
Episode 2: Rabih Torbay, Project HOPE
Project HOPE places power in the hands of local health care workers to save lives around the world. In this episode, Rabih and I discuss how he – a civil engineer with no medical background – became involved with the work of Project HOPE and how that experience has changed his life forever.
January 25, 2021
Episode 3: Eyvette Jones Johnson, Urban Possibilities
There are no words to contain my excitement about today's episode of the Charity Matters Podcast. Eyvette Jones-Johnson is one of the most soulful and remarkable humans I have ever had the privilege of talking to. Get excited as she shares her amazing journey from growing up in the Southside of Chicago to a successful television producer and now entrepreneur nonprofit founder. Eyvette and her husband are the founders of Urban Possibilities, a nonprofit that provides inner-city job seekers the tools to reach their highest potential from the inside out. This episode is good for your soul!
January 25, 2021
Episode 4: Cathy Gott, Danny's Farm
I'm so excited to share today's conversation with you. I've known and admired Cathy Gott for a very long time. We both raised our sons in the same small town outside of LA. A small city where everyone knows everyone and supports one another. Cathy has always been a bright light, someone with amazing energy, and a person who makes things happen. She and her husband, (legendary baseball pitcher) Jim Gott have two sons, Danny and Nick. When Danny was diagnosed with autism Cathy and Jim went to work.
January 25, 2021
Episode 5: Amel Najjar, Children of War Foundation
A few months back a girlfriend of mine set up a lunch to introduce me to her incredible friend, Amel Najjar. Our lunch began at noon and ended at four and could have gone on all day. Amel is one of the most interesting, inspirational, and real people you will ever meet. I am excited for you to get to know Amel and her amazing journey from growing up in Jordan and witnessing war first hand to beginning the Children of War Foundation. When people say one person can not make a difference, they have not met Amel Najjar!
January 25, 2021