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The Charity Charge Show

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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.
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EP 47: Beasley Reece | CEO at NFL Alumni
In episode 47 of the Charity Charge show, Beasly Reece, CEO at NFL Alumni, shares a bit on his journey as well as his passion for supporting the youth as well as retired NFL players transitioning out of the sport. Reece, the former defensive back and played for Dallas Cowboys in 1976, New York Giants (1977-83) and Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1983-84).  After his playing career, Reece was a network analyst on NFL games for both NBC and CBS.  He also went on to work as Sports Director at KYW-TV in Philadelphia in 1998.  He was inducted into the Broadcast Pioneers of Philadelphia Hall of Fame in 2012 and left the Philadelphia station in 2015.
35:22
June 23, 2020
EP 46: John Lehr | CEO at Parkinson's Foundation
In episode 46 of The Charity Charge Show John L. Lehr, CEO of the Parkinson's Foundation shares the insight he has gained after more than two decades of nonprofit fundraising and management experience. John played a pivotal role in merging two legacy Parkinson’s organizations into the Parkinson’s Foundation in 2017. Since then, the Foundation has nearly doubled its revenue to $35 million. Under John’s leadership, the Foundation earned a 4-star charity rating from Charity Navigator and a Platinum Seal of Transparency from GuideStar.
33:13
June 3, 2020
EP 45: Ian Adair | Executive Director at Gracepoint Foundation
In episode 45 of the Charity Charge Show Ian Adair addresses the mental health crisis and why so many people struggle to ask for help. Ian is a three-time nonprofit CEO; a recognized expert in leadership, fundraising, and nonprofit management; and a sought-after speaker for nonprofit and leadership conferences around the country. Ian is a speaker, author, and advocate concerning mental health awareness and addressing mental health in the workplace.
43:06
May 29, 2020
EP 44: Cassandra Vieten | Executive Director at the John W. Brick Mental Health Foundation
In episode 44 of the Charity Charge Show, Cassandra Vieten shares a bit on the background of the John W Brick Foundation as well as their upcoming Never Alone Summit. Cassandra is a licensed clinical psychologist, mind-body medicine researcher, author, consultant, and public speaker. She is the Executive Director of the John W. Brick Mental Health Foundation. She also serves on the Board of Trustees of The Marin School in San Rafael, where her daughter graduated from high school, the Board of Directors of Partners for Youth Empowerment, and the Board of Directors of the Consciousness and Healing Initiative.
16:37
May 19, 2020
EP 43: Margaret Myers Senior Editor at Atlantic 57
Margaret Myers - Senior Editor at Atlantic 57 Margaret is an editor, storyteller, and digital media strategist with a passion for teasing out the big idea from the smallest nugget. With over a decade of experience as a newsroom leader, Margaret uses her journalism skills to help brands develop their authentic voice and connect with audiences. To learn more check out our blog at https://www.charitycharge.com/margaret-myers-atlantic-57/
32:14
May 14, 2020
EP 42: Matt Prindiville | Executive Director of UPSTREAM
In episode 42 of The Charity Charge Show, Stephen Garten chats with Matt Prindiville, the Executive Director of UPSTREAM. Matt is a recognized thought leader within the plastic pollution community and advises the United Nations Environment Program on their plastic pollution strategies. He is one of the founders of the global Break Free from Plastic Movement and the founder of the Cradle2 Coalition and Make It Take It Campaign. He helped establish and advance the Electronics Takeback Coalition, the Multi-State Mercury Campaign, and the Safer Chemicals and Healthy Families Coalition. Matt has written for the Guardian, GreenBiz, and Sustainable Brands among other publications. He’s been featured in the Economist, the New York Times, on NPR’s 1A, Jack Johnson’s Smog of the Sea film, and consulted with 60 Minutes on their plastic pollution special.
36:28
April 22, 2020
EP 41: Selene Benavides | Chief Financial Officer | Association of Latino Professionals For America and Consero Global
In episode 41 of The Charity Charge Show, Stephen Garten chats with Selene Benavides, Chief Financial Officer at The Association of Latino Professionals For America and Consero Global. Selene Benavides is Client Finance Director with Consero Global where she helps companies address complex financial requirements with software applications while scaling finance operations more efficiently and reducing G&A expenses to allow for greater investment in driving and supporting top line growth for her clients. Prior to her new role, Ms. Benavides was the Chief Financial Officer/Chief Operations Officer for the National Society of Hispanic MBAs, located in Irving, Texas where she was responsible for helping its leadership define the strategic direction of the organization, enhance its offerings and reduce its expenses, all while overseeing the Operations, Finance, Legal, and IT functions of the business which includes 40 Chapters across the nation.
37:03
April 15, 2020
EP 40: John Eyth | Chief Financial Officer | Arc Human Services
In episode 40 of The Charity Charge Show, Stephen Garten chats with John Eyth, Chief Financial Officer at Arc Human Services. John has been associated with Arc Human Services/Arc of Washington County since 2018, serving as Chief Financial Officer. He has worked for almost 25 years as a Controller and Chief Financial Officer in both for-profit and non-profit organizations. For the past 11 years, John has worked as a Chief Financial Officer for several providers of Intellectual Disabilities Services. He received a Business Administration Degree in Accounting from the University of Mary Hardin Baylor. He is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) with the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy. He is also a Certified Management Accountant (CMA) and Certified Financial Manager (CFM).
27:44
April 9, 2020
EP 39: Jye Turk | Founder of SolvED | Young Nonprofit Professional Network Austin
Nonprofits vs. COVID-19: Adapting to a virtual environment while remaining mission driven Thoughts from Jye Turk, Founder of SolvED and Board member at Young Nonprofit Professional Network Austin. In this episode, listen how Jye Turk works to remain fluid and adaptable while administering programs and running a nonprofit organization virtually. SolvED is an equity-centered organization committed to providing access to tutoring services, specifically to students who have been historically underserved by the public education system. At SolvED, Jye recognizes, communicates, and develops the importance of the family’s role in a student’s education; distinguishing between school and education, allowing a more fluid experience for the family and the student.
17:17
April 1, 2020
EP 38: COVID-19 & Nonprofits | Scott Jackson - President and CEO of Global Impact
In Episode 38 of the Charity Charge Show, Stephen Garten chats with Scott Jackson, President and CEO of Global Impact. Learning from Past Crisis: Advice from Scott Jackson on leading a nonprofit amidst COVID-19. In this episode, Scott Jackson, the President and CEO of Global Impact, shares valuable insights and lessons gained from successfully leading organizations during times of crisis. Global Impact’s mission is to grow global philanthropy and build partnerships and resources for the world’s most vulnerable people. It has raised almost $2 billion since inception. A global development, fundraising and marketing veteran, Jackson has held leadership positions in the public, private and nonprofit sectors, including the global health and development nonprofits PATH and World Vision. He has worked in more than 60 countries. Jackson has worked at all levels of the public, private and nonprofit sectors. Full post and bonus content here.
21:46
March 25, 2020
EP 37: COVID-19 & Nonprofits - Jeff Rum - Co-founder of Yearly
In episode 37 of The Charity Charge Show, Stephen Garten chats about COVID-19 and its impact on nonprofits with with Jeff Rum, the co-founder of Yearly. Jeff is Co-Founder of Yearly and is Founder & CEO of ignite: action An award-winning creative director and marketing strategist, Jeff has nearly 18 years of experience in marketing and communications, brand strategy, social media, and digital advertising. Jeff’s consulting work includes projects with Fortune 500 companies such as Bose, Fossil, Mercedes-Benz, and PepsiCo and he has led campaigns with nonprofits including Human Rights Campaign, Save the Children, Johns Hopkins Medicine, and United Nations Foundation. In 2018, Jeff published his first book, Post with Purpose: A Digital Strategy Handbook. Jeff received his BA from American University in Communication: Visual Media and Jewish Studies. He received his MA from Georgetown University in International Studies. He resides in Potomac, MD with his wife Jessica and three children, Eva, Maxim, and Ori. Yearly makes it fun and easy to create digital annual reports that inspire and delight, saving organizations time and money. Yearly's mission is to change the way annual reports are created and experienced. Yearly aims to break the mold and disrupt the age-old annual report.
15:36
March 19, 2020
A Message To Our Cardholders And Nonprofits
I want to thank all of our cardholders that have been using Charity Charge to donate their cash back to fund the nonprofits of their choice.  We always cover 100% of the donation processing costs so all of your valuable cash back goes to fund your organization. More than ever the nonprofits you care about locally, nationally, and globally will need our collective support.   We are working on a few new initiatives to further help the nonprofit community. Starting tomorrow, I will be featuring nonprofit leaders on our podcast to share tips, strategies, and most importantly inspiration to educate those running nonprofits of how they can navigate their organizations through these challenging times. Sending out so much love to everyone.  It’s important in times like these we come together for the common good.  To get involved please email me stephen@charitycharge.com
05:12
March 18, 2020
EP 36: Dave Armon - CEO of 3BL Media
In episode 36 of The Charity Charge Show, Stephen Garten chats with Dave Armon, the CEO of 3BL Media. Dave joined 3BL Media in 2014, serving first as CMO and a member of our board. A former journalist, he spent 20 years at PR Newswire, where he was president and COO. His experience in marketing and PR software includes developing the social media monitoring platform Techrigy (sold to Alterian), PR workflow platform dna13 (sold to CNW Group) and broadcast intelligence platform Critical Mention. A New Yorker, Dave enjoys mentoring young professionals, travel, Scrabble and swimming. 3BL Media delivers world-class, purpose-driven communications for leading global companies and NGOs. Our digital distribution, leadership and editorial platforms reach an audience of 10+ million, connecting clients to an unrivaled network of media, corporate leaders, investors, professionals, organizations and policymakers. They support sustainability leaders through peer networking and professional development while our annual summit, the 3BL Forum, inspires breakthrough thinking.
31:13
March 11, 2020
EP 35: Tamra Ryan - CEO of Women's Bean Project and Interim CEO for the Social Enterprise Alliance
In episode 35 of The Charity Charge Show, Stephen Garten chats with Tamra Ryan, CEO of Women's Bean Project and Interim CEO for the Social Enterprise Alliance. Tamra Ryan Tamra Ryan is the CEO of Women's Bean Project, a social enterprise that provides transitional employment, while operating a food manufacturing business, to women attempting to break the cycle of chronic unemployment and poverty. Tamra is a former partner and board member for Social Venture Partners-Denver, currently chairs the Board of Directors for the Social Enterprise Alliance and is on the advisory board for the Barton Institute for Philanthropy and Social Enterprise at the University of Denver. Congressman Mike Coffman (R-CO) recognized Tamra’s servant leadership and entered it into the Congressional Record of the 115th Congress, Second Session in May 2018. She was honored by the Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce as one of the Top 25 Most Powerful Women in Colorado and is part of the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) Leadership Network. She was a presenter at TEDxMilehigh and is a highly sought-after speaker for topics such as compassionate leadership and social enterprise. Tamra is the author of The Third Law, a book which highlights the societal obstacles and internal demons that must be overcome for marginalized women to change their lives. The Third Law has won numerous awards for women/minorities in business and social activism. She is currently working on her second book, Followship: How to be a leader worth following.
33:35
March 4, 2020
EP 34: Ray Wezik - Director of Public Policy and Advocacy - International Myeloma Foundation
In episode 34 of The Charity Charge Show, Stephen Garten chats with Ray Wezik, the Director of Public Policy and Advocacy at the International Myeloma Foundation(IMF). Ray joined the IMF advocacy team in 2014. In his role, Ray helps to expand the IMF’s state policy initiatives and grassroots network with a focus on prevention, innovation, access, and approval of treatments for people living with multiple myeloma. Prior to joining the IMF, Ray advocated for homeowners affected by the mortgage crisis, using his skills to negotiate alternatives to foreclosure and eventually establishing his own firm. Ray earned his Bachelor's degree in Political Science and Criminal Justice from Roanoke College in 2007. He passed the bar in Maryland after earning his law degree from Tulane University in 2011. While at Tulane, Ray ran the Alternative Dispute Resolution section for the school’s student-run moot court team, winning several international competition awards in Chicago and London. Founded in 1990, the International Myeloma Foundation (IMF) is the first and largest organization focusing specifically on multiple myeloma. The IMF’s reach extends to more than 525,000 members in 140 countries worldwide. The IMF is dedicated to improving the quality of life of myeloma patients while working toward prevention and a cure through our four founding principles: Research, Education, Support, and Advocacy.
34:21
February 26, 2020
EP 33: Jeff Rum - Co-founder of Yearly
In episode 33 of The Charity Charge Show, Stephen Garten chats with Jeff Rum, the co-founder of Yearly. Jeff is Co-Founder of Yearly and is Founder & CEO of ignite: action An award-winning creative director and marketing strategist, Jeff has nearly 18 years of experience in marketing and communications, brand strategy, social media, and digital advertising. Jeff’s consulting work includes projects with Fortune 500 companies such as Bose, Fossil, Mercedes-Benz, and PepsiCo and he has led campaigns with nonprofits including Human Rights Campaign, Save the Children, Johns Hopkins Medicine, and United Nations Foundation. In 2018, Jeff published his first book, Post with Purpose: A Digital Strategy Handbook. Jeff received his BA from American University in Communication: Visual Media and Jewish Studies. He received his MA from Georgetown University in International Studies. He resides in Potomac, MD with his wife Jessica and three children, Eva, Maxim, and Ori. Yearly makes it fun and easy to create digital annual reports that inspire and delight, saving organizations time and money. Yearly's mission is to change the way annual reports are created and experienced. Yearly aims to break the mold and disrupt the age-old annual report.
13:22
February 19, 2020
EP 32: Sam Porritt - Founder of Falling Forward
In episode 32 of The Charity Charge Show, our founder Stephen Garten chats with Sam Porritt, founder of the organization Falling Forward. In August of 2011, Sam suffered a spinal cord injury that resulted from an accident while he was on vacation in Italy.  Initially, Sam was paralyzed from the waist down. His recovery from such a catastrophic injury would be a long one.  Thankfully, Sam learned that his medical insurance placed no limit on rehabilitation.  Fewer than 1% of policies have such a benefit.  Sam's insurance covered nearly two years of intensive physical therapy.  With the skill and support of many rehab professionals, Sam recovered.  He's now able to walk with a cane, drive a car, and work part-time. During his more than two years in rehab, Sam saw the impact of therapy caps first-hand.  Sam met hundreds of patients whose recoveries were cut short when their insurance benefits stopped and they were unable to pay out of their own pockets.  In August of 2013, Sam launched the Foundation to give other patients the same opportunity that he had --- to continue medical rehabilitation and to recover to their full potential. Prior to his accident, Sam spent more than 25 years in marketing and advertising, building some of America's largest brands.  While working for Payless ShoeSource, Sam's responsibilities included managing the company's Foundation and philanthropic activity.  Sam earned an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
33:56
February 12, 2020
EP 31: Phyllis Everette - CEO and Founder of Saffron Trust Women's Foundation
In episode 31 of The Charity Charge Show, Stephen Garten chats with Phyllis Everette, the CEO and Founder of Saffron Trust Women's Foundation.  Phyllis is a woman of passion, vision, and purpose is the Founder of the Saffron Trust Women's Foundation (STWF). An organization that strives to remove barriers creating better life outcomes for women. Before STWF, Phyllis served as Program Director of a Health Clinic, working with Women's Health Care. Phyllis has 25 years of experience in corporate environments. She has been employed at Warner Chilcott Pharmaceuticals, ADP Brokerage, and Dell. Phyllis started her first organization In 2000 where she was the founder of Parents Taking Action Today ( PTAT )advocating for parents whose children were incarcerated, leading support groups for parents at the Essex County Juvenile detention center in Newark, New Jersey, where she also published a weekly newsletter. Phyllis also served as Executive Director of Family Support, a non- profit organization, centered on creating healthy families. Phyllis holds an MSM Specialization in Organizational Structure, BS in Business, concentration in Human Resources Management. She holds a Certification in Supportive Employment and is a practicing life coach. Phyllis Everette aka writer Saffron Trust put pen to paper to heal her wounds. What culminated was a story, “From Insanity to Serenity,” filled with drama and an overarching theme and message of recognizing the importance of community and how significant surrounding love, forgiveness, and freedom is important to live your truth. Focusing and praying to understand how to fulfill the purpose God had intended for her life, led Phyllis to become active in causes far bigger than her. Writing her memoir, she undertook a literary journey that encompasses her personal life experience which describes a journey in her heart. Phyllis strongly feels her journey directed her to the mission of STWF. Her hope and desire for her personal story are that readers remain steadfast and become consciously aware of what forgiveness means, and of a much greater duty that each of us is morally obligated to recognize. Phyllis has 3 children and 4 grands, who she quotes “are the wind beneath her wings”. The recognition and success that Phyllis has achieved that continue to inspire her, gave her pause when asked, “why me”, with “why not me”. Her signature mantra is “Born to give herself away.” So, she is committed and has dedicated her life to unconditionally helping to make a difference in someone else’s life. Phyllis socially engaged in her community. She is pursuing coursework in Undoing Racism and Undoing White Supremacy Austin, addressing multi-racial communities to end personal structural, and cultural racism to building a racially just Austin. .
33:48
February 5, 2020
EP: 30 Sally Blue - Consultant and Interim Executive Director of TAME
In episode 30 of The Charity Charge Show, Stephen Garten chats with Sally Blue, social change consultant and Interim Executive Director of The Texas Alliance for Minorities in Engineering(TAME). Sally has worked in a variety of settings – university offices, Girl Scout campfires, unpaved paths in the mountains of Guatemala, board rooms, and sustainable gardens, to name a few of the more than 50 transitioning orgs she has worked with to date. After serving in both frontline and management positions, including six months as an Interim Executive Director, Sally joined a nationally-recognized consulting firm where she facilitated strategic planning and visioning work, capital campaigns, and training for Boards, volunteers and staff. She founded Sally Blue Consulting in 2013. An active volunteer in the community, Sally is past Board President of the Association of Fundraising Professionals – Greater Austin Chapter, a mentor for young professionals, and a graduate of Leadership Austin Essentials Class of 2017. When she’s not at theater practice with her daughter Ruby, Sally’s working on her first novel and plotting her next trip to Mexico or maybe the beach.
30:31
January 29, 2020
EP: 29 AJ Garcia-Rameau - Director of Ventanna Ballet
In episode 29 of The Charity Charge Show, Stephen Garten chats AJ Garcia-Rameau, Director of Ventana Ballet. Ventana Ballet is a professional dance company based in Austin, TX, specializing in contemporary ballet dance performance. The word ventana, meaning window, embodies the company’s organizational mission and vision, seeking to provide inspiration, accessibility, opportunity, and technical structure. Ventana Ballet’s Mission is to provide artistically relevant, technically proficient, and publicly accessible dance performance and education opportunities to the community. Ventana Ballet’s Vision is to inspire, entertain, and educate audiences through a disciplined and innovative approach on presenting next-generation choreographic works. Ventana Ballet is fiscally sponsored by the nonprofit organization, Austin Creative Alliance.
18:19
January 22, 2020
EP 28: Rob Lowe - Creator of The Giving Back Podcast
In episode 28 of The Charity Charge Show, Stephen Garten chats with Rob Lowe, the creator of the influential Giving Back Podcast. The Giving Back podcast celebrates the great work of the charities, both the problem they are solving and the impact they have on the people they serve. Rob's guests talk about how and why they got involved with a charity or cause. Listeners' walk away from each show with ideas and resources to make a difference on a cause they feel passionate about. Rob is a very inspiring person and his passion radiates through this interview. He was an early supporter of our work at Charity charge and has been a tremendous ambassador and advisor ever since. In this episode we close out 2019 and talk about whats next in 2020, inspiring story's from Rob, trends he sees in the nonprofit world, and how to overall be more passionate about the things we do in life.
51:21
January 15, 2020
EP 27: Preston L. James, II - CEO of Divinc
In episode 27 of The Charity Charge Show, Stephen Garten chats with Preston L. James, II,  CEO of Divinc.  DivInc transforms the existing entrepreneur tech ecosystem into a more authentically inclusive environment. Through their efforts, they inspire, empower and enable underrepresented founders to build successful high growth businesses. The organization aims to unleash the untapped and hidden innovative talent within communities and generate an entrepreneur mindset shift for generations to come. Divinc believes diversity and inclusion drive innovation. Through programming, they help build a more authentically inclusive innovation ecosystem. Since 2016, they’ve provided 64 founders and 49 tech and tech enabled companies with critical strategies to succeed and grow their startups. DivInc’s accelerator program is an intensive 12-week startup accelerator that provides a unique culture of support and best equips people of color and women entrepreneurs with strategies critical to creating exceptional companies, driving job creation, and contributing to strong economic growth.  Additionally, the program is designed to drive focus toward product solution fit and accelerate business development and growth by providing access to essential resources. Subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts and Spotify or wherever you listen to your podcasts.
39:21
January 8, 2020
EP 26: Erinn Wright - Director of Development at Well Aware
In episode 26 of The Charity Charge Show, Stephen Garten chats with Erinn Wright, the Director of Development, at Well Aware. Erinn graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a BBA in Marketing and a Certificate in Social Entrepreneurship and Nonprofits. Originally from Dallas, but a self-proclaimed Austinite, Erinn is passionate about social impact, Spanish, travel, tacos, and dogs. She first became involved with Well Aware as a Development Intern while studying at UT, and has been highly active in the fight for clean water ever since. Erinn is devoted to connecting the impact of Well Aware’s work abroad to each supporter and nurturing the organization’s growth through fundraising and communications. Outside of Well Aware, Erinn can be found talking about her love for Spain or singing highly off-key at live music events in Austin. Well Aware is a nonprofit organization with headquarters in Austin, Texas that provides innovative and sustainable solutions to water scarcity and contamination in East Africa. The organization funds and implements life-saving water systems to drive economic development and empower communities.
29:49
December 18, 2019
EP 25: Michelle Monroe - Executive Director of the Abundant Life Foundation
In episode 25 of The Charity Charge Show, Stephen Garten chats with Michelle Monroe, the Executive Director of the Abundant Life Foundation. The Abundant Life Foundation is a philanthropic organization fueled by passion and a genuine love for the community on the Island of Roatán. Roatán is located 40 miles off the northern coast of Honduras. The organizations work is focused across three primary initiatives: education, community and conservation. The foundation identifies opportunities to make the most impact, and take a long-term, community-driven approach with the goal of providing sustainable solutions, building upon the skills of community members, and leading to personal and community growth and well-being. Since the foundations first days on the island of Roatán, their involvement has been providing scholarships and support motivated students to pursue an education. To further the efforts of making a positive impact in the Bay Islands, the foundation then added community development and, finally, conservation to preserve the 2nd largest reef system in the world, the Mesoamerican Coral Reef.
20:30
December 11, 2019
EP 24: Andra Liemandt - Founder of The Kindness Campaign
In episode 24 of The Charity Charge Show, Stephen Garten chats with Andra Liemandt, the founder and CEO of The Kindness Campaign. Andra Liemandt is the founder and CEO of The Kindness Campaign, a national nonprofit devoted to research-based emotional intelligence and anti-bullying. Launched in 2015, TKC designs interactive SEL (social emotional learning) curriculum and programming for schools and workplaces, with a focus on developing kind leaders and emotionally aware schools and companies. Under Andra’s leadership, TKC’s reach grew from five schools to 82 in two years, and today, serves over 40,000 students. Over the past two years, the organization has partnered with Bumble, KIND Bars, Dell Inc., Nordstrom, and Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation to bring TKC’s on-site programming to children and adults nationwide. After a career in large corporate account management and pharmaceutical sales at Dell Inc. and Abbott Laboratories, Andra pivoted to philanthropy and the nonprofit sector. Now a national speaker on kindness and bullying, Andra has given keynote addresses for AT&T and IBM conferences, Paul Mitchell Schools nationwide, and the National Charity League. She is a recipient of Austin Woman’s Way Business Award for Social Impact (2018), and was a finalist for the Phyllis Richards Austin Icon for Children Award (2018). An active philanthropist, Andra currently serves on the Girl Scouts of Central Texas 2019 Women of Distinction Committee, and is on the advisory board of Baylor Scott & White Health. In 2015, Andra was named Cover Woman for Austin Woman Magazine’s September Edition, and in 2018, she joined the board of the GRAMMY Museum. Andra is also the founder and drummer for The Mrs, a pop-rock band that has appeared on “Good Morning America,” “The Queen Latifah Show,” BuzzFeed, People Magazine, and Billboard. Their first music video, released in 2014 and featuring their signature “Magic Mirror,” currently has 5.4 million views on YouTube. Since then, The Mrs has shared the stage with Maroon 5 and Jon Bon Jovi, and has enjoyed musical collaborations with Paul Oakenfold and more.
41:10
December 4, 2019
EP 23: Joe Iannello Executive Fellow through Leadership Austin Fellows Program working with One Voice
In episode 23 of The Charity Charge Show, Stephen Garten chats with Joe Iannello, Leadership Austin Executive Fellow at One Voice Central Texas. Joe is an IT Executive Leader with extensive cross-industry and global experience in technology, process, data, project, resource, change and relationship management. Over his careers his awards span throughout innovation, GovTech, and Leadership. 2018 Innotech Austin IT Lifetime Achievement Award; 2017 GovTech Southwest Technology Innovation Leadership Award; 2016 Computerworld Premier 100 Technology Leader; IT Executive Leader with extensive cross-industry and global experience in technology, process, data, project, resource, change and relationship management In 1979 Leadership Austin was founded—by the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce (GACC)—with the mission of providing leadership training to those with a passion for Greater Austin. In 2002 they became a stand-alone 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, while sustaining close ties to the GACC. Today they continue to believe each of us can engage in collaborative, inclusive, and sustainable leadership for our community. One Voice Central Texas is a coalition of the leadership of over one hundred nonprofit health and human service organizations working to make sure that everyone can contribute to our community and thrive. They represent the integrated network of human services that connects everyone of all ages and circumstances to social resources, opportunities, and support so that each person can reach their highest potential. The organization the voice for those in the community who may have difficulty weathering the life storms that affect all of us.
29:58
November 27, 2019
EP 22: Caroline Page - Development Director at Friends of the Children Austin
In episode 22 of The Charity Charge Show, Stephen Garten chats with Caroline Page, Development Director at Friends of the Children Austin. Friends of the Children Austin's mission is to break the cycle of generational poverty. Our model is to achieve this goal through intentional relationship. Friends Austin provides professional, salaried, full-time mentors, called "Friends," to kindergarten children facing the highest risks. The organization stays with those children for 12.5 years - no matter what. Friends Austin launched in 2017 and is the first and only professional mentoring organization in Austin. Friends of the Children has been serving vulnerable youth and families nationally for more than 25 years. The Harvard Business School Association of Oregon showed that for every $1 invested in Friends of the Children, the community benefits over $7 in saved social costs. Helping one child saves the community $900,000!
44:14
November 20, 2019
EP 21: Terri Broussard Williams - Chief Inspiration Officer at Movement Maker Tribe
In episode 21 of The Charity Charge Show, Stephen Garten chats with Terri Broussard Williams, Chief Inspiration Officer at Movement Maker Tribe. Terri Broussard Williams is an award-winning lobbyist, philanthropist, social impact strategist and professional speaker who has spent the past 20 years helping leaders and organizations create systemic change to further their mission. Terri believes that leaders turn moments into movements and this is a philosophy she's lived her entire life. Recognized for her innovative approach and strategic insight, Broussard Williams’ public service began as the youngest board member to sit at the table of the Lafayette Chamber of Commerce and has since continued through her involvement in international philanthropic and humanitarian organizations. Named one of five most influential women in Central Texas by the Austin Business Journal.
24:26
November 13, 2019
EP 20: Kathryn Engelhardt Cronk - Founder & CEO at MissionBox
In episode 20 of The Charity Charge Show, Stephen Garten chats with Kathryn Engelhardt Cronk, Founder & CEO at MissionBox. Kathryn has over 25 years in the nonprofit service arena. First, as a direct service provider with adults suffering from mental illness and later as an executive director of nonprofits in the areas of substance abuse treatment, child abuse prevention and grief and loss support. She has also served as VP of Community Impact for United Way and developed the first 211 for Central Texas. After seeing a critical nonprofit need for service and impact reporting technology, Kathryn founded Community TechKnowledge (CTK). In that role as CEO and co-designer of CTK software and services, she worked to provide nonprofits with tools that build capacity, prove the impact of their efforts and support mission success. In 2015, CTK was sold to Vista Equity Partners, which merged CTK with Social Solutions Global. After CTK, Kathryn founded Mission Box. MissionBox recognizes that nonprofit work is critical to the well-being of us all, everywhere around the globe. MissionBox founders, staff, board members and advisers have deep and long experience in working in, and serving, nonprofits of all types and sizes, over the last 30 years.
29:54
November 6, 2019
EP 19: Jessica Reeves - Entrepreneur and former COO of Voto Latino
In episode 19 of The Charity Charge Show, Stephen Garten chats with Jessica Reeves, Entrepreneur and former COO of Voto Latino. Jessica is an experienced professional with a history of working in politics, marketing, and nonprofits. Skilled in Nonprofit Management, Digital Strategy, Media Relations, Fundraising, Spanish, and Partnerships, Jessica holds a strong focus on Latino Issues, Voting rights, Innovation, Government Relations and CSR. She also holds a B.A. from Boston College and an M.A. from Georgetown University. Voto Latino is a pioneering civic media organization that seeks to transform America by recognizing Latinos’ innate leadership. Through innovative digital campaigns, pop culture, and grassroots voices, the organization provide culturally relevant programs that engage, educate and empower Latinos to be agents of change. Their mission is to build a stronger and more inclusive democracy.
26:12
October 30, 2019
EP 18: Steve Wanta - Co-Founder and CEO - JUST
In episode 18 of The Charity Charge Show, Stephen Garten chats with Steve Wanta, Co-founder and CEO of JUST. JUST invest in female entrepreneurs with access to capital and coaching within a supportive community of peers. Their goal is to help their entrepreneurs build stronger businesses, build better money habits, and increase their social capital. Beyond the repayment of a loan, improved client outcomes will lead to their entrepreneurs increasing their savings. The goal is to instill the confidence around their own capacity to change and improve. This skill of learning and doing will result in more resilient communities. JUST's role continues to evolve to offer new, more, and better services for our community. These are positive steps forward toward a more just world where people can live with less stress and more joy. Steve is also the Co-founder of Impact Hub Austin and was tech Global Impact Director for nearly a decade at the Whole Planet Foundation(the nonprofit arm of Whole Foods). Topics covered: 1)How he got the inspiration to leave a global nonprofit at his role at Whole Planet Foundation and venture out to start his own nonprofit.  2)what is micro-credit and what has he learned in 15 years of doing micro-credit.  what works, what doesn't, and how to do it properly.
27:31
October 23, 2019
EP 17: Shannon Meyer - Executive Director - Response
In Episode 17 of the Charity Charge Show, Stephen Garten chats with Shannon Meyer, the Executive Director of Response. Response is an Aspen-based nonprofit agency that supports victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.  Their  mission is to work with communities to end domestic and sexual abuse and to support survivors in achieving safety and empowerment. Response’s services include a 24-hour crisis line, individual advocacy, emergency short-term shelter, help with safety planning and protection orders, referrals to other community organizations, and immigration assistance.  Prevention education programs are presented in area schools on subjects such as healthy relationships, teen dating violence, gender stereotypes, and sexual assault bystander intervention. Shannon has a strong background working in the conservation profession. volunteer management, environmental policy, public speaking, and environmental education. Shannon holds a M.S. in Environmental Policy fro the University of Montana.
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October 16, 2019
EP 16: Matt Stephenson - Co-founder of Code2College
In Episode 16 of the Charity Charge Show, Stephen Garten chats with Matt Stephenson, the Co-founder of Code2College. Central Texas is facing a crisis. Despite its regional reputation for innovation, the nearly 5,000 technology companies with offices in the Austin area and several world-class research institutions, there remains a shortage of skilled, local talent to fill a wide variety of technical roles. Companies continue to source technical talent from outside of Texas and abroad, and as the explosive (and consistent) growth of the area would indicate, the pace is far from slowing down. What’s worse, there is a huge population of students in Central Texas who remain underserved. Facing a talent surplus and opportunity deficit, many girls, students of color and low-income students lack two of the most critical factors to entering pathways into STEM careers: exposure and practical experience. Students who haven’t met a data scientist, don’t have an anesthesiologist in the family, nor heard of the investment banking industry, are unlikely to pursue these or other technical fields. And those who do will find themselves behind the curve once matched against their affluent and/or well-resourced counterparts. Herein lies an opportunity to develop a pipeline of diverse, local technical talent for the region. Code2College is a multi-year, career prep and college access program that leverages local volunteer technical talent to teach coding and web development skills to traditionally underrepresented students in order to push them to and through college, and into STEM careers.
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October 9, 2019
EP 15: Shayna Dunitz - 3 DAY Startup
In Episode 15 of the Charity Charge Show, Stephen Garten chats with Shayna Dunitz, the former Director of Operations at 3 Day Startup and the current Chief Operations Officer at Central Athlete.  3 Day Startup (“3DS”) teaches entrepreneurial skills to university students in an extreme hands-on environment. This proven program provides students the tools they need to start successful companies. Over 12,000 3DS alumni from 400+ programs across 6 continents–at over 150 schools including Harvard, MIT, WHU (Germany), Technion (Israel), and the University of Texas–have launched more than 90 companies that have collectively raised $130 million in investor capital.  Over 38 companies emerging from 3DS have been accepted to prestigious accelerators such as Y Combinator, TechStars, and Capital Factory. While early programs focused strictly on technology- and web-enabled startups, demand has led the team to expand the program to function across broader entrepreneurial endeavors. Schools have hosted 3DS programs focused on themes such as social innovation, energy, culinary, hardware, and more. Foregoing a grant-supported model, the founders developed an earned-revenues strategy—3DS charges universities, governments, and corporations to deliver programs—which allowed the organization to grow in a scalable and sustainable way while preserving mission autonomy. Running 3DS as a successful business operation keeps entrepreneurship in the organizational DNA and allows the organization to remain faithful to the philosophy of learning-by-doing.
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October 2, 2019
A Thank You From Stephen to the Charity Charge Community
Wanted to give a short thank you. 
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October 1, 2019
EP:14 Eugene Sepulveda - CEO of Entrepreneurs Foundation and Partner, Director, at Capital Factory
Eugene Sepulveda is the CEO of the Entrepreneurs Foundation, a director and partner in Capital Factory. He also serves as a senior advisor & the campaign treasurer for Austin Mayor Steve Adler. He previously served as the President and CEO of Marfa Public Radio and as co-chair of President Obama's LGBT Leadership Council. He currently serves on the national finance council for former HUD Secretary Julian Castro’s presidential campaign. Eugene has over 30 years experience from banking, high tech startups, and higher education. He taught in the MBA and undergraduate programs at the University of Texas' McCombs School of Business, served as CFO for an Austin-based semiconductor startup, and was Austin's first technology banker. He currently serves as vice chair of Austin’s Airport Advisory Commission, on the board of the Barton Springs Conservancy, on the executive committee for the McDonald Observatory’s Board of Visitors, on the advisory board of the Sustainable Food Center, as chairman emeritus of People Fund, and as chair of Jolt Texas’ leadership council. Eugene's rewards and recognitions include being recognized as the Best Austin Booster (Austin Chronicle), Best Professor (Alpha Kappa Psi), as a nominee for Outstanding Elective Professor (UT MBA), the Human Rights Campaign’s Lifetime Achievement Award, the HRC Bettie Naylor Visibility Award, 2014 honoree by the Mex Net Alliance, an Austin Under Forty award winner, the Austin Business Journal Heavy Hitter in Finance, and honored by the Austin City Council by the declaration of a Eugene Sepulveda Day in 1994 and Eugene Sepulveda and Steven Tomlinson Day in February 2015. Eugene is married to Dr. Steven Robert Tomlinson. They have 6 nieces and nephews and 13 godchildren. Eugene can be reached at: eugene@abporter.org 
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September 25, 2019
Testimonial Tuesdays - United Way of Blount County
This weeks Testimonial Tuesday comes from Alyssa Ikner, the Finance & Administration Manager at United Way of Blount County. “Our previous credit card was severely outdated. There were no rewards, rebates, points, or any other benefit. We were limited to one card and that card only had the organization’s name printed on it. Any time an employee needed to make a purchase, they would have to “check out” the card from a secured drawer. Sometimes merchants would question the authority of the employee signing for the purchase. This did not put us at ease. Also, if an employee was away at a conference, they would have the physical card and everyone back at the office would be without it. We also didn’t have online access to our account. We had to wait for the statement to come in the mail before we could reconcile all the transactions and pay the bill. I can’t tell you how much easier it is to have our new Charity Charge cards for each employee, with their name and organization name printed on them. The statement is available online and I can see right away who has made which purchases. We (United Way of Blount County) were looking to replace our old corporate credit card with a card that had the modern features we needed. We were struggling to meet our financial and internal control needs with only one physical card with a low limit. After researching several credit cards offered by our community banks, we still felt like there was something missing. We weren’t ready to commit to anything yet. Then, we learned about the Charity Charge Nonprofit Business Card, and it just made sense. We are always looking at ways to supplement our revenue and decrease expenses. After seeing the passion behind the founder of Charity Charge and seeing its mission align with ours, we knew we wanted to be a part of this on the ground level.” -Alyssa Ikner, Finance & Administration Manager at United Way of Blount County
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September 24, 2019
EP 13: Kate Williams - CEO of One Percent for the Planet
In Episode 13 of the Charity Charge Show, Stephen Garten chats with Kate Williams, the CEO of One Percent for the Planet. 1% for the Planet is a global organization that connects dollars and doers to address the most pressing issues facing our planet. They are a network of 1,200 member companies and thousands of approved nonprofit partners located in more than 40 countries. Started in 2002 by Yvon Chouinard, founder of Patagonia, and Craig Mathews, former owner of Blue Ribbon Flies, members have given more than $150 million to environmental nonprofits to date. Learn more at onepercentfortheplanet.org. Kate can be reached at: kate@onepercentfortheplanet.org
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September 18, 2019
Testimonial Tuesdays - Villa Montessori School
This weeks Testimonial Tuesday comes from Jill Zimmerman, the Chief Financial Officer at Villa Montessori School. I wanted to drop you a quick note to say thank you so much for being able to set a new credit line with Charity Charge that will help our school meet our purchasing needs! For years, we have had credit cards through a large, national bank, that also acts as our school bond trustee.  This bank wouldn’t give us a limit higher than $35,000, because we didn’t maintain a depository relationship with them. This made larger purchases during the summer months very difficult, as we had to pay the balance down weekly to free up availability. Our depository relationship is with another bank, and while that bank offered us a higher limit, their cards were continuously hacked online and we were regularly cancelling and replacing cards due to poor fraud controls built into those credit cards. In no time at all, Charity Charge was able to get us a credit line of $100,000, based on the strength of our financials and our operations. We are very grateful for your help in getting us a credit line and resulting credit cards that will actually meet our operational needs on a regular basis. Thank you so much! We are looking forward to working with you going forward! - Jill Zimmerman, Chief Financial Officer at Villa Montessori School
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September 17, 2019
EP 12: Tim Scott - UT Professor Stan Richards School of Advertising and Public Relations
In Episode 12 of the Charity Charge Show, Stephen Garten chats with EP 12: Tim Scott – the founder of Mitscoots and UT Professor Stan Richards School of Advertising and Public Relations Tim is the founder of Mitscoots Outfitters, a social enterprise on a mission to outfit and employ individuals transitioning out of homelessness. Leveraging some past military and ad world experience, he has guided the team in growing Mitscoots into a national brand that has ultimately helped to lift individuals off the streets and out of homelessness. Through strategy, community building and grit, they've bootstrapped a great social enterprise into 200+ retail partnerships with a significant e-commerce presence. Pivoting off that experience and at the insistence of colleagues, Tim founded Benefit Branding, a full service ad agency focused on social impact branding. With a unique technique for strategy, target audience insights, and long term planning, the team helps clients build customer relationships by telling their story in the best way possible, everywhere possible. Tim also teaches branding and strategy as a faculty lecturer at the University of Texas at Austin in the Stan Richards School of Advertising and Public Relations. Tim can be reached at: timscott@utexas.edu
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September 11, 2019
Testimonial Tuesdays - Association of Latino Professionals for America
This is a brand new segment we will be doing each and every Tuesday. Our founder, Stephen Garten will be reading testimonials from nonprofits who have shared their excitement and thoughts about working with Charity Charge. Hope you enjoy. :) "Thank you and to your team for working really hard to get ALPFA a CC with a nice line of credit that we can use without having to pay the credit card in advance of each payment based on our needs.  ALPFA has gone through 4 years of insolvency and it has been really, really difficult to get any bank to give us any form of credit, including major banks.  However, our financials and our cash situation are in much better shape now with $5.5M in sales yearly (past 4 years) and only about $250K of debt compared to $5M same time 4 years ago.  You saw this for yourselves and helped us!  The impact we want to do for our Latino community on furthering their education and obtaining their first career jobs cannot be done alone and very happy to see Charity Card as a partner on this endeavor!" - Selene Benavides, CFO at ALPFA
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September 10, 2019
EP 11: Scott McAninch, Executive Director, The Nonprofit Council
In Episode 11 of the Charity Charge Show, Stephen Garten chats with Scott McAninch, the Executive Director of The Nonprofit Council. The Nonprofit Council is a membership organization comprised of the Executive Directors, Presidents and CEO's of 501(c)3 organizations along with nonprofit professionals and for-profit businesses in South Central Texas. Our mission is to SUPPORT, CONNECT and STRENGTHEN the leadership of nonprofit organizations. We strive to accomplish that mission through advocacy, training, resource sharing and the strength and extensive knowledge of our combined membership. Scott began his marketing/promotion career with the launch of independent television station KABB in 1985. After 20 years of successful broadcasting marketing and promotion work, Scott made a move to the nonprofit sector consulting for The San Antonio Nonprofit Council.  He was hired as the Executive Director in 2007. In 2015, The San Antonio Nonprofit Council became The Nonprofit Council and opened their membership to all 501c3 organizations in an effort to expand their service and membership in South Central Texas. Scott can be reached at: scottm@tncouncil.org 
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September 4, 2019
EP 10: Kathy Terry - CEO and Founder of InLieu
In Episode 10 of the Charity Charge Show, Stephen Garten chats with Kathy Terry, CEO and Founder, InLieu.  inLieu allows users to make donations in lieu of purchasing material gifts and at the same time makes donating fast, easy and social! (So unique we have a patent pending). inLieu provides a live social feed of every transaction that can be liked and shared with friends. It’s never been easier to support your friends by supporting their cause. How does In Lieu work? For individuals:  You want to support your friends and the causes they love, but it’s not easy. For one, you have to find the website for the charity, fill out a long profile and hope that your friend gets notified of your donation. And if they do receive a notice it could be months after you made your donation. For nonprofits:  You want to make donating easier for your donors whether it’s at an event, supporting individual fundraising efforts or giving your supporters an easy platform to just make donations. inLieu does this and more. What if you could send a message and tell all your supporters in lieu of that second cup… Kathy is also the Co-founder of P. Terry's Burger Stand and Taco Ranch in Austin, TX. Kathy can be reached at kathy@inlieu.com
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August 28, 2019
EO9: Katie Russell - SAFE Alliance
In Episode 9 of the Charity Charge Show, Stephen Garten chats with Katie Russell, the Demand Generation Manager at SAFE Alliance. The SAFE Alliance (SAFE) is a merger of Austin Children’s Shelter and SafePlace, and is dedicated to ending violence and abuse for everyone. SAFE is a merger of Austin Children’s Shelter and SafePlace, and is dedicated to ending violence and abuse for everyone in our community. The organization's stand against child abuse and neglect, sexual assault and exploitation, and domestic violence. SAFE delivers comprehensive services to address the broad spectrum of needs for these survivors and works diligently to create awareness and capacity for prevention through innovative, collaboration, and highly-effective programs for at-risk demographics. SAFE is committed to changing lives (by effecting outcomes for survivors), systems (by making them more responsive), and communities (by generating healthier, more respectful environments). SAFE | Stop Abuse For Everyone. Contact Katie: krussell@safeaustin.org
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August 14, 2019
E08: Jye Turk - Founder & Executive Director of SolvED
In Episode 8 of the Charity Charge Show, Stephen Garten chats with Jye Turk, the Founder & Executive Director of SolvED. SolvED serves individuals and communities that experience a disconnect in life, particularly historically underserved populations facing challenges involving education, access, and community. Their unique solution to these challenges is a comprehensive tutoring approach that addresses social, communication, and behavioral needs of individuals. Not only does the tutoring approach set students up on a positive life trajectory, but also taps into the brilliance of the Greater Austin community, employing tutors who have lived experiences similar to the students they serve. The organization believes that addressing the needs of the multiple generations within communities is key to building equitable outcomes and developing generational wealth. You can reach out to Jye via his email here: jye@solvedtutoring.org
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August 7, 2019
EO7: Zane Wilemon - Founder of Ubuntu Life
In Episode 7 of the Charity Charge Show, Stephen Garten chats with Zane Wilemon, the Founder of Ubuntu Life. Ubuntu Life grew out of a friendship between Jeremiah Kuria and Zane Wilemon, pastors from Kenya and Texas. Meeting weekly over lunch in Maai Mahiu, a transit hub an hour outside Nairobi, they talked about faith, growth, and empowerment. Together they created a center for children with disabilities, providing life-changing therapy and medical care for kids who suffer from physical challenges and social stigma. Over 15 years at the head of Ubuntu Life, Zane has helped the organization grow from a charity with 3 employees to a blended nonprofit business employing over 80 individuals in Kenya and the United States, with sustained revenues over $1.5 million annually. Zane is a frequent inspirational speaker, recipient of the Charles J. Cook Award in Servant Leadership from the Seminary of the Southwest.
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July 30, 2019
E06: Don Wettrick - Founder of StartEdUp
In Episode 6 of the Charity Charge Show, the founder of Charity Charge chats with Don Wettrick, the Founder of StartEdUp and the STARTedUP Foundation. StartEdUp is a global network of the most renowned innovators, educators and entrepreneurs. They define and employ the tactics of real innovation and leave the buzzwords in the dust. Their nonprofit wing, The STARTedUP Foundation, empowers student entrepreneurs and innovators with collaborative, immersive experiences, accelerator programs, and the first seed fund for students 14-18. Our goal is to prepare students to be enterprising contributors in this changing world.
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July 24, 2019
E05: Page Whalen - We Are No Alamo
In Episode 05 of the Charity Charge Show, the founder of Charity Charge chats with Page Whalen, Founder of We Are No Alamo Today, people living with serious mental health concerns still experience social stigmas and negative misconceptions. But the fact is, people can expect a better quality of life than ever before. Medications have improved, new evidence-based therapies have developed, and organizations like We Are No Alamo (WANA) are building initiatives to bring renewed awareness surrounding mental health.  WANA promotes the engagement of open and honest conversations about mental health. A growing amount of research shows that offering positive support to those suffering with MI, compared to promoting lifestyle and behavioral changes, helps those struggling live healthier and more productive lives. WANA seeks to build a community of acceptance and connection. To help shape this future, WANA started a podcast! The podcast provides a “stigma free zone” for people to open up about their mental health struggles and share their stories, while also providing mental health information and resources.    WANA is dedicated to improving the lives of people affected by mental illness. We strive to shape a future where all people affected by MI can experience hope, recovery and wellness in a world free of stigma.
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July 16, 2019
E04: Dan Leal - Executive Director of Seedling
Across Central Texas, children live with the shame and stigma that often comes with being challenged by parental incarceration. When a child loses a parent to incarceration, they lose possibly the most significant person in their life. As a result they face significant risk factors that can make it difficult to succeed in school. Seedling believes in the promise of every child: the promise of an education, the promise of a future, and the promise of all they can contribute to society.bThe Seedling mission is to support children challenged by parental incarceration with innovative, research driven, school-based mentoring.
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June 19, 2019
E03: Morgan Hurley - Texas Stars Foundation
In Episode 03 of the Charity Charge Show, the founder of Charity Charge chats with Morgan Hurley, Director of the Texas Stars Foundation. The Texas Stars Foundation is a charitable organization dedicated to enhancing the community through various forms of support including financial contributions, gifts in kind and volunteerism. Formed in the summer of 2010, the Texas Stars Foundation is the official charity of the Texas Stars Hockey Club. The Foundation strives to utilize the talents and resources of the Texas Stars players, families, staff and ownership to enrich the greater central Texas area and military children throughout the United States. The Texas Stars Foundation has three pillars of focus for their giving, programs and partnerships: youth engagement, honoring military families, and assisting those in need. The Texas Stars Foundation supports local charities and organizations by distributing more than $100,000 in cash gifts and grants during the 2018-2019 season. Texas Stars players, staff, and mascot Ringo, make numerous community appearances at hospitals, local nonprofits, schools and central Texas businesses. Thanks to the generous support of fans, players, players families and staff, the Texas Stars Foundation has distributed over $900,000 during the 2010-19 seasons in cash donations and gifts in-kind to more than 700 different local nonprofits.
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May 20, 2019
E02: Bob Pearson - Medic Alert Foundation
In Episode 02 of the Charity Charge Show, the founder of Charity Charge chats with Bob Pearson, the CEO of the Medic Alert Foundation. For more than 55 years, the foundation has worked with leading emergency and healthcare professionals to develop state-of-the-art medical information standards and married these with unequaled information security and technology to deliver the most dependable, the most responsive, the most intelligent, the most trusted emergency identification and medical information network. Their industry-leading medical information collection and guaranteed information delivery ensures that emergency responders and hospital staff get your up-to-date medical information when they need it, to make informed decisions about your treatment and care.
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May 20, 2019
E01: Cami Hawkins - Marathon Kids
In Episode 01 of the Charity Charge Show, the founder of Charity Charge chats with Cami Hawkins, the CEO of Marathon Kids. Marathon Kids works for any kid, at any fitness level. Kids set their goals and track their progress on a journey to complete four marathons, or 104.8 miles, over the course of the running club season. They run, or walk, one lap at a time, one day at a time, and before they know it they’ve gone farther than they ever dreamed. They learn how to fuel their bodies so they can run faster, better, longer. And for a little extra motivation, they earn fun Nike rewards at milestones along the way. They have a network of dedicated adults showing them how it’s done, and most importantly, a motivated and inspiring coach supporting them every step of the way. Research shows that when kids participate in Marathon Kids, they have a much better chance of getting enough daily physical activity. That’s good news for their bodies, and their minds. When they feel healthy, they perform better in school and exhibit better behavior. The organizations methods have been tested and verified by the scientific community. Research shows that our running clubs effectively jump-start healthy, long-lasting change. Participant rewards are the best around – kids love them and feel even more motivated to reach their goals. But more than anything, Marathon Kids love running because it’s fun. Running means speed and freedom, healthy competition and accomplishment. The program teaches kids the joy in running a distance (104.8 miles) that plenty of people think is impossible.
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May 20, 2019