Our mission is to connect people with nonprofit organizations to inspire kindness. By featuring the founders and directors of the organizations on our podcast, our listeners can learn more about the nonprofits.
In today's episode we interview Harold Becker, the founder of The Love Foundation. Their mission is to inspire people to love unconditionally. Why start a nonprofit about love? It's because love is something that is understood by anyone in the world, no matter their upbringing, their culture background or even the language they speak.
Harold shares with us the inspiration for starting the love foundation, and how an idea that popped into his head at 2am turned into something that is now recognized around the world. He shares his insight on running his nonprofit over the past 20 plus years and how The Love Foundation has been able to stay true to their mission and vision focus.
In this episode we interview Kyle Gregory, the co-founder of Give Back Nation. They are a one-stop hub for helping nonprofits streamline, elevate and expand their initiatives to create bigger waves of impact in communities across the country.
Kyle shares the story of Give Back Nation, and how his father’s desire to “give back” paved the way for the impact that they are having today. He goes into detail on the different areas where he sees that businesses & nonprofits struggle, and how connecting with the right partners can help take organizations to the next level. If your nonprofit organization is struggling with marketing, fundraising, and /or growing, then you will find a lot of value from this episode.
In this episode we interview Jon Weed & Laura Formentini, the co-founders of Rifugio Isola Del Sole which means Refuge Island of the Sun. Their mission is to help animal rights, welfare and education in Sicily Italy by creating their own animal sanctuary.
Jon and Laura open up about how even prior to them meeting each other, they both shared the vision of opening an animal sanctuary. We discuss their trials and tribulations of starting and growing their nonprofit in a foregin country. Jon and Laura have a beautiful vision of what they want their Animal Sanctuary to be and their shared passion for helping will ensure that their organization thrives in Sicily.
In this episode we interview Alison Silbermon, the CEO of Stupid Cancer. They empower adolescents and young adults affected by cancer by connecting them to age-appropriate resources and peers who get it.
We learn about how Allison got involved with the organization, as well as the programs that Stupid Cancer offers the adolescents and young adult community, also known as the AYA community. Alison opens up about how her own brother's bout with Cancer fuels her passion to help AYAs who are going through the same thing. Alison has dedicated her life to helping others and we really enjoyed our conversation today.
In today’s episode we interview Kimber MacGibbon, the Founder and Executive Director of HER Foundation. The HER Foundation empowers those managing Hyperemesis Gravidarum (also known as HG) with information and support to minimize suffering, long term health complications and pregnancy loss.
In today’s episode we interview Lexi Kaili and Shane Grimes with Fish for Garbage. Their organization brings volunteers, partners and water resource users together to physically remove trash and generate awareness for garbage in our rivers.
In today’s episode we interview Rania Mankarious, the CEO of Crime Stoppers of Houston. Their mission is to prevent serious crimes in the greater Houston area in partnerships with citizens, media, and the criminal justice system.
In this episode we interview Shreyaa & Esha Venkat the founders of Nest4US. Their mission is to provide volunteer and leadership opportunities within their community. Their goal is to empower the next generation of compassionate youth by integrating kindness, generosity, and social good into their routine.
Shreyaa & Esha completely blew our minds with the impact that they are making at such a young age. We talk about what inspired them to start a non-profit and how they’ve been able to scale to where they are today. We also learn about some of their challenges and success through their journey so far. Shreyaa & Esha have a passion for helping people and really enjoyed our conversation.
In this episode we interview Dr. Jordan Kassalow, the founder of VisionSpring. Their mission is to ensure that everyone in the developing world has access to eyeglasses. They provide affordable eyeglasses, vision screening and training so that non-profits, social entrepreneurs, government agencies, and corporate clients can bring the wonder of clear vision to their communities.
We learn about Jordan’s journey and what led him to start VisionSpring. He details VisionSprings initiatives, and explains how they are changing people's lives by the millions. He opens up about what gave him the inspiration to write his book “Dare to Matter”, which was published in 2019. Jordan is a brilliant social entrepreneur and we really enjoyed our conversation with him.
In this episode we interview Bejal Shah, the Communications Chair at Little Essentials. Their mission is to offer at-risk families living in poverty, urgently needed children’s supplies and parenting education to promote the health, well being and safety of their children under five years of age.
Today, 30% of children in New York City live in poverty and Bejal shares with us the programs that Little Essentials offers to help these families in need. We discuss the inspiration to start the organization and learn about the long-term goals and vision of Little Essentials. It was a pleasure interviewing Bejal and learning more about the impact that Little Essentials is having in New York City.
In this episode we interview Greg Han, the Director of Relations with Interfaith Ministries. Their mission is to bring people of diverse faith traditions together for dialogue, collaboration, and service, as a demonstration of their shared beliefs.
Greg shares with us the 50+ year history of Interfaith Ministries and the programs that they are positively impacting the Houston community. Houston Texas is one of the most culturally diverse cities in the United States. Interfaith ministries are bringing people together to understand each others cultures and faith, working together to spread kindness.
In this episode we interview Yolande Charles, the Founder and Executive Director of Afro Colombian Centre. There mission is to improve the lives of individuals and the Afro-Colombian community as a whole, with a focus on education, employment, health, recreation, culture and social justice.
Yolande shares how a trip to Cartagena Columbia sparked her mission to give back to the Afro-Colombian community. Although Yolande is a resident of Canada, she travels back and forth to Colombia to operate her organization. We discuss the multi-generational programs that they offer and how it is her goal to have the organization ran locally by the residents of Cartagena.
In this episode we interview Erin Farrell, the Executive Director of Struggles to Strengths. Their mission is to serve vulnerable and exposed families recovering from long term and reoccurring trauma. Most all of their families have experienced homelessness and are in shelter programs.
We learn about all of the programs that Struggles to Strength offers, one being a very unique photography program for youth. Erin shares what inspired her to start the organization as well as her vision for the future. Erin works one on one with every single person who is involved with the programs, and she is making a huge impact in their lives.
In this episode we interview Teysha Wheeler-LeManski, the CEO of Cloth Connection Outreach. Their mission is to provide reusable feminine products to woman in need.
We learn about what inspired Teysha to start Cloth Connection Outreach, as well as her burning desire to help people. Teysha shares how people in poverty often resort to using unsafe period protection because they cant afford the monthly cost of products. Cloth Connection Outreach is trying to help those in need here in the US.
In this episode we interview Phi Pham, the Founder and Executive Director of Building Beats. Their mission is to provide DJ and music programs that teach entrepreneurship, leadership, and life skills to under served youth.
Phi shares with us how his love for music inspired him to start Building Beats. We discuss the programs offered in the New York City schools. He opens up about how one of their students started with building beats in the 7th grade, to now being accepted into the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music at NYU. Building Beats is such a cool and innovative non profit and it was an honor learning more about Building Beats.
In this episode we interview Troy Reinhart, the Senior Vice President of Smile Train.Their mission is to provide training, funding, and resources to empower local medical professionals in 90+ countries to provide 100%-free cleft repair surgery. Their model is based on true sustainability and Smile Train is raising the standard of cleft care and safety.
Troy shares with us the founding story of Smile Train, as well as opens up about his remarkable 18 year journey with the organization. We discuss the impact that Smile Train is having world wide and the process for helping a children with cleft lip & or pallet. It was a real pleasure talking with Tory and learning more about Smile Train.
In this episode we interview Lauren Courville the President of Dress for Success Houston. Their mission is to empower women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and development tools to help women thrive in work and life.
Lauren shares with us about the growth of Dress for Success Houston over the past 21 years and how they have been positively impacting woman in the community. Dress for Success is not just providing woman with a suit for their job interview, but also creating a support network as these woman continue in the career. Lauren has a passion for help woman and you can hear it in our interview.
In this episode we interview Kristina Dulaney, who is the founder of Cherished Mom, which is a non-profit that promotes awareness and education for perinatal mood disorders. Cherished Mom focuses on the importance of self-care to new moms, families, healthcare professionals and the community by providing free self-care boxes to new moms after they view a series of educational videos surrounding perinatal mood and anxiety disorders.
Kristina shares with us how her own battle with postpartum psychosis made her realize the need for education on perinatal mood disorders. She details what steps to take if you or one of your family members are battling perinatal mood disorder. It was a pleasure interviewing Kristina and learning more about her organization.
In today's episode we interview Leah Caffarelli & Dan Breidenstein of Living Lands and Waters. Over the past 20 years their organization has removed over 10 million pounds of garbage from American rivers and waterways. They not only clean up trash and debris along the rivers, but they also educate the communities that they visit on how to reduce trash getting into the rivers.
Leah and Dan share how the organization was founded, as well as how they got involved with Living Lands and Waters. They both live on the boats for 9 months a year and clean our rivers on a daily basis. We learn the process involved from cleaning the rivers to disposing and recycling the trash. Leah and Dan are protecting our environment and it was a pleasure interviewing them and learning more about the organization.
In this episode we interview Ryan Hreljac, who is the founder of the Ryan's Well Foundation. Their foundation is bringing clean water to almost a million people across the world. Their focus is building wells and improving sanitation in rural communities that may not otherwise have access to clean water.
Ryan shares with us how a 1st grade fundraiser ended up turning into a passion project that he has dedicated his life to. Ryan talks in-depth about the process of funding a well and the actions needed to sustain the well in the communities. Ryan is a very humble guy with a huge heart. It was a pleasure interviewing him and learning more about his 21 year journey of helping others.
Imagine losing your home in a blink of an eye to a natural disaster. Unfortunately every year in the US many Americans know what this feels like. In today's episode we interview Kelsey Pett who is the Volunteer Manager for SBP in Houston, TX. SBP is a disaster resilience and recovery non profit.
Kelsey shares with us the background of SBP and how she was drawn to the organization by wanting to help in her hometown. Kelsey and her team are helping to rebuild Houston, TX from hurricane Harvey. We are 2 years removed from the storm and they estimate that Houston will not be fully rebuilt for another 8 or more years. Connect Kindness volunteered with SBP in June 2019 to help rebuild homes that were affected by hurricane Harvey.
In this episode we interview Mike Charbonnet of Beyond the Teams. Mike is a retired Navy Seal and he started Beyond the Teams along with 4 of his Navy Seal team members. Mike and his team raise money and awareness for nonprofits in need.
Mike opens up about how a tragic accident involving his son, who is also a Navy Seal, drew him to want to help others in need. Mike and his team are organizing a 1000 mile bike ride to raise money for a rehabilitation clinic that is run by his son and daughter-in-law. Mike is an amazing human being and a true American. Although Beyond the Teams is just getting started, the future impact that they will have is so exciting.
In this episode we interview Kate Church, who is the founder of African Wildlife Vets. With inspiration from her mother, Kate founded the organization because she saw a desperate need for conservation of endangered species in protected areas of South Africa. African Wildlife Vets provide enhanced veterinary support to wildlife and partner with other non profits in the area that need their assistance.
Kate shares with us how she went from being a school teacher one day, to being the founder of a nonprofit the next day. Kate talks about the animals that they help and the importance of conservation. Kate shares an incredible story about how they helped relocate lions by air, which you don't want to miss.
In this episode we interview Laura Wood, the executive director of Kids in a New Groove. They are the only nonprofit in the US focused on providing music mentorships to kids in foster care. Kids in a New Groove are celebrating their 10th anniversary and we learn all about the amazing things they are doing to serve the foster care community of Austin, TX.
Laura shares with us in detail on how Kids in a New Groove was founded, as well as how they operate in finding their students and mentors. Laura talks about how she was drawn to the organization 6 years ago and with the help of her team and community, has been able to exponentially grow the program. She also shares with us a story about one of their students and how the program is re-shaping his future. This is such a unique organization to get involved with, and we really enjoyed our conversation with Laura.
In this episode we interview Derrick Stinson of Kickstart Kids. Derrick is a Regional Director with Kickstart Kids and has been with the organization for 26 years... 7 years as a student and 19 as an employee. Kickstart Kids was founded in 1990 by martial artist, actor, and philanthropist Chuck Norris. The organization created a character development program that uses karate to teach life-changing values to middle school and high school students.
Derrick shares with us how the organization teaches so much more than karate, instilling their value curriculum in all of their students. Derrick opens up about how Kickstart kids has shaped his life and has made him the leader and man he is today. Kickstart kids is currently operating in Texas and it is their goal to grow into other states and have even more of an impact.
In this episode we interview Regina Anderson, the Executive Director of Food Recovery Network. Have you ever been to an event or a restaurant that had plenty of food left over at the end of the night, and wondered "what happens to all of this food"? Food Recovery Network is answering that question.
In this interview Regina shares her passion for Food Recovery Network and we learn about how the idea for the organization came to be. How Food Recovery Network went from starting at the University of Maryland in 2011 to now having over 190 chapters in 44 states. Regina details the process in which they recover and distribute the food, making a huge impact in the surrounding communities.
In today's episode we interview Brianna Fowler of Save a Child's Heart. The name of the organization is pretty self explanatory, but they have saved over 5000 children with heart conditions at no cost to the child or their family.
Brianna shares with us how and why the organization was founded. We learn about the unique process for helping children in need. Brianna opens up about how she got involved with the organization and shares a personal story that is near and dear to her heart. Save a Child's Heart is mending hearts regardless of religion, gender or nationality.
In this episode we interview Genevieve Frederick of Pets of the Homeless. Pets of the Homeless is the only national animal organization completely focused on feeding and providing emergency veterinary care for pets of the homeless. Genevive shares with us how her passion for animals and helping people were the driving factors for her starting the organization. She goes into detail on how pets of the homeless operates, as well as ways that listeners can get involved and make a deference in their community. Genevieve has a passion for what she does and you can clearly hear that in this interview.
In this episode we interview Justin Wren aka "The Big Pygmy", who is the founder of Fight for the Forgotten. Their mission is to empower those who don’t have a voice. From the forgotten people around the world affected by the water crisis, to kids bullied in our own neighborhoods and schools, Fight for the Forgotten wants to be their voice.
In this interview Justin opens up about how being bullied as a child has shaped the man he is today. He also shares how he went from being bullied and overcoming depression, to becoming a world renowned mixed martial artist and founder of his nonprofit, fight for the forgotten.
In this episode we interview Aviram Rozin of Sadhana Forest. Aviram shares why he started Sadahana Forest and how it was originally meant to be a home for him and his family, but grew into a movement. We learn about how Sadhana Forest grew from a single volunteer into 3 locations in three different countries. Sadhana Forest is not only an environmental restoration organization, but Aviram has created an organization centered around helping people be the best version of themselves through veganism and selflessness.
In this episode we interview Kris Stubbs of Hair without Borders. Their mission is to create opportunities for hairdressers to get involved within their communities as well as communities around the world through education and service.
In this episode we interview Lisa Wolling, who is the Executive Director of Friends of Texas Wildlife. Lisa and the entire organization focuses on rehabilitating abandoned animals in the Texas community. Friends of Texas Wildlife is celebrating 25 years of saving animals & we get to hear all about it in this amazing podcast.
In this episode we interview Sam Adams of Second Effort Foundation. Sam is passionate about helping children in need, so she started the foundation to collect and donate soccer equipment to children around the world so that they can safely play the beautiful game that she loves.
In this episode we interview Jet Appling of No Shave November and learn about why the No Shave November challenge was established and the great organizations that No Shave November works with to support cancer prevention, research and education.
In this episode we interview C.J. Stanfill of Pencils of Promise, which is a non-profit organization that builds schools and increases educational opportunities in the developing world. Pencils of Promise have helped build over 400 schools, helping to strengthen the communities future.
In this episode the tables are turned and Krystal and Tim, the founders of Connect Kindness, are interviewed. Jesse Aguirre is our guest host and he covers questions like how Connect Kindness finds organizations and what the future holds for the Connect Kindness.
In this episode we interview Andee Schussler of Kokua TRY-sport Canada. Kokua TRY-sport are helping underprivileged kids learn about sports through their free camps, which are coached by Olympic athletes.
In this episode Krystal and Tim interview Aaron Simmons of YES Pred Houston. YES Prep have 18 campuses throughout Houston and are helping underprivileged kids achieve college acceptance and personal growth.
In episode 2, Krystal and Tim interview Jen Torres of the Arthritis Foundation and learn about all of the amazing things that The Arthritis Foundation are doing for adults and children who are living with arthritis.