By Heidi Johnson
Charity MattersSep 15, 2022
Episode 63: Girls For A Change
A few months ago when I was in DC, a friend introduced me to a terrific philanthropist. He in turn introduced me to today's guest, Angela Patton. Friends connecting friends is simply THE best! Angela Patton is a remarkable human who wanted to help her community, more specifically the girls in her community. What began as giving two weeks of her vacation to start a camp for girls is now twenty years later a movement with her nonprofit Girls for A Change.
Join us today, for a motivational and inspiring conversation about passion, resilience and what happens when we lift others up. Angela is sunshine in a bottle and making the world better one girl at a time. This is the perfect episode for a summer day and the best way for us to wrap up Season Five of our podcast, so enjoy!
Episode 62: Mitchell Thorp Foundation
It is always challenging talking to parents who have lost a child. Beth and her family have taken their loss and turned it into incredible support for families whose children suffer from life threatening illness with their organization the Mitchell Thorp Foundation. Join us today for an uplifting, inspirational conversation of love, family, faith and purpose.
Episode 61: Dignity Defense Institute
Today's guest, Nicole Smith is the founder of the Dignity Defense Institute, a nonprofit that is setting out to educate humanity on human value. Their mission is to become an amplifying force for the defense of human dignity. Join as Nicole shares her story about working on the PR side of human crisis and how that work and the birth of her daughter inspired her to use her voice to help create change.
Episode 60: City of Hope
Join Dana and June Penrod from City of Hope to learn how one person can make a difference for so many living with cancer. Dana's humor and insight will inspire you and make you think about how you live. She is a true example of the quote above and what really matters.
Episode 59: Project Libertad
While immigration has been a hot political topic these days, regardless of your stance, there are still people coming to our country who need help. That is where today's guest, Rachel Rutter comes in. Rachel is the founder of Project Libertad, an organization that helps immigrant youth in a multitude of ways. Join us for an inspirational conversation about some of the challenges these children are facing and how she and Project Libertad and making a difference.
Episode 58: 410 Bridge
Kurt Kandler's story is one of resilience, passion, and dedication to improving the lives of those less fortunate. His organization, 410 Bridge, has faced numerous challenges in its mission to provide aid and support to communities in Africa. But despite these obstacles, Kurt's unwavering commitment to the cause has led to tangible changes and a glimmer of hope in the lives of those who have been forgotten by society.
Episode 57: Mission Launch
Did you know one in three Americans have an arrest or conviction record? That means almost 80 million Americans today have an arrest or conviction rate. Today's guest is no stranger to these numbers; she is actually part of that statistic. Join us to learn the incredible story of one woman's journey from prison to nonprofit founder. Teresa Hodge is an absolute inspiration. Learn about Teresa's life's tireless work to help those who have been incarcerated rebuild their lives with her organization Mission Launch.
Episode 56: Start Lighthouse
There is a reason and a story behind today's guest, Rina Madhani's mission to inspire literacy in thousands of underserved children. Join us for an incredible conversation and see why Rina was a L'Oreal Women of Worth. She is a bright light!
Episode 55: Grass Roots Grocery
If you have been to the grocery store recently you know how insane food prices are these days. When eggs are $8.99 something isn't right! When one New York school teacher realized that his students were going without food he decided to step up in a very big way. It turns out that 1 in 4 New Yorkers who are experiencing a food emergency can even access a food pantry.
Join us today to hear the inspirational conversation of one man's journey from the classroom to major food distribution to serve thousands of meals to his neighborhood. Dan Zauderer is an inspiration for us all in his mission to get all of us to be neighbors helping neighbors with his nonprofit @grassrootsgroceryny
Episode 54: One Block UWS
Have you ever walked by litter or a pile of trash on a city sidewalk? Most of us have and keep walking, thinking it may smell or what a mess. How many of us would stop and try to figure out how to clean up their neighborhood? I haven't but today's guest Ann Cutbill Lenane did just that. She not only saw a growing problem but she rolled up her sleeves to do something about it. She is a very successful residential realtor in the Upper West Side of New York City and is the founder of One Block UWS. Join us today for an inspirational conversation about one woman's journey to clean up her neighborhood, employee people in need of jobs and revive a community One Block at a time.
Episode 53: Hearts of Gold
Since this week is all about love and Valentines, it seems only fitting that today our guest is all about love. Her name is Deborah Koenigsberger and she is the founder of the nonprofit Hearts of Gold. When you hear her remarkable story about the impact one person can make, it will make you think differently. So join us for a remarkable conversation about love and action. Think of this as a belated Valentines Day gift to yourself!
Episode 52: CURE Epilepsy
Today's guest is a perfect example of one woman with a huge goal. Susan Axelrod is the founder of Cure Epilepsy. She will inspire you with the remarkable story of her journey to find a cure for epilepsy to help her daughter. It is a story you don't want to miss and the perfect way to start your year and ours. Susan set out to achieve a goal 25 years ago. Each year Susan and her community paved the way and ultimately raising ninety million dollars towards epilepsy research.
Episode 51: Free Wheelchair Mission
Did you know that there are 75 million people on this planet in need of a wheelchair? Can you imagine being dialed and not having access to get around? That is only one of the amazing facts I learned from today's guest, Don Schoendorfer. Don is the founder of Free Wheelchair Mission. His story is incredible, as is his work in providing over one million wheelchairs to people in need.
Join us today to learn how a MIT Bioengineer changed his life and millions of others. You won't want to miss this amazing conversation. Don Schoendorfer is a truly special human who is an inspiration for all with his journey of service.
Episode 50: Mindful Littles
As parents we all want our children to be kind, empathetic and good humans. If you are reading this you are definitely someone with those goals. Recently, when a mutual friend introduced me to today's guest, Tanuka Gordon I was intrigued by the name of her nonprofit, Mindful Littles. The conversation with Tanuka was even more intriguing.
Episode 49: Free to Thrive
Join us today for an inspirational conversation with Jamie Beck, the Founder of the nonprofit Free to Thrive. Jamie shares with us an insight into human tracking and remarkable work she and her team are doing to help so many.
Episode 48: The Jimmy Miller Memorial Foundation
Join us today for an inspirational story about the power of one family's love and the incredible legacy Jimmy Miller has left on thousands with the Jimmy Miller Memorial Foundation. An organization that uses adaptive surfing, to help children with disabilities, veterans, health care workers and so many more heal through their amazing work and the power of the ocean.
Episode 47: Drink Local Drink Tap
One of the questions I always love asking our guests is, "Did you grow up helping others?" It is always fascinating to see where and when the seed of compassion took root in all the incredible people who do nonprofit work. Today's guest, Erin Huber has an incredible life experience of serving others that started at age 12, founded her first nonprofit at 16 and continues to this day with her award winning nonprofit, Drink Local Drink Tap.
Join us for an inspirational conversation about what one person can really do to change the world. Erin Huber has been changing it for decades. Her work ethic, passion for helping others and amazing life journey is an inspiration for us all.
Episode 46: A Place At The Table
Today's guest, Maggie Kane has created an amazing community and a wonderfully unexpected solution for homelessness. Her nonprofit, A Place at the Table, provides community and good food regardless of means. Her delicious Raleigh, North Carolina café is a cozy, warm, friendly café with great food and everyone is welcome.
Episode 45: Happy Community Builders
Over the years in all of my conversations, the story in founding a nonprofit usually involves a tragedy. Today's conversation all began with one man who was going to become a grandparent and didn't like the world his future grandchild would inherit. So, he got to work in trying to create a better world with kindness through his nonprofit The Happy Community Builders.
Episode 44: The Silverstein Foundation and author of Simple Acts, A Busy Teens Guide To Making A Difference
Welcome to Season 4 of the Charity Matters Podcast. We are thrilled to continue bringing the best humans on earth to share their journeys in service to others. Join us for a terrific conversation about her journey starting a nonprofit for Parkinson's to writing a book to inspire others to serve. Natalie is pure sunshine in a bottle and just what we need to get inspired for a new school year. More importantly, her new book, Simple Acts: The Busy Teen's Guide to Making a Difference is an inspiration for the entire family.
Episode 43: Roots for Boots
Today is Memorial Day, a national day when we honor and recognize those who have given the ultimate sacrifice of service. So it is only fitting that today we are having a conversation with an incredible nonprofit Roots for Boots that serves those who serve, our veterans. Join us today as Christy Lucus talks about her mission basiclaly meet whatever need or challenge a veteran active duty or military family would have.
Episode 42: Greenline Housing Foundation
If you are not familiar with the history of redlining then you need to listen to this episode! Today's conversation is an education that many of us didn't have and an important issue that we all need to learn about.
Join us today as Jasmin Shupper, the Founder of Greenline Housing Foundation, discusses the history of redlining and her nonprofit's mission to help facilitate the closing of the racial wealth gap by providing grants to qualified people of color for down payments and home maintenance assistance. Jasmin is an inspiration and a bright light!
Episode 41: Sow Good Now
Mary and her friends were all college athletes and mothers of athletes. They had seen teams of kids that had too much and they had seen those with too little. They decided they could change all that with their nonprofit Sow Good Now. Join us for an uplifting conversation about a new way to teach philanthropy, leadership, and service to students.
Episode 40: Girls Leading Girls
Today's conversation is equally inspiring because that is exactly what our guest, Bre Russell does, coach soccer and SO much more! Join us as Bre shares her inspirational journey from a student-athlete to a nonprofit founder teaching thousands of young women how to lead.
Episode 39: West Coast Sports Associates
Twenty-five years ago four college buddies who loved sports decided to change all of that for thousands of kids across Southern California. Join us today for a fantastic conversation with one of the founders of West Coast Sports Associates, Mike Gottlieb. As Mike shares the journey of turning a passion for sports into an incredible nonprofit organization that has raised millions for inner-city youth.
Episode 38: Foster The Mind
Brian's nonprofit, Foster the Mind helps children from the foster care system who struggle with trauma and mental health challenges from trauma. Join us for a fascinating conversation looking at mental health and the foster care system in a totally different way with our guest Brian Butler. This conversation will most definitely open your mind!
Episode 37: Empty Frames Initiatives
The Empty Frames Initiative is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to empower orphaned and vulnerable youth as they transition out of state foster care by providing community, training in life skills and counseling. Join us today to meet Miriam and learn about the beautiful work she is doing to help our young adults as they age out of the Foster Care System.
Episode 36: Miracle Messages
Have you ever seen a homeless person on the street and walked by because you didn't know what to do or say? Today's guest, Kevin Adler, is going to enlighten all of us as he shares his inspirational journey of reuniting the homeless with their family with the help of the non-profit Miracle Messages.
Episode 35: Beverly Hills Community Farm
This week’s guest is Jennifer Levy from Beverly Hills Community Farm. Join us for an educational and fascinating conversation about the exciting new ways Jennifer and her nonprofit organization are educating and feeding her community with her innovative work.
Episode 34: Saving Tiny Hearts
Today’s guests are Francie Paul and Larry Kluge. When Francie Paul's son Joshua was born with CHD she and her husband Brian decided to make a positive impact for their child and so many others. They founded the nonprofit Saving Tiny Hearts. If ever there were two humans with huge hearts to mend all the broken ones it's Francie and Larry.
Episode 33: NonProfit on the Rocks
Today's guest is Matt Kamin. Matt has lived a life full of philanthropy in so many ways. Before Matt became the host of the popular podcast, Nonprofit on the Rocks...which is how we met and Co-Founder of Envision Consulting, he was a two-time nonprofit founder. Matt's story is the perfect example of how one seed of compassion turned into an inspiring life full of service. Matt is truly a ray of sunshine and you won't want to miss our joyful and uplifting conversation.
Episode 32: Diveheart
Welcome to Season Three of the Charity Matters Podcast! We are so excited to introduce you to another incredible season filled with amazing heroes. Today's guests are the perfect way to dive into this new season. Nonprofit Diveheart.org works with people with disabilities to live better lives. This is the perfect organization to launch Season Three of our podcast. So let’s dive in!
Episode 31: Raise The Barr
Join us today for an incredible conversation with Lori Barr about her journey as a single mother to nonprofit founder. Lori shares her story of raising Anthony as a young mother and how they decided to give back to help other single moms finish their education and support their families.
Episode 30: Bisous for Leo
Emily Steckler had a career in public relations when her best friend's son, Leo, was diagnosed with a rare disease changing the course of so many lives. Join us for a beautiful conversation about love, friendship, hope and the incredible journey to find a cure to INAD for five year old Léo. Learn about the work that Emily and her best friend Deborah are doing to help millions with their amazing organization Bisous for Léo.
Episode 29: Oath to Country Foundation
Justin has founded the nonprofit organization Oath to Country Foundation to provide support for our Veterans. This inspirational conversation about family, love, and service brought me to tears more than once. Justin's story, commitment, and determination to serve those who have so bravely served us is an inspiration for us all. Take a listen.
Episode 28: Pancreatic Cancer Action Network PanCAN
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Episode 18: Stéphan Pieterse, Distance for Difference
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.
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.
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.
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!