June 30, 2022
Dr. Vicky Bond, the President of The Humane League, joins Charity Talks. As Vicky and Brooke discuss, animals raised for food (including predominantly chickens) suffer from abuses in factory farms at a scale that is shocking. THL exists to end the abuse of these animals. It does so by influencing the policies of the world’s largest food companies, demanding legislation, and empowering others to take action. Through its efforts, THL has already freed millions of chickens from the confines of their cages, and is continuing to advocate for animals around the world. (0:28).
May 28, 2022
Lance Kawaguchi, the CEO of Cure Brain Cancer Foundation, is this episode’s guest. As Lance and Brooke discuss, there has been very little progress made in the treatment of brain cancer in the last few decades, despite the fact that brain cancer has such a terrible impact on the people afflicted with it, including young children. However, Cure Brain Cancer Foundation has started to change that. The Foundation’s strategy is to get treatments to patients faster by funding research across the entire research pathway. In addition, the Foundation provides support to patients and their families who are dealing with this very difficult disease. Great strides are finally being in the brain cancer treatment field, and Cure Brain Cancer Foundation is at the forefront of them. (0:26).
May 14, 2022
Bonnie Carroll, the President and Founder of the Tragedy and Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS), joins Charity Talks. Since 1994, TAPS has offered compassionate care to all those grieving a military loss. As Bonnie and Brooke discuss, TAPS has a variety of programs that help so many affected families cope with the loss of a loved one, including a peer support network available 24 hours a day and women’s empowerment retreats. TAPS also provides resources internationally, including in Ukraine, where TAPS has worked for years. Given its amazing work, it was no surprise that Bonnie received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Obama in 2015. (0:21).
April 28, 2022
Ellen Agler, the CEO of the END Fund, and Mark Stoleson, the CEO of Legatum, are this episode’s guests. In 2006, Legatum realized that millions of people in Rwanda and Burundi were needlessly suffering from treatable neglected tropical diseases, such as intestinal worms, so it decided to fund programs to address this huge problem. After its work demonstrated the feasibility of scaling these programs, Legatum created the END Fund. As Ellen and Mark discuss, these diseases affect hundreds of millions of people each year in Africa, devastating so many lives, but they are all potentially curable at very little cost per life affected. To date, the END Fund has already provided over a billion treatments, and it has set the ambitious goal of eliminating these diseases entirely within our lifetimes. (0:37).
April 13, 2022
Siegrid Holler, a partner and founding member at Instiglio, joins Charity Talks. Instiglio is based in Bogota, Columbia, and its mission is to ensure that every dollar spent on social programs in low and middle-income countries has the greatest possible impact. By focusing on three areas — systems strengthening and performance management, outcomes-based and innovative financing, and thought leadership — Instiglio is partnering with nonprofits and governments to make a substantial impact. From improving institutional child education in Peru, to working with the government of Uganda to create an innovative financing strategy to help public sanitation there, Instiglio’s wide-ranging projects are catalyzing more effective public and development spending around the world. (0:26).
March 12, 2022
Parth Ahya, the cofounder of The Taimaka Project, is this episode’s guest. Taimaka works hand-in-hand with rural communities, primarily in Africa, to tackle hunger and malnutrition. The problem it is addressing is post-harvest food insecurity arising from farmers being forced to sell their crops right after the harvest, leaving them with no food or money as the year goes on. Taimaka helps these farmers by providing post-harvest loans and food storage so that they can spread the benefits of the harvest over the full year. As Parth and Brooke discuss, Taimaka is a relatively small nonprofit, but it is making a huge impact. (0:25).
February 19, 2022
Brooke Haggerty, the Executive Director of Faunalytics, joins Charity Talks. Faunalytics’ mission is to empower animal advocates by providing them with access to research and strategies that maximize their effectiveness in reducing animal suffering. It does so by conducting essential research, maintaining an online research library, and directly supporting advocates and organizations in their work. The data it offers also helps people think about and respond to outreach, providing advocates with the best strategies to inspire change for animals. Faunalytics’ work is helping animals around the world in so many ways. (0:25).
January 28, 2022
Joshua Ross, the co-founder of Humanitix, is this episode’s guest. Humanitix is an online event ticketing business that Josh and his childhood friend founded when they realized that there was an opportunity to disrupt the ticketing business. But their real innovation was their decision to donate 100% of the company’s profits to effective charities, primarily those focused on child education in underdeveloped areas. During the podcast, Josh and Brooke discuss Humanitix winning the Google Impact Challenge (for which it received $1 million), the trials and tribulations of being a startup company (particularly when the pandemic struck), how they decided to become philanthropists, and how they see Humanitix making an even bigger impact on the charitable world in the future. (0:20).
January 6, 2022
Joshua Greene, Professor of Psychology at Harvard University and co-founder of Giving Multiplier, joins Charity Talks. During the podcast, Joshua and Brooke discuss the “heart” versus “head” dilemma surrounding charitable giving, and the behavioral research his team at Harvard has been doing that led to his founding of Giving Multiplier. Giving Multiplier allows donors to pick two charities — their favorite one and a super-effective one recommended by experts — and divide their donation between the two. Giving Multiplier then adds a 9% to 90% match. And for listeners of Charity Talks, Giving Multiplier has created a code (CharityTalks) which will add another 10% to Giving Multiplier’s match, so there is no better time to make the charitable donation that you may have been contemplating. (0:31).
Website (and code): https://givingmultiplier.org/CHARITYTALKS
December 22, 2021
Svetha Janumpalli, the Founder and CEO of New Incentives, is this episode’s guest. New Incentives is an innovative nonprofit that uses small cash payments to boost childhood vaccinations in North West, Nigeria, which has some of the lowest childhood vaccination rates in the world. In partnership with local governments, it provides these cash transfers, typically around $11, to caregivers after their infants receive vaccines, and uses rigorous data and monitoring to ensure that the dollars it spends are making the largest possible impact. Its programs have already doubled the rate of childhood vaccination, leading to huge gains in the health of the communities involved, and New Incentives is constantly looking for ways to make an even greater impact. (0:19).