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).
December 7, 2021
Timothy Higdon, the President and CEO of Hearing Health Foundation, joins Charity Talks. HHF is the largest nonprofit funder of hearing and balance research in the United States, and for more than 60 years, HHF has awarded scientific research grants to foster the development of cochlear implant technology, more effective hearing aids and successful ear surgeries. During the podcast, Timothy and Brooke discuss what causes hearing loss, what one can do to prevent it, and what HHF is doing to help. By partnering with innovative scientists who work to reduce hearing loss and tinnitus, as well as balance related disorders, each year HHF is getting closer to its goal of finding cures for these conditions, which affect millions of people. (0:28).
November 22, 2021
Dr. Kate Schecter, the President and CEO of World Neighbors, is this episode’s guest. During the podcast, Kate and Brooke discuss how World Neighbors focuses on training and educating communities around the world to find lasting solutions to the challenges they face, such as hunger, poverty and disease. It does this by investing in local leadership, typically for eight to ten years, with the goal of achieving long-lasting improvements in people’s lives, not quick fixes that depend on outside assistance. With over 500,000 people currently benefiting from World Neighbors’ program’s in 13 countries in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, World Neighbors is transforming so many communities globally. (0:35).
November 8, 2021
Cheryl Crazy Bull, the President and CEO of the American Indian College Fund, joins Charity Talks. The College Fund has been providing scholarships to Native American students for over 30 years. In addition to scholarships, the College Fund provides critical funding to tribal colleges and universities, as well as support to students after graduation. Cheryl and Brooke discuss how through its various programs, the College Fund is creating positive and sustainable changes for Native communities, even across generations. (0:23).
October 26, 2021
Luke Freeman, the Executive Director of Giving What We Can, is this episode's guest. Giving What We Can was founded by Oxford philosophers Toby Ord and William MacAskill to inspire donations to the world's most effective organizations. It was one of the first groups focused on Effective Altruism, which is a movement and philosophy that advocates for using evidence and reason to determine how to make the greatest impact when giving one's time or money. During this episode, Luke and Brooke discuss how Giving What You Can has already inspired thousands of people to pledge to donate 10% of their lifetime income to the most effective nonprofits. Perhaps you too will be moved to take one of its pledges. (0:20).
October 11, 2021
Kelly Dolan, the CEO and President of Ronald McDonald House Charities, joins Charity Talks. The mission of RMHC is to create, find and support programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children and their families. It is best known for its Ronald McDonald House® programs around the world, which provide support and housing for parents when their child is being treated in a hospital. But RMHC does so much more, including through its Ronald McDonald Care Mobile® programs, which bring medical, dental and healthcare resources to underserved communities, and several learning centers, which are built where they are most needed globally and teach children basic skills through fun and engaging activities. You are sure to be surprised, and inspired, by all of the work that RMHC and their volunteers do. (0:24).
September 25, 2021
Debbie Drell, the Director of Membership for the National Organization for Rare Disorders, is this episode’s guest. NORD is the leading advocacy organization representing patients and families affected by rare diseases, and is committed to the identification, treatment and cure of 7,000 rare diseases. For almost 40 years, NORD has led the way in voicing the needs of the rare disease community, driving supportive policies and education, advancing medical research, and providing patient and family services for those who need them the most. Tens of millions of people are impacted by rare disorders, and NORD's goal is to improve the lives of every member of the rare disease community. (0:24).
September 8, 2021
Whitney Flanagan, the Marketing and Communications Director of the Conservation Fund, joins Charity Talks. The Conservation Fund protects America’s most critical lands and water to provide greater access to nature, strengthen local economies and enhance climate resiliency. The Fund's programs focus on land and water conservation, wildlife preservation and community development, as well as cultural conservation of the country's most important historical sites. With projects across America, the Fund’s work has positively impacted just about every person in the country. (0:25).
August 25, 2021
Marcus Daniell, the Founder and CEO of High Impact Athletes, is this episode’s guest. Marcus is a professional tennis player and two-time Olympian representing New Zealand, and founded HIA after he engaged with the Effective Altruism philosophy and movement. Effective Altruism asks “how can we best help others,” and answers that with, “by using evidence and reason to find the most effective causes to contribute to and by using our time and money to do the most good we can.” HIA and Marcus (who has pledged to donate at least 10% of his annual winnings to nonprofits in the global health, environmental and animal welfare sectors), have been recruiting other athletes to take that pledge and learn how they too can do the most good with their charitable dollars and high profiles. (0:30).