Charity Charge Update: January 2020

Happy February from all of us at Charity Charge! I want to personally thank all my family and friends for being with me along this amazing journey. Below is a quick recap from January 2020. Going forward, we will be releasing these updates every month. Have a great February everyone!

Stephen Garten // Founder of Charity Charge

January Podcasts Episodes

The Charity Charge Show: EP 27: 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.

Rob Lowe and Stephen Garten Podcast

The Charity Charge Show: EP 28: Rob Lowe – Creator of The Giving Back Podcast

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. 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.

Ventana Ballet

The Charity Charge Show: EP 29: AJ Garcia-Rameau, Director of Ventana Ballet

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.

The Charity Charge Show: EP: 30 Sally Blue – Consultant and Interim Executive Director of 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.

New Members of the Charity Charge Family

Foundation for the Homeless

Foundation for the Homeless works alongside Austin families to build solid support structures which enable them to fully contribute to the betterment of our community

Arc Human Services

Serving people of all ages with intellectual and developmental disabilities and mental health challenges, allowing them to fulfill their ambitions, protect their rights and foster meaningful relationships at home, at work and in their communities.

Ecology in Classrooms and Outdoors

The earth needs to be advocated for more than ever, and children are spending less time outside than ever before. ECO provides hands-on, interactive ecology education both in classrooms and outside in local ecosystems. The ECO teaches both science and stewardship to foster personal connections between children and nature.

Blinded Veterans Association

The Blinded Veterans Association (BVA) was formed in 1945 and was chartered by Congress in 1958. BVA helps veterans and their families meet and overcome the challenges of blindness. Services of BVA are available to all veterans who have become blind, either during or after active duty.

Captains for Clean Water

Captains For Clean Water started out as a group of fishing guides that “had enough” of Florida’s poor water management practices. Given the destruction seen firsthand, they were convinced that if everyone knew what they knew, the problem would have been already fixed. They discovered, the solution has been delayed for decades because of a lack of political will and public awareness.

Ann Storck Center

Ann Storck Center is dedicated to enriching the lives of children and adults with developmental disabilities. We offer a variety of programs and services to help children and adults with developmental disabilities live more independent, fulfilling lives.

January Testimonials

Reshma Patel, Executive Director, Impact Network

Reshma Patel, Executive Director at Impact Network International

“It is such a treat to see funds going to Impact Network! I love that our business card is helping to support our students and giving back to the cause we have invested so much time and energy into.”

Kaity Van Amersfort, CEO at C&R Management

“Charity Charge is the first organization in the non-profit space offering a business credit card that makes senior level staff at associations & non-profits lives easier.  As the managing ED of five associations, I have to put monthly expenses on my personal credit card which means that my personal credit score may fluctuate. Charity Charge allows the association to have a credit card without it being tied to a specific person.”

Susan Fletcher, Controller at Austin Parks Foundation

“I have just completed our reconciliation for the 2nd statement and it went very smoothly. The staff like coding their transactions on the website and I am able to download all the details and upload it to our accounting system which is saving me hours of work. I can’t wait to get everyone transferred over!”

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