In this episode, we talk with Jessi Znoski who is a biologist, administrator and the event coordinate for a Women in Philanthropy Summit at Longwood University. Jessi naturally has a positive attitude and that spills into her work life. The Women in Philanthropy Summit was a way for alumni to encourage students to pursue their passions to make the world a better place. Each student created their own mission statement and brainstormed what their passions are that they can do. Jessi credits her upbringing for giving her empathy for the local public school system, of which she is a part of a group of parents improving their community. Her best advice is to listen to people, be open-minded and listen to your inner voice. She also doesn’t want to you neglect your own mental health, because this world is a struggle especially in a pandemic! Listen more to what she advises us to do.
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Episode 24: Philanthropist MaryFran Mitrano, From Harvard to the Arts
34:06In this episode, we talk with MaryFran Mitrano who has spent a 30-year career in nonprofits. She spent many years at Harvard in fundraising then transitioned to her local arts nonprofit in her town. We chat about the challenges and ups-and-downs of fundraising and nonprofits. She gives insight into why we shouldn’t be afraid to fund-raise. We discuss the generosity of Americans and how heart-warming it is about our tradition of philanthropy, unlike any country in the world.
Episode 23: Philanthropist Evy Amato, A Woman’s Guide
57:41In this episode, we learn from the life lessons of Evy Amato. Evy is a spiritual alignment coach for women to reconnect with their truest selves so they can live a life on purpose. She is also a Board Certified Music Therapist, who helped people in hospice care for their end of life journey. We talk about how women need support in listening to their inner selves in order to both take care of themselves and others. Evy’s heart for supporting women and their spiritual care abounds. She invites us to listen to our intuition in order to lead a life of intention. This episode will guide you on your journey to your best self.
Episode 22: Philanthropist Erin Morrissey, Volunteer for The Elks
36:13Erin has a passion for The Benevolent Protective Order of Elks. Elks Lodges bring so much more to their communities than just a building, golf course or pool. They are places where neighbors come together, families share meals, and children grow up. Erin has been running charity programs for years for her local lodge and it brings her great joy. Particularly at the end of the year, when she can provide warm winter clothing to children for the holidays raised from the tremendous support of the community. Erin encourages us to be involved in The Elks to meet friends, plug into our communities, and to serve others. Often times, Elks Lodges have bars to add jovial fun to the community-building and advocacy of the members. Listen in to hear how rewarding it is to volunteer.
Episode 21: Philanthropist Jessi Znoski, Women in Philanthropy
38:00In this episode, we talk with Jessi Znoski who is a biologist, administrator and the event coordinate for a Women in Philanthropy Summit at Longwood University. Jessi naturally has a positive attitude and that spills into her work life. The Women in Philanthropy Summit was a way for alumni to encourage students to pursue their passions to make the world a better place. Each student created their own mission statement and brainstormed what their passions are that they can do. Jessi credits her upbringing for giving her empathy for the local public school system, of which she is a part of a group of parents improving their community. Her best advice is to listen to people, be open-minded and listen to your inner voice. She also doesn’t want to you neglect your own mental health, because this world is a struggle especially in a pandemic! Listen more to what she advises us to do.
Episode 20: Philanthropist Howie Hutchison, HopeKids Colorado
53:46In this episode, we talk with Howie Hutchison who is the Executive Director at HopeKids Colorado. HopeKids in a nonprofit started originally in Arizona to create community for families with a child with a life-threatening condition. Howie has a small staff, but a huge volunteer base. He loves the power of a team and seeing people passionate about helping the hundreds of families he serves. Not originally a fan of fundraising, he has learned to be an advocate for what he calls “activating generosity.” Howie has a personal upcoming 30-mile run/walk that you can follow him on Instagram and Facebook to raise awareness of his nonprofit on October 22. Follow his journey on social media and consider what you can do to support this great organization!
Episode 19: Philanthropist Ken Holderman, Serving Missionaries
38:18In this episode, we talk with Ken Holderman who is a pastor to missionaries mainly in Latin America and the Canary Islands. He credits his wife for his focus on giving back to others as well as his faith in Jesus Christ. Ken and his wife, Becky, were missionaries in Venezuela and the Canary Islands. When they came home, they realized there was so much struggles with being a missionary. Not only was it hard economically, but it was hard emotionally due to the distance from a support system and cross-cultural differences. They are passionate about the mental health of the missionaries they serve through Globe International. Listen to this episode to learn how difficult it can be to live a life of service to others.
Episode 18: Philanthropist Chris Gilbert, Fighting to Flourish
45:12In this episode, we talk with Chris Gilbert who pursues his passion of helping others start their own health and beauty business. Chris inspires his team by working on himself relentlessly. He is a voracious reader, reflective, and focuses on having a growth mindset. He credits his wife, parents, and Jesus as inspiration for his career which brought him from a teacher, to a lacrosse coach, to a youth minister, and now serving his network marketing team as a husband-and-wife duo. Chris is honest that it’s a fight within all of us to chose to give. He believes if we all desired to give to others and acted on those desires then we would solve the worlds problems.
Episode 17: Philanthropist Marc Rosenblum, Running for a Cure
43:52In this episode, we talk with Marc Rosenblum who has raised thousands of dollars running for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Marc is passionate about finding a cure for cancer. Running the Boston Marathon as a charity runner allows him to raise awareness of the good work of Dana-Farber and the urgency to support such a great charity. The impact his fundraising efforts are having on others and the legacy he realizes he is leaving as a result is invaluable. As he reflects on his 50th birthday this year, he’s made an aspirational goal to raise $50,000 by the start of the race on October 11th. Listen to this episode to help him reach his goal.
Episode 16: Season Recap & Lessons
37:30In this season finale, Jenn recaps her favorite clips from season 1 of the "You Are A Philanthropist" Podcast. Tune in for Jenn's countdown of her top 5 favorite lessons from season 1.
Episode 15: Philanthropist Jay Foss, Radio Talk Show Host who Listens
1:01:50Jay Foss is radio and podcast host of Raising Your Inner Voice. His show highlights people doing exceptional work in the world through work, volunteerism, activism, and even simple self-reflection. Jay is passionate about having better conversations, seeing the good in others, and actively listening to those with different opinions. His career in radio has positioned him to grow where he is planted and sow seeds of good in the best way he knows how. He is a self-proclaimed cheerleader and typically his work as a wedding DJ and radio show producer puts him in support roles; however his new show brings him into the spotlight where he gets to facilitate conversations that cut through the noise of the negative news cycle.