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Giving Intelligence Podcast

Giving Intelligence Podcast

Giving Intelligence is a podcast dedicated to exploring the impact of leading non-profits and the meaningful ways to support their mission. Join us as we delve into the stories of organizations making a difference all around the world and learn about the challenges they face and the innovative solutions they bring to the table. With a focus on effective giving, we'll also be discussing the importance of making well-thought-out charitable contributions. While writing a check can do a lot of good, there are often more effective ways to give.

Whether you're an experienced philanthropist or just looking to make a difference, Giving Intelligence is your guide to making the most of your giving in your community.

New episodes will drop the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month.

For a copy of Mitchell's White Paper - "Eight Proven Strategies to Magnify Your Charitable Gifts", please email Mitchell at mkraus@capintelligence.com

If you would like to meet with Mitchell one-on-one to discuss how effective charitable giving and mulit-generational wealth management can be a part of your overall financial planning process,  you can schedule an appointment with him here:

Episode 13: Evan Rahman of Khan Academy

On this episode of Giving Intelligence, Mitchell sits down with Evan Rahman of Khan Academy. We discuss Khan Academy’s mission to provide a free, world-class education to anyone, anywhere. Evan shared the mastery learning approach used by Khan Academy, and how it’s used both as a supplement to classroom learning and a self-learning tool. She also shares their recent integration of AI to help student learners. We discuss how matching gifts can help make an enormous difference when used by individuals or organizations and within families.

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Episode 12: Tom Gordon of Responsive Law

Mitchell sat down with Tom Gordon of Responsive Law. They explored Responsive Law's mission of representing the interests of individuals in the legal system, its efforts to improve legal services for consumers, and the challenges faced in navigating the legal system. They discussed the roles of lawyers and non-lawyers in problem-solving, the importance of raising awareness about legal system issues, and ongoing legal reform initiatives.

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Episode 11: Dogs Without Borders

Dogs Without Borders is a Southern California foster-based rescue, pulling small breed dogs from LA area shelters, as well as working with international rescue partners to re-home dogs in need.  Mitchell has adopted two dogs through them.  We discuss the overwhelming need for forever homes for so many dogs and ways to get involved.  There are many opportunities to help your local rescues even if you are not home enough to have a forever pet and ways to give that can go a long way to getting a dog a good home.

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Episode 10: Adam Rein of CapShift

Mitchell and Adam Rein of CapShift discusses his company, Cap Shift, and its focus on impact investing. They touched on the challenges of impact investing under different models and the importance of simplifying and storytelling around underlying investments. Mitchell and Andy review the difference between impact investing and ESG investing and how both might be appropriate to different individuals.

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Episode 9: Andy Posner of Capital Good Fund

Andy Posner from Capital Good Fund, a nonprofit that addresses poverty and climate change through equity financing joins the podcast. Mitchell discusses with Andy how his organization utilizes donations and investments from foundations to make a difference. They discuss the substantial impact small loans from Capital Good Fund can have on recipients, their communities, and the world.

Episode 8: Genevieve Riutort of Westside Foodbank

Mitchell sits down with Genevieve Riutort of Westside Foodbank. They discuss Westside Food Bank's mission, its effort to meet the needs of the community, and its plan to purchase a building to ensure food security for future generations. They highlight the organization's role in providing food to social service agencies and the growing need for food assistance. They go over the different ways people can support their local food bank, such as donating food, money or volunteering.

Episode 7: Eva Goulbourne of Littlefoot Ventures

On this episode of Giving Intelligence, Mitchell interviews Eva Goulborne of Littlefoot Ventures. As a change to our normal format, Eva is a consultant to many nonprofits and grantmakers but doesn’t currently work for a nonprofit. We discuss her background in food systems and how they translate to the work she does today to use her knowledge of these systems to help protect all of us from climate change. We talk about some steps that you can all take, whether you run a big foundation, or just have a few dollars to donate, to help feed the world and make it better for future generations.

Episode 6: Robyn Rehak of TreePeople

Mitchell interviewed Robin Rehak from Tree People, a 50-year-old Los Angeles organization. The conversation highlighted how TreePeople focuses on environmental conservation and works with communities to build resilient cities. Mitchell shared his personal connection with the organization and emphasized the importance of leaving a legacy through nonprofit organizations. The discussion covered the educational resources provided by TreePeople and then went into the benefits for donors of giving appreciated assets and planned gifts.

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Episode 5: Mark Greer, CAP of The Transforming Power Fund

Mark joins Mitchell to discuss how he got into community activism, what brought him to The Transforming Power Fund, and the work they do in Social and Environmental Justice in Detroit.   They then go into the benefits of donating appreciated assets.

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Episode 4: Josh Hertz of The People Concern

The People Concern is one of the largest providers of services for the unhoused in Los Angeles.  Mitchell talks with Josh about the interesting path that got him into this line of work and how he's helped donors make donations that helped both The People Concern and their donors beyond writing a check such as gifts of real estate or money from retirement plans.

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Episode 3: Mike Kallhoff of Make-A-Wish Greater LA

Mike talks to Mitchell about his personal and professional experiences with Make A Wish. We then go into a discussion about how some passionate donors create opportunities to multiply their gifts by getting others involved.

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 Episode 2: Kayoko Mitsumatsu from Yoga Gives Back

In this episode we talk with Yoga Gives Back founder Kayoko Mitsumatsu on the important work they do in India bringing the next generation out of poverty and the way that the right in-kind donations can make all the difference.

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Episode 1: Bill Strickland of City of Hope

In this inaugural episode, Mitchell sits down with Bill Strickland from City of Hope. They discuss the important work City of Hope does to help battle Cancer and other diseases. They then dive into Bill's decades of experience as a fundraiser and some techniques donors have used to create more effective gifts than just writing a check.

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