Doing good isn’t always easy, especially if profit margin is competing with it. The values we enact determine how our team and company will follow. Maybe your company is in the midst of changes and needs a strong moral example to learn from or your team has lost sight of their purpose and needs a reminder we’re all in it together.
These top keynote speakers who are heavily involved with charity work can provide uplifting guidance, as well as tangible actions any team member or company can do to build conscientious companies and live better lives.
1-2. Bert and John Jacobs, Life is Good
Bert and John Jacob’s started the Life is Good company on a foundation of optimism, gratitude, and authenticity. The company optimizes the importance of giving back to the community by donating at least 10% of its annual net profits to the Life is Good Kids Foundation to positively impact over 120,000 kids daily facing poverty, violence, and illness. Bert and John Jacobs have lived and breathed “giving” at every stage of Life is Good’s growth and sometimes donate their speaking fees to the Life is Good Kids Foundation.
3. Steve Gross, Life is Good Kids Foundation
Steve Gross is the co-founder and Chief Playmaker at the Life is Good Kids Foundation. The LIG Kids Foundation partners with leading childcare organizations to positively impact the quality of care delivered to the most vulnerable children. Additionally, the foundation also supports child care providers, believing that “in order to better care for the most vulnerable children, we must better support those who care for them.” As a Playmaker, Steve helps others discover the power of optimism so that they can build resilience and bring greater joy, connection, courage, and creativity to their lives.
4. Jess Ekstrom, Headbands of Hope
Jess Ekstrom founded Headbands of Hope, an organization that donates a headband to a child with cancer for each headband purchased. She came up with the idea after interning with the Make-A-Wish Foundation, where she saw the impact a simple headband had on young girls confidence as they fought cancer and lost their hair through chemo. As a junior in college, she created and launched her startup, which has now grown to be a massive success. Her company has given 202,314 headbands to children around the world.
5. Matthew Beall, Hawai’i Life Charitable Fund
Matthew Beall is the Principle Broker and CEO of Hawai’i Life Real Estate Brokers. Hawaii Life is the exclusive affiliate of Christie’s International Real Estate for the neighbor islands of Hawaii (Kauai, Maui, Hawaii Island, Molokai, and Lanai). Matthew is also a television host of “Hawai’i Life” on HGTV. A portion of his speaking fees are donated to the Hawai’i Life Charitable Fund which works to preserve Hawaii’s beauty and culture by supporting its people.
6. Scott Harrison, charity:water
Scott Harrison is the founder and CEO of Charity:Water a non-profit organization that builds long-lasting public water installations and water sanitation services to communities in need around the world. When completed, those projects provide over 6.4 million people with clean, safe drinking water. Scott was inspired to start Charity:Water after volunteering on a hospital ship off the coast of Liberia as a photojournalist. He quit his job as a club promoter in NYC and turned his full attention to the global water crisis and the world’s 663 million people without clean water to drink. In ten years, with the help of more than one million donors worldwide, Charity:Water has raised over $225 million and funded over 21,000 water projects in 24 countries. Scott donates all of his speaking fees to Charity:Water.
7. Lauren Bush Lauren, FEED
Lauren Bush Lauren is the CEO, Creative Director, and Co-Founder of FEED Projects. FEED is a charitable company whose mission is to create good products that help feed the world. Many may recognize her famous burlap tote bags with the word “FEED” printed on them. When purchased, the bag feeds one child in school for one year. FEED Projects has now expanded their product lines to include leather bags, clutches, and t-shirts with all profits funding children’s school lunches.
8. Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Magic Johnson Foundation
Directly after retiring from a legendary career in the NBA, Magic Johnson founded the Magic Johnson Foundation to support community-based organizations that address educational, health and social needs of ethnically diverse, urban communities. The foundation celebrated 20 years of commitment in 2011 with a new operative to impacted over 245,000 disadvantaged youths by the year’s end.
9. Doc Hendley, Wine to Water
While bartending to pay the bills, Doc Hendley noticed the men and women sitting on the stools seemed to want to be part of something bigger. Inspired from behind the bar, Hendley started Wine to Water with wine tasting and a humble donation jar. Hendley realized just by using his ability to tend bars and create relationships with people, he might be able to help provide people with clean drinking water. So, at the bars where he worked, he started raising money to fight the water epidemic the best way he knew how, by pouring wine and playing music. Today Wine to Water not only raises money and brings awareness to the lack of clean drinking water in the developing world, but the organization (and also Doc himself) has dug, repaired, and sanitized drinking wells for nearly 25,000 people in five third world countries.
10. Jeff Civillico, Win-Win Entertainment
Jeff Civillico is a Vegas headliner, TV host, philanthropist, and founder of the charity Win-Win Entertainment. Not only has Civillico headlined more than a 1000 Vegas shows, he knows how to get your message across while being a fun and interactive host. In addition to doing stage and screen events for multi-day events (he’s great for your conference recap videos), Civillico also works as an ambassador for organizations for charity events, offering to donate a portion of his fee in the name of the corporation.
Bring the uplifting stories, lessons, and takeaways of a speaker committed to charity work to your next event.
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