Golden – an Easier Way to Give Back to Your Community
Sam Fankuchen has created an app that makes it easy to volunteer for the causes you care about the most.
Sam Fankuchen is the founder of Golden, a company that makes it easy to volunteer as well as helps non-profits manage their volunteers. Golden now has an app you can download directly to your phone where you can work for a non-profit that is aligned with your mission and purpose. Sam says that 25% of Americans volunteer every year, but the impact could be much greater if there was an easier way to manage the gap between non-profits and volunteers. Find out more about Sam’s story in today’s episode.
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[0:30] Connor and Roger welcome Sam on to the show, the founder of Golden.
[0:35] What is Golden? An app that helps to make volunteering effortless.
[2:10] Why is Golden so important? We all want to give back
[2:50] What was a defining moment for Sam?
[5:10] Sam explains what Golden is.
[6:25] Why would a non-profit need this?
[6:45] Staffing is the most costly expense for a non-profit.
[8:05] There’s only a few core things that help drive our happiness. Volunteering is in that list.
[9:15] Why did Sam want to help the volunteering space?
[10:55] Volunteering is surprisingly complicated.
[12:30] 24-25% of Americans volunteer every year.
[13:25] There are tremendous benefits to volunteering.
[15:00] How can someone volunteer most effectively?
[18:00] What do volunteer coordinators need to do to make sure their volunteers feel valued?
[21:40] What’s one piece of advice Sam would give to companies who want to be more active in the community?
[24:45] What does Sam see in the future for non-profits and charities?
[25:50] Sam shares a case study.
[29:00] Where does Sam see Golden being in the next five years and how can people help?
[32:00] What kind of legacy would Sam like to leave behind?
“In the United States, there are about 1.5 million non-profits that contribute to a 1 trillion a year economy.”
“There are only so many core drivers of happiness in our lives: exercise, spirituality, family, and volunteering.”
“I couldn’t imagine how the thing that seems like it could be the easiest in the world to do, could be so complicated.”