Givinga is redefining philanthropy, providing open access to modern tools and technology that deliver purpose, profitably. Our philanthropic technology unlocks the full potential of charitable giving to spark innovation, drive meaningful brand engagement, and unify business and societal impact.

Our Team

Our team combines decades of experience in finance and technology fields with our passion for philanthropy, in a commitment to make a larger positive impact.

Joe Phoenix

Cofounder, CEO

With 30 years in the global asset management industry in the US and overseas, Joe recognized that donor advised funds (DAF) were underutilized and could be used to change the way everyone thinks about giving. He spreads the word about philantech, believing anyone can be a philanthropist, especially when they leverage all available resources.

Joe actively supports the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and believes homelessness in the US is one of society’s most pressing and solvable issues.

Chris Shields

Cofounder, CTO

Passionate about connecting people to causes in new ways, Chris oversees Givinga’s technology platform and systems integration. As a co-founder of the web development firm Jaroop, he has provided business transformation services to leading enterprise companies. To him, Givinga shows the large potential one platform has to make a meaningful impact in society.

Chris is a member of the giving circle Power of Together and is passionate about multiple local causes.

Dave Gilmartin

Sales, Strategy

Inspired by the opportunity to activate positive change, Dave is in charge of building partnerships and products for the Givinga philantech cloud. He brings 20 years of digital sales, strategy and product development experience having worked for NY Times Digital, Cars.com and Comcast. Dave is a passionate advocate for inclusion, kindness and his local community.

Dave is involved with the Martin Richard Foundation, Best Buddies and the Dana Farber Cancer Institute.

Dani Engelking

VP of Strategic Partnerships

Driven to work for companies that are dedicated to making a positive impact in the world, Dani is responsible for creating meaningful partnerships that help employers customize and streamline their philanthropic goals with workplace giving. She brings with her nearly 25 years of experience in various positions that include HR technology, voluntary benefits and financial industries. Dani’s philosophy on giving back is that it does not matter how little, big or often you do it, just know that it will have a positive impact on someone!

Dani is a supporter of ChildHelp and the Ryan House organization.

Patricia Evans

Director of Client Success

Dedicated to emphasizing purpose within business, Patricia is working to build and execute a world class client success team for Givinga, focused on helping our clients give back to their communities easily and efficiently. She brings over 25 years of experience in sales, marketing and customer service, and an extensive background in providing leadership and development initiative in private and non-profit environments.

Patricia supports and fundraises for the Massachusetts chapter of Hope Worldwide. She also teaches a knitting class to inner city elementary school children and the Mather School in Dorchester.

Isabel Rivera

Senior Marketing Manager

Isabel is passionate about young women’s empowerment and mental health advocacy. She is a supporter of Active Minds and the BlinkNow Foundation.

Sawyer Billings


As a passionate surfer, Sawyer is a supporter of both the Surfrider Foundation and Atlantic White Shark Conservancy.

Sean Gil

Full Stack Developer

Sean is a supporter of the Special Operations Warrior Foundation and the American Red Cross, and has volunteered as a mentor for StreetWise Partners.

Dick Lucas


As a tech optimist, Dick is a supporter of Wikipedia, the Internet Archive, and the Signal Foundation. With a family member diagnosed with cancer, he also supports the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation.

Abbie Gelopulos

Charity Relationship Associate

Abbie is interested in and passionate about children’s welfare and the rights of Indigenous Peoples. She supports Riley Children’s Foundation and Native Womens Wilderness.

Amanda Kees

Product Associate

Amanda deeply cares about taking care of our oceans and protecting marine life, and has volunteered for The Ocean Conservancy.

Catelin Magel

Marketing Intern

Catelin is involved with Girl Up and Wake Forest University initiatives that fundraise for the Freedom School and the Brian Piccolo Cancer Research Fund. She also supports Planned Parenthood and the Make-A-Wish-Foundation.

Alex Gutwillig

Technical Implementation

Alex supports the Tipitina’s Foundation, and has volunteered for Habitat for Humanity in New Orleans, Covenant House New York and Christmas in the City Boston.

Brenda Lacey

QA Associate

Brenda is passionate about donating food to feed the homeless and supplies to local animal shelters. She supports the American Society for the Prevention and Cruelty of Animals.

Ilana Brillembourg

Charity Relationship Intern

Ilana is a supporter of Active Minds and HomeFront New Jersey. She has also volunteered for the First Tee Program.

Hannah Stahl

Customer Success & Implementation Associate

Hannah is a strong believer of the power of libraries to transform communities. She is a supporter of the American Library Association and the Association for Rural and Small Libraries.

Josh Loerakker

Senior Developer

Josh believes that anyone can learn software development, and the field should be expanded and diversified. He supports Black Girls Code, Women Who Code and The Last Mile.

Josh Oxner

Senior Developer

Josh is an active volunteer in his local community. Additionally, he supports NDN Collective and Black Girls Code.

Holly Nichols

Junior Product Manager

Holly is passionate about education and supporting at-risk youth. She supports Big Brothers and Big Sisters, Make-A-Wish Foundation and United Way.

Shipley Foltz

Marketing Manager

Shipley is a volunteer Foster Mentor and Bio Writer for Best Friends Animal Society, and a member of JUSTGen. She also supports the Wildlife Conservation Society.

Martin Alonso

Content Marketing Manager

Martin is a supporter of environmental causes and passionate about volunteering. He has volunteered for the American Littoral Society, the Surfrider Foundation, and Clean Ocean Action.

Board of Advisors

Larry Moulter

Larry is a high profile and respected Boston business leader skilled in building value from under-performing assets. Highly engaged in the Boston community with leadership roles at the Boston Garden and BostonCoach, he is a skilled stakeholder relations manager who communicates and collaborates with executive teams and employees, investors and financiers, government leaders, media and the public. Larry’s diverse industry knowledge and contacts across the Boston community are an invaluable asset to Givinga as we work to reimagine charitable giving across the marketplace. He believes we are at a moment when community matters and how best to give those causes that matter to each of us drives not only the brand essence of a company but also motivates employees to participate fully in their company’s culture. 

With a strong focus on community, Larry is passionate about spreading awareness of healthcare and nutrition issues.

Lauren Cosulich

Lauren is a Partner at Summit Trail Advisors, where she advises successful entrepreneurs, business owners, and other wealthy families on the management, stewardship, and personalized optimization of their wealth, across multiple generations and geographical regions. From helping high net worth individuals develop their art collections to working in a multi-family office, Lauren has nearly 20 years of experience helping clients work toward their goals, through investment management, balance sheet optimization, trust and estate planning and strategic philanthropic giving. Lauren provides Givinga tremendous insight into our not for profit strategies and long term impact investment possibilities. She believes that the time has come for technology to unlock potential within the philanthropic realm and that there is an opportunity with Givinga to create and strengthen connections individuals have with their employers, the businesses they patronize and the various communities they are a part of to facilitate impactful giving through more efficient and strategic means.

Lauren is a passionate advocate for children’s causes and actively supports various charities including Sandy Hook Promise, Science Club for Girls and the Museum of Science. She views philanthropy as an investment for the future and values the power of collective, community based giving.

Dave Blakelock

Dave is a Senior business executive who has combined innovative customer centric thinking and thought leadership with deep technical and operational knowledge to develop new growth and revenue sources. Currently an active investor with Launchpad here in Boston, among other partnerships and consulting, he has experience in start-ups, strategy, complex systems selection and implementation, supply chain management, business process re-engineering and organizational alignment. In early 2019, Dave used the Givinga platform to run his 100 Days 100 Courses initiative. He believes in the mission of Givinga and that anything that we can do to make it easier for people to support the causes that they believe in the better.

Dave supports Alzheimer’s research through the Cure Alzheimer’s Fund and is working on creating a Cure Alzheimer’s Golf Challenge. He is involved with mental health through his role on the National Council of McLean Hospital and is also on the Palliative Care Council at Newton Wellesley Hospital.