Founded on the idea that everyone deserves an equal opportunity to make a meaningful impact, we created financial tools and modern technologies that activate the purpose driven marketplace. Our philantech cloud empowers purpose, enabling a profitable transition to the millennial economy. At Givinga, we are changing the way people give, to give better, with fee free account services, no minimum requirements and ensuring 100% of all proceeds go to charity.

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.

Sean Taylor


Sean founded Connecticut Theatre Company, a 501(c)(3) that owns and operates the historic New Britain Repertory Theatre. Sean is also active in Chess in the Schools and cancer research and fundraising initiatives.

Isabel Rivera


Isabel is a proud supporter of young women’s empowerment and active participant in conversations to break the stigma surrounding mental health, specifically for Active Minds.