About

Givinga

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

Technology

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

Marketing

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.

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.