Give Where It Matters®


Our Full Mission Statement:
Greater Good Charities is an independent 501(c)(3) charitable organization devoted to improving the health and well-being of people, pets, and the planet. In addition to creating and operating a suite of Signature Programs, Greater Good Charities has given over $300 million in cash and product grants to charity partners and programs worldwide that work toward our mission.

We work mainly in the core areas of:

  • Alleviating and addressing the root causes of world hunger and food insecurity, and promoting peaceful co-existence.
  • Early detection and treatment of breast cancer and other widespread health concerns, particularly in women.
  • Preventing and treating childhood illness, disease and other children’s health and well-being concerns.
  • Promoting children’s literacy and education.
  • Protecting and restoring the environment.
  • Providing care and feeding of rescued animals in shelters and sanctuaries and addressing the root causes of their conditions.

To date, Greater Good Charities has given over $300 million in cash and in-kind grants.

View our Annual Report for fiscal years 2017 and 2018 and see all the good we've accomplished thanks to our incredible donors and partners!

Our Partnership with GreaterGood.com


GreaterGood.com strives to connect a passionate audience with simple online tools to make the world a better place. They turn your desire to make a difference into tangible, documented support for charities that help people, save pets, and improve the planet. By connecting millions of caring people like you, GreaterGood.com has created an online community with real power to change the world.

GreaterGood.com is proud to have given more than $50 million in cash grants to non-profit charities around the world through Greater Good Charities since 1999.

Millions have received help and assistance because of your efforts: hungry families fed, pets rescued, rainforests saved, breast cancer caught and treated, children helped to achieve a brighter future, and so much more.

With so many simple, easy ways to be involved – from a free click to a direct donation that funds a specific program – your smallest actions online matter.

Our Financials


We want you to know how your money is spent, and we only support projects that demonstrate impact. We are audited yearly by an independent firm, and we make our annual 990 statements public.

Download our most recent Audited Financials and IRS 990 forms here:

Spent on Programs in FY 2019
96.6%
Given in Grants in FY 2019
$55.8MM

Our Board of Directors


David Yaskulka

Board Chair

David Samuelson

Board Vice Chair

John Gehrt

Board Treasurer

Julia Christophersen

Board Secretary

Jackson Galaxy

Board Member

Greg Hesterberg

Board Member

Eve Higgs

Board Member

Kimberly Klintworth

Board Member

Janis Rosenthal

Board Member

Julie Ryan

Board Member

Jam Stewart

Board Member

Jeffery R. Zuba, D.V.M.

Board Member

Our Executive Leaders & Senior Management


Liz Baker

Chief Executive Officer

Chris Balaski

Chief Operating Officer

Noah Horton

Chief Marketing Officer

Jemimah Okantey

Chief Financial Officer

Stephen Minter

Legal Counsel

Dafny Vogel

Director of Donor Experience

Rowena Koenig

Director of Partnerships

Denise St. Jean

Director of Public Relations

Jennifer Fermon

Director of Impact Planning

Brooke Nowak

Director of People and Planet Programs

Melissa Vecera

Director of Rescue Bank & In-Kind Operations

Denise Bash

Director of Disaster Response

Sára Varsa

Director of Pet Programs

Dr. Tom Van Devender

Director of Biodiversity Programs

Bryna Donnelly

Director of Rescue Rebuild, Family & Pet Projects

Zach Baker

Director of Rescue Rebuild, Animal Shelter Projects

Susan Rosenberg

Director of International Animal Programs

Sue Vilsack

Director of National Programs & Logistics, Rescue Bank

Christie Rogero

Program Manager, The Jackson Galaxy Project

Sean Cherry

Director of Digital Marketing

Karla Ball

Grants Administrator

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Our Expert Staff


Kalli Spackeen

Office Manager and Executive Assistant

Carl LoPresti

Staff Accountant

Danielle Bennett

Administrative and Bookkeeping Assistant

Lesley McCave

Corporate & Foundation Relations Officer

Ashlee Marinez

Senior Email Marketing Manager

Will Pallister

Grant Writer & Researcher

Hannah Seaman

Media Marketing Manager

Marina Maskaykina

Brand & Design Manager

Lexi Browne

Marketing Coordinator

Ellie Snyder

Junior Copywriter & Program Assistant

Brittany John

Global Education Program Manager

Lynn Peterson

Media Manager of Girls Voices

Sarah Aguilar

Foster Program Manager

Kathy Poritzky

Operations Manager, Rescue Bank

Melanie Meadows

Affiliates Manager, Rescue Bank

Kimberly Spina

Rescue Rebuild Program Manager

Casey Paholski

Rescue Rebuild Program Manager

Rachel Hiebert

Rescue Rebuild Program Manager

Matthew Russick

Rescue Rebuild Program Manager

Nate Borger

Rescue Rebuild Program Manager

Ashleigh Rivera

Pet Program Coordinator

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