Chuck Brown: Just Transition, Philanthropy, and The Scourge of DAFs [Ep. 167]

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Chuck Brown is the founder of Orion Advising, a consultancy in service of social entrepreneurs and investors seeking a Just Transition to the new economy. He sits on the board of Social Enterprise Alliance Bay Area, is a member-leader of Resource Generation Bay Area, and would be glad to connect with you and hear your story: 


Interview Highlights:

  • How Chuck first got into the work he is doing today

  • Social entrepreneurship that focuses on systemic changes in solidarity with poor and working class folks

  • Chuck’s evolving understanding of “giving back” versus “giving it ALL back”

  • What Chuck learned as a foundation insider about Donor Advised Funds (DAFs)

  • Leaders that inspire Chuck and resources he recommends for folks interested in learning more

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