Catching up with Stephen Garten, founder of Charity Charge


n Episode 5 of the Tools for Scale podcast I catch up with Stephen Garten, Founder and CEO of Charity Charge to discuss his social enterprise, the city of Austin's continued growth, and the craft beer scene in Amsterdam.

Stephen has been a featured speaker for United Way, South by Southwest and Dreamforce.  In 2015, IBM selected him as one of the top 5 social entrepreneurs in the world and featured him in their web based reality show A New Way to Startup.

Stephen created Charity Charge to provide people with an easy way to make a difference and support the nonprofits and causes dear to their heart simply through their everyday credit card purchases. He was inspired to start the company when he learned that 31% of consumers – over 60 million people – never redeem their credit card rewards. This totals $16 billion a year in unused reward points!

The company recently announced it’s new credit card program designed specifically for nonprofits. The company already works with nonprofits all across the country as large as $100 million in revenue including chapters from United Way, Junior League, YMCA, and many others. After months of testing and feature build outs the company is now offering the nonprofit credit card program to all organizations.

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