Ben Klasky is a philanthropic advisor, helping families and foundations achieve significant impact with their philanthropy. Ben is also a regular public speaker, and lifelong social entrepreneur. He has worked at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to help turbocharge the giving of some of the world's wealthiest individuals. He has also served as the CEO of Giving Compass, which creates tech tools to help high net worth donors give effectively. The editors and journalists of Giving Compass have written and curated over 15,000 pieces of philanthropy-related content from around the world.
For over a decade, Ben served as the CEO of IslandWood, an outdoor education organization headquartered near Seattle, which was consistently recognized as one of the Best Places to Work by Outside Magazine, and won numerous awards under Ben’s tenure for its science education, green architecture; and efforts around ethnic diversity. Each year, IslandWood's 200+ staff and volunteers teach thousands of urban children using nature as a classroom. Many of these kids have never hiked in the woods or walked on a beach before participating in this program. IslandWood boosts the students academically, builds their self confidence, and helps them tackle challenges in their communities
Ben speaks and writes regularly about high-impact philanthropy, as well as the importance of nature to our physical and mental health. He has been a regular blogger at Huffington Post and has given a TEDx Talk. Ben has spoken publicly at conferences and venues throughout the world - and has taken the stage at Town Hall, 5th Avenue Theatre, and Benaroya Hall in his hometown. His speaking topics include:
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Ben has taught graduate courses on Social Entrepreneurship and Nonprofit Management at the University of Washington. He has been appointed by two different Governors as an advisor to boost Washington's education system, environment, and economy. And, he has served on ten different boards in the corporate, government and nonprofit spaces - having held officer roles at many of them. Ben is the co-founder of Galileo innovation camps for kids, which has grown into the largest set of day camps on the west coast. He taught elementary school in Louisiana with Teach For America in its founding years and subsequently worked on its staff. While earning his MBA, he also created the first-ever Board Fellows program, which has been replicated at over 80 business schools around the world.