Ben Klasky is a nonprofit CEO, public speaker, and social entrepreneur. He is the CEO of Giving Compass - a nonprofit organizing the world's information to make it easier to give well.  Giving Compass is creating a suite of tools to help philanthropists be more effective. One of these tools involves having live journalists and editors curate the top philanthropic content around the world.  In less than the time it takes to update a social media page, you can place fresh news and content from Giving Compass on your site using this free widget.  Here's an example of our live content:

Prior to joining Giving Compass, Ben worked at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation helping to turbocharge the philanthropy of some of the world's wealthiest individuals. 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 for its programs.

Ben speaks and writes regularly about the benefits of getting kids exploring and learning outside. He is 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:

  • Technology and Nature (His team is building a world-class app to get families outside)
  • Physical and Mental Health Benefits of Time Spent Outside
  • Helping Parents and Educators Learn to Get Kids Moving Outside
  • Nature Deficit Disorder
  • Outdoor Recreation and Outdoor Education
  • Getting Diverse Audiences Outdoors
  • Nonprofit Leadership

Please contact Ben if you'd like him to keynote, moderate, or speak at your event.

Ben teaches a graduate course on Social Entrepreneurship at the University of Washington, and seminars in Nonprofit Management through Seattle Pacific University. 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 seven different boards in the corporate, government and nonprofit space - having held officer roles at many of them. Ben is the co-founder of Camp Galileo innovation camps for kids, which has grown into the largest set of day camps in the San Francisco Bay Area. 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 (now "Board Governance Lab"), which has been replicated at over 80 business schools around the world.