The Educated Giving Foundation is a Venture Capital Firm for the Charity World.  We Exist to Connect High Impact Projects to Donors or "Educated Investors" who want to See Measurable Results with their Giving.  We Curate Meaningful Projects from Reputable Charities and Find the Most Interesting and Fun People Across the Globe who want to Change the World One Project at a Time.


An Intentional Gift at the Right Time for a High Impact Purpose. It's Asking Donors to Invest vs Emotionally Give to a Project that is Worth Funding for on its Own Merits.


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David Gardner

Educated Giving Investor


David Gardner is a serially successful software entrepreneur and angel investor who now runs cofounders capital, his fund has been very impactful on the triangle and he is currently on his second fund. He serves as a governor for opportunity international and 3rd world entrepreneur empowering charity with offices around the globe. David is the author of a book on entrepreneurship called the startup hats, where he writes and speaks on the topic of intelligent giving and accountable charity.

Scott Newman

Educated Giving Educator

Scott Newman currently serves as the chairman of the board at Netsertive which is a rapidly growing digital marketing technology company based in the Research Triangle Park.  In addition, Scott is also the CEO of Audio Advice, which sells home theaters, audio, and smart home systems out of its Raleigh and Charlotte superstores and on its e-commerce site.   Scott is also on the board of the North Carolina Football Club and has served as CEO or board member of half a dozen startups and charities.

Patty Blaser

Educated Giving Investor

Patty Blaser is the true american success story.  She came to America from Taiwan when she was only 15 years old, since then she has become a self made millionaire through being an entrepreneur , innovator, designer, and most importantly a mother.  She has raised 3 wonderful children all while building a successful multi million dollar textile business. She believes love trumps all and is the secret to her success and is what drives her in her business and personal life.

Joe Schmidt

Educated Giving Educator


Joe Schmidt sold his company, Canvas on Demand to Cafepress in 2010.  Before this event and everyday after Joe is committed to like is a successful entrepreneur that has not only used his talents in business but has proven he can successfully contribute and make an impact in humanitarian causes.  He is the founder of audacity factory which is a raleigh based nonprofit that applies business world techniques to world changing ideas in order to address underserved areas of humanitarian need. He is also a published author as he and his business partner have written and self published a book titled entrepreneurship.  Over the years schmidts career has lead him from the ad firm howard/merrell to a startup called eosk to bloomingdales.Com which he turned into a $10 million a year business. One his larger success stories as an entrepreneur was co-founding canvas on demand which is a service that turns customers photos into canvas artwork, he sold the company in 2010 to cafepress.Com.

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Chris Cimino


Chris Cimino founded the Educated Giving Foundation in 2016 and plays the role of Chief Connector. Chris is always trying to find more ways to live life to the full and drives a great deal of satisfaction and energy when surrounded by interesting people working on fun projects or challenges. Chris has started several business and is actively involved in SalesPro Connect, a sales only recruiting company ( and Lavish a real estate and design firm for people who are never average ( Chris loves introducing new friends and especially likes introducing you to his way better half, Jenny Cimino and their three children: Joy (8yr), Banks (6yrs), and Palmer (4 yrs). Connect with him on LinkedIn:

Drew Davies

Educated Giving Investor


Drew Davies is currently using his talents as a EVP & GM at the soon to be $1B+ company Implus in Raleigh, NC. A true high performer, Drew is passionate about success in all areas of  family, faith, community, or career. Drew is one of the most helpful people you will ever meet and loves finding creative solutions with teams or groups of people pulling towards a shared vision or goal. Connect with him on LinkedIn:

Ethan Drum

Ethan Drum  is the head of sales for Creative Visions, a company that host 3000 personal events to once in a lifetime experiences. Ethan has worked in over 6 countries and regularly serves on Charity boards like  Shepherd Youth Ranch or Upward Sports. He has Served as an NGO Relief Worker in Bulacan, Philippines and loves life and travel. He and his wife Karin Drum are about to welcome a new baby into the world summer 2018.

Jeff Snell

Jeff Snell is the incoming Chairman of the  International Business Brokers Association Chairman. For over 15 years Jeff has helped business owners unlock over $100 million of equity for his clients.  Recently Jeff negotiated the first and most recent Raleigh Christmas Parade broadcast rights with WTVD 11 and WRAL 5 on behalf of the Greater Raleigh Merchants Association and Shop Local Raleigh. Jeff enjoys motorsports as a spectator and driver, shooting sports and is an avid home theater enthusiast.   He has served on a variety of business, charitable and association boards and has always had a fascination with the art of the deal. He has four children and has lived in Raleigh since 1992.

Mark MacDonald


Mark MacDonald - Mark MacDonald is the CEO & Founder Arcadia Real Estate Advisors. Mark has over 30 successful years in the real estate business from Billion Dollar REITs to high end residential neighborhood development.  He has an MBA from Duke and is always finding new and interesting ways to approach problems like growing food locally in the communities in which we live and is pioneering a new farm to table concept in one of his development projects. He has two amazing children and an amazing Actress/Model/Interior Designer  wife named Dominika MacDonald.

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