Megan Kashner, a licensed clinical social worker who is founder and CEO of Benevolent, founded the organization in 2011 with the goal of connecting nonprofits and their low-income clients with donors eager to help address specific one-time financial needs. Benevolent redesigns the way we experience the stories of low-income families and how we act as small dollar donors and advocates making a real impact on Americans’ lives. Kashner previously served as an executive director for the Taproot Foundation and held direct service and leadership positions in many Chicago area social service agencies. Kashner and Benevolent have been featured at the White House, at national conferences on philanthropy and entrepreneurship, on CNN, in Fast Company, Mashable, MSNBC, the New Yorker, and more. Kashner holds a Bachelor of Arts in public policy and American civilization from Brown University, a master’s degree from the University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration, and a Master of Business Administration from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.