Changing Lives: The Power of Relationships
In Episode 6 of the Giving Done Right podcast, hosts Phil Buchanan and Grace Nicolette are joined by David Shapiro, CEO of MENTOR, a national nonprofit that works to drive equity through expanding quality mentoring relationships for young people. David talks with Grace and Phil about the rich tapestry of the nonprofit sector and makes the case for why supporting the people and relationships powering these organizations’ work can be a meaningful way for donors to have an impact.
David Shapiro is the CEO of MENTOR National, the unifying national champion for expanding quality mentoring relationships for young people. For more than 25 years, MENTOR has helped build and serve the mentoring field by providing a public voice; developing and delivering resources to mentoring programs nationwide; and promoting quality for mentoring through evidence-based standards, innovative research and essential tools. Under Shapiro’s leadership, MENTOR’s efforts to build capacity and scale innovation within the mentoring movement have been highlighted by the Social Impact Exchange, the Stanford Social Innovation Review, and Grantmakers for Effective Organizations. During his tenure, MENTOR launched In Real Life, a national mentoring public awareness campaign, with the support of the NBA and has worked extensively with the Obama Administration on the mentoring component of My Brother’s Keeper. Shapiro’s experience includes leadership positions with the U.S. Golf Association Foundation’s 10-year, $50 million grant-making initiative, Mass Mentoring Partnership, and the American Red Cross of Massachusetts Bay. He chairs the board of the Mass Nonprofit Network and serves as a volunteer leader with a variety of nonprofits, including America’s Promise Alliance, Common Impact, and the Institute for Nonprofit Practice. Shapiro is a husband, father of two sons, and mentor.
Producer: Sarah Martin
Music: “FasterFasterBrighter” by Blue Dot Sessions
Artwork: Jay Kustka