Matthew Goldstein

April 23rd, 2019

This week we invited Matthew Goldstein, Founder and CEO of Besa, an organization that is re-shaping the way a city thinks about volunteering and community involvement. They are leveraging partnerships and focusing the good people are already doing in a really powerful way. Not only are they able to demonstrate their impact by the number of service hours they’ve tracked, but they see the services that are delivered one project at a time that make a real difference.

This is truly what we’re talking about when we highlight people building community around a common purpose. You’re going to love Matthew and Besa. Enjoy!

Show Notes

2:25 What actually is Besa, (Albanian not Spanish)?
4:16 From corporate retail to a…. suicide hotline?
6:28 The woman who made me realize I might be a douchebag
10:10 It can’t just be about me… my life that is.
11:36 I wanted more of those genuine connections and Besa gave me that opportunity
15:09 In between leaving corporate retail and starting Besa, you really created another successful business?
18:10 In the first year of Besa, you had a $20,000 operating budget. How did you spend that?
19:06 In 2 clicks you can sign up to volunteer.
23:37 What’s Besa’s total community impact in dollars to date?
25:40 Adopt-a-Senior: annual holiday gift drive for over 1500 low-income seniors in Central Ohio
28:20 Where is Besa headed in the future?
33:42 Matthew’s favorite Besa moment.

Favorite Drink


2 oz Gin
1/2 oz Maraschino Liqueur
1/4 oz Creme de violette or Creme Yvette
3/4 oz Fresh lemon juice

Garnish with Brandied cherry

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