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5 Philanthropic Podcasts That Inspire You To Be Better Every Day

Despite our vast differences as people, we have one commonality which can serve as a powerful tool to unite us—our shared humanity. The purpose of philanthropy is to better human welfare by preventing and solving social problems. This often involves various forms of altruism, from volunteering and raising awareness to donating money to important causes. Today, philanthropy is more important than ever before to improve the wellbeing and lives of those living on our planet, as well as strengthen community ties and improve economic circulation. Furthermore, from an individual perspective, research shows that generosity and helping others offers numerous physical and mental health benefits

Whether you’re looking for a positive, feel-good antidote to fear-mongering and doom scrolling, or simply want to learn more about how to align your actions with your values, here are five philanthropic podcasts to tune into this summer: 

1. Philanthropy Hour

Produced by Greg Cherry, associate partner for Social Venture Partners Los Angeles, this podcast profiles and interviews various noteworthy and philanthropic individuals, including social change-makers, fundraisers, and non-profit leaders. Also known as “The Charity Man”, Cherry is on a mission to inspire others to join the movement and help effect social change. Whether you’re interested in social innovation or impact investing, looking for tips for success as an aspiring social entrepreneur or non-profit leader, or just want to learn more about some amazing causes, Philanthropy Hour is a must-listen for those who care about making a difference. 

2. Sickkids VS Podcast

Aptly described in the podcast description, this show takes you to the frontlines in the fight for child health at the largest pediatric care and research centre in Canada. Hosted by Hannah Bank, the series offers fascinating insight into the latest innovations and breakthroughs in medical research and treatment. SickKids VS is not only worthwhile from a philanthropic standpoint, but is also perfect for those interested in learning more about cutting-edge medical and scientific research, as you hear firsthand about the work done by leading scientists in their respective fields. Bank is also adept at translating often confusing and complicated medical jargon into clear, engaging content which can be understood by anyone, regardless of their prior medical knowledge or expertise.

3. OLTCA Podcast

Coming of Age is a podcast dedicated to ways in which we can better support our seniors. As many countries around the world face an impending demographic crisis due to an aging population—with the number of elderly people set to outstrip working-age individuals by a factor of nearly 58 to one in the next 40 yearsit is vital that we start planning ahead now, so that we can effectively meet the needs of the coming influx of senior citizens. Hosted by Donna Duncan, CEO of the Ontario Long Term Care Association, the podcast seeks to discuss difficult topics such as ageism and how our government can better support one of the most vulnerable demographics of today’s society.

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4. The Social Strategist Project

Brainchild of the Center for Social Impact Communications at Georgetown University, The Social Strategist Project is a collection of conversations with dozens of people who are trying to change the world for the better. Featuring interviews with disruptive social impact leaders, the discussions focus on everything from capacity-building and enhancing youth engagement to how to use communication to fight against prejudice and encourage corporate involvement in environmental sustainability. The inaugural episode of the series features Dr. Jane Goodall, world-famous primatologist and conservationist, renowned for her decades of ground-breaking work with chimpanzees in Tanzania. In the words of the awe-inspiring Dr. Goodall herself: “Every individual matters. Every individual has a role to play. Every individual makes a difference.”

5. Medtech Talk Podcast

Join Geoff Pardo, dynamic partner at Gilde Healthcare, as he interviews leaders in medical technologies as they reimagine the future of healthcare delivery. From VR surgical training and the development of an early warning system for diabetic foot ulcers to the revolution of telehealth during the COVID-19 pandemic, this podcast is for anyone interested in current medtech industry trends as well as the challenges, advice, and careers of the entrepreneurs changing the face of our healthcare landscape today. 

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