Kristen Witzel is a mother, Child Life Specialist, and a self-proclaimed "big dreamer but determined doer."
Kristen was born and raised in Georgia and graduated from UGA with a degree in Child Development. #GoDawgs After years of working with children, Kristen recognized that children have the innate need and desire to give back, but often don't know how. She also noticed a lack of opportunity for young children to volunteer. These observations were the catalyst for Kids Boost, a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering kids to give back to the world.
Kristen, and Kids Boost, is on a mission to teach kids that they can use their gifts, talents and passions to make an impact on their community. She strongly believes that if we teach children the joys of philanthropy at a young age, we will create a lifelong love of giving back.
In our conversation with kristen you will hear:
- The story of a mom, entrepreneur and dreamer who loves to inspire.
- How Kids Boost began and the sacrifices it demanded.
- The efforts to dramatically shift how kids see and engage in giving back.
- Why this Atlanta-based organization is a favorite place for our team to support.
Some of Our favorite moments
- How One Child's Generosity Birthed The Idea of Kids Boost (Listen in at 10:00)
- The Difference Between Just Raising Money and Loving Potatoes (Listen in at 13:00)
Launching A Business & Actually Making It Work (Listen in at 16:30)
The Kids Boost Model & How It Benefits Adults Too (Listen in at 36:00)
An Urgent Shift In Thinking & Missing A Grant (Listen in at 42:00)
Looking to The Future With Clear Goals (Listen in at 55:30)
The ONE BIG Non-Negotiable at Kids Boost (Listen in at 59:00)
quotes That prove/re-Enforce kristen & Kids Boost is awesome
"More than an entrepreneur I consider myself a problem-sover."
"I'm the dork that wanted to be a soccer mom and REAAALLLY wants to be room mom."
"Every kid has to research the organization he or she wants to support and our hope is that the feel even more connected to the mission when the see exactly where the money will go (even including taxes)."
"I believe in kids boost and I believe kids want to make a difference."
"If everyone could find their passion, imagine the difference in the world?"
"Single mom's don't start non-profits and succeed."
"What are we doing just to help kids be better people?"
This Interview Is meant to encourage and challenge you
Yes we know we are a financial planning company. But friends, we believe there is so much more to life than money. We see life change and freedom often following good financial wisdom and so while our business product is financial planning the reason is much deeper.
We want to have conversations with people who make life more amazing in addition to giving financial advice. Why? Because people have passions and dreams that are bigger than a bank statement.
Put simply: We love money, but believe more money alone won't bring about a more fulfilling life.
While we are absolutely interested in the financial success of our clients and growing their wealth, we believe we have failed as an organization if we have not equally led them to a more fulfilled life.
We invited Kristen to the podcast because her incredible work with Kids Boost the heart of giving back and how it is inspiring kids to become tiny, fearless philanthropists. Whether you can directly be involved, or are inspired by her transparency we hope you are challenged to work hard for yourself and others.
More Than Money believes "Living for more" addresses conversations around a "better quality of life".
It is one of the greatest joys of our business to meet with clients, hear their dreams, and then see them live out a plan to achieve their goals.
It's Vital To Have Meaningful Conversations in all areas of life
- Think you would be a good fit for a More Than Money interview? Know someone who would have something to share?
- Want to discuss your story and find a better quality of life in financial confidence?
- Have something inspiring that is impacting others?
Let's talk. More Than Money exists for you and responds to all inquiries.
We love to talk to others who believe in a leading people to #LiveWithMore and #LiveForMore.
Thank you so much for your time and insight, Kristen!