PODCAST: S4:EP43–Marc Pollick, The Giving Back Fund

Join us for S4:EP43 of the Sports Philanthropy Podcast as Marc Pollick, Founder and President of The Giving Back Fund sits down with our host Roy Kessel to discuss the opportunities for nonprofits, and the vision of The Giving Back Fund.

Marc Pollick is an internationally recognized speaker, writer, and consultant on philanthropy and charitable giving, who has guided the philanthropic efforts of an impressive clientele of celebrities, professional athletes, high net worth individuals, and corporations.

He has been featured and interviewed by a vast array of news, sports, entertainment and philanthropy media including ESPN, HBO Sports, Forbes, USA TODAY, and Foundation News and is a guest columnist on philanthropy for Sports Business Journal.

Marc believes that everyone has an inherent desire to give back and leave some mark on society beyond fortune and fame. He is passionate about helping successful individuals identify and express that desire through consulting, mentoring and management of philanthropic assets.

Prior to entering the philanthropic world, Marc had an extensive career in academic Holocaust Studies, working with 1986 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Elie Wiesel. He was Founding Executive Director of the Zachor Institute for Holocaust Studies and founded The Elie Wiesel Institute for Humanitarian Studies. Marc has been recognized for his achievements as a recipient of the prestigious University of Chicago Alumni Award for Public Service and as a 2019 inductee into the Cleveland Heights High School Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame.

The Giving Back Fund is a team of practical idealists who wake up every morning excited about working with people who believe in the possibility of improving the world, and the desire to bring it about. Their team of passionate change agents has more than 220 years of combined expertise to bring to individuals and their philanthropic project.

Marc Pollick joins our host Roy Kessel on S4:EP43 of the Sports Philanthropy Podcast


  • 00:00 Introduction
  • 00:45 Marc’s Childhood Passion For Sports
  • 04:27 Pursuing Sports as a Career
  • 09:55 Athlete’s and Their Success
  • 12:20 Success in the Philanthropic World
  • 19:25 Inefficiency in U.S. Non-Profits
  • 20:00 How Can Non-Profits Collaborate?
  • 25:14 Current Projects
  • 37:25 Finding an Athlete’s Passion for Giving Back
  • 32:36 How Can Athlete’s Continue their Foundations After their Careers?
  • 38:15 SPN Bonus Question
  • 39:55 Closing


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