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Episode 85 - Kate Williams, CEO, 1% for the Planet... Got 1% to Give?

Kate Williams, CEO of 1% for the Planet, is at the nexus of 1,000s of businesses and 100s of individuals giving 1% of their revenue to environmental stewardship and sustainability. Having already given a total of more than $270 million, the 1% for the Planet community is an ecosystem of the most innovative individuals and organizations dedicated to creating a better world – including companies like Patagonia, Nature’s Own, and Honest Tea. From her home in the “Shire” of Vermont, Kate shares how we can each do 1% more in our lives: one more tree, one more school garden, one more community garden, and that the “network effect” of our combined actions culminate in rapid, massive change-making.

Learn how your company can join the 1% for the Planet community, and how you can become a 1% for the Planet member as an individual. And, through the end of 2020, with the generous support of a $100,000 matching challenge grant, your contribution will be effectively doubled! (Don’t forget the Y on Earth Community is approved as a recipient non-profit by 1% for the Planet – you can direct your giving to our community mobilization work!).

Kate Williams is CEO of 1% for the Planet, a global movement inspiring businesses and individuals to support environmental nonprofit solutions, through annual membership and everyday actions. The network of more than 3000 members in more than 40 countries gave $25+million to environmental nonprofits last year. During her tenure (2015-present), Kate has led significant growth in network scale and impact, as well as deep work on best practices for giving strategies and partnership development. And in 2020, she and her team developed a new strategic plan with a north star goal of becoming the most recognized global environmental community.

Kate earned a BA at Princeton University where she majored in history, and an MS at the MIT Sloan School of Management where she focused on organizational systems. She has served on several nonprofit Boards, currently BlueCross BlueShield of Vermont and Shelburne Farms. Kate is a master’s distance runner and kitchen gardener. Kate lives in Vermont with her husband and two children.


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