Category Archives: Philanthropy

Helping Others Achieve Their Goals

Norbert TanReinventing, retraining, attaining a dream is achievable for all of us.  Please join Maria on a special 2-part podcast about folks doing exactly that!  The Phoenix Scholarships are awarded by the Ventura College Foundation and it is helping to change people’s lives.  Executive Director, Norbert Tan and Scott, one of this year’s recipients share how VCF and their scholarships are assisting folks to reach their dreams. 

Click here for the VCF website.

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014 – CJ By Cookie Johnson


CJ by Cookie Johnson celebrated her 5th anniversary of the launch of her jeans.  Maria interviewed the creator at her anniversary party.  Cookie’s husband, Magic Johnson surprised her with a cake and a visit, graciously posing for photos and signing autographs to support his wife’s milestone. 


A portion of the proceeds of the sales goes to benefit the Magic Johnson Foundation’s HIV/AIDS Initiative. The foundation supports community programs that involve the awareness, education and prevention of the spread of HIV/AIDS.

Click here for Cookie’s website.  Click the player below to listen to the interview.




Monday, February 10th, 2014 – Oceana – Shark finning

shark fins100 Million sharks are killed every year through the barbaric process of shark finning.  That is the slicing off of a shark’s fins and throwing the live shark back into the ocean in order to supply the demand for shark fin soup.


Please join Maria as she visits with Dr. Geoff Shester, California Program Director of Oceana as he explains how this is affecting the ecosystem of our oceans.

 Click here for Oceana’s website. 

Thursday, January 9th, 2014 – Genital Integrity

Intactivism involves activists who are passionate about protecting genital integrity for both newborn boys and girls.  Harvard Law School graduate, J. Steven Svoboda joins Maria to talk about the history of circumcision and the work that the organization which he founded in 1997, Attorneys for the Rights of the Child, has accomplished.  Complete with a summation of the major breakthroughs that were experienced in 2013 for the movement towards worldwide genital integrity. 

Click here for Steven’s website.  


Friday, December 20th, 2013 – Ryan Glatt – California Luthern University

RyanGlattHelping Haitians still struggling to recover from the devastating 2010 earthquake, a crowdfunding project is sending 12 students to Haiti to help implement sustainable agriculture practices.  Please join California Lutheran University student Ryan Glatt as he visits with Maria about the inspiration of the trip, the mission, the collaborators and how they will be spending their time. 

You may also call Ryan at 805.231.7339 for more information.


Click to learn more & donate here.