Seismic Philanthropy was founded by Ben Klasky, a recognized nonprofit leader and social entrepreneur for 25 years. He has served as the CEO of IslandWood, Donor Empower, and Net Impact. Under Ben’s tenure, IslandWood was consistently honored as one of the Best Places to Work by Outside Magazine and won awards for its education programs, architecture, and efforts around diversity and inclusion. 

Ben has also worked at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to help turbocharge the giving of some of the world’s wealthiest individuals. In addition, he has taught graduate courses on both Social Entrepreneurship and Nonprofit Management at the University of Washington.  

Ben earned an MBA as well as a Masters in Education from Stanford University. During his time there, he founded Board Fellows, encouraging his fellow students to put their business skills to use for charitable causes. Ben also helped to found Galileo Innovation Camps, and taught elementary school in Louisiana as a Teach For America corps member. 

He has served on over ten corporate and nonprofit boards, having held multiple officer roles. Ben frequently writes and speaks publicly. He has been a regular contributor to the Huffington Post and has given a TEDx Talk.  

To meet his clients’ needs, Ben draws on his extensive professional network. Selected clients and speaking engagements include:

  • The Aspen Institute

  • Benaroya Hall, Seattle

  • Boomerang Giving

  • Center for Native American Youth

  • Charity Navigator

  • Clallam Community Foundation

  • Evans School of Public Policy

  • Kadoorie Farm and Garden (Hong Kong)

  • National PKU Association

  • Nature Play (Australia)

  • Outdoor Foundation (Outdoor Industry Association)

  • REI Co-op

  • Social Venture Partners (SVPI)

  • Taiwan National Parks

  • TEDx

  • Washington Nonprofits

  • Washington Rec and Parks Association

  • Wells Fargo Private Bank

  • White House Council on Environmental Quality