cover art for High Net Purpose: David Goldberg, Founders Pledge "The Giving Guru"

High Net Purpose

High Net Purpose: David Goldberg, Founders Pledge "The Giving Guru"

Ep. 4

In today's Christmas special and last episode of 2023, Joe McCarthy sits down with David Goldberg, Founder and CEO of Founders Pledge to delve in to the challenges, approaches and opportunities of effective philanthropic giving. He lays out how his global team works with founders to identify their goals, map out where they can have most impact and successfully implement.


David Goldberg is the Founder and CEO of Founders Pledge, a global non-profit organisation empowering entrepreneurs to do the most good with their charitable giving. To date, they have pledged over $10 billion to charity and donated over $1 billion and have been recognised as one of the most high-impact charities. Operating globally across 40 countries, with more than 2,000 members who have committed to donating a percentage of their personal proceeds upon exiting their businesses to charity.


In this conversation, David and Joe discuss the following topics:

  • The hardship of the entrepreneurial journey.
  • How philanthropy can help the world.
  • How to give and donate effectively.
  • Climate change as one of the great market failures.
  • The benefits of Donor Advised Funds (DAFs).
  • Emerging areas of giving.
  • The impact of collaboration.


Follow us on:

YouTube: @HighNetPurpose

Instagram: @highnetpurpose

LinkedIn: high-net-purpose


Find out more about Founders Pledge:

LinkedIn: Founders Pledge


More episodes

View all episodes

  • 5. High Net Purpose: Kat Bruce, NatureMetrics "The Biodiversity Entrepreneur"

    In our first episode of 2024, Joe McCarthy sits down with Kat Bruce, Founder and Director of NatureMetrics, one of the global pioneers in the use of environmental DNA (eDNA) for large-scale biodiversity assessment and data creation. Join us as we delve into Kat's journey from uncertainty after leaving Oxford University, to finding her purpose in contributing to a world where we no longer plunder our long term wealth for the sake of short term material wealth.  In this conversation, Kat and Joe discuss the following topics:Finding your purpose.Challenges of solo entrepreneurship.The dependence of business and the economy on nature.The importance of nature in meeting the Paris Agreement climate targets.The rapid movement of emerging policies for nature.The lack of existing large data sets for environmental DNA and the potential to change that rapidly.The paradox of working with heavy impact industries and polluters for good. Follow us on:YouTube: @HighNetPurposeInstagram: @highnetpurposeTwitter: @HighNetPurposeLinkedIn: high-net-purpose Connect with Kat Bruce & NatureMetricsInstagram: @naturemetricsTwitter: @NatureMetricsLinkedIn: Nature Metrics 
  • 3. High Net Purpose: Dr James Kinross, Imperial College London "Dr Microbiome"

    In today's episode, Joe McCarthy sits with Dr James Kinross to uncover how he's using intellectual capital as a force for good. Dr James Kinross is a leading surgeon and senior lecturer at Imperial College London, driving ground-breaking research in robotic and minimally invasive colorectal surgery. His work spans microbiome engineering for cancer prevention, precision healthcare treatment, and advancements in digital surgery, AI, and data science. Explore the mysteries of the microbiome as James delves into topics from his book, Dark Matter: The Science of the Microbiome. Unravel global health challenges as James unveils how you can take preventative measures. AND discover the potential for a three billion dollar product. In this conversation, James and Joe discuss the following topics:The influence of your microbiome on performance Innovation and purposeThe environment and internal climate crisisSocio-economic status and illnessPrecision healthcare A trillion dollar product Follow us on:YouTube: @HighNetPurposeInstagram: @highnetpurposeLinkedIn: high-net-purpose Connect with Dr James Kinross:Instagram:@goodshitmicrobiomeLinkedIn: James KinrossWebsite:
  • 2. High Net Purpose: Allen Taylor, Endeavor "The Entrepreneur's Investor"

    Welcome to the hotseat where Joe McCarthy sit's with Allen Taylor, Endeavor Catalyst's Managing Partner. Allen Taylor leads Endeavor's co-investment fund, that has been recognized as one of the most active global venture investors in emerging markets. Step into the world of high-impact entrepreneurship as they explore the extraordinary journey of Endeavor, a global non-profit organization dedicated to nurturing entrepreneurial ecosystems in emerging markets. Venture into the dynamic landscape of entrepreneurship, risk, and community building, as Allen shares his unwavering passion for asset allocation and venture capital across diverse and vibrant regions. In this conversation, Allen and Joe discuss the following topics: Entrepreneurship and community building.Risk and opportunities.Undercapitalized markets.Non-profit organization, Endeavour's model and impact.How Reid Hoffman challenged the model and approach.The rigorous process of becoming an Endeavor entrepreneur.How to identify successful entrepreneurs.Economic development in emerging markets.Unique venture capital fund structure with a non-profit organisation.Venture capital in emerging markets.The meaning of impact investing.The vision for Endeavor's future. Follow us on:YouTube: @HighNetPurposeInstagram: @highnetpurposeTwitter: @HighNetPurposeLinkedIn: high-net-purpose Connect with Endeavor:Instagram: @endeavor_globalTwitter: @endeavor_globalLinkedIn: Endeavor
  • 1. High Net Purpose: Mark Pollock - Finding your 'why' and overcoming challenges.

    The awe-inspiring Mark Pollock joins us today for our pilot episode of High Net Purpose. In this episode, our special guest uncovers how he uses his platform and influence to live a purpose-driven life and his journey to getting there. From the crucible moments that became a catalyst for his mission, to tips on how you can find your own purpose, stay tuned to hear the inspirational stories of Mark Pollock. Hindsight is a wonderful thing - Mark schools us on how reflecting on achievements informs future goals, while confronting chosen and unforeseen challenges aligns with the "why." We then go on to bust taboos around setting boundaries, and giving yourself mental rest and recovery amidst noise and busy-ness.