About DonateWell

DonateWell is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization (EIN 46-0942102) that sponsors a national donor-advised fund (DAF) which partners with creative social enterprises that are exploring new ways to create and inspire new philanthropy. We employ sophisticated APIs and flexible processes to help our partners empower giving in many ways. We provide a centralized account for our donors to manage their giving and handle all disbursements to eligible charities.

The DonateWell Board

Matt Combs

Chair / President

Matt-Combs-300pxMatt Combs is Founder and CEO of YourCause, LLC. He has been involved in start-ups since graduating from Cornell in 1999. Whether building technology based business for others or acting upon his own ideas, Matt has spent more than a decade turning concept into reality.

The year of 2007 spawned an idea that changed his life. A boy named Patrick, a former child soldier in the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), shared his story on a cable documentary that stopped Matt in his tracks. ‘What can I do?’ was one his first thoughts. With a background in internet and technology, the idea led him to launch YourCause. In 2009, the concept of YourCause shifted to the enterprise space and became the first technology provider to go global and consolidate core Corporate Social Responsibility programs within a white label platform. YourCause is focused on creating simple connections between corporations, employees, and nonprofits to provide big impact on the world.

Joe Lawless


joeJoe Lawless is Executive Director of the Center for Leadership & Social Responsibility in the Milgard School of Business at the University of Washington Tacoma. He currently teaches Board Governance and Leadership courses in the Milgard School, and has over 25 years of experience in the not-for-profit sector and specifically in philanthropy.

As Executive Director of the Mary Bridge Children’s Foundation, Joe managed every aspect of a fundraising operation that generated over $12 million annually. Joe holds a bachelor’s degree from Seattle University and an MBA from the University of Washington Tacoma.

John Power


johnJohn Power is a financial advisor at Merrill Lynch in Tacoma, Washington. John’s interest in socially responsible investing led him to being a part of this board. John graduated from the University of Portland with a BS in Political Science and received his Masters in International Relations from the Maxwell School at The University of Syracuse.

John is committed to the local nonprofit community and also is on the Board of Alumni at Bellarmine Preparatory School and is also a Member of the Board for The Job Carr Cabin Museum.