Paul Polizzotto

Founder & CEO

Over his 30-year career as a social entrepreneur, Paul has dedicated himself to developing, refining and realizing the vision at the heart of Givewith — that by prioritizing social impact, businesses can deliver a sustainable source of funding for the critical work of nonprofits and differentiate themselves from the competition, driving sales, increasing profits and raising share prices. 

Paul proved his theory with EcoMedia, the company he founded in 2001 and sold to CBS in 2010. Under Paul’s leadership, EcoMedia directed more than $100 million in funding and resources to environmental, education and community health and wellness programs across the country, improving the quality of life for nearly 60 million people. 

Paul has been honored with numerous recognitions for his work, including the Santa Monica Baykeeper’s and the Waterkeeper Alliance’s “Keeper Award” (2001), Coastal Living Magazine’s “Leadership Award” (2003), the US Conference of Mayors Award for Excellence in Public Private Partnerships (2009), back-to- back Edison Awards for Social Innovation and Social Impact (2012, 2013), the Starlight Children’s Foundation’s “General H. Norman Schwarzkopf Leadership Award” (2014) and Volunteers of America’s “Good Samaritan Award” (2018). He has been named an “Environmental Hero” by US EPA, a “Public-Private Visionary” by Vanity Fair magazine and “Social Good Leader of the Year” by Cynopsis Media.