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Matthew Yonally

Santa Barbara, California

About Matt

Matthew Yonally lives in Santa Barbara, California with his wife and son. He is a 30 year Wall Street veteran who is focused on giving back to the community, particularly in the areas of Christian outreach, education, healthcare, financial aid and cultural defense and enrichment.

Trained as an economist, Matt has visited over 40 countries and been impacted deeply by the differences in cultures and how they frame their approaches to solving economic, social, political and spiritual problems.  Involved in multiple non profits and boards, he’s been drawn to the reality that there are actually stories of great work being done in our time that are going unnoticed by most. Many times these are stories that need to be told.

The biblical truth that “to whom much is given, much is required” is a charge that was to be considered twenty centuries ago, just as it will be  twenty centuries from now. Matt believes in living out this concept, and that our abundance puts us in a unique position to be impacting in a world that is in desperate need.  Follow along on this blog as Matthew Yonally finds particularly noteworthy organizations and stories that share his vision and seek to make a difference in today’s challenging landscape. 


See Matt’s most recent posts below, and head over to his Blog page to see more!

Tips for Philanthropic Giving this Holiday Season

In the wake of the holiday season of giving and being grateful for the things you have, the holidays also shed a light on those who aren't as fortunate. Seeing others in need can tug at your  heartstrings and make you want to give the clothes off your back to someone....

The Three T’s of Philanthropy: Time, Talent and Treasure

What exactly is philanthropy? Philanthropy comes from the Greek word ‘philo” meaning friend. Translated directly it means love of mankind. Some people believe it is only about giving money. This could not be further from the truth. Philanthropy is about caring about...

Christian Spotlight: The Salvation Army

When you think of Christmastime, perhaps an image of a person wearing red ringing a bell outside of a storefront comes to mind. The Salvation Army is a familiar sight during the Christmas season, but what about the rest of the year? What is The Salvation Army and how...