Madison is the Founder, CEO, and resident Boss Lady of POINT. She makes things happen. Specifically, she makes POINT happen. And sometimes has to move mountains to do it. Luckily for those of us on her team, she's VERY good at her job (and somehow manages to be stylish while doing it- I also suspect she's superhuman, but that's neither here nor there).
The idea of a social charity hub, a central point for all things charity, began in her brain, scribbled onto the pages of an 7th grade notebook. Fast forward a few years, and she somehow managed to found a non-profit in her spare time as a biology student at Capital University in Columbus, OH (remember that 'superhuman' comment I made earlier? Yeah).
Now she runs POINT. Madison is leading our charge to create an app connecting people to all things charity. Here is a little bit more about her.
Q: POINT is about connecting people to the causes that they care for. What cause are you most passionate about, and why?
A: The lack of basic sanitation, resources and knowledge about preventable diseases really gets me. The reality of human trafficking makes me sick to my stomach. And I feel as if I would adopt every orphan child if I could. To be honest I feel like I care about everything, which is a blessing and a curse.
Q: What inspires you?
A: Whenever I hear someone say, "I just don't know where to start" concerning charity, seeing poverty, and reading God's word. If Noah built an ark...
Q: Why POINT?
A: I feel as if I have always wanted to help everyone and everything. Really, even things I feel as if no one thinks to care about. For example: my dad and I would take walks after spring rains to throw the night crawlers back in the ground so that they wouldn't dehydrate and die on the pavement. So now every time I pass a worm on the sidewalk, I literally feel compassion for the worm (you can laugh).
But why POINT? - Because you have one place where you can choose to engage any cause, any project and anyone. It's the place to do it all, maybe even save the worms... it's the perfect tool for me.
Q: Tell me about the first time you did something to serve others.
A: Oh goodness, probably changing my sisters' diapers for my parents. If that's not service, I don't know what is.
Q: What is your favorite book?
A. The Bible // it's the greatest "soap-opera" account of all time.
Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen // I should say, I love the first 3 chapters because I always fall asleep (but I still enjoy it).
Awakenings, Oliver Sacks // Fascinating biology ...
Harry Potter, J.K. Rowling // Let's be real, what millennialist doesn't?
Q: What is your favorite sound?
A: An outdoor fire.
Q: What do you think is the closest thing to magic in the world?
A: The internet, I promise it's magic. I'm convinced coders are wizards that type spells.