What is Tickets-for-Charity®?
Tickets-for-Charity (TFC) works with top performing artists, professional sports teams, theaters and corporations to offer fans access to premium seats, special offers and unique VIP experiences. The difference? Every ticket purchased through TFC directly supports some of the world's most respected nonprofits.
So, you pay the same or better price you'll find elsewhere, for seats you won't find anywhere else! And your favorite charities receive a donation at the same time (instead of unauthorized brokers and scalpers).
How it works
1. We get tickets
Our ticket partners (artists, teams and companies) make a selection of seats available for a Charitable Sale™ program through TFC.
2. You get access
TFC offers our members tickets at market price. Sometimes more than face value for the hottest tickets; sometimes at special Charity Rates—but always for the same or better price you'll find anywhere else! Here's how it breaks down:
- The artist or team gets the Ticket Price back or the corporate donor gets a tax deduction
- 100% of the Donation Amount* goes to charities selected by fans (that's you) and our ticket partners
3. Charities get donations
Whether paying the same or less than what you'd have to pay a broker or scalper, or accessing special Charity Rates not available anywhere else, you now support your favorite charities with every purchase.
4. We keep our lights on
TFC charges a standard service fee to help keep our lights on and manage our Charitable Sale™ programs, from the online platform and ticket fulfillment, to customer service and donation distributions.*(net only direct transaction costs)
What we've done
- Tens of millions of dollars in ticket sales and donations generated through Charitable Sale™ programs over five years
- Collaboration with over 400 venues nationwide and more than 75 of the biggest names in sports and entertainment, from U2, the Rolling Stones, John Mayer, Tim McGraw and Katy Perry, to the Boston Celtics, San Francisco Giants and Seattle Sounders
- Partnerships with 100+ partner charities, including Boys and Girls Clubs of America, CARE, Feeding America, Habitat for Humanity International and the United Way Worldwide
Who we are
Based in Boston, MA, our team is experienced in areas from social entrepreneurship and nonprofit management to entertainment, finance and marketing. We're music lovers, sports enthusiasts and quintessential superfans. But above all, we share a passion for making this world a better place by collaborating with some of the most respected, hardworking and inspiring nonprofit organizations out there.
We love what we do, and we live for our fans.
Jay WhiteheadJay Whitehead joined Charity Partners as CEO in May, 2012. Over his 30-year entrepreneurial career, Jay has owned and led 15 fast-growth investor-backed technology, media and social enterprises, has raised nine figures' worth of investor capital, and driven to several successful liquidity events. Prior, Jay was President of Montreal-based HR tech company Vistance (subsidiary of Rideau Recognition, Inc.), CEO of Corporate Responsibility Magazine (publisher of the world-famous 100 Best Corporate Citizens List and corporate responsibility partner of the NYSE), and President of B2B media companies SharedXpertise Media LLC and Outsourcing Today LLC. After publication of his 2009 book "The Post-Carbon Economy", Jay was named to Ethisphere's "100 Most Influential People in Business Ethics" list. Jay’s other leadership roles include EmployeeService.com, TriNet, UPSIDE Magazine, PC Magazine, Triathlete, CRN and Daily Journal. He has also had on-air broadcast roles at KTTV, CNBC and PBS, and several syndicated newspaper columns and radio shows. Jay earned his BA from UCLA, a Strategic Finance Certificate from the Harvard Business School and is a dual citizen of U.S. and France.
Phil O'DonnellAs Chief Financial Officer, Phil is responsible for all financial, treasury, HR, legal and risk management activities of the Company. Phil joined Charity Partners in 2007 from Vantage Deluxe World Travel, a $180 million (revenue) direct marketer of senior citizen travel services where he served as Corporate Controller. From 1999 to 2001, Phil was CFO of Educational Travel Alliance, Inc. (eTrav), an Internet based start-up educational travel company. While at eTrav, he served on the Board of Directors. Prior to that Phil served as Vice President, Assistant Controller and International Accounting Manager at the American Council for International Studies, a $65 million educational travel company. Phil is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in Massachusetts and holds a BS in Mass Communications from Emerson College and MS in Accountancy from Bentley College's Elkin B. McCallum Graduate School of Business.
Mark PasculanoAs Chief Supply Officer, Mark is focused on the Corporate ticket market, working directly with Fortune 500 companies to better utilize their excess ticket inventory through the Tickets-for-Charity platform. Mark has over 25 years experience in sales and finance, and knows what it takes to work at an entrepreneurial company. Most recently, Mark is a Co-Founder and was the Chief Credit Officer of First Commons Bank. Prior to First Commons Bank, Mark worked as a Credit Specialist in the Regulatory & Capital Markets Group of Deloitte & Touche, performing credit review work on commercial banking clients. Previously, he spent 14 years at Silicon Valley Bank, as a SVP/Loan Officer, and then as the Senior Credit Officer for the Northeast Division - responsible for the credit quality and risk management of the portfolio for all offices in six states. Mark was previously on the board of the New England Children's Foundation. He received his BA from Tufts University and his MBA from Boston University.
VP, Partnership Development
Kate BrandeisKate oversees the activation and cultivation of charity, entertainment and corporate partnerships in support of the Company's inventory acquisition, customer acquisition and charitable impact. She works closely with the company's Artist partners and management for acquisition of new Charitable Sale programs, as well as optimization of programs to maximize charitable impact and fan experience. Prior to joining the Company, Kate was Account Director at Aviatech, an integrated marketing and advertising firm with clients in the private and public sector, and Account Executive at Donordigital, an online advocacy and fundraising partner for nonprofit clients such as Amnesty International and U.S. Fund for UNICEF. Kate graduated Magna Cum Laude from Connecticut College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in cultural anthropology.
VP, Sports Programs
Charles VeyseyCharles leads the Company's sports program initiatives to develop new partnerships at both the team and league level in support of inventory acquisition. A member of the founding team of Charity Partners, Charles oversees the management of all active sports Charitable Sale™ programs to ensure long-term, sustainable relationships with each of the company's team and team foundation partners. Previously, Charles was a Business Development Associate at Vision Sports and Entertainment Partners (acquired by The Active Network) and Sales Associate at CitySearch, Inc. Charles launched his career with Nantucket Nectar's successful guerilla mobile marketing campaign, a program credited with introducing the brand to millions of consumers. Charles graduated from the University of Montana with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration.
Senior Software Architect
Vikas AherVikas is seasoned software professional with more than 15 years of experience in programming solutions on variety of platforms. Vikas comes with rich experience in full implementation of e-commerce suite and is responsible for developing and implementing software solutions at TFC. Prior to joining TFC, Vikas worked with TNT Vacations as Systems Architect. He has Bachelor degree in Electronics Engineering and Masters in Information Technology and Management from Brandeis University.
Charitable Sale™ Manager, Entertainment
Office Manager / Director of Charity Relations Compliance
Lisa CampbellEnsuring smooth operation of the day-to-day functioning of the company, Lisa is one of the founding team members of Charity Partners. As Office Manager, Lisa works closely with each team member assisting them with efficiency, maintenance, and structure in the office. Having over ten years paralegal experience with a Boston based law firm specializing in corporate law, she works closely with the Charity Relations team on administration and compliance activities. Prior to joining Charity Partners, Lisa worked as an Executive Assistant at Excel Holdings contributing to the company's legal and investment documentation, bookkeeping, human resources as well as office management. Graduating cum laude from Salem State, Lisa holds her Bachelor of Science degree majoring in psychology, minoring in business with a concentration in accounting.
Christine JonesChristine Jones leapt at the chance to join Charity Partners in 2009 from The Mentor Network, a $900 million (revenue) provider of healthcare solutions to clients of all ages. Her passion for the details led to a career in Finance following a successful completion of dual bachelors' degrees from Northeastern University College of Business Administration for both Finance and Marketing. Her team experiences extend from leading tours as Park Ranger for the Boston Harbor Islands National Park Area to facilitating quarterly audits for The Mentor Network.
Michael KalilMichael J. Kalil is a 1991 graduate from Boston University's School of Communications, whose entertainment career began in Los Angeles at MTV, and eventually into the marketing department at Sony/Columbia TriStar Pictures. He then moved back East to join the William Morris Agency in NYC as a junior talent agent in the Film/TV Department, representing A-List actors/actresses, writers, and directors. Upon returning home to Boston, he launched a local men's magazine, Boston City Beat, as well as two of the most popular hospitality venues in the downtown area. Most recently, Michael has served as Director of Marketing and Philanthropic Partnerships for lifestyle apparel brand, Muze Clothing, and also launched South End Entertainment, LLC, created to manage high-profile events and develop various TV, film, sports, and music entertainment projects.
Kaitlin McGorryAs part of the Marketing Demand Team, Kaitlin is responsible for creating and supporting marketing initiatives for Partner Artists, Teams and Charities in support of TFC's Charitable Sale initiatives. She helps drive charitable ticket sales by acting as a voice to the TFC community through social media, email marketing, customer support and other direct-to-consumer communications. Kaitlin joins our team with 3 years of marketing experience. Prior to joining Tickets-for-Charity, Kaitlin spent three years at Swerve Point LLC in various roles, most recently Account Executive. As an AE at SwervePoint, she was responsible for selling communications merchandise and promotional products to Fortune 500 and Fortune 1000 companies. Kaitlin graduated from Manhattan College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications and was a member of the school's NCAA Division I Women's Lacrosse team.
Director, Event Inventory
David RiccobonoDavid is a highly motivated, creative, and enthusiastic professional with over ten years of operational, managerial, and sales experience in the entertainment and ticketing industry. David oversees all aspects of our Charitable Sale operations, from managing inventory and venue communications, to customer experience and fulfillment oversight. Prior to working at Charity Partners, David has been a Senior Account Executive with Vendini, negotiating contracts with top revenue producing live music venues and promoters. He has also worked at Ticketmaster (East Coast Division) coordinating and supervising regional and national client events. David graduated from Berklee College of Music with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education.
Kevin StanekCurrently tasked with successfully migrating a proprietary e-commerce system from a dedicated server environment to a more scalable cloud-based solution, Kevin brings more than a decade of IT and Web development experience to the Charity Partners Technology group. He thrives on problem-solving and developing creative, economical solutions to technical as well as business problems. Prior to Charity Partners, Kevin has worked for several Boston-based firms in Product/Project Management roles as well as running an IT consulting firm. Kevin graduated from Boston University with Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Engineering.
VP Artist Relations & Entertainment Partnerships
Anthony CordovaAnthony joined Charity Partners in 2010 and has been instrumental to the company’s efforts to source charitable sale tickets from major music acts including U2, Rolling Stones, Katy Perry, John Mayer, Green Day, Tim McGraw and many others. Prior, Anthony was Director of Entertainment Marketing at Yahoo!, General Manager Entertainment at Bix.com, and EVP at Radar Entertainment Group and Radar Records. He started in entertainment as founder of music publishers and promoters Response Music and Ionic Entertainment.
Eric CurryEric joined Charity Partners in 2010 and has led the company through the process to be designed Official Charitable Sale™ Partner of MLB.com, and into relationships with several major sports teams and leagues. Eric is an NCAA Basketball Official, covering games in the Big Ten, Mountain West, Missouri Valley and Big Sky conferences. Prior, Eric was VP Corporate with the Minnesota Twins, and Director Partnership Marketing at Universal Marketing Associates. Eric earned a degree in business management from Trinity International University.