Jonathan Carson is the chairman and chief executive officer of BiddingForGood, a charitable e-commerce company based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Connecting hundreds of thousands of fundraisers, cause-conscious consumers, and socially responsible businesses, BiddingForGood has pioneered a new shopping category called Charitable Commerce. The company provides a unique online auction platform where non-profits, schools, shoppers, and businesses create exciting fundraising events and ultimately raise more money for important causes. Since its inception in 2003, BiddingForGood has run more than 21,000 charity auction events, sold over 1.5 million items to 450,000 cause-minded shoppers, and raised more than $255 million for schools and non-profits.
As chairman and CEO of BiddingForGood, Carson leads a management team of seasoned professionals dedicated to positioning non-profits for the greatest fundraising success possible. With over two decades of experience in building and scaling for-profit social enterprises, he has started four companies with more than $175 million of returns to investors. Other than brief stints at Boeing and McKinsey & Company, Carson has always worked on startups. His last company, Family Education Network (FEN) utilized a unique public/private partnership model to become the largest education website. More than 20 percent of all school districts in the US built their first website on the FEN platform.
Carson currently serves on the boards of Taunton Press, the Lewis Institute of Social Entrepreneurship at Babson College, and The Trinity Boston Foundation. In the past, he sat on the boards of Net-Impact, National PTA, The e-Philanthropy Foundation, National School Boards Foundation, and the Small Business Association of New England.
In 2008, Carson was among the first three individuals to be inducted into the Babson College Alumni Entrepreneur Hall of Fame. In 2009, he was a finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award for the New England region. Carson is a participant in Renaissance Weekend, an invitation-only retreat that connects innovative leaders from diverse fields.