Our team


Megan Kashner

CEO & Founder

Shilpi Shah

Program Director



Kyle J. Kehus
Communications & Engagement Coordinator

Samantha F. Brdek
Accounting & Finance


   
 


Megan Kashner

Founder & CEO

LinkedIn Profile

megan at benevolent.net

Megan Kashner is a self-proclaimed “Ticked-Off Social Worker” who loves to turn conversations, programs and approaches on their heads. A seasoned impact sector leader, Megan is a Clinical Assistant Professor in Kellogg’s Public-Private Interface and Director of Social Impact. Megan is also the founder of Benevolent - a platform using bleeding-edge technology and leveraging donor proclivities to fill gaps in the safety net for low-income families. Megan holds an MBA from Northwestern's Kellogg School of Management, has a Master's from the University of Chicago's School of Social Service Administration and a B.A. in Public Policy from Brown University. She has spoken at the White House and at national conferences on social innovation, philanthropy and entrepreneurship. She has been featured on CNN, in FastCompany, Mashable, MSNBC, the New Yorker and more. Megan, her partner and their two teenagers live in Evanston.

Shilpi Shah

Program Director

LinkedIn Profile

shilpi at benevolent.net

Shilpi Shah is an experienced strategy, programs and operations manager. Shilpi comes to Benevolent from SKS Consulting, a consulting firm focused on strategic and financial planning for social sector organizations. Previously, Shilpi served as a Director, Managed Organizations at Arabella Advisors, where she oversaw client service and relationship management for a variety of projects. Shilpi was also a member of Arabella’s Consulting Services team, providing strategy, program management, and evaluation consulting to a variety of philanthropic clients. Prior to joining Arabella Advisors, Shilpi served as an associate director at the Nonprofit Finance Fund (NFF), where she advised nonprofit executives, board members, and funders on strengthening the capitalization of their organizations as well as the nonprofit sector more broadly. Shilpi has an MBA from Columbia Business School and a BSE in Bioengineering from the University of Pennsylvania. Shilpi also serves on the Board of the Eye on India organization.

Kyle Kehus

Communications & Engagement Coordinator

LinkedIn Profile

kyle at benevolent.net

Kyle brings to Benevolent a personal commitment to social and economic justice and a range of experience in fundraising, program design, and community engagement. Since first moving to Chicago in 2012, he has helped local not-for-profit organizations large and small better articulate, and progress toward their missions. Kyle graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in Professional Writing and additional studies in Art History and Political Science. A native of suburban Detroit, he enjoys collecting records, reading too many books at once, and listening to House music while cleaning (or thinking about cleaning...) his house.

Samantha F. Brdek

Accounting & Finance

LinkedIn Profile

samantha at benevolent.net

Samantha ensures that our clients are able to get the money they need to improve their lives and that Benevolent has the ability to help as many people as possible for many years to come. She received her Masters Degree in Accounting from DePaul University and is a member of the Illinois Certified Public Accountants Society. For the past five tax seasons Samantha has volunteered to help senior citizens complete and feel more confident about their taxes. Before becoming an accountant Samantha had the opportunity to travel to India where she taught English and Math to orphans and underprivileged children. She currently spends her free time with her child, reading, biking around Ann Arbor, MI, and working in her yard.