About us

Give from the Heart

My lifelong career has always been about working for the benefit of

children around the world. After retiring, this passion continued, and I

knew there was more to do. 


One day my wife and I were having coffee and discussing the differences

between being a giver or a taker.  When and how does one learn the

difference?  We are concerned that in our world today our young people

and even some adults never learn the blessings that come from being a

giver and the downfalls of being a taker. 


We have heard the saying “The more you give, the more you receive.”  This is very true.  Givers live longer, are happier, receive more smiles, and gain more friends!

So, we decided to start Give From The Heart to expand our mission of teaching young people the benefits of

being a giver.

Give From The Heart provides the opportunities through worthwhile projects to help others less fortunate. 

Giving to others begins with giving your time, often giving or raising money for the basics of food and educational materials in addition to other support.

Our focus is to give a “hand up” and not a “hand out” to those in need.

Our Student Philanthropy Program began with the focus of, working with students in schools to teach them how to go about choosing, planning, and working towards programs that give to back to others in their community .​

Our foCus is helping the children of Panama and Costa Rica Latin America

These children desperately need assistance in order to attend school.  We provide books, food, clothing, teacher training and various facility needs. 

Give From The Heart is helping indigenous families around Oaxaca, Mexico

We provide a temporary “home away from home” through Manos de Ayuda so family members have a place to stay overnight while their child is admitted to the local hospital for treatment.

Giving back is a lifetime effort that can

spread around the world!

meet our TEAM

Ron Waite

Founder and President

Give from the Heart

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Ron has more than twenty five years of senior management experience in the creation of donor communities, combined with many highly prominent fundraising causes in 33 countries.


Ron came to the non-profit world from a highly successful banking career, including serving as President and Founder of Security Savings and Senior Vice President of Retail Banking for American Savings. He was Director of Development for The Salvation Army Cascade Division (Pacific Northwest), Director of Development for Medical Teams International, Vice President and Director of Development for Holt International, and President of the Warner Pacific College Foundation, both of which added importantly to his operational expertise.       


Ron graduated from Northwestern College with a degree in Business Management. He is a past President/Lieutenant Governor of Kiwanis and member of Rotary International.

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Jan Waite

Executive Director

Jan Waite has served as the Executive Director of Give from the Heart since 2015. 

She has a Bachelors of Arts degree in Social Science from Linfield College, McMinnville, Oregon.  Jan worked and traveled internationally with Holt Children’s Services, the pioneer in international adoption in over 14 countries.


She was Executive Assistant to the Chief Secretary for The Salvation Army, Territorial Headquarters Eastern Territory, where Jan brought her expertise in serving others to this worldwide organization. 


After relocating back to Scottsdale, Arizona where she grew up, she was the Executive Assistant to the Executive Director of Vi at Silverstone, an upscale senior living community.  In addition to her working career, Jan has been a member of the Kiwanis Club offering community services to schools. 

She and her husband, Ron, now reside in Bend, Oregon to be closer to their children and grandchildren. They enjoy outdoor activities and the surrounding beauty the area has to offer. 


Jan says, "I'm excited about being part of Give From the Heart. This is a non-profit that practices their mission statement to the fullest."

Michael Pearson
Board Member and
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Michael joined Give From The Heart in 2015.  He has an extensive background in sales and marketing for both non-profit and corporate settings. Prior to his position with Honor Health, Michael worked for Match Maker Fund Raising Software as Vice President Sales and Marketing, United Blood Services, Imaging Systems of Arizona and Open Works. 


Michael is passionate about community service and is proud to be part of the Give From The Heart team. He has a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Northern Arizona University with an emphasis in management and has received a Professional Certificate in Non-profit Management from the Arizona State University Center for Non-profit Leadership and Management.


“It is a privilege to be part of Give From the Heart who believes not only can we achieve individually, but how much more we can accomplish when we support each other.”

Don Bieber

Board Member

Don majored in secondary education and social science with

business and physical education at Union College in Lincoln, Nebraska. He received his Master’s Degree in youth leadership and social science from the University of Hawaii.


After teaching at the college level for a few years, he worked as the Administrator of Washburn Manor Convalescent Hospital in Klamath Falls. He also developed the Hungry Hollow Youth Ranch which contracted with the State of Oregon to provide care for eighteen  judicated delinquent boys.


Don served for fifteen years as the Vice President for Public Relations and Development at Castle Medical Center in Hawaii. During that time he directed 5 capital campaigns which raised $80 million in planned gifts.


Since retiring, he formed and continues to direct Planned Giving Consultants, a company which trains non-profit organizations. He is also on the Board of Give From the Heart.

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Shelly Walter


Board Member

Shelly has over 25 years of Human Resources experience, both as an independent consultant and as executive-level team member. She is a Human Resources Generalist with a strong knowledge in recruitment, employee relations, leadership, training, compensation, benefits administration and employment law. She has provided services to manufacturing facilities, educational organizations and public agencies.


In the early 2000's she worked for a non-profit organization that created researched based multi-media educational programs for children, teens, parents, and healthcare workers.


Shelly has a BS in both Marketing and Management and a MS in Industrial Relations (Human Resources), all from the University of Oregon. She passed the Professional in Human Resources (PHR) exam in 1997.


Shelly is passionate about helping businesses make the most of their resources and helping individuals navigate a positive employment lifecycle. She has also spent many hours volunteering for various non-profit organizations and thoroughly enjoys spending her free time serving others.

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Bill Walter

Board Member

Bill Walter is committed to making a positive impact on the people he has contact with. This holds true in both his personal and professional dealings.

A graduate of the University of Oregon college of Human Development and Performance, he has over 25 years experience in sales, marketing and management. He is driven to help the companies he works with achieve continued success.

Throughout his career, spent mostly in the residential building and building supplies industry, he has also been an active community member.  Bill has an extensive background in working with kids. This is a passion developed early in life as a volunteer counselor for YMCA youth summer camps while still in high school, and later running sports camps for military youth oversees as a college student.


Throughout his adult life, Bill has been a volunteer for a number of community service projects, in addition to youth sports organizations. He is also involved with various educational fund-raising efforts, and has helped organizations like Habitat for Humanity secure building materials for many projects.

Dedicated parents of two, Bill and his wife Shelly have lived the majority of their lives in Oregon, where they now reside in the Bend area.