Author Bio

Steven KetchpelSteven Ketchpel, Ph.D. is the author of Giving Back:  Discover your values and put them into action through volunteering and donating.

An active volunteer and fund raiser, he wanted to share a practical guide to make it easy for others to get involved in volunteering and donating.

Inspired by the What Color Is Your Parachute? job hunters guide by Richard Nelson Bolles, he wrote Giving Back as a step-by-step guide for finding the causes, organizations, and projects that are meaningful to you and your family and where you can give back by sharing your time and money in order to change the world.

Steven has an A.B. in Computer Science from Harvard College, and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Stanford University.  He has published more than a dozen technical articles, and is a patented inventor.  He has served as a non-profit Director and fund raising chair.  As a Reuters Digital Vision Fellow at Stanford University, he worked with the Grameen Foundation Technology Center on the early stages of an open source loan portfolio management system for micro-finance (Mifos).

He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.



  1. […] author, Steven Ketchpel ( a Phd in Computer Science and Reuters Digital Vision Fellow at Stanford University), […]

  2. Hi Steve – Congratulations on completing the book! This looks like it might be a good fit for Reach And Teach ( I’d love to read it and perhaps write a review on our web site.

    • Steven Ketchpel (author of "Giving Back") says:

      Thanks, Craig! I still remember and appreciate your early encouragement back in March of 2011 as I was just getting started. I’d love to share the final product with you and Reach & Teach.

  3. Sharon Stranahan says:

    Hi Steve,
    We met at the recent Harvard event and you told me about your book. It sounds very interesting and I’m looking forward to reading it. I went to Stanford PACS “The Art of Doing Good” presentation this week; however, your book fits my interests better as I’m not currently planning on starting a non-profit. We’ll probably cross paths again–the non-profit field isn’t all that large! Best of success to you.

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