Decent Humans: Matthew Wollack at Wolverine Human Services

on December 19, 2018

Decent Humans is what we call the incredible community we witness on CrowdRise each and every day doing amazing things for good. And each month, we’re going to highlight a Decent Human in the nonprofit world that’s devoting their time and passion to giving back and making a difference. We hope that by sharing their stories of aid, altruism, and passion, others will be inspired to make an even greater impact on the world we live in.

This month we had the chance to talk to Matthew Wollack, VP of Strategic Development at Wolverine Human Services. We learned how running their nonprofit like a business has set them apart, how gummy bears get him through the day, and how he’s determined to transform the child welfare industry.blg_decentHumanWolverineHS_2018_2_In-blog-GraphicsAfter growing up around Wolverine Human Services and beginning his volunteer work at the age of 12, Matthew knew that it was his calling to work in the nonprofit world.

He became particularly interested in how to take his business acumen gained at the University of Michigan and translate it to the nonprofit world in order to make the mission of Wolverine Human Services even more sustainable.

On the mission of Wolverine Human Services...

As a social service agency, Wolverine Human Services provides safety, sustenance, nurturing, and therapeutic intervention to Michigan's children. Our mission is Helping Children to be Victors. As such, we are the largest private provider of residential services in the state, and the only one to offer a full continuum of care for Michigan's youth.

On what Wolverine Human Services does that he’d love to see more nonprofits doing...

While everyone's heart is in a good place and nonprofits and organizations do great work, I wish more nonprofits operated with a business mind that allows the actual organization to be successful. It was really during my undergrad that I wanted to go into the business management side of nonprofits, and understand how we could make missions more successful and sustainable.

On gummy bears. Because, who doesn’t love gummy bears...GummyBearsGifA snack that gets me through the day is gummy bears. I love gummy bears. I’m addicted to gummy bears. I have a problem with gummy bears. I'm pretty healthy with everything else, but I could eat gummy bears all day long.

On the number one thing that gets him out of bed in the morning...

Transforming the child welfare industry on a state and a national level. We get to positively impact how our most at-risk and at-need children will receive services and what types of services those will be. That's what really what drives me — the ability to make a large national impact on children that are in the foster care and adoption systems.

On office life...

I guess I technically have an office, though I am only there one day a week. I'm actually all across the state and all across the nation working globally. I consider my MacBook my office.

Now, that being said, our actual office where we all come together is in the back of a community center on the east side of Detroit. The community center is a former Catholic Church that was converted into a community center — a gymnasium, a soup kitchen, and workspace. Our workspace is on the former altar of the church and is a full, open workspace.


On the tool that makes his job easier...

Definitely the Salesforce nonprofit cloud. It allows you to do all your fundraising, grants, and volunteer management on one cloud platform. It also allows you to execute all of your programs, services, management on the platform, as well as connecting your fundraising tools, your accounting tools, and your HR tools.

And, the fact that CrowdRise integrates so seamlessly with Salesforce is great for us. The user interface is extremely simple, and as a result, provides extra confidence within our donors. The less steps they have to take, the more likely they are going to donate, and CrowdRise not only makes it an easy walkthrough, but it also allows them to share directly everything that they’re doing.blg_decentHumanWolverineHS_2018_In-blog-GraphicsOn his morning routine...

I had a banana and a protein shake this morning and I had a morning walk with my dog. I have a Portuguese Water Dog. Her name is Abby, and she's the best dog ever. She's staring at me right now because she knows I'm talking about her.


Thanks so much Matthew. We really love hearing how your organization is making such an impact on children in need, as well as their families and their communities. We hope you’re enjoying a good handful of gummy bears right now. You deserve them. Thanks for being a Decent Human.

To learn more about Wolverine Human Services, please click here.

Allison Capaldi

Allison Capaldi is the Brand Manager at CrowdRise. She lives and breathes branding and marketing and in her past life was the brand manager for Moosejaw Mountaineering. Her goal is to never write a blog post without including at least one food analogy.