about us

our mission is to share the joy of creating possibilities for children

founding story

Uncovering Our Innate Love for One Another

Daymaker originated with a project the founding team created in years ago while at the University of North Carolina.

The feeling then, as bright-eyed 19-year olds, is the thread that remains today: something more is possible in how we create connection through generosity. Daymaker isn’t “charity” the way we’ve come to know it as a society. The dollars, the gifts, the programs funded--those matter. And equally impactful is the light, potential, and goodness that giver and receiver see in each other through the act of giving.

In that spirit, giving becomes a vehicle for us to feel interdependence and shared humanity while shifting resources to those who need them. It becomes a way for us to experience being a part of something larger than ourselves. Giving in the Daymaker story–simply put– is a pathway to healing and kinship.

Products we curate

Wherever possible, we prioritize diverse representation and source from independent, Black & Brown, and women-owned businesses

Over 300 different products
Items that expand horizons
Tailored to the unique age and interests of kids we serve

Electronics

Wireless earbuds and phone accessories

Sports Equipment

Outdoor play items

STEAM Activity Kits

Sparking technical skills and inspiration

Puzzles & Boardgames

High quality play-based learning

Books

Over 150 total book titles for each campaign!

from our team

our favorite parts of daymaker

people of daymaker

Meet our team!

Brent Macon

CEO & Big Little Kid

Atlanta, GA
February 18

Brent is the big little kid keeping the Daymaker team energized and moving in concert. Prior to joining, he worked at Uber and McKinsey with a focus on creating employment opportunities as automation changes the nature of work. His favorite game growing up was 2-on-1 driveway basketball with Dad and him dunking on the Little Tikes goal while older brother scored the big kid hoop, and he’s thrilled about getting to play with his own little one who arrived in Spring 2021!

Chris Becker

VP of Operations

Atlanta, GA
October 10

Chris is the operations muscle keeping the Daymaker train on the tracks. Before joining, he started his career in investment banking at JP Morgan where he worked on corporate finance transactions. To this day, Chris loves football, basketball, and video games — all childhood interests of his that developed over countless days with his best friends.

Isabel Scher

People & Culture Lead

Washington, DC
November 2

Isabel is the energizer leading the people and culture efforts at Daymaker grounded in authenticity, creativity, growth, and play. Isabel is always exploring more about and experimenting with how we each lead lives we love. Isabel is also the founder of Team Joy Coaching where she coaches individuals and teams on building authentic work lives. Isabel was a management consultant in McKinsey’s organization practice focused on culture. As a kid she loved dancing, playing sports, and beating her brothers at board games like Monopoly (not competitive at all).

Sean Marz

Head of Company Partnerships

Washington, DC
August 16

Sean works with our company partners to execute incredible Daymaker giving campaigns. Previously, he helped companies with their public affairs at Quorum and helped communities build playgrounds at KaBOOM!. Sean has never stopped playing, and you can still find him with a frisbee, a skateboard, or a dozen board games (his favorite being Scrabble - where he often played summers-long games against his Mom).

Laura Phillips

Head of Nonprofit Partnerships

Chicago, I.L.
May 20

Laura brings the Head & Heart to Daymaker's partnerships, serving as a bridge between our team and our network of nonprofits. Her passions in life are greatly influenced by the work she saw generations of social workers, educators, and mental health professionals doing before her — taking care of people in whatever way and with as much love as possible. Laura has continued this family legacy, working with folks both across the country and internationally to uplift community wellness and excellence. As a youngster, Laura could be found performing full-length concerts for her family, most likely in her favorite pink roller skates.

Zelda Mayer

Director of Content and Storytelling

Asheville, NC
August 4

Zelda is the brains behind Daymaker’s communications strategy, working to spread the Daymaker ethos of joyful, connected generosity. Before joining the team, Zelda grew a community organization's annual revenue from less than $200,000 to over $2 million in just five years as Director of Development and helped 12 grassroots nonprofits build their brands and fundraising strategies as a nonprofit consultant. When Zelda was a kid, she spent hours reading books and transporting herself into worlds of infinite possibility. To this day, she views storytelling as an opportunity for cultural activism and expanding what we think is possible for ourselves and our world.

Kelsey Rappe

Content & Storytelling Specialist

Washington, DC
December 8

Kelsey is the dreamer bringing our stories to life here at Daymaker, working behind the scenes to connect our nonprofit and company partners offline and share our work with the world. A recent graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, she has worked with and for several nonprofit organizations including Legal Aid of North Carolina, ReadWorks, and the Community Empowerment Fund to aid in their missions of making resources more equitable and accessible to marginalized communities. Growing up with four siblings, (often competitive) play was an integral part of Kelsey's childhood, and to this day she enjoys playing pick-up pickleball and sand volleyball and convincing her friends to join her in a game of Clue, Code Names, or Fishbowl.

L.D Libra

Software Engineer

Brooklyn NY
May 17

L.D works across the technical stack at Daymaker, including product & project management. He's coded across half a dozen startups in NYC, gaining diverse experience in web development, but was pulled towards service and resource-sharing, finding an outlet for that in Daymaker. As a kid, his imagination was his primary playground, and it has remained a steady source of joy.

Robbie Weber

Software Engineer

Brooklyn, NY
July 27

Robbie is part of team software engineering at Daymaker and has been ensuring the technical parts move forward since October 2020. He had been part of several other tech teams when L.D asked if he wanted to join a movement that’s really making a difference, and he agreed without a moment's hesitation. As a kid, he enjoyed building models, playing sports in the park, or nerding out with his buddies over the newest video game craze (he secretly still does).

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