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Meet Nate Goodman of Nate Goodman Enterprises

Today we’d like to introduce you to Nate Goodman.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Nate. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
When I was nine and our family was setting out for a vacation, a drunk driver struck our car. My parents were nearly killed, but by chance I was spared, sitting in just the right spot in the back seat. As my parents spent the year recovering, I did what I could to support them, cleaning up around the house and getting groceries. Sometimes this distracted me from trying to comprehend what had happened, from the grief.

At first, I didn’t want to preserve my memory of the accident. I wanted to move on, erasing evidence of trauma. But troubling moments become part of who we are, for better or worse, giving our lives depth and humility. That’s one of the reasons I started to make movies: to preserve moments and capture emotions, even the vulnerable ones.

Amidst the recovery, I was imbued with the idea that I have a responsibility to serve others, even when it became difficult. So upon entering high school, I began working with nonprofit organizations. But I noticed that many of them struggled to afford the necessary resources to convey their missions and make an impact. I noticed that the missing piece of the puzzle was media outreach, so I thought of no better way to bridge the resource gap than to bring my skills to struggling nonprofits.

I saw that there was a problem, and I wanted my experience as a filmmaker and storyteller to be a part of the solution. And so I founded “Nate Goodman Enterprises” and a subsidiary service organization, “Filmmaking for Good,” which both help nonprofit organizations and businesses share their unique work in the community via promotional videos and one-on-one consulting.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
What is difficult is putting what we have planned into a cogent narrative. Resolving this issue requires in-person meetings with volunteer directors so we can fully understand what they envision.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Nate Goodman Enterprises – what should we know?
We have one very simple goal: to promote as many nonprofit organizations and youth groups as possible to raise awareness and funds, from which more people can be served and inspired to serve.

I first introduced our services to organizations I co-founded, and then to those I was not so familiar with. In ReSurf, a surfing mentorship program I helped start, I created documentaries of our trips to Mexico and Hawaii, which helped us raise $100,000 online in just 24 hours. In other instances, I helped JTeen share its story of feeding the San Diego homeless population. And towards the end of my freshman year at Brown University, I worked with its entrepreneurship center to highlight the award-winning business pitches in its eponymous Venture Prize pitch night.

We are also doing marketing and outreach consulting for organizations such as Sole Effects, a non-profit geared towards instilling emotional intelligence in youth. We typically work hand in hand with either an organization director or representative to outline a captivating documentary or outreach/marketing strategy, typically geared toward visual storytelling. Building relationships with organizations and change-makers connect us with dire community issues and an extremely unique art form.

Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
Persistence and genuine care for other people and their stories.

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