The History of Matter of Trust

Conceived in 1998 by Lisa Craig Gautier and with the assistance of her husband, Patrice Olivier Gautier (VP of Engineering iTunes, Apps, iBooks Stores, .me and iCloud – Apple, Inc.) this nonprofit received 501 (c) 3 public charity status in May of 1999.

The mission of Matter of Trust concentrates on Renewable Resources & Eco-enthusiasts. We like to mimic how Mother Nature integrates enduring cycles. We have man-made surplus, natural abundance and eco-educational programs. The results are worthwhile, commonsensical and often enchanting.

“When my husband and I planned for our kids, we were delighted to be given the responsibility for bringing them into the world; and we were eager to join in taking responsibility for the world we are all passing on to everybody’s kids. Happily every day, our teams here get to meet hundreds of others who feel the same way. It’s a positively ideal atmosphere to grow in.”

Nonprofits would seem perfectly suited for networking, but often they are so busy with their specific missions that they don’t have the time and staff to do the necessary research, outreach and follow up. “Great ideas often only stay ideas unless they are presented to the right people at the right time. And, to really take off, I believe they need to link up with complimentary great ideas.” – Lisa Gautier

First, we started by matching nonprofit needs with in-kind donations through our [Reuse Of Society's Abundance] ROSA program and its online component, Excess Access. ROSA/Excess Access programs introduced us to thousands of grassroots organizations, recyclers, green businesses, and other exciting new projects. Naturally, the collaboration of ideas began to flow as easily as the connecting of wishes to donations.

Another very popular program is our Natural Fiber Oil Spill Booms. You shampoo because hair collects oil. It can even collect petroleum oil, as do renewable natural fibers such as feathers, fur clippings and fleece. Through this program we get to meet hundreds of thousands of green salons, pet groomers and alpaca, llama, sheep and buffalo farmers and many of their clients. At the other end, we connect with harbors and industries cleaning our waterways.

All of our programs involve orchestrating research, hands-on maintenance, and encouragement from many experts with knowledge bases of different sources. We are comprised of our board, advisers, contractors and volunteers. Our dedicated follow-up teams consist of loyal work-from-home moms, wise senior-citizen advisers and dynamic student interns.

We are always evolving and welcome new ideas, partners, contributions and emails. We have a very optimistic view of the future, thanks to all of the ecological progress that we see. And we’re very fond of this lovely planet and respectfully consider her to be Matter Of Trust.