History & Legacy

20 years of programs that matter

Where we come from

Our history

In 1998, Lisa Craig Gautier co-founded Matter of Trust with her husband, Patrice Olivier Gautier (VP of Engineering – Internet Software & Services at Apple, Inc.). This ecological nonprofit received 501(c)(3) public charity status in May of 1999.

Matter of Trust’s mission is to concentrate on the positive, ecological progress and the environment we do want. Our programs work in integrated cycles, mimicking Mother Nature. We highlight abundance in equilibrium and integrate renewable resources into manufacturing and green jobs. We enthusiastically promote recycling, reuse and redistribution, and balancing surplus with needs. We provide  inspirational, educational tools at our eco-sites (physical and online). We collaborate and network to incorporate as much as possible of the public’s incentives, perspectives and impacts on climate.  The results are worthwhile, commonsensical, and often enchanting.

“When my husband and I started our family, we were happy to take on the responsibility for bringing our kids into the world; and we felt more and more responsibility for the world everyone is passing on to kids everywhere. Thankfully, each day, our staff meets hundreds of others who feel the same way. It provides a delightful  atmosphere for the hopeful kid in all of us.”

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 networking 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 other complementary great ideas.” – Lisa Gautier

First, we started by matching nonprofit needs with in-kind donations through our free Excess Access program (now the  Free Exchange on our Humanity Adding Solutions platform HumSum.net). The charities described their missions when they posted their wish lists and this 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.

Also popular is our Clean Wave program, collecting hair, fur, and fleece clippings to make oil spill clean-up booms. You shampoo because hair collects oil; it can even soak up petroleum oil, as do other 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, farmers, and many other donors. At the other end, we connect with harbors and industries cleaning our waterways and storm drains.

In 2013 we opened the Matter of Trust Eco-Center in the sunny inner-city Mission District of San Francisco, California. Here we orchestrate our programs on the ground.  The center is informational (exhibits, tours, handouts), educational (field trips, classes, camps), and transformational (green jobs, campaigns, mobilizations).

 

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 other complementary great ideas.

Lisa Gautier

Founder, Matter of Trust

With many eco-partners, we have recently co-founded the Global Compost Project.  A large mobilization for community green bin and compost systems. Next is strategic mapping and spreading compost on 770 million acres of US grazed grasslands, urban parks, and gardens. A 1cm layer of compost every 30 years boosts photosynthesis increasing carbon intake up to 1.5 tons per acre, per year! Pulling carbon out of the air, back deep into the soil.

Comprised of our board, advisors, staff, contractors, interns, and volunteers, our dedicated team largely consists of loyal part-time and work-from-home moms, wise senior-citizen advisors, and dynamic students.

We are always evolving and welcome new ideas, partners, contributions and emails. We have a very optimistic view of the future. We are very fond of this lovely planet and respectfully consider her to be matter of trust.

our achievements

Legacy

 

  • Excess Access: Matter of Trust has a large and growing membership to its Excess Access online mobile-friendly, in-kind donation program and over 33,300 people on our Facebook page. We are also rapidly growing Twitter and Instagram.
  • Press clippings: Matter of Trust has a substantial number of press clippings and TV / radio interviews, including a front-page article in the Wall Street Journal and several appearances on national news networks as well as interviews with BBCLe Monde, National Geographique France and other international sources.
  • All Matter of Trust programs have been very resourceful; we have always been debt free, liability free, and litigation free, and we are up to date in all forms, licenses, and requirements. We hold San Francisco City and County vendor status and current accounts with sam.gov and grants.gov.

1998

November – Matter of Trust is founded by Lisa Gautier with the help of her husband Patrice Gautier and many advisors.

1999

May – Matter of Trust is incorporated. Our thanks to Paul Newman’s lawyers Nevas, Nevas, Capasse and Gerard in Connecticut for setting up our public charity and with Excess Access as our first program.

 

2000

  • The Clean Wave Program.  Phil McCrory, a hair stylist and inventor, partners with Matter of Trust to collect hair clippings and create a national waste fiber recycling system.
  • The Excess Access program receives the BAA – PCCF Business Environmental Award for Environmental Enterprise by the County of Santa Clara with Supervisorial Commendation.

2002

Matter of Trust and Jennifer Pratt research, write, edit and publish It’s Easy Being Green – A Helpful and Humorous Eco-tips book of 230 pages, printed on hemp paper with soy ink. This book has been gifted in person to His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Former US Vice President Al Gore, Steve Jobs, founder of Apple, Inc. and several other notable dignitaries.

2004

2005 – Matter of Trust was awarded the Certificate of Honor by Mayor Gavin Newsom, the City/County of San Francisco. Honoree Lisa Gautier, President, recognized for dedication to urban environment and city dwellers around the world particularly in support of Matter of Trust’s important role in organizing widespread Community Programs during the United Nations World Environment Day 2005.

2005

Matter of Trust’s Biodiesel for Muni feasibility program in collaboration with the San Francisco Department of the Environment led to the citywide bus system transfer to biodiesel.

2006

Matter of Trust’s Hurricane Katrina Relief programs for in-kind donations led to our Peace of Mind Kits – an Ecological Complement to the Disaster Kit. This program led to our inclusion in the San Francisco Mayoral Committee for Disaster Preparedness.

2007

Oil Spill Clean Up with Hair Mats – Cosco Busan in San Francisco Bay Area.

Our oil soaked hair mat remediation project using fungi, thermophilic compost and vermiculture.
Experts: Ken Litchfield, Paul Stamets, UCB’s Norman Terry Lab…

2008

  • Remediation and composting of Oil Spill Debris using mushrooms, thermophilic piles and vermiculture.
  • Matter of Trust fiscally sponsored The Fuel Film by Josh Tickell which won the coveted Audience Prize at the Sundance Film Festival 2008 and was 2009 Academy Awards Qualified.

2009

Joyce’s Choices: Launch of positive news headlines and eco-solutions forum on MatterOfTrust.org

Wall Street Journal front page article on Matter of Trust.

2010

  • The Environmental Protection Agency publicly stated, during the BP Horizon Spill in the Gulf of Mexico, that Matter of Trust’s Clean Wave program led the fastest growing national grassroots recycling mobilization they had ever seen. From the 2nd-6th weeks after the explosion, the charity received hair and fur clipping donations from every zip code in North America and 30 other countries according to the US postal service. 19 warehouses from the Florida Keys to Texas were donated in order to temporarily house the hundreds of thousands of boxes. The donated fibers were hand stuffed by thousands of volunteers into oil spill cleanup booms.
  • Matter of Trust won the Pavitra Crimmel Reuse Award in 2010 from the California Resource Recovery Association.

2011

  • Plastics in the Oceans Our two giant 16-foot reclaimed plastic fish sculptures framed the Earth Day SF Civic Center Entrance

  • Earth Day – SF Civic Center. We produced Talking Fish. Artists: Grier Blumenschine, Tim Crowe, & Louis China Bay Area K-12 students Voice-over by: Jean-Michel Cousteau

  • 2011 Matter of Trust collection of 8,000+ donated eyeglasses and medical mission to Peru with Dr. Rosa Ten.

  

2012

Earth Day’s A Maze – Earth Day SF – Matter of Trust provides a large-scale living bamboo plant maze for the public in San Francisco’s Civic Center Plaza. Thousands of visitors weaved their way through, aided by answering ecological questions with arrows for advancing if they got them right or backtracking if wrong.

2013

Matter of Trust Eco-Center Grand Opening at 3338 17th Street in San Francisco’s vibrant inner-city Mission District. The Eco-Center programs are informational (exhibits, tours, resource material handouts, events, eco-gift shop, eco-baby showers, kids b’Earthday parties) educational (field trips, courses, classes, camps, roundtables, panels,) and transformational (green jobs, campaigns, mobilizations).

2014

2015

  • Matter of Trust is a presenting partner on the documentary film, Racing to Zero. Executive Producer Diana Fuller, Directed by Christopher Beaver. Patrice and Lisa Gautier, founders of Matter of Trust also hold producer credits.

  • Matter of Trust orchestrates a Zero Waste Flash Mob, hosted by the Presidio Trust, at their Sunday Father’s Day picnic with 8,000 attendees. On the scenic Presidio National Park Parade Grounds, by the Golden Gate Bridge, crowds danced and sorted trash into blue and green bins. Other partners included SF Conservation Corp, CalRecycle, SF Environment, Luminalt Solar, Off the Grid and Recology.

  • Matter of Trust President, Lisa Gautier, hosts A Toast to Compost in Paris during the United Nations COP21 Climate Conference Celebrations. Traveling with a large group representing cities and experts on compost, soil carbon, recycling and climate solutions, Lisa promotes our Global Compost Project collaborative .
  • Matter of Trust has benchmarked hosting over 50 youth in our green jobs internship program in partnership with JVS, John O’Connell High School, Lick Wilmerding High School, Lycée Francais de SF, and SF STEM Academy.

2016

  • Thermophilic Composting of Pharmaceutical Compounds We were fiscal sponsors for this project. Partners: Dr. Gary Andersen, Lawrence Berkeley Lab and SF Dept of Environment.

  • In our 4th year of successful summer youth camps, Matter of Trust in partnership with Presidio Hill School, Tree Frog Treks, and many more partners, Todd Ditto, provides LEAF Academy for intensive two-week field trip filled courses on Leadership, Ecology, Action and Fellowship to middle school kids.

2017

Eco-Hub: Matter of Trust opens its Eco-Hub, permanent location in SOMA near the SF Department of the Environment, Moscone Convention Center and Civic Center. The Matter of Trust Eco-Industrial Hub has a model working eco-factory and exhibits which concentrate on Clean Air, Water, Energy, Ideal Materials and Green Careers.

2018

  • We have 75 programs to date, 30 of which are current in either research & development or active modes while 45 have been completed and archived. All are documented at MatterOfTrust.org.
  • Matter of Trust has created TheHumSum.org program and partnered with the San Francisco Department of the Environment, Governor Brown of California and the United Nations Foundation on the public platform for the Global Climate Action Summit, hosted in the city of San Francisco September 2018.

  • University of Technology Sydney Australia partners with, and sites, Matter of Trust in paper stating hair is significantly better at adsorbing oil than all  other materials.
  • National Geographic France writes article on the Eco-Hub.
  • Scientists and engineers at the Air Force Civil Engineering Center at Tyndall Air Force Base in Florida are collaborating with Matter of Trust, Inc. to explore the use of renewable natural fibers for filtration. Official press release.
  • Eco-Home: Matter of Trust has obtained a permanent location in Cole Valley/Haight Ashbury and the Change of Use and building permits from the San Francisco Planning and Building Departments for a public Model Eco-Apartment with an Edible Garden (Eco-Home) which will concentrate on how renters and city dwellers can enjoy healthy eco-lifestyles for mind, body, and soil.
  • Excess Access: Matter of Trust has a large and growing membership to its Excess Access online mobile-friendly, in-kind donation program and over 33,300 people on our Facebook page. We are also rapidly growing Twitter and Instagram.
  • Press clippings: Matter of Trust has a substantial number of press clippings and TV / radio interviews, including a front-page article in the Wall Street Journal and several appearances on national news networks as well as interviews with BBCLe Monde, National Geographique France and other international sources.
  • All Matter of Trust programs have been very resourceful; we have always been debt free, liability free, and litigation free, and we are up to date in all forms, licenses, and requirements. We hold San Francisco City and County vendor status and current accounts with sam.gov and grants.gov.

2019

Matter of Trust Eco-Home Grand Opening of our model green apartment and edible garden in Haight-Ashbury / Cole-Valley District.