Helping Children, Changing the World
Podcast #58 — Aired April 9, 2015

When you help a child, you can change the world. This week on BetterWorldians Radio, we’re talking with Hollywood filmmaker Peter Samuelson who is making a big difference in the lives of children in need. Samuelson will discuss how his experience as a filmmaker gave him the skills to make a real impact in the lives of children around the world by founding charities such as Starlight Children’s Foundation, First Star, and Everyone Deserves a Roof (EDAR). Samuelson will share some of his success stories, like enlisting the support of heavy hitters Steven Spielberg and General Norman Schwarzkopf, and will tell listeners how they, too, can help make the world a better place.

Peter Samuelson
Founder, Starlight Children's Foundation Founder, First Star

Peter Samuelson is a “serial pro-social entrepreneur.” In 1983, inspired by a little boy battling an inoperable brain tumor, Peter conceived of the Starlight Children’s Foundation—an international charity dedicated to granting wishes for seriously ill children. In 2005, Starlight merged with Starbright World, an online social network for seriously ill children (also founded by Samuelson) to become the Starlight Children’s Foundation. Starlight has raised over $1 billion and served 60 million seriously ill children. In 1999, Peter founded First Star, a separate national charity that works to improve the public health, safety, and family life of America’s abused and neglected children. In 2008, Peter founded Everyone Deserves A Roof to distribute a mobile single-user homeless shelter on wheels. Peter is a graduate of Cambridge University and producer of dozens of Hollywood films including Revenge of the Nerds and Arlington Road.