GIVIN – Charity Simplified is a non-profit organization dedicated to allowing people to easily donate to their favorite charities through online auctions.

The idea began as a collaboration between Genna Brown, a Senior Lecturer of Finance at Georgia State University (GSU) and one of her former students, Brandon Black.  Their goal was to find a way to help churches, charities and other non-profit organizations financially.

To get involved consider donating or bidding on one of our auctions.

Our Team

Genna Brown

President and Founder

Genna is involved in her career and her community. She is an active member of the Southeastern Hedge Fund Association, Atlanta Economics Club, ABDIACG (a financial services association), and is the past president of Miami Society of Financial Analysts. Over the years, Genna has assisted several nonprofits, either with volunteer services, or financially.    Atlanta Humane Society, American Red Cross, Center for the Visually Impaired, READ (Adult Literacy), her church, college sorority alumnae association, political party and others have been beneficiaries of her efforts.  Genna received degrees from the University of Georgia (BBA) and University of Miami (MBA).  She lives in South Buckhead with her dog, Trez.

Brandon Black

Co-Founder and Vice-President

Brandon completed his undergraduate (2015) and graduate studies (2016) at Georgia State University (GSU), which is where he met Genna Brown; Genna was Brandon’s instructor in his first finance course at GSU.  After graduating Brandon and Genna kept in touch.  There were references to obtain for grad school, questions about financial issues and frequently the two would discuss Brandon’s career goals and how best to obtain them.

One summer afternoon in 2015, Brandon stopped by Genna’s office to talk about updates with his career and stated, “Ya know, I think I’d be great at starting and running a business, but I just need a big idea.” Genna had the big idea of GIVIN for a while, but hadn’t been able to execute.  That afternoon they decided to push the idea forward. As a co-founder of GIVIN – Charity Simplified, Brandon’s role can be best described as Chief of Staff.

Brandon has volunteered with organizations such as Aid Atlanta, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Atlanta as well as the Atlanta Community Food Bank.  He is looking forward to other partnerships as GIVIN flourishes. 

Gabe Rodriguez


After serving in the US Air Force for six years, Gabe attended Georgia State University (GSU) where he received a BBA degree in Finance and a second bachelors in Economics. Gabe was the Chief Investment Officer of GSU’s $600,000 student managed fund. Gabe has worked in corporate finance and accounting positions for publicly traded firms in Atlanta. He became a partner of Finaco LLC, an accounting services company, that assists businesses and organizations such as LLCs, sole proprietorships, non-profits, partnerships, and now GIVIN – Charity Simplified, with their accounting, administrative, and filing needs. Gabe also volunteers as a tax preparer for non-English speaking families in the local community.

Brooke Chao

Website Manager

Brooke graduated from James Madison University with a degree in Music Education. A winding path took her into the world of graphic design and web design, and Brooke has been enjoying that work for over a decade.

Brooke met Genna through another client who also teaches in the GSU Finance department, and the rest is history.

Brooke lives in scenic Harrisonburg, VA with her husband and two great kiddos.

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