Marc Zboch is a leading philanthropist and missionary. Shifting his focus from business to helping others has been a years-long process. Zboch is a man of faith who was called to take a mission trip to Haiti several years ago. His work there opened his eyes to the amount of help that is needed around the world.
Zboch has been heavily involved in Central America, Asia, and the Middle East. He has been interested in helping local populations with health care, housing, infrastructure, agriculture, and clean water. This variety of charitable activities has led him to understand the different pressures facing developing countries and how they can be helped by foreign missionaries.
Recently, Zboch endowed a scholarship in his name. The Marc Zboch Scholarship is an annual $1,000 award intended for a student who is interested in charitable work. The recipient can be a current student at a college or university or a high school senior who is accepted to attend in the near future.
Marc Zboch encourages all businesspeople to think about how they can use their skills, talents, and funds to help missionary and charitable groups around the world. Volunteering is deeply rewarding, and more people should be encouraged to do so.
How did you get involved in the philanthropy industry?
I became interested in charitable work when I saw a group speaking at my church. They had a lot of information about areas in Africa that were in need after war and famine.
When the 2010 earthquake hit Haiti, I was able to help build homes, medical clinics, and infrastructure. It is disappointing that the international community forgot about Haiti in the years after the earthquake.
Did you ever doubt your business idea?
If God wants a project done, he provides the money, manpower, and blessings to make it happen. If not, then those doors get shut and I learn from it.
Did you have a mentor?
Yes, an 83-year-old Korean Missionary who works in several communist countries. He could be arrested or executed at any time but continues for the love of suffering people. His grandchildren and children tell him to stay home where it is safe. He goes because if he doesn’t help nobody else will.
Do you have any regrets about your career choices?
No, I have no regrets. Every experience that I have undergone has shaped me, some negative, and some positive. Every year, the positive outweighs the negative so I feel that everything I have done is for a reason.
Which business leaders do you admire most?
I have a lot of respect for Bill Gates. I don’t always agree with everything he does but he goes after some giant problems. He and his small staff have done more in fighting disease than the 7,000 employee World Health Organization.
Gates is also working on areas of concern for me… toilets. Most over-populated cities in the third world were not designed with sewage systems. Human waste over-flows latrines and often has to be scooped up and moved to drainage ditches, streets, or waterways. The disease and sickness this causes is crippling. The cities are too poor and crowded to install sewage lines and treatment plants, so the problem never gets addressed. Gates is developing low cost incinerating toilets and micro sewage treatment plants.
What does the future hold for your company?
I am hoping that my scholarship will make a difference and encourage young people to volunteer and help charitable organizations. I am also planning more mission trips, though these will, unfortunately, have to wait until the pandemic threat has passed. During this time, I have been concentrating on missions within the United States.
What is the most important aspect of your brand?
I don’t really have a brand, but if I had a personal brand, helping others to become self-sufficient would be my number one attribute. Patience, kindness, and solid business experience are also there.
What motivates you?
I never have trouble with motivation. I get to monitor and work with almost 100 different charitable organizations. They do amazing things. Most are foreign missionaries that God has led to the poorest and most dangerous places on earth. I get to hear about exciting opportunities every month.
The cost of eliminating suffering is insanely cheap by our standards. For example, you can de-worm a child for a quarter. This will free them from being chronically lethargic, so they can start learning again in school. It will allow them to grow at a normal rate and fight off sickness and disease. This same quarter that many people would walk by and not pick up in the US can dramatically change a life in a developing country.
How do you unwind?
I unwind by spending time with my family and friends. I enjoy being out in nature, and I like to hike and study plants. I believe that being out in nature is centering and helps me to grow closer to my faith.
Do you have any advice for our readers?
I would advise your readers to look within themselves and decide whether they are giving their all for their communities. Many people “hide their light” and neglect the community in favor of their own needs. I used to be the same way. I hope that everyone knows that they can make a difference, whether it is something small like volunteering in a soup kitchen or spending a year abroad as a missionary.