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Margaret Trost, Founder of the What If? Foundation, gives presentations at schools, churches, and other community organizations, as time permits. She also talks at fundraisers for What If, and with book clubs and other groups via Skype. We list events which are open to the public on this page. If you are interested in inviting Margaret to speak in person or via Skype, please contact the What If? Foundation office at info@whatiffoundation.org or (510) 528-1100.


Margaret Trost will be honored at Traditional Home Magazines’ 10th Annual Classic Woman Awards as part of its silver anniversary celebration on October 27, 2014.  The Classic Woman Awards is a signature program that celebrates the spirit of volunteerism by annually recognizing five standout charitable women from across the country. This year’s honorees and their causes will also be featured in the magazine’s November/December issue.

On October 29th at 7:30 pm, Margaret will be speaking at Wingate University in Wingate, NC. The freshman class of 2014 read On That Day Everybody Ate  as summer required reading and did a fundraiser for the food program as part of their freshman orientation.


On September 28, 2014, the “Plate by Plate in the Garden” fundraiser was held in St. Helena, CA to benefit the What If? Foundation, and included a one-day Pop-Up Garden Stand featuring fresh, delicious produce and flowers grown in Napa Valley as well as a Wine Reception and Alfresco Dinner with Napa Valley wines.

On August 9th, 2014, Margaret Trost was at Christ the King Catholic Church in Pleasant Hill, CA sharing inspiring stories and an update on our work. There was a performance of live Haitian music, drumming and dancing by Afoutayi Dance Music and Arts Company. Please go to the Hearts for Haiti website to find out more.

On January 26, 2014, Margaret shared reflections during the 8am and 10am service at Grace Episcopal Church in St. Helena, CA.