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Supporting food and education programs for impoverished children in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, providing hope and opportunity for a brighter future


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.


On September 28, 2014, the “Plate by Plate in the Garden” fundraiser will be held in St. Helena, CA to benefit the What If? Foundation, and will include 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. Please go to the website for more information.


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.

On November 8, 2013, “The Power of Small Steps” benefit for the What If? Foundation took place at Lake Edge United Church of Christ in Madison, Wisconsin. Margaret gave a presentation about What If, highlighting the “Building the Dream” project. A simple meal of rice and beans was served for which guests gave a free will donation and a silent auction took place.

On November 5, 2013, Margaret lectured at the Bradley Fine Arts Center, Lakeland College in Plymouth, WI.

On May 18, 2013  Margaret was awarded an honorary degree, Doctor of Humane Letters, from the University of San Francisco.  She also delivered the commencement address to the graduates of the University’s Graduate School of Management.  Click here to watch the video of her address.  Move the cursor to 30:47 for the start of her speech.  If you’d like to watch the introduction as well, move it to 24:11.