Bob Reina

Founder and CEO, TalkFusion

What organization(s) do you support with your time and dollars? Share why.

I love to give back to animal charities. Something I’ve always loved about pets is how they accept and love you unconditionally, no matter who you are or what’s going in your life. Wouldn’t the world be a better place if every person did the same?

I’ve also been able to go back to my roots and donate to the police forces, amongst many other charities within our community and even halfway across the globe–like an orphanage in Indonesia, for example. Returning to Indonesia a few months after donating and meeting those children is something I’ll never forget.

Who inspires you to give?

I give because I want to see people happy. Helping the less fortunate and seeing the positive impact you can make on their lives is simply priceless. And that’s what inspires me to empower other people, like our Associates, to do the same.

I’ve worked hard for what I have so I could help others, and I will never stop helping people. I will always want to do more.

Tell us about a story of impact with one of the causes you are involved in.

Wow, there are so many stories it’s sometimes hard to choose. From raising donations and awareness to support an Associate’s breast cancer battle to releasing a bald eagle into the wild after its recovery, I’ve felt the impact of my giving in various ways.

Something that’s really close to my heart, though, is saving Bindi–a shepherd mix who was attacked by an alligator when she was just a puppy. If I didn’t step in to pay for those procedures, she wouldn’t have made it. Standing on just three legs, she’s what you’d call “the underdog”–no one thought she would make it… but she did. And now she is the most loving dog and such a great inspiration. She comes to the Talk Fusion Corporate Office every day and our team loves it. In fact, people send her presents from all over the world.

Bindi’s living proof that anyone, anywhere can overcome anything. You just need someone to believe in you; one person who’ll give you a chance. And that’s why I’ve stepped in to be that person.

What is something that makes your philanthropic story unique?

I think my story is unique because of how it relates to my past as a police officer. The top reason I loved being a police officer was because I got to help people. I used to give back through service, and now it’s through Talk Fusion, through donations; by spreading the word, helping people on a larger scale, and–most importantly–putting others in the position to do the same.

What do you want your philanthropic legacy to be?

I want my legacy to be that not only did I give, but that I guided–or empowered–others to give back and make a difference. Trying to lead by example. I mean, isn’t that what a legacy is all about?


Julia Levy, Founder, has a decade of development experience, including working for a philanthropist, a small nonprofit and now a large nonprofit. She has raised significant dollars for numerous causes, from education to religion and from donors of all ages. Julia holds a Certificate in Fundraising from NYU’s Heyman Center for Philanthropy and an undergraduate degree from Cornell University. Julia has taught fundraising workshops, most recently at Brooklyn Brainery and coached development professionals.

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