Go Inspire Go in the News and Other Coverage
ABC7 (San Francisco), May 12, 2017ABC7 celebrates Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month 2017
"Social entrepreneur and 'Inspirator' Toan Lam is a Vietnamese immigrant who came to the U.S. at age 3."
Forbes, May 8, 2017This Immigrant Found His 'American Dream' In Inspiring Others To Give Back
"Everything I do is connected to what I believe I was brought here to do – to inspire people to use their power to be better and do better for themselves and others."
USF Magazine, Apr. 11, 2017Headlines with Heart
"Fed up with 'death and destruction,' former reporter Toan Lam now looks for stories that inspire."
KPIX 5, 'Bay Sunday,' Aug. 21, 2016WATCH: Interview with Toan Lam
Kenny Choi, host of KPIX 5's weekly show "Bay Sunday," featuring light news, arts, and community information, interviews Toan Lam about the latest developments with Go Inspire Go.
1 Simple Thing Podcast, Aug. 8-12, 2016LISTEN: Interview with Toan Lam
"Most people think they don't have much power, and they don't matter. Toan Lam says you can effect change just by tapping into the power of your story and realizing you are stronger than you think."
Episode 1: Embrace Your Story
Episode 2: Identify Your Story
Episode 3: Communicate Your Story
Episode 4: The Impact of Sharing Your Story
Episode 5: Embracing and Telling Your Story
Asian Pacific America with Robert Handa, June 12, 2016WATCH: Interview with Toan Lam
"Toan Lam, creator and host of GoInspireGo.com talks about the website and how it harnesses social media to spark civic engagement and drive global giving and volunteerism" on NBC Bay Area's weekly show, Asian Pacific America.
The What, March 23, 2016Toan Lam – Our Friend of the Week
"Toan Lam has a way of making everyone he interviews feel comfortable and open. He's the founder of Go Inspire Go, a platform that combines authentic stories with social media to create measurable action. Toan has often been referred to as the Asian Male Oprah. Read his answers to our 11Qs and you'll see why."
Marin Independent Journal, March 6, 2016San Rafael event offers youngsters an early lesson in altruism
"250 parents and children made paper flowers for seniors, created care packages for the homeless, sewed superhero capes for hospitalized youths and otherwise engaged in community service during the event at the Marin County Office of Education in San Rafael."
Forbes, Jan. 17, 2016'Happy News Year' from Go Inspire Go
"Toan Lam tells us a different story. Toan is the founder of Go Inspire Go, a nonprofit that tells the authentic stories of everyday heroes around the world. I was blown away by these stories. I wanted to hear more. Specifically, I wanted to know why Toan cared so much about other peoples' journeys. I wanted to know his origin story."
Asian American Radio Group, Aug. 14, 2015WATCH: Toan Lam, Go Inspire Go
Curtiss Kim of the Asian American Radio Group interviews Toan Lam at the 2015 Asian American Journalists Association national convention in San Francisco.
Academy Art U News, Feb. 2015Toan Lam Inspires Goodness Through Storytelling and Teaching
"Moments like this confirm for Lam that he's on the right path — the path toward achieving his own potential as a storyteller, and the path toward helping others discover their own talents."
KTVU Channel 2, 'Bay Area People,' Jan. 17, 2015WATCH: Power of Good project
Chief Inspirator Toan Lam talks to KTVU's Lisa Yokota about his journey to discovering and creating the multimedia platform/movement Go Inspire Go.
Marin Independent Journal, Oct. 12, 2014In Kentfield, cape-making crusaders join forces for sick kids
A group of unsung heroes came together in Kentfield to give a power boost to some little superheroes in need, making superhero capes to donate to UCSF Benioff Children's Hospitals in Oakland and San Francisco as part of an event organized by Go Inspire Go.
Bread for the Journey Radio, June 28, 2014Go Inspire Go - an Interview with Toan Lam and Kala Shah
"Bread for the Journey of Marin County made a grant of $1,500 to Go Inspire Go. We funded their Community Heroes program, which is a pilot project that works with young people, helping them to focus their inherent generosity by performing acts of kindness and community service. Today the program is spreading across the country. Join us for an inspiring conversation with Toan Lam and Kala Shah of Go Inspire Go."
Marin Independent Journal, March 3, 2014Sun Valley Elementary School students, parents hold 'Day of Giving' event in San Rafael
"About 120 parents and students gathered at the San Rafael school to mark a 'Day of Giving' in which children are shown how to make a difference in other people's lives."
KTVU Channel 2 News, March 2, 2014-Mornings on 2
-KTVU Channel 2 News at 5 (Part 1) | (Part 2)
-Ten O'Clock News (Part 1) | (Part 2)
The Blaze, Feb. 10, 2014How One Lawyer's Selfless 'Miracle' Act Sparked a Chain Reaction of Goodwill
"California-based entertainment lawyer Tony Tolbert made headlines last year after agreeing to lend his fully furnished home to a poor family for one year. Now, 12 months later, Tolbert's gesture has sparked a chain reaction of goodwill."
Mediabistro, Feb. 5, 2014So, What Do You Do, Toan Lam, 'Chief Inspirator' for Social Activism Site GoInspireGo.com?
Mediabistro interviews Toan Lam for its "So What Do You Do?" series.
Radio Disney AM 1110 (Los Angeles), Dec. 29, 2013LISTEN: Interview with Toan Lam
Radio Disney's LaFern Cusack speaks with Toan Lam about how he is using storytelling to inspire others to use their power to help others.
Marin Independent Journal, Dec. 23, 2013Sun Valley Elementary School students in San Rafael donate gifts to needy families
"About 70 students at Sun Valley Elementary School in San Rafael (Calif.) donated gifts and household goods to two needy families in Marin County this holiday season as part of a school club created by a nonprofit that spurs people to help others."
S.F. Weekly, Nov. 25, 2013Holiday Cheer: Highlighting Good Deeds Around the United States
"Go Inspire Go, founded by San Franciscan, and former television news reporter, Toan Lam, is a site dedicated to sharing the stories, through social media channels, of those working to make the world a better place to live."
AAJA Radio Group, Aug. 23, 2013WATCH: Toan Lam, Go Inspire Go
AAJA's Radio Group's Curtiss Kim interviews Toan Lam at the 2013 Asian American Journalists Association National Convention in New York City.
V3con 2013, June 23, 2013WATCH: Toan Lam, Go Inspire Go
V3 Digital Media Conference at the Japanese American National Museum. IdeateTV host Courtney Kato interviews Toan Lam who created Go Inspire Go.
Intent Blog, April 29, 20135 Amazing Stories from Go Inspire Go's 50/50 Campaign
"We are inspired by the many ways people are rallying to use social media to make a difference in the world, and Go Inspire Go's video stories poignantly capture these efforts. Here are five of our favorite stories from the 50/50 campaign."
SmallGroupofThoughtfulPeople.com, Dec. 17, 201212 Days of Inspiration This Holiday Season: Inspire to Make a Stand
"Go Inspire Go features inspirational, character-driven stories, about 'regular people' who do small acts that ripple out to BIG changes."
NBC Bay Area, Nov. 9, 2012WATCH: Helping Do-Gooders Do-Better
"Toan Lam may have left a promising television reporting career behind, but he made sure to take his story-telling skills with him."
Bus 52, July 26, 2012WATCH: Bus 52 Presents: Go Inspire Go
"As a TV reporter in San Francisco for eight years, Toan Lam learnt a great deal about how the media worked but he was unhappy with the work he was doing. Now, he inspires others to give back to their community rather than reporting only the negative."
Intent Voices, April 16, 2012Compassion for the People: Intent Voices Interview with Toan Lam
In this Q&A, Toan shares what inspires him and the one thing he'd teach in front of a packed stadium.
JulietteCrane.com, Nov. 21, 2011A Stolen Painting Sparks Inspiration
"Go Inspire Go (GIG) is all about discovering and using your power to help others…definitely check out GIG if you're looking for some inspiration."
Social Capital Media, Sept. 4, 2011SOCAP11 Social Entrepreneur Spotlight: Toan Lam
An interview with Toan, who won a scholarship to attend SOCAP11, the world's premier impact investing and social enterprenership gathering.
KYNO 940AM Live Talk Radio (Fresno, Calif.), June 30, 2011LISTEN: Interview with Toan Lam
Bill McEwen, host of radio show Straight Talk, interviewed Toan about Go Inspire Go's genesis and future.
USF Magazine, Summer 2011Inspiring Change
Toan Lam feature article in University of San Francisco alumni magazine about Go Inspire Go's successes and future.
"ABC News Now" & "Good Morning America," Dec. 29, 2010WATCH: Go Inspire Go and Inspiring Acts
Toan Lam interviewed on ABC News early morning network morning show about Go Inspire Go's successes and recent partnership with Yahoo!'s Inspiring Acts for Year in Review 2010.
Yahoo! Front Page, Dec. 5, 2010Yahoo! 2010 Year In Review Blog – Inspiring Acts
Toan Lam was selected to be the sole reporter to develop, vet, report and write 10 blogs for Yahoo! front page, Year In Review about the 10 inspirational people. This blog was published in conjunction with Yahoo!'s "How Good Grows: Ripples of Kindness" campaign.
Tyson Hunger Relief Blog, March 19, 2010READ AND WATCH: Hunger All-Stars - Go Inspire Go
Interview with Toan Lam by Tyson Foods.
KSRO News Talk 1350 AM (Sonoma County, Calif.), Aug. 24, 2009
"North Bay Trails" morning show anchor Curtiss Kim featured a radio segment highlighting GIG's accomplishments and successes.
ABC News, Good Morning America, Aug. 6, 2009WATCH: An Angel in Queens
ABC network's early morning show, "Good Morning America," featured two GIG stories highlighting school bus driver, Jorge Munoz, who spends more than half of his $700 weekly salary on food to feed more than 150 hungry people at a subway stop every night. The world-wide community responded with donations and offers to replace his broken stove. The story went viral when "Good Morning America," "The Rachel Ray Show," and many multimedia outlets contacted us.
Yahoo! and AOL Front Page, July 29, 20095-Year-Old Helps Feed Nearly 18,000
Websites featured GIG's story about a preschool student, who raised over $4,000 to feed the homeless in San Francisco, CA. GIG's video inspired a total of $20,202 and a poultry company to donate 15 tons of chicken to the San Francisco Food Bank, resulting in 135,000 meals served.
News10 Sacramento (KXTV), April 1, 2009WATCH: Good People - JFK Students
Local high school students motivated by a GIG produced story about homeless people living in a tent city outside of Sacramento, decide to raise funds for food and clothes for its residents. The students raised enough donations to purchase non-perishable items for several of the tent city families.