Executive Director Matthew Heinz first went to Rwanda in June 2007 on a two-week trip with his church. He visited and played at a home for streetboys and immediately felt a strong connection and burden for the disadvantaged in the country.
In January 2008, Matthew was asked to start a nonprofit organization for the for-profit company he worked for, EnergyCAP, Inc. The computer software publisher believed firmly in global stewardship and wanted to get involved in work in a developing nation. In March of the same year, Matthew formed the organization now called Global Capacity and decided that its work would start in Rwanda. In June, he took a leave of absence for five months from his job to live in Rwanda and establish the organization. On this trip, Matthew saw how crucial a role education plays in a country that is extremely poor. Education stops the cycle of poverty in people’s lives and enables them to have a better future. Among many lessons learned, he witnessed how education is essential to improving lives, especially for those living in extreme poverty. Two board members (Secretary Theresa Heinz and past-president Jonathan Hetler) were with Matthew during his stay in 2008 and helped lay important ground work. Theresa, who is Matthew’s wife, even outlasted his tenure, living there for seven months.
More than half of our board members have had the opportunity to visit our work in Rwanda since 2008, enabling them to understand and meet the students we are supporting. The trip was concluded at the end of November, and Matthew returned with the vision of providing financial assistance to children who do not have the means to attend school.
Matthew is the Vice President of Customer Service & Corporate Social Responsibility. He serves customers by overseeing fulfillment of new orders, license validations, product upgrades, and customer communications. Matthew also supervises technical support for EnergyCAP and GreenQuest.
In addition, Matthew oversees EnergyCAP, Inc.‘s charitable giving and promotes socially responsible projects. He directs Global Capacity, a nonprofit organization started and mainly funded by EnergyCAP, Inc., whose goal is improving the quality of life through education initiatives. He is currently developing the Right2School program, which is a program that provides financial scholarships for secondary school students in Rwanda.
Previously, Matthew was the Director of Administration for EnergyCAP, Inc.. Before that, his experience included:
Fundraising for a nonprofit organization, support staff at Bethel College, teaching assistant at Fuller Theological Seminary, and program counselor for developmentally disabled adults.
Matthew is currently pursuing a Master of Arts Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Nonprofit Management from North Park University. He received his Master of Arts Degree from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, CA in 2003 and his Bachelor of Arts from Bethel College in St. Paul, MN in 1999. Matthew and his lovely wife Theresa enjoy spending time with their toddler, Elliott and dog, Vuba. They also enjoy entertaining, traveling, playing games, watching movies, and hanging out with family and friends.