About This Episode

When is philanthropic giving the most meaningful? Bestselling author John Grisham and Share Our Strength Board member Renee Grisham discuss their partnership, philanthropy and why they have made child hunger and police reform their central philanthropic causes. “There is plenty of food in this country… but the framework isn’t always there to get the food on the table for these hungry kids. You have convinced us that this is one problem that can be solved in this country,” John says. “It takes all of us...We all want to feed children, and I see that as a huge bridge builder in a time when we need it,” agrees Renee. Find John on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.      

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Renee and John Grisham

Renee Grisham


Renee Grisham is well known for her philanthropic support for women, education and the environment through her family’s foundation, The Oakwood Foundation Charitable Trust. She has led efforts to feed, house, educate and provide healthcare, in addition to protecting the environment in places such as Virginia, Costa Rica, Haiti and Peru. Appointed by Governor McAuliffe, Grisham serves on the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities as well as the UNC Board of Visitors, the UNC Press Advancement Council, and Carolina Performing Arts.

Renee and John Grisham

John Grisham


John Grisham is an American novelist, attorney, politician and activist, best known for his popular legal thrillers. Since first publishing A Time to Kill in 1988, Grisham has written one novel a year and all of them have become international bestsellers. There are currently more than 300 million John Grisham books in print worldwide. Grisham graduated law school at the University of Mississippi in 1981 and went on to practice law for nearly a decade in Southaven, Mississippi, specializing in criminal defense and personal injury litigation.