Barbara Collins | Do Something Good

Pain Philanthropist

Barbara wasted 19 years of her life figuring out how to find happiness after experiencing a life-altering disability leaving her in chronic pain when she was only 32. That’s when she discovered that relentless pursuit of doing good by helping others is a more potent drug than any prescribed by her doctors. By waking up every day and choosing how to live, you can control your daily doses of joy released endorphins, which for her overpower the challenges that can feel overwhelming.



Barbara Fintel Collins is the co-founder of Dining for Women, the largest global giving circle movement dedicated to advancing gender equality and well-being for women and girls worldwide. With 470 chapters throughout the United States, DFW has educated more than 35,000 global citizens. Together, small gifts have amassed $7 million in grants to organizations in 60 countries. These grants have directly impacted the lives of 250,000 women and girls and have created a powerful ripple effect in one million people’s lives in their families and communities.

Barb believes in creating transformational social change by engaging in DFW’s simple model that nurtures community, democratizes philanthropy, and multiplies an individual’s power. Under her leadership, Dining for Women has initiated partnerships with the Peace Corps, UNICEF, OXFAM, and Michelle Obama’s Let Girls Learn Initiative. In 2014, Barb was named an Everyday Freedom Hero by the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center.

She is the author of Love, Norm, a book that tells her father’s story, a humble and courageous man who spent a miraculous nine-month remission crafting a message of hope for the world he was leaving behind.

A graduate of the University of Minnesota with a degree in gerontology, Barb has devoted her career to the nonprofit sector. She and her husband Greg have two grown daughters and live in Greenville.