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Impact Investing Goes Mainstream; Is It Time You Thought About It?

This post was originally produced for Forbes. Recently, I had the opportunity to moderate a panel discussion on impact investing going mainstream at the Los Angeles Sustainatopia conference. The panelists ...
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Not Dead, Not Retired, 91-Year-Old Veteran, Entrepreneur Gives Back

This post was originally produced for Forbes. Jack Nadel has been doing business since the end of World War II. Most people his age, quite frankly, are dead and the ...
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Lululemon CEO Helps Nonprofit Give Gladys In Nicaragua New Home

This post was originally produced for Forbes. Lululemon (Nasdaq: LULU) CEO Laurent Potdevin recently joined with other employees of the apparel firm to build something completely different: a house. Working ...
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Site For Employee Giving Leverages Collective Impact

This post was originally produced for Forbes. Ty Walrod is the visionary behind Bright Funds, a platform designed to allow employers and other leaders to organize giving groups to giving ...
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Academic Focuses On Building Peace, International Development

I met Craig Zelizer in the airport in Mexico City where we were both en route to Opportunity Collaboration and was immediately drawn to his good nature. He did his ...
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Passionate Leader of UNFPA Kenya Battles Violence Against Women, FGM and Child Marriage

This post was originally produced for Forbes. “UNFPA Kenya is working hard with all partners to support the Government of Kenya and the First Lady of Kenya’s clarion call, ‘no ...
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Crusader Publishes Green News In One Of America’s Most Conservative States

In the context of one of the country's most conservative states, Alan Naumann runs a multi-platform publishing company called Green News Utah. Alan explains, "Utah needs an independent news source ...
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NonProfit Helps Students From Being Dropout

This is a guest post from Ruth Lande Shuman, Founder/President of Publicolor I’ve been thinking a lot about what’s happening in Baltimore and other cities around our country. The perils of poverty ...
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8 Lessons That May Change The Way You Think About Summer Vacation

This post was originally produced for Forbes. Last week, I took my wife to a small resort town called Puerto Peñasco or Rocky Point at the north end of the ...
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PTSD and the Hollywood Divide

This is a guest post from Michael Day, a combat veteran of the United States Marine Corps. War is unforgiving and unforgettable. To those that carry the weight of traumatic memories ...
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Finding Your Passion and Living It

This is a guest post from Laurel Mintz, CEO of Elevate My Brand Often I hear people say that they wish they could do more, they wish they can make ...
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You Only Need To Collaborate If You Want To Have Impact

More and more, not only in social entrepreneurship circles, but more often there, we hear talk of collaboration. I've always had a sense that this is true as a matter ...
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Anyone Can Volunteer; Everyone Makes A Difference

Today, as I was working alongside my Rotary friends volunteering here in Puerto Peñasco, Mexico, I realized that volunteers come in all shapes and sizes. On the one hand, I ...
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When These 700 People Roll Into Town, You’ll Love What They Do

This week, Gail and I are in Puerto Peñasco, Mexico with Rotarians from around Utah doing service. There are several projects underway, including the construction of three homes, in partnership ...
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‘Volunteers Are Playing A Vital Role In Making Governments More Accountable,’ Author Says

This post was originally produced for Forbes. On Friday, June 5, 2015, the United Nations Volunteers program will issue a report on the effectiveness of volunteering programs around the world ...
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Ben Hecht: ‘Inequality Of Income Presents A Threat To Our Society, Our Economy And Our Democracy’

This post was originally produced for Forbes. Ben Hecht, CEO of Living Cities, is an impact investor whose passion makes him more of a crusader than a financier. (Disclosure: a ...
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Social Entrepreneur: ‘I Learned To Manage Stress Instead Of Stress Managing Me’

This post was originally produced for Forbes.Social Entrepreneur Doron Libshtein, a former Microsoft MSFT -1.2% executive, speaks a language that sounds downright foreign in a business context, but his current ...
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Some Stocks Go Down, Some Fruit Goes Bad, Some Charities Are Better Than Others

This week’s announcement from the FTC that it, along with all 50 states and the District of Columbia, was filing a complaint against four nonprofits that had reportedly used virtually ...
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These Women Wow Shark Tank, Get Cash, Light Up The World

This post was originally produced for Forbes.Andrea Sreshta and Anna Stork, founders of LuminAID, were offered deals from all five of the investors on ABC’s Shark Tank earlier this year; ...
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Billionaire Offers Tips; Some Will Surprise You

This post was originally produced for Forbes.Ranked #369 on the Forbes list of billionaires, Shari Arison is passionate about doing good business–and she means good.Her bestselling book Activate Your Goodness ...
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Charity Fraud Take Away #1: Don’t Stop Giving! Plus 3 Tips For Smart Giving

Today, the Federal Trade Commission announced a joint complaint with all 50 states and the District of Columbia against four nonprofits that were reportedly operating as anything but legitimate charities.The ...
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Why Glass By Minna Yoo

This is a guest post from Love Bottle founder Minna Yoo.Every day we have to drink water for survival and good health. Each time we drink there is the choice ...
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Harnessing the Power of the Online Crowd to Change Our World and Better the Business of Giving

This is a guest post from Liz Deering, Co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of 121Giving.comIn 2011, when I became the marketing director for a large nonprofit organization in Central Texas, ...
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The Most Important Thing You Will Ever Wear is the Expression on Your Face

No one knows who said this phrase, but it is an important idea to consider for many reasons. For example, how do we talk about courage? How do we talk ...
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Nepali Nonprofit Leader: ‘I’m Not Discouraged’

This post was originally produced for Forbes.Bishnu Adhikari leads the Nepali efforts of CHOICE Humanitarian, a nonprofit that seeks to end extreme poverty around the world. Since the 7.8 magnitude ...
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With Millions Displaced, ShelterBox Has Essential Relief For Nepal

This post was originally produced for Forbes.Thirty days ago, when I scheduled this interview with Alan Monroe, the Interim Executive Director of ShelterBox USA, this was intended to be a ...
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Remembering How it Began: 5 Years of Giving Back in East Africa

This is a guest post from Amy Wendel, Founder & Director of Project MEMA“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in ...
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Report On Nepal Relief Effort

This post was originally produced for Forbes.Filmmaker Casey Allred was working on his film Stolen Innocence in India when the earthquake struck Nepal. The next day he landed in Kathmandu ...
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Author Writes Novel On Behalf Of the Poor and Homeless

This is a guest post from Ms. Jessie Jones. (http://www.jessieljones.com/)Paraphrasing the HEARTH1/ Act of 2009, “homelessness is a condition in which an individual lacks resources or support networks needed to obtain ...
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2nd Annual ‘Give Local America’ Hopes To Beat 2014’s $53 Million In One Day

This post was originally produced for Forbes.The current record for a single day crowdfunding event was set on May 6, 2014 at $53 million. On May 5th, 2015, nonprofit organizations ...
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Building the Next Generation of American Cities

By: Brian D’Arcy, Co-Chair of Working Californians and Business Manager for IBEW Local 18, and Marvin Kropke, Co-Chair of Working Californians and Business Manager for IBEW Local 11Leaders from across ...
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Crowdfunding Experts Address New Regulation A+ Rules Live

This post was originally produced for Forbes.The SEC recently issued new rules for offerings under Regulations A, creating a two tier system that allows issuers to raise up to $50 ...
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Five Steps to Increasing Diversity in Nonprofits

This is a guest post from Steve Scheier who is the CEO and Founder of Scheier+Group and author of Do More Good. Better. Using the Power of Decision Clarity™ to Mobilize the ...
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Child Entrepreneur Partners With and Supports Nonprofits

This is a guest post from Max Ash, 10-year old Creator of MAX'IS Creations with help from his Mom, Jennifer.Hi, my name is Max Ash and I am an inventor ...
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Reporter Creates News Company To Change The World

This post was originally produced for Forbes.Cristi Hegranes is out to change the world using journalism as a development tool.After being assigned as a foreign correspondent and seeing editorial decisions ...
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‘We Need More Businesses That Think Beyond Their Bottom Line’

This post was originally produced for Forbes.“Capitalism has transformed the modern world, but it has also evolved greatly over the last hundred years,” said Cotopaxi CEO Davis Smith. “I’m a ...
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John Taft: Wall Street Can Be A Force For Good

This post was originally produced for Forbes.John Taft, the CEO of RBC Wealth Management US and a frequent guest here on my show, has compiled the thoughts of some of ...
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Making A Difference

This is a guest post from Tamika Blaize, the Founder and President of A Princess for a Day (APFAD)I must start off by saying I wasn’t a great student. I wasn’t ...
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The Superfood That Could Help Africa

This is a guest post from Lisa Curtis, Founder & CEO of Kuli KuliA Saint Patrick’s Day riddle for you: What do trees, money, and agriculture start-ups have in common? They’re all green! ...
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10 Lessons from My Week in the 19th Century

This post was originally produced for Forbes.Last week, I traveled to a remote village called Bakhrejagat in Nepal with CHOICE Humanitarian on a volunteer expedition; it was like stepping back ...
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5 Reasons You Should Add Purpose To Your Plan

This post was originally produced for Forbes.Social entrepreneurship is growing so fast that from where I sit it appears to be about to overwhelm its traditional borders to redefine the ...
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Nonprofit That Helps Teenagers Dealing With Life-Threatening Illnesses

This is a guest post from Wish Upon A Teen’s Founder And President, Michelle SotoIt’s not surprising that teenagers living with chronic or life-threatening medical conditions often experience low self-esteem and ...
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Special Invitation for YMOTW Readers

Utah Valley University’s Center for the Study of Ethics (let’s call it the Ethics Center) has extended a special offer for Your Mark on the World readers. The Ethics Center ...
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Village Capital Announces Latest Impact Investments

This post was originally produced for Forbes.Village Capital, a leading venture firm investing in social enterprises, recently announced its latest investments.Operating with a unique model that starts with a cohort ...
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Why I Turned My Back On The Corporate Life (And Never Looked Back)

This is a guest post from Phillipe Christodoulou who is the founder and co-owner of The Eco Laundry Company.Five years ago, I decided to do something completely crazy. I quit a successful ...
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Songs Of Love Foundation Creates Personalized Songs And Smiles For Ailing Children!

SongsofLove.org - Guest post from John Beltzer, Founder and President, Songs of Love FoundationWe are asking your support for our truly unique Songs of Love Foundation. We are a nonprofit ...
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Science and Compassion Are Needed to Halt Animal Suffering

This is a guest post from Ruth Steinberger who is the Founder and co-CEO of Spay FIRST (http://www.spayfirst.org/), a non-profit organization.An estimated 500 to 700 million dogs exist worldwide.  Three ...
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ImpactAlpha Tracks Deals, News For Impact Investors

David Bank is building on the expertise he developed at the Wall Street Journal to create a platform he calls “ImpactAlpha” for reporting on impact investing players and deals.Explaining his ...
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Wealthy Entrepreneur Focused On Impact Investing

This post was originally produced for Forbes.James Lee Sorenson, whose late father was listed among Forbes’ billionaires and left his fortune to charity, has focused his significant personal wealth accumulated ...
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Water.org Looks To ‘WaterCredit’ To Expand Access To Water And Sanitation

This post was originally produced for Forbes.“There’s nothing more fundamental than the need for safe water and sanitation,” says Gary White, who partnered with Matt Damon to create Water.org.White notes ...
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War Hero, Physician Serves Veterans

This post was originally produced for Forbes.Dr. Sudip Bose received a Bronze Star and was recognized as a “CNN Hero” for his role in treating Saddam Hussein following his capture ...
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Branson’s Carbon War Room Partners With Rocky Mountain Institute To Build Low Carbon Future

This post was originally produced for Forbes.Richard Branson’s Carbon War Room recently partnered with Rocky Mountain Institute to accelerate a global shift to a low carbon future.Jules Kortenhorst, CEO of ...
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SASB Provides Standards For Measuring Non-Financial Performance

This post was originally produced for Forbes.As more and more people, including investors, increasingly focus on performance measures that aren’t captured in the financial statements, it is important to have ...
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One Man Gets Up Close And Personal With Homelessness For All To See

This post was originally produced for Forbes. Mark Horvath has found an unusual calling in life. He’s taken to creating videos of people experiencing homelessness. His organization, Invisible People, produces ...
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Unitus Provides Venture Capital To Indian Startups

This post was originally produced for Forbes.Unitus, one of the early entrants in microlending in the developing world and, as a result, in impact investing, is continuing to innovate. The ...
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Supporting an Artistic Vision in More Ways Than One

This is a guest post from Hernán G. Vicuña, Brand Manager of Zenni OpticalFor artists, vision is essential in more than one sense: Creating art requires an artistic vision, of course, ...
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Octogenarian Provides Water To 1.5 Million

George Lewis is an octogenarian who has no plans to slow down. So what’s he doing that keeps him going? He’s changing the world one glass of water at a ...
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Operation Underground Railroad-Our Rescue!

Tuesday, February 3 at the Marriott, 75 S. West TempleTim Ballard, Founder/CEO Operation Underground RailroadPaul Hutchinson, Fund Manager, Bridge PartnersSean Reyes, Utah Attorney General Club 24 will enjoy an eye witness ...
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Nonprofit Brings Technology To Disaster Recovery

This post was originally produced for Forbes.Field Innovation Team or FIT is bringing hi-tech into the disaster recovery arena by training responders to use it and developing strategic relationships with ...
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Spray-On Antenna Is Being Deployed For Disaster Communications

This post was originally produced for Forbes.When disaster strikes, one of the first victims is often the communications system. With cell towers down, power out and phone lines down, even ...
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Small State, Big Social Impact

The Social Enterprise Greenhouse in Rhode Island is working to help social entrepreneurs succeed.Kelly Ramirez, CEO of the SEG as it is commonly known, says, “Our model is unique: comprehensive ...
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Stella Artois Partners With Water.org To End Women’s Journeys To Water

This post was originally produced for Forbes. Taking advantage of my home base’s proximity to the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, I attended the press briefing for Stella ...
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Utahns: ‘This is the Place’ For Impact Investing

This post was originally produced for Forbes. This week Utahns celebrated impact investing at three separate convenings with help from the White House at one. One consistent theme at all ...
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Omidyar Network Pairs Grants With Investments To Solve Problems

This post was originally produced for Forbes. Omidyar Network, founded by Pierre Omidyar, founder of eBay, and his wife Pam, is a driving force in the movement toward impact investing, ...
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Restored Hospital Restores Hope In Haiti

This post was originally produced for Forbes. The Catholic Health Association has recently completed the reconstruction the St. Francis de Sales Hospital in Haiti, restoring and improving health services for ...
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What If Your Old Laptop Could Change The World?

Becky Morrison found a way to empower people in the developing world by founding Globetops to gather used laptops for those who need them.Becky explains her motivation for founding Globetops, ...
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Entrepreneur Seeks To Turn Lives Around For Felons

Sean Hosman is a lawyer working to reform prisons by applying scientifically-based approaches to reduce recidivism. His goal, he says, is “turning lives around.” He notes that rehabilitation and support ...
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Salt Lake County Leads Country In Pay-For-Success Financing

This post was originally produced for Forbes. Salt Lake County reports having deployed the first implementation of a pay-for-success financing at the county level in the country. Mayor Ben McAdams ...
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Samaritan’s Feet Works to Put Shoes on 10 Million Children Worldwide

This is a guest post from Patrick Thean who is the CEO and co-founder of Rhythm Systems (http://www.rhythmsystems.com/), a cloud-based strategy execution software platform that facilitates airtight execution and measurability for mid-market ...
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‘Nigeria Is Paving The Way For A Polio-free Africa’

This post was originally produced for Forbes. “Nigeria is paving the way for a polio-free Africa,” according to John Vertefeuille, team lead for Nigeria at the Centers for Disease Control ...
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Cancer Research Institute Suggests Cancer Cure Could Come

This post was originally produced for Forbes. Jill O’Donnell-Tormey is the CEO and director of scientific affairs for the Cancer Research Institute, which focuses its research budget on promising cancer ...
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How Syria Beat Its Polio Outbreak

This post was originally produced for Forbes. The battle to eradicate polio from planet is at once entirely global and at the same time a very individual process–every single child ...
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Impact Investor Shares Lessons Of Over 100 Investments

This post was originally produced for Forbes. John Goldstein of Imprint Capital is one of the rare breed of impact investors who has logged some real miles on this path ...
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Celebrity Dentist Focuses On Giving Back

Celebrity Dentist Bill Dorfman is a real philanthropist at heart. His LEAP Foundation helps middle-school students from around the world prepare to for successful careers. By bringing students from diverse ...
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New Center For Homeless Youth To Provide Housing

The Volunteers of America, Utah new Homeless Youth Resource Center is beginning to take shape. With just $1 million in funding lacking for the $6 million center, homeless youth in ...
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Rob Holzer Helps Corporations Put Their Good On

Rob Holzer is a kind of a big deal.  As the CEO of and Founder of Matter Unlimited, Rob helps organizations rebrand themselves with greater social impact at the heart ...
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Former Stockbroker Circumnavigates Globe On Motorcycle, Kindness

Leon Logothetis has written a book, The Kidness Diaries, about his unique travels around the world on a motorcycle. A rare look at human kindness, the book chronicles the kindness ...
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Entrepreneur Puts Human Trafficking In His Sights

This post was originally produced for Forbes. Joe Schmidt has had a lot of success in his life as an entrepreneur. At this stage of his career, he could be ...
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Girlfluence Seeks To Serve And Influence Women

This post was originally produced for Forbes. Dara Kaplan and her team have recently launched Girlfluence, a PR and branding agency focused on helping women reach and influence other women ...
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Newman’s Own Foundation CEO Explains Unique Social Entrepreneurship Model

This post was originally produced for Forbes. “Paul Newman wanted to make the world a better place, and we carry on his legacy to do that ,” says Robert Forrester, ...
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Would Launching Experiments Into Space Get Your Kids Interested In Science?

Sunny Washington has her work cut out for her and she knows it. “The United States needs more than a million more students graduating with STEM degrees” to meet the ...
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Devin’s Top 10 Podcasts of 2014

Last week we shared the list of the most popular interviews of 2014 as ranked by YouTube. Today, I’m sharing the list of the top ten most popular podcasts of ...
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Individuals Are People, Too

This post was originally produced for Forbes. Most of my coverage at Forbes regards people working to make a difference in the world at scale. We’re usually talking about people ...
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Top Ten Interviews Of 2014 (YouTube Rankings)

Over the last two years, I’ve done nearly 500 video interviews with CEOs, entrepreneurs, celebrities and investors talking about how they are leaving their mark on the world for good ...
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Nonprofit Explains How To Partner With Corporations For Fundraising

This post was originally produced for Forbes. buildOn is a nonprofit working to break the cycle of poverty. Although its focus is on improving global literacy rates, it has done ...
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Deloitte Scales Impact On Education

This post was originally produced for Forbes. Deloitte is working to make a difference in American education at scale. David Porges, Deloitte’s Director for Corporate Citizenship, explains, “Deloitte is focused ...
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One Bead, One Person, One Dollar Can Make A Difference

The consummate entrepreneur, Sara Wroblewski, is running the startup she launched in college out of her apartment. Unlike some entrepreneurs, Sara has a vision for her business that is a ...
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Ebola Impacts Almost 1 Million In West Africa Who Are Not Directly Exposed To The Virus

It doesn’t take a PhD in economics to appreciate that the countries of West Africa impacted most by Ebola are not able to prosper with that added weight. The effect ...
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GozAround Matches Volunteers And Projects, Adds Gamification

GozAround is a new social network that matches volunteers with opportunities to be of service to nonprofits or to other individuals directly. Ben Block, founder and CEO, describes his thinking ...
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Giants’ Coach Leaves Legacy Off Field

Tom Coughlin, the Super Bowl-winning coach of the New York Giants, and previously of the Jacksonville Jaguars, was inspired by tragedy to launch a foundation to help kids with cancer ...
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Malala On Massacre: ‘Stand Up Together’

Malala has issued the following video statement in response to the Taliban’s massacre of 132 children and nine staff at a school in Peshawar. CNN is reporting that in addition ...
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Benefit Mobile Makes its Mark on Schools, Nonprofits, and Other Causes

This is a guest post from Derik Lolli who is the founder of Benefit Mobile Inc. Lolli lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan with his wife and two children. Before starting Benefit Lolli worked ...
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Collaboration Seeks To Increase Impact

This post was originally produced for Forbes. Deloitte’s Monitor Institute has been collaborating with New Profit, a venture philanthropy fund, for 15 years “to help social entrepreneurs grow their impact,” according ...
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Increasing Concern Over Climate Change May Be Driving Increase In Sustainable Investing

This post was originally produced for Forbes. Sustainable investing is growing at an accelerating rate, according to a recent report on trends from the US SIF or The Forum for ...
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Report Holds Promise For Investors And Poor Families

This post was originally produced for Forbes. “Wealth has never been so concentrated as it is today, while families find it increasingly difficult to climb the ladder of prosperity,” says ...
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New Collaborative Report To Guide, Grow Impact Investing Globally

This post was originally produced for Forbes. A new report on impact investing from the Impact Investing Policy Collaborative (usually abbreviated IIPC) provides a varied look at the policies and ...
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Why I Got Arrested For Eric Garner and Michael Brown

The following is a guest post from my son, Dayton Thorpe, a PhD candidate studying at UC Berkeley. On Tuesday December 9th, I was released from the Alameda County Jail ...
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Report: Utahns Four Times More Giving Than New Hampsherites; How Does Your State Compare?

As the Christmas season is upon us, WalletHub recently conducted an analysis of rates of charity by state around the United States.  Spokesperson Jill Gonzalez, says, “With 30 percent of ...
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Empowered Philanthropy

This is a guest post from Felica Herman, Executive Director of the Natan Fund. “Money, pardon the expression, is like manure. It’s not worth a thing unless it’s spread around, ...
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Equity Crowdfunding Site Embraces Real Estate

This post was originally produced for Forbes. Equity crowdfunding site EquityNet has fully embraced real estate finance on the platform, while continuing to provide services to entrepreneurs across a range ...
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Hershey Recognized For Work Among West African Farmers

This post was originally produced for Forbes. The U.S. Department of State recently awarded its P3 Impact Award to Cocoa Link, a public private partnership connecting poor cocoa farmers in ...
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New Technology Allows Electric Bus To Carry Passengers In Addition To Batteries

This post was originally produced for Forbes. When I first met Wesley Smith he was running a STEM-rich, team building program for students of all ages, including an occasional corporate ...
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Text-to-Pledge Technology Facilitates Giving At Galas

Nonprofit organizations are always looking for ways to increase donations, especially at events that can be expensive to produce and may yield a large portion of the annual budget. Sophist ...
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Nonprofit Engages Engineers To Improve Health Care Worldwide

Engineering World Health, often abbreviated EWH, is working to “improve health care deliverty in the developing world,” according to CEO Leslie Calman. She explains, “ Engineering World Health (EWH) is ...
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Afflicted Singer David Osmond, ‘Symbol Of Hope’ For MS Community

This post was originally produced for Forbes. Singer David Osmond, who himself has MS, recently received the “Can Do Award” from Can Do MS, a national nonprofit working to empower ...
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New Resource Aims To Help Students With ADHD

This post was originally produced for Forbes. “ADHD is like having a powerful race car for a brain, but with bicycle brakes. You need to strengthen your brakes to win ...
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Social Entrepreneur Seeks Impact Through Recycling Your Clothes

Evrnu is a social enterprise with a mission to reduce waste by recycling cotton clothing. By taking clothing that would otherwise go into the landfill or be incinerated and converting ...
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Award Winning Television Producer Chucks It All To Change The World

Sarah Holbrooke’s Pinhead Institute in Telluride, Colorado is working to bring world-class STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education to rural Colorado. That’s about as far away from her past ...
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Woodzee Creates Renewable Wooden Eyewear

This is a guest post from Luke Winter. As owner and founder of Woodzee Inc. Luke parlays his fashion industry business savvy into an impactful way to benefit the environmental ...
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Clean Outside – Healthy Inside

This is a guest post from Cici Pandol who recently graduated from the University of Richmond and is currently the Director of Communications at SoapBox Soaps. Being healthy inside is directly impacted ...
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Impact Investing Innovation: Conservation Finance

This post was originally produced for Forbes. Conservation finance is a relatively new concept in impact investing circles that looks to create financial returns from conservation activities. The Freshwater Trust ...
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$20,000 D-Prize Fosters Social Entrepreneurship Focused On Distribution

On June 12, 2014 we visited here with Nicholas Fusso about the $20,000 D-Prize, a cash award for social entrepreneurs with a plan to effectively distribute proven poverty solutions. Nicholas ...
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Humanitarian Teaches Others How To Serve Effectively

Brad Jamison has dedicated much of his life to serving others. He built Good Citizen to foster service and volunteering to improve our communities and the world. He suggests five ...
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Study Answers Question ‘Do Socially Responsible Investments Yield Less?’

The wealth management firm Envestnet|PMC recently published a study that looked at investment returns on socially responsible investments. The results were surprising. “This Envestnet|PMC study shows that Socially Responsible Investing ...
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Michigan Researchers Present ‘Roadmap’ For BoP Progress

A team of researchers at the University of Michigan's William Davidson Institute have recently published a document called, “A Roadmap for the Base of the Pyramid Domain: Re-Energizing for the Next ...
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Tech, Art, and Community: Working Together for a Better World

This is a guest post from Zack Holland, Founder of Angeleno Artistry In an over-connected global economy where products are designed in California, created in Asia, and shipped to your doorstep, the ...
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Can We, Should We Really End Polio?

This post was originally produced for Forbes. For the past week, I have been a guest of Rotary International here in Ethiopia to participate in and observe an expedition of ...
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Chevron’s ‘Fuel Your School’ Program Via DonorsChoose Raises Millions

This post was originally produced for Forbes. Chevron CVX -0.67% has committed $140 million to education in the U.S. since 2010 and will top $45 million in 2014 alone, according ...
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Learn More About Traveling To Nepal With CHOICE Humanitarian And Me

I am so excited! Fresh off my Rotary trip to Ethiopia for polio immunizations, I’m now looking forward to my service expedition with CHOICE Humanitarian to Nepal in February. Here’s ...
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Emmy Award Winner Leads Storytellers For Good

Emmy Award winner Cara Jones gave up her fabulous career as a television report to build Storytellers for Good to share stories about people who are doing good.  Cara explained her ...
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Quick Review: Ethiopian Polio NID Trip With Rotary

This is another in a series of reports from a Rotary expedition to Ethiopia to End Polio Now. We’re packing up and heading home. The group is a bit tired but ebullient at ...
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Mission Accomplished? No Way!

This is another in a series of reports from a Rotary expedition to Ethiopia toEnd Polio Now. Today we wrapped up the Ethiopian NID with more immunizations. Most of our time was ...
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National Immunization Day Ethiopia

This is another in a series of reports from a Rotary expedition to Ethiopia toEnd Polio Now. Today began the two-day National Immunization Day here in Ethiopia.  The group I am traveling ...
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Meeting The President To Talk About Polio

This is another in a series of reports from a Rotary expedition to Ethiopia toEnd Polio Now. The “advocacy group” of Rotarians, about one third of the total group visiting Ethiopia was ...
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Serious Talk About Ending Polio Once And For All!

This is another in a series of reports from a Rotary expedition to Ethiopia to End Polio Now. Today, the Rotarians visiting Ethiopia for the National Immunization Day this week ...
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Rotarian Hopes To Revolutionize Education In Rural Kenya With ‘Rachel’ and ‘Raspberry Pi’

This post was originally produced for Forbes. This week, I am in Ethiopia on a service expedition with Rotary International to support a National Immunization Day for Polio. While here, ...
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U.S. Ambassador To Ethiopia Pledges Continued Cooperation With Rotary

This is another in a series of reports from a Rotary expedition to Ethiopia to End Polio Now. In a meeting today with about 30 visiting Rotarians from the United ...
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Polio’s Impact–And Fighting Back

This is another in a series of reports from a Rotary expedition to Ethiopia to End Polio Now. For most people who get polio, the battle is not waged at ...
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My First Glimpse of Ethiopia

This is another in a series of reports from a Rotary expedition to Ethiopia to End Polio Now. From a journalistic view of this trip, it is highly inappropriate of ...
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Serving Our Nation’s Young Heroes One Summer Camp at a Time

By: Betsey Fortlouis, Camp Corral Executive Director In 2003, Sgt. Rosanna Powers was deployed to Kuwait, only to return a month later after finding out she was pregnant with her ...
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The 12 Alternatives To Owning A Car That Convinced Me To Sell Mine

This post was originally produced for Forbes. Largely for tax purposes, I began tracking the miles I drive my car rather carefully, noting the mileage at the beginning and end ...
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28 Soccer Balls In One Suitcase

This is another in a series of reports from a Rotary expedition to Ethiopia to End Polio Now. Recently, I wrote here about my trip to Ethiopia to do polio ...
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Nonprofit Entrepreneur Recognized For Impact On Poverty

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Student Team Launches Enterprise To Treat Diabetes In Slums

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Live Discussion With Author Of World Economic Forum Guide To Impact Investing

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This post was originally produced for Forbes. “There is a tendency amongst environmentally minded people to view plastics as evil. But they have revolutionized our lives and are here to ...
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President Clinton Presents Hult Prize To Indian Social Entrepreneurs

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Polio Survivor Thrives At AIG, As Ironman Triathlete

This post was originally produced for Forbes. Minda Dentler is a Director of Operations at AIG Multinational. She is also an elite athlete who competes in Ironman triathlons of 143 ...
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OPIC, Global Partnerships Bring Depth Of Experience To Impact Investing

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Award Winner Empowers World’s Poorest Laborers

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Entrepreneur Seeks To Clean Water For 200 Million In India, Bangladesh

One of the highlights at this year's SOCAP was the presentation of the Gratitude Awards from the Gratitude Network; DrinkWell won the award for Health.  DrinkWell founder and CEO Mihaj Chowdhury explained why he established ...
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A Polio Survivor Appreciates Work Done By Rotary International

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Hult Prize Finalist Trains Bees To Diagnose Disease (Really!)

Hult Prize finalist Bee Healthy is looking to revolutionize medical diagnostics by training bees to smell chemical indicators of disease. Founder Tobias Hortsmann explains that “Every disease leaves a unique ...
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Social Entrepreneur Completes Seed Round Via Crowdfunding

This post was originally produced for Forbes. Imperative, a social enterprise seeking to help millennials find their purpose, recently completed its seed round using the investment crowdfunding site Onevest. We’ve ...
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Free Crowdfunding Training With CHOICE Humanitarian

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Bayview Youth Prepared For Career In High Fashion

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peacecorps: For 2011’s World AIDS Day, Peace Corps Burkina Faso’s Community Health and AIDS Taskforce (CHAT) designed a project that was funded by SPA grants integrating HIV/AIDS awareness murals and ...
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Privilege, Perspective and Poverty at Opportunity Collaboration

This week I am attending Opportunity Collaboration, a conference on poverty eradication. I love the goal of ending poverty. The conference is structured as an unconference, something I’d only read ...
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My Mission To Ethiopia: End Polio Now! You Can Help!

This is the first in a series of reports from a Rotary expedition to Ethiopia to End Polio Now. Even as ebola terrorizes West Africa and, by extension, the world, ...
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Author With Longevity Secrets Seeks To Apply Lessons To Millions

This post was originally produced for Forbes. What if you could simultaneously reduce health care costs by 40 percent and increase a population’s life expectancy? You’d say you’d found the ...
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Leader Exports Silicon Valley Style Venture Philanthropy To Africa, Brazil

This post was originally produced for Forbes. Jane Wales, CEO of the Global Philanthropy Forum, is leading an effort to apply the Silicon Valley model of venture philanthropy and impact ...
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Award Winner Converts Farmland To Organic

The Social Venture Network recently recognized four social entrepreneurs with its annual Innovation Awards. Your Mark on the World will profile each of the four in the coming weeks. Craig ...
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Latina Leads Peers, Others To Social Impact Success

Francesca Escoto has a bigger-than-life personality and she is passionate about social entrepreneurship. On October 20, 2014 at noon Eastern, she will join me for a live discussion about social ...
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SVN Innovation Award Winner Improves Health And Reduces Carbon Emissions

The Social Venture Network recently recognized four social entrepreneurs with its annual Innovation Awards. Your Mark on the World will profile each of the four in the coming weeks. Sustaintech ...
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Hult Prize Finalist: ‘Truly Global Medical Devices Are Hard To Find’

The Hult Prize, arguably the most prestigious student business competition of any sort, awards student social entrepreneurs with a $1 million prize from the Hult Family presented by President Bill ...
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You Matter: Spreading Positive Mental Health through Early-Intervention

This is a guest post from Gabriela D. Acosta, the community manager for the University of Southern California’s MSW programs. Around the world, suicide is a major public health problem and ...
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Crowdfunding Becomes Global Phenomenon

This post was originally produced for Forbes. Crowdfunding itself is going viral around the globe. It seems that everywhere you look, crowdfunding is popping up in a big way. This ...
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Off to Russia!

Well, I’m heading “Back to the U.S.S.R” or at least back to Moscow. This time, I’m fortunate to be heading to CrowdMap ‘14, a crowdfunding and crowdsourcing conference where I ...
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Make-A-Wish Founder Launching Ripple Effect, A Platform To Help Anyone Become A Hero

This post was originally produced for Forbes. Frank Shankwitz, a former highway patrol officer, seems like an unlikely person to have launched one of the most culturally significant nonprofit organizations ...
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What Difference Does A Bank Account Make? You’d Be Surprised

This post was originally produced for Forbes. People who do not have access to the mainstream financial system are subject to a variety of fees for services that the rest ...
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Collaboration Yields New Course For Social Entrepreneurs

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Polio Has a New Foe; Polio Should Be Worried

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Mindfull Investors Seek Opportunities For Impact

This post was originally produced for Forbes. More and more people are beginning to appreciate that investors can earn returns at the same time they drive social impact and solve ...
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Social Entrepreneurs Borrow From Tech Entrepreneurs To Accelerate Impact

Social entrepreneurs have been mimicking the tech accelerator model in recent years with great success. Invest2Innovate, a Pakistan-based accelerator for social entrepreneurs just launched its most recent class of seven ...
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Stepping Up for Peace

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Advertising Private Offerings: Oxymoron? Successful? Yes and Yes

This post was originally produced for Forbes. The Prodigy Network, led by Rodrigo Nino, is a real estate crowdfunding site that has already raised hundreds of millions of dollars. Since ...
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Impact Investing Is Kind Of A Big Deal

This post was originally produced for Forbes. The world is awaking to impact investing. Finally. More and more we are seeing institutional investors allocating substantial sums to impact. Audrey Choi, ...
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How Many Girls Can One Woman Teach? You’d Be Surprised

This post was originally produced for Forbes. Ann Cotton is one of the most recognized social entrepreneurs in the world for her work educating over three million children in Sub-Saharan ...
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Teen Entrepreneur Makes Giving Back Top Priority

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This Teen Feeds The Poor; You Won’t Believe When He Started

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Entrepreneur Creates Impact But You’ll Never Guess How

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CEO Looks To Move Community Investing Into Mainstream

Paige Chapel is all about community investing. Her goal as the head of Aeris “is to help position CDFI loan funds over the next decade as part of a recognized ...
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Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development Sponsors GoodCrowd14

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Grassroots Lobbying Effort Asks SEC To Issue Final Crowdfunding Rules

This post was originally produced for Forbes. On April 4, 2012, President Obama signed the JOBS Act, authorizing a variety of significant changes to securities laws, including the enabling legislation ...
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Community Foundations Build, Protect Their Communities

This post was originally produced for Forbes. One of the backbones of American philanthropy is the community foundation, which plays a variety of critical roles in building and protecting a ...
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Entrepreneur Joins Group Effort To Cure Millions

Jaykumar Menon is working to save the lives of millions of people, including those threatened by Ebola in Africa. The diseases that afflict the developing world don’t offer the revenue ...
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Advisor Predicts Rapid Growth In Renewable Energy

Clean Energy Advisors is helping investors to put their money to work to create a cleaner environment and a more sustainable world. CEO Chris Warren explains: CEA is committed to ...
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Award Winning Nonprofit Reports On Results

In early 2013, the Your Mark on the World Center, with support from an anonymous benefactor, awarded two prizes to small nonprofit organizations. The Senase Project was one of the ...
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Leader Leads from the Heart

My network was recently blessed by the addition of Hugh Ballou, who first hit my radar when my Forbes colleague and friend Cheryl Snapp Conner wrote about him, the musical ...
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Nonprofits Partner To Foster Culture Of Health

This post was originally produced for Forbes. A new partnership between the American Heart Association (AHA, for brevity’s sake) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (similarly, RWJF) aims to build ...
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Noora Health Named a Finalist in Gratitude Awards Competition; Winners to Be Chosen at SOCAP

Noora Health, led by Katy Ashe and Edith Elliott, has been named as one of nine finalists in the 2014 Gratitude Awards from the Gratitude Network to be awarded at ...
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Sevamob Named a Finalist in Gratitude Awards Competition; Winners to Be Chosen at SOCAP

Sevamob led by Shelley Saxena, has been named as one of nine finalists in the 2014 Gratitude Awards from the Gratitude Network to be awarded at SOCAP this coming week ...
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Drinkwell Named a Finalist in Gratitude Awards Competition; Winners to Be Chosen at SOCAP

Drinkwell, led by Minhaj Chowdhury, has been named as one of nine finalists in the 2014 Gratitude Awards from the Gratitude Network to be awarded at SOCAP this coming week ...
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Jail Education Solutions Named a Finalist in Gratitude Awards Competition; Winners to Be Chosen at SOCAP

Jail Education Solutions, led by Brian Hill, has been named as one of nine finalists in the 2014 Gratitude Awards from the Gratitude Network to be awarded at SOCAP this ...
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Springboard Collaborative Named a Finalist in Gratitude Awards Competition; Winners to Be Chosen at SOCAP

Springboard Collaborative, led by Alejandro Gac-Artigas, has been named as one of nine finalists in the 2014 Gratitude Awards from the Gratitude Network to be awarded at SOCAP this coming ...
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African Management Initiative Named a Finalist in Gratitude Awards Competition; Winners to Be Chosen at SOCAP

African Management Initiative, led by Rebecca Harrison, has been named as one of nine finalists in the 2014 Gratitude Awards from the Gratitude Network to be awarded at SOCAP this ...
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SunCulture Named a Finalist in Gratitude Awards Competition; Winners to Be Chosen at SOCAP

SunCulture, led by Samir Ibrahim, has been named as one of nine finalists in the 2014 Gratitude Awards from the Gratitude Network to be awarded at SOCAP this coming week ...
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LivelyHoods Named a Finalist in Gratitude Awards Competition; Winners to Be Chosen at SOCAP

LivelyHoods, led by Tania Laden, has been named as one of nine finalists in the 2014 Gratitude Awards from the Gratitude Network to be awarded at SOCAP this coming week ...
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Labor Link Named a Finalist in Gratitude Awards Competition; Winners to Be Chosen at SOCAP

Labor Link by Good World Solutions, led by Heather Franzese, has been named as one of nine finalists in the 2014 Gratitude Awards from the Gratitude Network to be awarded at SOCAP this coming week ...
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Naked Photos of My Grandmother Led Me to Fight Sex Trafficking

This is a guest post from a mother and philanthropist living in San Diego, California, Barbara McNally. No, those two things aren’t directly related. After my grandmother passed away in ...
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Entrepreneur, Filmmaker Seeks Money To Help Trafficked Girls In India

This post was originally produced for Forbes. Four years ago, Casey Allred says he went to India to help reform and improve education and discovered an entirely different problem that ...
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Investment Key To Climate Change Solution

This post was originally produced for Forbes. Have you ever thought that really addressing climate change would require more than just swapping our light bulbs for compact florescent bulbs and ...
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Expert Says We Can Reduce Fossil Fuel Use 80% With Existing Technology

This post was originally produced for Forbes. Amory Lovins, a “recovering physicist” who founded and now leads the Rocky Mountain Institute, is the author of Reinventing Fire and a Forbes ...
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This Teacher Has A One-Word Lesson Plan To Change The World–The Word Will Surprise You

You don’t want to miss this! Really. Orly Wahba is changing the world through kindness. Frankly, she’s the kind of person I want to be, perhaps the kind of person ...
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This is a guest post from New York City celebrity gossip columnist, Kelly Will, who gave up her home, her work and all her material possessions to travel all 50 ...
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Renamed Bank Still Focused On Building Community

This post was originally produced for Forbes. One PacificCoast Bank is rebranding itself to better reflect its social justice agenda as Beneficial State Bank. Beneficial State Bank takes its social ...
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SOCAP Adds Gratitude Awards To Celebrate Social Entrepreneurs

This post was originally produced for Forbes. SOCAP, the Social Capital Markets conference, has grown to likely be the largest annual conference connecting social entrepreneurs with impact investors. For 2014, ...
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Gratitude Awards Recognize Social Entrepreneurs From Around Globe

The Gratitude Awards from the Gratitude Network will recognize four young companies at SOCAP on September 4, 2014. Organizer Randy Haykin recently announced the 32 semi-finalists. Nine finalists will be ...
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How Prepaid Cards Benefit Nonprofit Organizations

This is a guest post from Toffer Grant, the CEO and Founder of the PEX Visa® Prepaid Card Service that is a corporate prepaid card solution used to budget and track employee ...
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Finding Long Term Value in a Multichannel World

We now live our lives in an omnichannel manner; we consistently, and fluidly, move between online, offline, social, and direct means and resources to achieve our daily demands. In following ...
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Nonprofit Creating Jobs For 100,000 People With Autism

This post was originally produced for Forbes. An expected 500,000 adults with autism are expected to begin seeking employment over the next decade as a tidal wave of young adults ...
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Case Foundation, Omidyar Network Back White House Effort To Spur Impact Investing

This post was originally produced for Forbes. Several weeks ago, the U.S. National Advisory Board to the Social Impact Investment Task Force met at the White House to discuss its ...
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Polio Victim Overcomes Disability, Speaks Out

This post was originally produced for Forbes. Alem Mumuni contracted polio at the age of two in Ghana, a place where few people ever overcome the burdens of the crippling ...
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New Company Expands Financial Inclusion

PayPerks is a new suite of web- and mobile-based education and rewards tools that work with products like prepaid cards, designed for the emerging middle class, consumers who haven’t always used ...
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Incubator Preps Entrepreneurs To Solve 21st Century Problems

The Halcyon Incubator is working to solve 21st century challenges by helping social entrepreneurs. Through a competitive process, social entrepreneurs pitch Halcyon for a spot in the three-stage incubator program.  ...
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New Comic Book Saves Children By Teaching Hygiene

Unliver’s Lifebuoy soap brand is working to save children in the developing world with an innovative approach: comic books. Tapping renowned comic book artist Craig Yoe to create it, Lifebuoy ...
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Remodeling Healthcare

This is a guest post from Uchenna Onyekwere, a healthcare professional who aims improve the performance of large healthcare organizations through strategy and operations consulting. It is no secret that the United States ...
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Money Yields Cost Savings, Healthcare For Vulernable, Seniors

This post was originally produced for Forbes. An entirely new wave of health care reform is coming to rural America with financing from Vital Healthcare Capital, a nonprofit community development ...
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100,000 US Children Are Victims of Trafficking Annually

Every year in the United States 100,000 children are victims of sex trafficking. Everyone’s Kids is a nationwide campaign to raise money and awareness about the plight of these kids ...
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BYU Professor Provides 5 Point Plan To End Poverty

Paul Godfrey, a professor at Brigham Young University, is part of a growing movement that says we can end poverty, that it is not a necessary part of of a ...
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Are Americans Hardwired to Give?

This is a guest post from Ronn Torossian, CEO and Founder of 5WPR. He is a Public Relations Executive and Author of the Best-Selling PR Book For Immediate Release. Founder of 5W Public ...
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Corporate Citizenship – An Added Risk to Non-Profits?

This is a guest post from William Brown, SocioEconomic Business Coach, Advocate and “Business Fracker,” helping businesses and business professionals “drill down” to identify and maximize their unique Corporate Citizenship ...
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Ebola Crisis: How You Can Help

This post was originally produced for GoodCrowd.info. The following is taken from a release from Global Giving: West Africa is in the midst of the most lethal Ebola epidemic in history.The Ebola ...
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New Company Offers ‘No-Skim’ Fundraising Tools To Nonprofits

This post was originally produced for Forbes. Social venture CommitChange has developed a new fundraising platform for nonprofits that doesn’t rely on collecting a percentage of funds raised, potentially netting ...
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Airline Upcycles Seats To Benefit Kenyan Kids, Environment

Southwest Airlines has launched a sustainability initiative called “LUV Seat: Repurpose with Purpose” to upcycle leather seat coverings, keeping them out of landfills, so as to create opportunities for people ...
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New Program For Rooftop Solar Projects

This story was originally produced for GoodCrowd.info. Mosiac, the leader in crowdfunding solar power projects, recently announced a program that provides homeowners with crowdfunded loans with operations and maintenance service ...
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New Site Helps Small Businesses Raise Money In Local Communities

This story was originally produced for GoodCrowd.info. Kevin Hitchen’s left J.P. Morgan to help launch Localstake, a crowdfunding site that facilitates investments in local businesses. The platform has successfully raised over ...
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Lumos Ends Teacher Technology Pain

This story was originally produced for GoodCrowd.info. Lumos is an EdTech startup that has created a wireless hub to connect disparate classroom technologies of various vintages. Not only is Lumos funding ...
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CHOICE Claims Solution To Ending Poverty

This post was originally produced for Forbes. Dr. James Mayfield has spent much of his life working to end poverty and he thinks he’s got it figured out. “Go to ...
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Prudential Promises To Build $1B Impact Portfolio

This post was originally produced for Forbes. At a meeting of the U.S. Advisory Board and G7′s Social Impact Investing Taskforce at the White House last month, Prudential committed to ...
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Educator Brings Innovation To Utah Valley

Luke Peterson returned to his alma mater three years ago, he came to drive social innovation in the community and beyond–not just on campus. Luke graduated from Utah Valley University ...
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Activist Walks To End Poverty

Author Jordan Phoenix is so serious about saving the world that he’s walking from Canada to Mexico to bring attention to his work and to share his unique message of ...
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New Platform To Crowdsource Water Conservation

Lisa Gunn Adams, a professor at Kennesaw State University, is working to organize an active, real-time collaboration platform for people working to enhance waterways through crowdsourcing–and she’s crowdfunding the money to ...
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World Looks Anxiously To Pakistan, Afghanistan And Nigeria To Eradicate Polio

This post was originally produced for Forbes. Polio, once a global monster, is now a cornered rat, lashing out in hopes of repopulating. Reduced 99.9 percent from an average number ...
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Skateboards Used To Foster Young Leaders In Lebanon

This is a guest post from Devon Smiley. Beneath the bombed out shell that hides the “Paris of the Middle East”, thousands fear that tomorrow won’t come and many believe ...
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Wealthy Increasingly Focused On Social Impact

This post was originally produced for Forbes. Fully 92 percent of high net worth individuals think driving global impact is important, according to a survey conducted for Capgemini and RBC ...
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Teen Social Entrepreneur Leaves His Mark On The World

Henry Miller launched his social venture (with a little help from his parents) at age eleven. He’s never looked back. His company, Henry’s Humdingers, makes all natural condiments using raw ...
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Architect Spends Life Building Community

Utah architect Soren Simonsen has spent his career using his unique skills to build his community in a multitude of ways.  Recently retired from the Salt Lake City Council, Soren ...
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Social Entrepreneur Hopes To Replace LinkedIn

This post was originally produced for Forbes. Author Aaron Hurst has a plan to replace LinkedIn with a purpose-driven alternative called Imperative. Hurst is the author of The Purpose Economy, ...
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Entrepreneur Infuses Careers With Purpose

Arthur Woods has joined forces with Aaron Hurst to revolution online networking to infuse it with purpose. Together, they have launched Imperative, a social networking site focused on professionals and ...
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FundingCircle Announces $65M Series D

This post was originally produced for Forbes. FundingCircle, a British crowdfunding site that provides business loans in the UK and the US that banks generally won’t make has announced a ...
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Combination Creates A Leader In Crowdfunding Market

This post was originally produced for Forbes. RockThePost, an accredited investor crowdfunding portal announced this morning its merger with CoFoundersLab, an online and in-person matchmaking network that scientifically builds startup ...
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SEC Mulls Changes to Accredited Investor Standards, 18 Crowdfunders React

This post was originally produced for Forbes. The Securities and Exchange Commission is considering an update to the accreditation standards used to determine eligibility to participate in private securities sales ...
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Do You Know How To Live On $1 Per Day? 1 Billion People In Poverty Do

This is a guest post from Professor Thomas A.Nazario Professor Thomas A.Nazario with book When I was four years old, and on my way to have Thanksgiving dinner with my parents ...
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Young Social Entrepreneur Rebuilding Education

This post was originally produced for Forbes. Chase Winder, a young social entrepreneur whom I recently met through my local Rotary Club, is working to dramatically improve education in the ...
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Crowdfunding Leaps Forward Beyond Hype To Solve Big-World Problems

This post was originally produced for Forbes. Much of the hype around crowdfunding has frustratingly proved to be so much hot air. The United Nations Global Compact and the U.S ...
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Sustainability Moves This Social Entrepreneur

Stephanie Stettler takes doing good seriously. Beginning with a masters degree in Leadership for Sustainability from Portland State University, she has built her career around having impact. Today, she helps ...
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Skier Flips Perception Of Disability, Proves Capability

Chris Waddell, world-class athlete and founder of One Revolution, is turning perceptions of disability upside-down. Chris was a competitive skier in college when he broke his back, rising to become ...
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One Woman Working To Free 15 Million Refugees

Over 15 million people in the world are living as refugees. According to Emily Arnold-Fernandez, the executive director of Asylum Access, the average time in a refugee camp is now ...
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PopNod Reinvents Online Shopping, Donates to Nonprofits

Social entrepreneur Stephanie David has reinvented the online shopping experience, by magically offering shoppers both a discount and the promise that her company, PopNod, will donate a portion of proceeds ...
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How To Subscribe Via Your Email When You Want It

We’ve been working hard lately to create more content and more ways for you to access it. In April, launched a podcast on iTunes and Stitcher so you never have ...
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New Company Helps Low-Wealth Families Start Investing For Free

This post was originally produced for Forbes. Recently, I profiled the SOURCE partnership among Village Capital, the Hitachi Foundation and Investor’s Circle. SOURCE, Solutions from Our Country’s Entrepreneurs seeks to ...
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StartSomeGood Pop Up Shop

The crowdfunding site for social entrepreneurs, StartSomeGood, is running a crowdfunding campaign on its own site, calling it a pop up shop, offering a variety of goodies for mission-driven people ...
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MWCN To Recognize Utah’s Fastest Growing Companies

For the past 20 years, the MountainWest Capital Network has been recognizing the fastest growing companies in Utah as the Utah 100. There is still time for Utah companies to ...
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New Crowdfunding Portal To Fund Veterans Entrepreneurs

As we prepare to celebrate Independence Day it seems apt to recognize the newly created crowdfunding site TwistRate focused on helping America’s veterans with their entrepreneurship. Veterans are twice as likely to ...
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Procter & Gamble Sponsors UNICEF Effort To Save Babies In 25 Developing Countries

This post was originally produced for Forbes. Every year 58,000 babies die from maternal and neonatal tetanus or MNT, all in the developing world.  UNICEF, with support from Procter and ...
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Real Estate Crowdfunding Builds Communities

AdaPia d'Errico, Chief Marketing Officer of the real estate crowdfunding portal Patch of Land, will be speaking at the Social Enterprise and Crowdfunding Conference (SECFC14) on September 26, 2014 at ...
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Admissions – Short Film for World Peace

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Young And Old Partner To End Child Slavery

This post was originally produced for Forbes. Ten-year-old Vivienne Harr is working with 79-year-old Olga Murray to end child slavery in Nepal. As I’ve reported previously, Harr launched her campaign ...
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Rodney Sampson Using Equity Crowdfunding For Opportunity Hub Coworking Space

Bishop Rodney Sampson, serial entrepreneur, community leader, author of Kingonomics, and a good friend of mine, is using Georgia’s unique crowdfunding exemption to sell financial interests in an entrepreneurial coworking ...
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Dana Ostomel, CEO Of DepositAGift Explains Crowdfunding For Schools

Deposit a Gift is a crowdfunding site used for personal and organizational objectives that has become popular among school communities, whether raising money for teacher appreciation or building science labs. CEO ...
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Curt Bassett Is Leading The Impact Investment Revolution

Curt Bassett has spent the bulk of his career managing money and was among the first to begin using the label “impact investing” to describe the strategy of investing money ...
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College Kids, I’m Talking to You

This is a guest post from Tommy who is a rising junior at the University of Notre Dame where he studies Finance, Entrepreneurship, and Education, Schooling and Society (ESS). He is ...
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Venture Capitalist Has Impact Through Investments

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How Online Forms Can Boost Donor Engagement Rates

This is a guest post from Chris Lucas, the vice president of business development at Formstack (www.formstack.com) Formstack, an online form building platform, recently released its 2014 Form Conversion Report. This ...
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Final Request, Inc.’s Kickstarter Campaign will Completely Redefine how we Honor Each Other, Handle Communication, and Manage Personal Accounts after one’s Passing

This is a guest post from Troy S. Wood, CEO and Founder of Final Request, Inc. Final Request, Inc. is looking to revolutionize the way we communicate and handle the necessary ...
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Women Partner To Help Women Give Birth In Liberia

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D-Prize Focuses Social Entrepreneurs On Distributing Solutions To Poverty

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Merger Creates Leader In Strategic Philanthropy Education

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Centre Serves Thousands Of Asylum Seekers In Australia

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Opportunity Collaboration Convenes Social Entrepreneurs

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Social Entrepreneurs Use Indiegogo For Impact

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Smile Train Marks 1 Millionth Smile Repair

This post was originally produced for Forbes. Smile Train recently celebrated its 1 millionth cleft palate surgery. The remarkable milestone was reached after the organization created a global organization by ...
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First United Methodist Church of Salt Lake City Crowdfunds Organ Repair

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Hispanics In Philanthropy Launches Crowdfunding Site

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SOURCE: Helping Social Entrepreneurs Help Low Income Families

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Leading Impact Investor Shares Insights Live From Israel

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Military Families Face Realities of Veterans Returning Home #MilfamMH

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The Women of Crowdfunding

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Gregory Adamson’s 2nd Career Ensures his Live Art Performing Gives Back Like No Other…and He Has FUN

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Cystic Fibrosis Utah Great Strides Walk – This Saturday, May 17!

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Akilah Institute Serves African Women

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Financial Advisor Guides New Philanthropists

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New Impact Investment Fund At Columbia Launched To Solve Big Social Problems

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Social Entrepreneur Launches Kuli Kuli Bars Into NorCal Grocery Stores

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New Technology for Growing Food Spurs Movement

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HIPGive: Leveraging Investments in a New Age

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Hidden Casualties of War: Supporting the Children of Wounded Veterans

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Kaplan: Why Treating Nonprofits Like Tech Startups Works

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Nuix’s Proof Finder Raises $150,000 for Global Non Profit, Room to Read

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Crowdsourcing for Tigers: Geo-activism with MapHook and World Wildlife Fund

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Dr. Nischal Pandey’s Contribution To Ending Polio In India

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Live With Lifetime Achievement Heroes

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Keepod Seeks To Bring Computing To Developing World Poor

Recently, a startup called Keepod launched a new product, a simple flashdrive with a bootable Linux operating system incorporated, allowing everyone to have proprietary access to computing resources. Keepod recently ...
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Backed By 22 Foundations, Living Cities Makes Impact

This post was originally produced for Forbes. Living Cities, a financing vehicle for social impact backed by 22 Foundations, including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation, ...
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IFRC Diplomat Siddharth Chatterjee Joins Us Live

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John Hewko, Head Of Rotary, Explains Polio’s Legacy

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Jesuit Colleges Jump Into Social Entrepreneurship

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Sam Renick And The Kids He Teaches Are Having Fun Learning To Save Money

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YouNoodle Powers The Tech Awards For 2014

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KriticalMass Seeks To Reinvent Crowdfunding For Good

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A Polio Life Becomes Fiction

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MFX Solutions Helps Microlenders Hedge Currency Risk

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RBC Wealth Management CEO Explains Firm’s $46 Million Commitment To Water

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World Housing Gives Away Houses Like Tom’s Gives Away Shoes

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Love UT Give UT Coming March 20, 2014

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The Secret To Polio Eradication In India

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New Savings Program For Poor In Developing Countries

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Mitch-Stuart Raises Over $1 Billion For Charity With Travel Incentives, Charity Auctions

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Debt Crowdfunding Site Deal With Institutional Investor Portends Industry Growth

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Raise Funds to Help My Friends & Colleagues With Typhoon Relief

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Kat Taylor Does It Her Way: Banking The Underserved

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Sightseeing In Delhi, Rotary Recap Vids

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Rotary Follows Up House To House To End Polio

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National Immunization Day: 170 Million Inoculations

Today was the big day. Today, Rotarians and health workers across India inoculated nearly 172 million children–every child five and younger in the entire country–against polio.  Three primary activities were ...
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Dr. Mona Khanna, Humanitarian, Fox Reporter, MD, Shares Insights On Volunteering

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Rotarians Rally India To Remain Vigilant, Keep Immunizing Against Polio

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‘We’re This Close’ To Eradicating Polio Globally

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Indian Rotarian Devotes 30 Years To Polio Fight

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New Venture Fund In Portland To Focus On Social Impact

This post was originally produced for Forbes. Carolynn Duncan is not your typical venture capitalist. No Harvard MBA. No Stanford pedigree. This music-major from Brigham Young University is marching to ...
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Off To India To See The End Of Polio

Today, I am on my way to India to learn more about how that country eliminated polio. Its last case of polio occurred three years ago; as a result, the ...
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Community Foundation Of Utah Makes Grants

On Valentines Day, the Community Foundation of Utah created a live competition for grants to Utah nonprofits. I was honored to be one of the 18 judges who evaluated the ...
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Brave Chick Partners with Not For Sale to Help Battle Human Sex Trafficking

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MWCN Executive Director, Cheri Farnsworth, Explains Mission

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Change The World With Your Own Hands: Artist and Activist Turns Trash to treasure

This is a guest post from Tatiana Pages of Greencard Creative. Have you ever wondered what you can do to help save our planet? Many of us have the desire to ...
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Innovative Film Distribution Model Gives Money To Charity While You Watch For Free

This post was originally produced for Forbes. Last month, my local Rotary District 5420, joined the premiere of the new documentary film Beyond Right and Wrong. The event was organized ...
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SECFC14: Let’s Scale Some Good

SECFC14, the most important conference of the year for do gooders interested in learning more about crowdfunding for accelerating and increasing social impact is coming! The second annual Social Enterprise ...
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Facing Critics? Consider The Source

This post was originally produced for Forbes. As a social entrepreneur you are likely to face a criticism. In fact, if you are a person who does anything—or nothing—you will ...
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Social Entrepreneurs In Seattle Are Scaling To Change The World

This post was originally produced for Forbes. Michael “Luni” Libes is the founder of Fledge, an accelerator for social entrepreneurs in Seattle that has already launched some remarkable social enterprises ...
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This is a guest post from Meredith James, Program Director of the One Percent Foundation. Why do we give? This question flummoxed Darwin and puzzled social scientists. Parts of evolutionary and ...
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The Nature Conservancy CEO On Entrepreneurship For The Environment

This post was originally produced for Forbes. When Mark Tercek took the reigns as CEO of The Nature Conservancy in 2008 he brought a new perspective. As a Managing Director ...
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Where Does Crowdfunding Go From Here? Experts Explain

This post was originally produced for Forbes. Crowdfunding is a genuine phenomenon. If you include—as many people do—the newly created market for “private issuers publicly raising” or PIPRs using the ...
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Founder Of Authentity, Scott Tanksley, Working To Bring Good To Corporations

By working with corporations to engage employees in causes they actually care about, Authentity aims to change corporate social responsibility programs for good. On Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 4:00 ...
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Video Interview Firm HireVue Launches WorldVue Project

This post was originally produced for Forbes. Salt Lake-based HireVue is an Inc. 500 company that provides digital interview services at enterprise scale to nearly 20 percent of the Fortune ...
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Can Your Coffee Save The World?

Thrive Coffee is working to change the world by helping peasant farmers growing coffee to participate in the ownership of the distribution channel, allowing them to share in the wealth ...
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Could We Incentivize Impact Investing?

UCLA professor Bhagwan Chowdhry thinks he’s got an idea that deserves some attention. He thinks he’s figured out a way for issuers of securities to impact investors to provide a guarantee ...
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Ending Poverty And Corruption In Africa

This is a guest post from Samantha English, Jump Start Africa Communications Ambassador. A lofty goal, but it’s one to which Ahmed Zrikem has dedicated his life’s work. Over the last ...
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This is a guest post from Jay Boolkin, Founder of Promise or Pay. Like millions of other people around the world, on New Years Eve of 2013, I made some resolutions to ...
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The Lovemark – An extraordinary love gesture for Valentine’s Day!

This is a guest post from The Lovemark team. People throughout history - desiring to express their love - have left their love messages and love marks everywhere - carved in ...
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The Green Snowball Effect: How Teddy Rose Creates Cool, Smart Innovation

This is a guest post from Zach Bogoshian, Founder of Teddy Rose. My name is Zach and I am an idealist, for better and for worse. When it comes to sustainability, I ...
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Take A Picture Of Your Car — It’s Likely The Last One You’ll Drive That You Can’t Plug In

This post was originally produced for Forbes. Go out to your garage—after you finish reading this, of course—to take a picture of your car. Someday your grandchildren are going to ...
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1%: Small Percentage, BIG Impact

This is a guest post from Geri Mitchell-Brown, Director of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), Rally Software When Rally Software, a Boulder, Colorado based company that provides cloud-based solutions for managing Agile software ...
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You Don’t Have To Be Rich To Change The World

This is a guest post from Katharine Esty. Can only billionaires like Bill Gates and Warren Buffett can change the world’s economic landscape? Muhammad Yunus, the Bangladeshi professor-turned-banker who has been ...
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The Orange Duffel Bag Foundation Leader Pitches Live

The Orange Duffel Bag Foundation works with homeless teens and foster kids who are “aging out” of the system and often find themselves lost. Echo Garrett, the founder of Orange Duffel ...
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Best and Neiss: Crowdfunding Will Change The World

This post was originally produced for Forbes. When Jason Best and Sherwood Neiss helped lead the charge to launch investment crowdfunding in the U.S. they couldn’t have guessed at its ...
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Fledge Founder Michael ‘Luni’ Libes Live

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This post was originally produced for Forbes. Imagine raising $17 million in one day. Using the Razoo platform, GiveMN, a statewide crowdfunding campaign for Minnesota nonprofits, did just that on ...
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InspiREAD: Championing Change for Homeless Teens and Youth Aging Out of Foster Care

This is a guest post from Echo Garrett, Co-Founder/Board Chair of the Orange Duffel Bag Initiative. Advocate for Underserved Youth/Wife/Mom/Speaker/Journalist/Co-Author of “My Orange Duffel Bag: A Journey to Radical Change,” winner ...
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Beyond the Bottom Line: Leveraging Cloud Technology to Enhance Business’s Social Impact

It’s hard not to be excited by the increasing prominence of social entrepreneurship, social enterprises, and mission-driven businesses. But our excitement at the potential of innovative new ideas and companies ...
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This is a guest post from Matt McKinney, Co-founder & CEO of IntelRev.tv Throughout history, all human progress can be linked to knowledge. With the proliferation of knowledge that is on ...
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This is a guest post from Brian Childs, Managing Editor at Social Work License Map. The internet can be a lonely place for a blogger hoping to change the world. How ...
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CrowdFundBeat exclusive interview with Rodney Sampson . CrowdFund BeatBishop Rodney Sampson, author of Kingonomics and host of the OpportunityUP conference series has become a leader in the crowdfunding community, focusing ...
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This post was originally produced for Forbes. Jake Harriman told me he believes he can end extreme poverty around the world within the next 30 years. That got my attention ...
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Grand Challenge Leader To Share Live Insights

Denys Resnick of NineSigma is working to solve the world’s big problems by creating “Grand Challenges” to inspire global participation in the effort to solve them. Denys recently wrote a ...
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Ready And Wrestless, My Experience With Haiti’s 2010 Earthquake: Then And Now

This is a guest post from Neil Koppel. A Nation in Crisis… or Gifts Come In Many Forms On January 12, 2013, Haiti was struck by the worst earthquake in its ...
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This is a guest post from Carol Levy of Pilot Light Foundation. When I first visited the Batwa in the spring of 2011, I was shocked to see their living conditions. The ...
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This is a guest post from Carlos Miceli. I’m currently reading Antifragile, by Nassim Taleb (probably the most relevant book of the year), and a particular concept caught my attention: ...
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This is a guest post from Israel Aiesha of Habitat for Humanity. That’s what my Soachan grandmother told me upon departing her home and “almost complete” flooring. I took a quick glance ...
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Ballistic Donates $2 Million Of Product To Volunteer Firefighters

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Global Forum Puts Dialogue on International Interreligious and Intercultural Education Agenda

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Stupid Cancer Crowdfunds for App to End Isolation

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‘What We Carry’ Vid From The Global Fund For Women

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Live Interview With Hanna Aase Of Wonderloop

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David Driggs Helps Nonprofits Succeed; Tune In to Learn How

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Triple Crown Swimmer Raises $10,000 for the American Heart Association

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Live Interview with Think Good Founder Ann-Marie Bland

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Locally Grown, Locally Made, Locally Changed

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Live Interview with Joy Case, Crowdfunder and Social Entrepreneur

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Hedge Fund Trader Turned Social Entrepreneur Raises $2 Million For Kids’ Cancer

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What’s The Biggest One–For–One Item Yet? Hint: It’s Bigger than You Think

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SECFC13 Highlights Potential Impact of Crowdfunding

The inaugural Social Enterprise and Crowdfunding Conference (SECFC13) was held at Snowbird, Utah on September 27, 2013. David Boyce, CEO of Fundly, delivered the luncheon keynote, observing that the innovation ...
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Mayer Dahan’s Mark on the World

This is a guest post by Mayer Dahan of Dahan Properties. My name is Mayer Dahan and I’m a bit of a dream chaser. I have come from humble beginnings ...
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Learn, Earn And Return: The New Face Of Corporate Social Responsibility

Guest post by Esbert Cardenas, CEO and founder of Image Outfitters and iShare. My wife Kirsten and I co-founded our company in 1998 with the belief that there are three ...
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Giving It Away–How Philanthropy Can Beat Paid Advertising

Guest post by Zack Liscio zack@changecause.com, CEO Changecause, @changecause. For Arlington Free Clinic, a Virginia-based non-profit that provides free medical treatment, donor support is critical and depends upon connecting with the ...
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We’re Eager To Help! Here’s How

If you are trying to raise money for a cause, you need exposure for your campaign. You need attention and eyeballs, but that will only be effective after you get ...
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Runa, Fair Trade Authenticated

Guest post from Alex Probodziak, founder of Runa. Runa is a fair trade fashion brand targeted at young professionals in their 20s and 30s with a new take on how ...
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Advocating for a Small Population Cancer at BCAN – the Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network

Guest post from Monica Smith, Executive Director of BCAN. I’ve spent 20 years working in the non-profit world including 13 in the cancer community.  I’ve always been amazed by the ...
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I’m So Excited…

Update: It was awesome! Tomorrow, for my Forbes blog, I get to interview Archie Panjabi, the co-star of The Good Wife, one of my favorite shows. Archie plays Kalinda, the ...
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Report Authors Share Impact Investing Highlights Live

Report Authors Share Impact Investing Highlights LiveAbigail Noble and Michael Drexler the World Economic Forum authors of a major new report on impact investing, “From the Margins to the Mainstream ...
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Luke Peterson From UVU Visits With Me Live To Discuss Social Entrepreneurship

Luke Peterson, Director of Corporate & Community Partnerships at Utah Valley University, will be joining me at 11:00 AM Mountain on September 23, 2013 to discuss social impact through community engagement ...
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The Red Fred Project To Bring Relief To Sick Kids

Guest post from Dallas Graham. The idea seemed to come out of nowhere: one second I was peering across the street to a park, buzzing with Saturday morning farmer’s market goers and ...
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Crowdsourcing For Social Good

Some of my friends in Silicon Valley have taken some insights from a recent conference on crowdsourcing for social impact and have converted it into action. They have launched an ...
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Investor/Entrepreneur/Philanthropist Shares Insights Live

Jeramy Lund, a successful investor, entrepreneur and philanthropist, will share insights with me at 4:00 Mountain on September 19, 2013. Jeramy will be a speaker at next week’s SECFC13, the ...
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A Glimpse Into the Works of Team IMPACT

Guest post by Paul Leech, CEO of Team Impact Close your eyes and imagine you are eight years old. Life’s pretty cool. You’ve got loads of friends, fall football is ...
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“Each year globally, 12.7 million people learn they have cancer, and 7.6 million people die from the disease.” – Centers For Disease Control And Prevention

This is a guest post by Kristin Demidovich of MentorMob. In my lifetime, I have not met one person who has not been affected by cancer, whether it be on their own ...
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Brad Bertoch Speaks About Grown Up Entrepreneurship

Brad Bertoch runs the Wayne Brown Institute, a nonprofit venture accelerator. Let’s be clear, he doesn’t help small businesses–he helps future big businesses. Brad will be speaking at SECFC13, the ...
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GradTrain: A Social Impact Startup for International Education

Guest post from Lital Helman. The past years have seen the break of the dichotomy between the for-profit and non-profit world. The view has increasingly deviated from the idea that nonprofits ...
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Music Fans and Budweiser Make a Splash by Cleaning 20 of America’s Rivers and Lakes

Guest post from Budweiser. As Part of Budweiser’s America Made Better Program, Volunteers Worked 3,000 Hours In Support of Local Watershed Clean-Ups and Community Beautification Projects This summer, music fans from ...
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Live Discussion with SocialGood.TV founder Stephen Vogelpohl

Stephen Vogelpohl, the founder of SocialGood.TV is launching a new platform to support people who are doing crowdfunding, called CrowdAffect. On September 12, 2013 at 2:30 Mountain Time we’ll be live ...
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Live With Ballard Center’s Todd Manwaring

Todd Manwaring heads the social entrepreneurship program at Brigham Young University. He will be speaking at SECFC13, The Social Enterprise and Crowdfunding Conference on September 27, 2013.  On September 12, 2013 ...
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Live Discussion with Ted McAleer About USTAR’s Community Building

Ted McAleer has been leading USTAR, an independent state agency that supports fundamental research at Utah’s tier one research institutions and technology entrepreneurship statewide, will be speaking with me on ...
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Making a positive mark on the world by doing good

Guest post by billionaire philanthropist Shari Arison. Being involved in something greater has driven people to do amazing things. I have personally witnessed this in the work that I do around ...
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Richard Swart of UC Berkeley to Speak at SECFC13

Richard Swart, who is my partner in organizing the Social Enterprise and Crowdfunding Conference on September 27, 2013 at Snowbird, visited with me today for CrowdFundBeat. Richard is a partner ...
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Self-Reliance Is Key To Social Impact, Professor Says

Paul Godfrey, a Professor at Brigham Young University’s Ballard Center for Economic Self-Reliance, will join me live on September 10, 2013 at 4:00 PM Mountain Time to explain the importance ...
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Youth Social Innovation Capital Fund Is Connecting Social Entrepreneurs And Impact Investors

Guest post from Jory Cohen, Managing Director of Youth Social Innovation. Social entrepreneurs need capital to grow their ventures. Impact investors need opportunities to earn blended-value returns. Youth Social Innovation ...
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Sang Lee Explains Equity Crowdfunding For Social Impact

Sang Lee, founder and CEO of Return on Change, a crowdfunding site for social entrepreneurs will be speaking at SECFC13–the Social Enterprise and Crowdfunding Conference. Today, he visited with me ...
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Our space for your story

Guest post from Chelsea Bakewell of Red Door Interactive. You’ve got a great idea, you’re working from your basement or friend’s house and you’re on that 5th cup of coffee. You’re working for ...
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CrowdFundBeat Founder To Speak At SECFC13

CrowdFundBeat Founder Sydney Armani will speak at the Social Enterprise and Crowdfunding Conference at Snowbird on September 27, 2013. Recently, I had the opportunity to interview Sydney to learn more ...
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Inaugural Social Enterprise and Crowdfunding Conference at Snowbird, September 27, 2013

  September 4, 2013, Salt Lake City–The first annual Social Enterprise and Crowdfunding Conference is coming to Utah on Friday, September 27, 2013 at Snowbird. Hosted by experts Devin D ...
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Doug Hansen, Partner at Tanner, LLC, Live!

Douglas Hansen, a partner at Tanner, LLC, will be live with me at 3:00 PM on September 4, 2013 to talk about the financial and accounting issues facing nonprofits. Doug will ...
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Fraser Nelson of the Community Foundation of Utah LIve!

Fraser Nelson, the Executive Director of the Community Foundation of Utah, who will be speaking at the upcoming Social Enterprise and Crowdfunding Conference, will be with me live at 2:00 ...
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Amway, GM And Dollar General Among Corporations Making ‘Good’ A Goal

Amway, GM And Dollar General Among Corporations Making 'Good' A GoalThis post originally appeared at Forbes.com. If you look for examples of corporations doing good in the worldas I haveyou ...
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What do you do with 75 mega-geniuses under 20 years old?

Guest post by Jared Kleinert. What do you do when you have access to the world’s smartest and most talented people at or under 20 years old? You have them ...
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Socks that Start Businesses

Guest post by Mitch Taylor. In life, it is sometimes the smallest things that make the biggest difference. It is those small “aha!” moments that completely alter your perspective, and ...
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Free Download of My New Book, Crowdfunding for Social Good

I want everyone to have a copy of my new book, Crowdfunding for Social Good, even if that means I have to give it away. While I can’t afford to ...
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Should Americans Be Allowed To ‘Opt Out’ Of The Internet?

Should Americans Be Allowed To 'Opt Out' Of The Internet?I consider myself fortunate to live in Utah, which is statistically one of the most well connected states in the U.S., ...
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W.K. Kellogg Foundation Seeking $100 Million Of Social Impact Through Investments

W.K. Kellogg Foundation Seeking $100 Million Of Social Impact Through InvestmentsBe sure to click through to watch the video! The W.K. Kellogg Foundation focuses its work on families, children, education ...
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How One Woman is Changing Children’s Lives in Cambodia by Jamie Amelio

Guest post by Jamie C. Amelio, author of Graced with Orange. It all began with a dollar.      When Srelin, an eight-year-old Cambodian girl approached me and asked for ...
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Creating Change in Haiti

Guest post from Andy Jeanty of Cutco. On January 12, 2010, a massive earthquake struck the already fragile and impoverished island of Haiti, which also happens to be my homeland ...
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The Leap Year Project

Guest post by Victor Saad, author of The Leap Year Project. Two years ago, I was at a crossroads: should I pursue a traditional MBA or explore another route to ...
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RedCapes Interview Features Passion For Having Social Impact

This interview with Wendy Robbins and Karen Paul was originally recorded for CrowdFundBeat. Wendy Robbins and Karen Paul are the founders of RedCapes, a crowdfunding site for social causes. They ...
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Live Interview From Africa To Prepare For World Lion Day

Live Interview From Africa To Prepare For World Lion DayVideoThe first World Lion Day will be observed on August 10, 2013. In anticipation of the event, I’ll be interviewing David ...
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Fundly CEO David Boyce Describes Best Practices for Social Crowdfunders

David Boyce and I originally did this interview for CrowdFundBeat. Fundly CEO David Boyce will be speaking at the Social Enterprise and Crowdfunding Conference on September 27, 2013. (You may ...
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Entrepreneur, Industrialist, Scientist, Philanthropist George Mitchell Remembered

Entrepreneur, Industrialist, Scientist, Philanthropist George Mitchell RememberedVideoGeorge P. Mitchell, the businessman recognized as the inventor of fracking passed away on July 26, 2013. At 3:00 PM Eastern on Monday, August ...
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The Global Fund Is Financing The Fight Against AIDS, TB And Malaria

The Global Fund Is Financing The Fight Against AIDS, TB And Malaria In little more than a decade, the Global Fund has become one of the leading financing sources in ...
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One BILLION toothbrushes, which take HUNDREDS OF YEARS to decompose, end up in landfills EVERY YEAR!

Guest post by Scott London. We are “reVITALize,“ and our goal is to bring the collective consciousness of Burning Man to the outside world through a recycling program that engages ...
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I’d Like to Buy the World a Musical Contest

Gues post By George Ruiz, Co-founder of SuperXtar. You may remember, if you’re a member of the generation from the 70s or before, a Coke TV commercial in which a group ...
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Thank You So Much!

In order to fund the publication and promotion of Crowdfunding for Social Good, Financing Your Mark on the World, as seems only fitting, I did a crowdfunding campaign on StartSomeGood.com ...
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West Virginia Nonprofit Reaches Out To Educate Girls In African Refugee Camps

Guest post from Matt Vincent of Scottie’s Place. We arrived at the Dukwi refugee camp on a blistering January afternoon, after a five-hour drive from Gaborone, Botswana’s capital. Months earlier, ...
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True Global Ties: UCLA Student Offers a Simple but Powerful Concept to Change the World in a Small Way: Buy a Bracelet

This is a guest post from Steven Ng. Imagine change through e-commerce. That is the simple but powerful concept at the core of UCLA student Steven Ng’s Global Ties, a ...
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The Power Of Crowdfunding For Social Good

EBay deals sponsored this great infographic. I thought it was a great way to celebrate the publication of my new book, Crowdfunding for Social Good ...
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Invisible Children LIvecast Of The Fourth Estate Leadership Summit

Invisible Children is hosting a conference, the Fourth Estate Leadership Summit, on August 8, 2013. The following video explains more. You can watch the conference right here via livecast! ...
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Embrace: Healing Our Heroes’ Homes

Guest post by Sean Sheppard, Founder of Embrace. Growing up as an only child, I was accustomed to thinking only about myself, and through high school, college and graduate school, ...
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I’ll Be Training on Crowdfunding In Dallas; Join Me!

If you live anywhere in the South, this will be a great conference and I would love to see you there.  ...
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Go Green with eBilling: Five Tips to Make It Happen

Guest post by Mitch Rose, Vice President of Marketing, Billtrust A recent Pew Internet survey found that 85% of adults in the US are on the web, and it has ...
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Volunteer Launches Business To Help Kenya

Guest post from Kirsten Dickerson. I used to volunteer in the mornings at a homeless shelter, and then would end my days styling rock stars in music videos. I needed a ...
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Social Enterprise and Crowdfunding Conference September 27, 2013 at Snowbird

The inaugural Social Enterprise and Crowdfunding Conference will be held on September 27, 2013 at Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort near Salt Lake City, Utah. The conference will bring together ...
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Author David Williams Explains Radical New Management Paradigm Tested In A Fishbowl

David Williams, author of the new book, The 7 Non-Negotiables of Winning, is the CEO of Fishbowl Inventory, a fast-growing software company in Utah where has successfully tested his radical new management paradigm ...
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Solving Energy Poverty through participatory finance.

Guest post by Audrey Desiderato, Co-Founder of SunFunder. I believe that energy poverty is my generation’s greatest development challenge, and also our greatest opportunity. Today, 1.3 billion people around the ...
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MoolaHoop Launches with Crowdfunding Campaign to Support Women War Survivors

Post by Brenda Bazan and Nancy Hayes, MoolaHoop Co-Founders This week marks an important milestone in realizing our dreams to help other women entrepreneurs realize theirs.  Women-owned businesses represent almost ...
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Crowdfunding For Social Good: My Interview With Richard Bliss

This morning Richard Bliss, the host of the podcast “Funding the Dream on Kickstarter” posted our interview recorded late last night. Richard is a friend who is a crowdfunding expert, ...
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Make A Stand Lemonade Launched In Retail

One of my favorite stories from my new book, Crowdfunding for Social Good is about 9-year-old Vivienne Harr who decided that she would end child slavery in her lifetime. You ...
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WALL STREET ROCKS BATTLE OF THE BANDS KICKED OFF THE 2013 SERIES WITH A SOLD OUT SHOW TO BENEFIT WOUNDED WARRIOR PROJECT, RESERVEAID & OPERATION FINALLY HOME

This is a guest post from Marisa Herbert. Wall Street Rocks Battle of the Bands officially kicked off its 2013 season on July 17th, with a sold out show at ...
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Mormon Ties Tie Business To Missionary Service For Social Good

This is a guest post from Samuel Webb. I have always had a zeal for service.  The feeling I get when helping someone else is inexpressible.  I have had many ...
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The Crowd Fallacy

Guest post from R. Stover, Co-Founder, Community Funded. I never thought fundraising would excite me. Yet, what was generally a mundane or unpleasant activity has become an exciting cultural shift. Technology ...
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Help Inspire the Crowd for Social Good

My latest book, Crowdfunding for Social Good, Financing Your Mark on the World, is ready to go. I just need your help to publish and promote it.  Please pledge $4 ...
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Strengthening community starts with U.

Guest post from Mark Feinberg, founder of Uruut. v:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} o:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} w:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} .shape {behavior:url(#default#VML);} Normal 0 false false false false EN-US JA X-NONE /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable ...
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Film Celebrating Girls From Around The World To Be Screened In SLC

The Salt Lake City Chapter of Oxfam America will screen the critically acclaimed independent film Girl Rising on Saturday, July 20, 2013 at Fort Douglas. Girl Rising profiles nine girls ...
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JOBS ACT Title II for Accrediteds NOT MUCH HELP for Entrepreneurs

Guest post from Howard Leonhardt, founder of the California Stock Exchange. The number of accredited angel investors in the USA declined 15.8% to 268,000 in 2012*.  Less than 35% of ...
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New Book: Crowdfunding for Social Good: Financing Your Mark on the World

Over the last year of writing my Forbes blog for the last year, I have had the opportunity to really dig deeply into the world of crowdfunding. I’ve just completed ...
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No One Can Stop Me But Me!

No one can stop me but me! The story of Underground Arena started in May of 2013 when my girlfriend and I visited my high school gym, which I liked ...
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The Challenge: Making Sobriety Cool

  This is a guest post from Greg Cayea, of the National Youth Recovery Foundation. I just had a friend who had gone to prison for robbery.  She was strung-out ...
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How to Drive Social Innovation through Startups

Guest post from WeSparkt co-founder Jonathan Blanchard Startups aren’t always sexy. For every billion dollar Instagram newsworthy deal, most startups work with little fanfare and recognition. While social media companies ...
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Kickstarter makes corporate investors build parks through online games

Guest post from teen entrepreneur Andrejs Zolotovskovs. Since its launch Kickstarter has given birth to a lot of unusual (and often unnecessary) projects, such as zombie soap or documentary on throwing ...
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Changing the Way we Change the World

Guest post from Jason Graft, CEO of CrowdIt. “Equality through opportunity” can be more than a pipe dream. In fact, several innovations have made this idea a reality.  While it’s ...
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CarMax Foundation is Driving For Healthier Kids

This is a guest post by Kristiana Carden. Children’s free time should include play and physical activity, but kids in the United States simply aren’t playing enough. Only one in five ...
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New York’s Leading Pet Adoption Organization Bideawee Celebrates 110 Years

This is a guest post from Bideawee. Bideawee, which means “stay a while”, in Scottish, is among the nation’s oldest animal welfare and pet adoption organizations. Founded in 1903 by ...
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Vital Capital is Making an Impact in Angola

Last week, it was my pleasure to visit Angola. This was my first trip to Africa. The trip was hosted by Vital Capital, a $350 million impact investment fund based in ...
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Vivienne: “I will end child slavery in my lifetime”

Guest post from Vivienne Harr, age 9. Follow her at @VivienneHarr. hiya! i am vivienne. i am nine. i am ending child slavery in my lifetime. that may sound like a ...
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Off to Angola to See Some Good

On Thursday this week I’ll be leaving for Angola, a country in Sub-Saharan Africa. The purpose of my trip is to do research for a case study on impact investing ...
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Imprisoned Teacher Gains New Appreciation for Education; You Will, Too!

Guest post by Karen Gould (@ssgkaren) from StartSomeGood. Personally, I can’t imagine a much more terrifying experience than being locked up in a Qatar prison on charges of insulting Islam ...
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Tips for a Great Guest Post at Your Mark On The World

If you are a change agent, nonprofit leader or social entrepreneur who would like to write a guest post for Your Mark On The World  to tell the world about the ...
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Savii Helps Clients Save Money and Save the World At the Same Time

Guest post by Cordelia Manis of the Savii Group. When Gina Manis-Anderson took her corporate cost cutting skills to form Savii Group, she knew she wanted to do more than ...
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Join a Mob of Hope for Oklahoma: Donate to Tornado Victims on HopeMob

Guest post by Shaun King, founder of HopeMob. By now you have heard the news of the devastation caused by the tornado in Moore, OK. The stats are history in ...
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Your mark on the community: Lending to local businesses

This is a guest post from Alex Binkley, a Harvard and Boston University educated corporate lawyer. He has worked for and run numerous small businesses throughout his life, ranging from a ...
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Milken Institute Global Conference: Personal Highlights

Earlier this week, I had the opportunity to attend the Milken Institute Global Conference 2013. For me, this was a once-in-a-lifetime (so far) experience that ranks high on my list ...
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Utahn Devotes Himself to Serving Uganda

This afternoon I had the pleasure of meeting John Shavers, the founder of the Interethnic Health Alliance which is a small nonprofit serving the people of Uganda.  Originally, the organization ...
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What is Rotary? I’ll tell you this: no funny hats

Yesterday, I posted an article for Forbes about Rotary International, the global organization that sponsors local service clubs all around the world. For the article, I connected with dozens of ...
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No More Hurting People: Peace

Martin Richard made this poster in school last year. On Monday he was killed by the bombs in Boston. Let’s make sure the world remembers Martin and his message ...
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Booted from the homeless shelter; homeless guy’s life on the streets

With my fellow Utah-based Forbes Contributors on Thursday evening I enjoyed a lavish dinner at Cucina Toscana downtown Salt Lake City, just a few blocks from my home. As I ...
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Live Video Interview with 3 Teenage Change Agents Using Crowdfunding We’ll be live with these three great teens at 4:00 Eastern on Monday, April 8, 2013. Don’t miss it! Abigail ...
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Could I ask you to give $17 to cure childhood cancer for Ike’s sake?

My dear friends Brian and Heidi have a three-year-old son who has been battling cancer for over two years. No family should have to go through what they’ve faced so ...
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Live Interview on Forbes: Report, Your Feedback Needed

Last week, I tried something new in my Forbes blog. I’d love your feedback. Using the Google Hangout hangout application I did a live interview with social entrepreneurs Andrew Parrucci and Chris ...
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Silicon Valley Meets Crowdfunding April 4th and 5th; Be There

Crowdfunding is a vital part of the future for social entrepreneurship, ranging from start-up social ventures to long-established nonprofits seeking to innovate.  The internet, especially using platforms like Fundly, Razoo, ...
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Your $20 could be a critical part of more than $1 million

On March 22, 2013, the Community Foundation of Utah will hold its first Love UT Give UT 24 hours of giving–a massively coordinated one-day crowdfunding campaign. If the people of ...
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Winners Announced: World’s Greatest Small Social Entrepreneurs Recognized

Today Your Mark On The World announces the winners of the Hand Up for Social Good Awards for the best small social entrepreneurs based on their mission and impact. The ...
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Are you willing to take the Your Mark on the World Pledge?

You don’t need to solve all of the world’s problems all by yourself, but you do have a role to play in making the world a better place to live ...
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“Hand Up” Voting Ends; Suspense Builds for Announcement

After tabulating thousands of votes, we have our winners. The Hand Up for Social Good Award winners will be announced next week. At this point, even the winners do not ...
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Crowdfunding Workshops Proving to Be Popular Success

On Friday, we had our second crowdfunding workshop. For the workshops, we use Google+ Hangouts that allow for everyone in the group to see and hear the others and to participate ...
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Everyone needs a hand up once in a while

Voting for our “Hand Up for Social Good” Award will end on Thursday at midnight (MST). Thousands of people have voted, which demonstrates how much people care about seeing the ...
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Crowdfunding Workshop Report

This morning, we held the first Crowdfunding Workshop for Social Entrepreneurs. It was a great success, with participation from as far away as Zambia!  The live, private video chat format ...
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Join me for free crowdfunding training

Have you ever wanted to learn how to do an effective crowdfunding campaign for your social cause, nonprofit or new social venture? Others have already raised tens of thousands of ...
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Big News: Another $500 for the Hand Up for Social Good

A generous philanthropist friend has offered to provide an additional $500 prize to the second place winner of the Hand Up for Social Good Award conditioned only on our getting ...
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This great infographic came from SumAll.org.  What do you think we can or should be doing to end modern slavery? ...
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Days for Girls, one of the honorable mentions in our Hand Up for Social Good Award is providing feminine hygiene kits to disadvantaged women, striving for a goal of “Every ...
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Honorable Mentions for the Hand Up for Social Good Award

The finalists in the Hand Up for Social Good Award have been announced in my Forbes blog, but I want to call out some of the remarkable organizations that were nominated ...
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show_4357113 Today, I had the opportunity to be interviewed on Blog Talk Radio with Tawdra Kandle on All About Books. You may enjoy a quick listen ...
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Last March, my wife Gail and I had the opportunity to visit the Starfish Foster Home in Xi'an, China. The home was operated by Amanda De Lange, a remarkable woman ...
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Be Sure to Apply for the $1,000 “Hand Up for Social Good Award” Before Midnight on January 31, 2013

Applications for the “Hand Up for Social Good Award” are rolling in and there are only a few more days before the deadline. The process is quick and takes only ...
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Empowering Your Best Self

Fishbowl Inventory and the CAM Foundation have invited me to give my presentation, “Empowering Your Best Self” on February 13, 2013 at noon. Everyone is invited to attend. Admission is ...
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Love UT Give UT: Biggest Crowdfunding Event in Utah’s History

On March 22, 2013, Utah will experience the biggest crowdfunding event in its history.  The Community Foundation of Utah is sponsoring the event in an effort to raise an unprecedented ...
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Crowdfunding is empowering more social good

If you hang around me much, you’ll hear start talking about crowdfunding. This is a new name for something that has been around for a long time, raising money. But ...
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Do you know someone who deserves $1,000?

Here at Your Mark On The World, we are running the “Hand Up for Social Good” Award with a $1,000 prize.  The award will recognize a small nonprofit organization or ...
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Hand Up for Social Good Award

Do you know a great social entrepreneur who deserves a hand up? So many of the good people I’ve met over the last few years who are doing social good, ...
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Les Miserables: A Movie That Inspires Social Good

While I certainly don’t view myself as a film critic and most of you will thank me for refraining from commenting on films in general, I want to take a ...
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theadventureproject: Hey Friends, could use your help sharing and giving: http://theadventureproject.org/home/liveforadventure We’ve got ten water mechanics still waiting for sponsorship in India. Our friends at People Water will MATCH water ...
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My new job is 40 miles from my home; Should I move closer to work?

Anyone who has moved a family recently can tell you they hope never to do it again. Memories fade, however, and many do it over and over again. If you ...
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My spouse makes $85,000 per year; I make $15,000 part time: Can I afford to quit?

Here in the U.S., the tax code punishes the second income in a household in ways that few people understand. If you are earning just $15,000 per year working part ...
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Recently, I was invited to do an interview with the David Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah. I was invited to talk about my book, Your Mark On ...
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I’m planning a vacation abroad; how do I avoid currency related problems?

Travel abroad is exciting, fun and scary. There are so many new things to worry about: language, traffic patterns and signs, delicious food, strange food and colorful money. Virtually every ...
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I just paid off my car. Should I trade it in now?

Congratulations on paying off your car. There were probably days along the way when you worried the car wouldn’t last as long as the loan on the car, but it ...
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Recently, I had the opportunity to be interviewed about my book, Your Mark On The World, with the University of Utah David Eccles School of Business.  It was a pleasure ...
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I wanna get rich quick: How do I do it?

The art of getting rick quick can be summarized with one word: luck. The key to getting rich quick is, in many cases, to do the opposite of what you should do ...
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Financial tips for buying an engagement ring

Listen, I’m not the guy to ask about style, diamond quality or color. I’m just the guy to coach you on buying the engagement ring. The only thing you’ve likely ...
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925 Ideas to Help You Save Money, Get Out of Debt and Retire A Millionaire So You Can Leave Your Mark on the World

Devin Thorpe has collected over 150 essays on personal and family finance to help you learn how to be happier with your money, to live more frugally and investment more ...
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Chabad Lubavitch of Utah is our “Cause of the Week”

Rabbi Benny Zippel, the extraordinary leader of Utah’s Chabad Lubavitch, has created a program called Project HEART (Hebrew Education for At Risk Teens) working with mostly students from out-of-state attending ...
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How borrowing money each month can quickly ruin your finances

It isn’t unusual for a family to come up a little short at the end of the month. How a family handles that situation may matter more than you think.If ...
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A one-month spending fast: The best way to jump-start your savings

If you find yourself wishing every month that you could save just a little bit but you never seem to be able to put anything away for the future, try ...
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How do I choose investments for my child’s college fund?

Investing for a college fund is vitally important. How you invest the money is almost as important as how much you save. A bad investment could leave you without any ...
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Congo Leadership Initiative is our “Cause of the Week”

The Congo Leadership Initiative (CLI), which we've covered before, is our “Cause of the Week.” CLI is working to address the myriad problems in the Democratic Republic of The Congo, arguably the poorest country ...
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6 family-friendly tips for successful entrepreneurship

Thank heaven for entrepreneurs. Unless you are one of the one-in-three who work for the government, if you have a job, you have an entrepreneur to thank. Someone back in ...
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Global Outreach Alliance our “Cause of the Week”

Global Outreach Alliance is our “Cause of the Week.” Global Outreach Alliance, led by Steven Dee Wrigley, is doing great work in Kenya, Israel, Cambodia and elsewhere.  GOA is profiled ...
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If you have heard about, read or own the book Your Mark on the World, please complete this quick survey.  Everyone who completes the 3 minute survey will receive a ...
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Utah Food Bank: Our Cause of the Week

Utah Food Bank:  Our “Cause of the Week” We’re kicking off our weekly program of choosing a cause with the Utah Food Bank.  I try to volunteer for a couple ...
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Get ready! Here it comes! Crowdfunding Will Explode in 2013!

Get ready!  Here it comes!  Crowdfunding Will Explode in 2013! To read the entire article, click here to visit my blog at Forbes.com. Yes, that headline has three exclamation points.  ...
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On September 10, 2012, author Devin D. Thorpe was interviewed on KSL Today, the NBC affiliate in Salt Lake City, Utah. On October 1, 2012, author Devin D. Thorpe was ...
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Six Free Ways to Help Make the World a Better Place Right Now

Six Free Ways to Help Make the World a Better Place Right Now If you want to do something right now to make the world a better place, help me ...
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Yesterday I met 16-year-old Akbar Khan outside of the Goldman Sachs offices trying to raise money for his new nonprofit BagsToRiches which collects conference bags from around the country and donates ...
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Report from the Social Good Summit Salt Lake City: Collaboration

Pamela Atkinson, advisor to Utah Governor Herbert, Presbyterian Elder, and tireless advocate for the homeless and refugees in Utah, kicked off the Social Good Summit Global Conversation event in Salt Lake ...
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Forbes: Eight Crowdfunding Sites For Social Entrepreneurs

Forbes: Eight Crowdfunding Sites For Social EntrepreneursTo read the entire article, click the link above. If money is the only thing stopping you from doing something good in the world, ...
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Forbes: The Real Reason The World Will Remember Bill Gates (Hint: It’s not Windows 8)

Forbes: The Real Reason The World Will Remember Bill Gates (Hint: It's not Windows 8)To read the entire article, click the link above. William H. Gates, III, shall ultimately be ...
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Forbes: Calling All Social Entrepreneurs

Forbes: Calling All Social EntrepreneursTo read the entire article, click the link above. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in cooperation with the United Nations Foundation, Mashable, UNDP, 92Y andEricsson are hosting the Social ...
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Forbes: How To Succeed At Social Entrepreneurship–Top Three Tips From a Former Corporate Exec

Forbes: How To Succeed At Social Entrepreneurship--Top Three Tips From a Former Corporate ExecTo read the entire article, click the link above. A guest post from my great friend Devin ...
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On Monday, September 10, 2012, I had the opportunity to be interviewed on KSL Today with Scott Haws to discuss my book, Your Mark On The World.  This was my first ...
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Educate!

Eric Glustrom was an ordinary kid with a typical penchant for “testing the limits,” he says.  In order to convince his parents to let him go to Uganda for over ...
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Congo Leadership Initiative

Nathaniel Houghton found one of the worst places on the planet and decided not only that it could be fixed, but that he could lead the way in doing it ...
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Free Book Giveaway

Joining with other bloggers, authors and book reviewers, I’m giving away a copy of my book, Your Mark On The World to a randomly chosen blog reader.  To enter, simply ...
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Teens Act, represented by Saeko Logsdom, its Managing Director, won two grants totaling $5,500 from Utah Valley University today.  A $5,000 award was based on judging by a panel that ...
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Subscribe by Email and Other Site Updates

You read this blog because you are a good person with a desire to make the world a better place.  Trust me, you do make the world a better place ...
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Launch Event for Your Mark On The World to Do Some Good

You’re invited!!! August 16, 2012 7:00 PM Come Hear the Inspiring Stories from Devin Thorpe’s bestselling new book:Your Mark On The World Everyone is Invited (Space is limited—please RSVP) Laura ...
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Bob Chilton recently moved to a beautiful new condo in downtown Salt Lake City, specifically to be close to the homeless shelter, The Road Home. You see Bob volunteers here ...
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Chinese Students in Guangzhou Launch Effort to Serve Less Fortunate

A group of students, led by some of my former students at South China University of Technology, have launched an effort to serve less fortunate children at a school in Maoming, Guangdong ...
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Today at the Utah Food Bank with had filled grocery 360 grocery kits for low income seniors.  It was great to see how quickly we were able to set this up ...
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Devin D. Thorpe, Cause-driven Author of new book, Your Mark On The World, invites passionate, cause-oriented people to join the discussion.

July 26, 2012, Salt Lake City–Devin D. Thorpe, author of the new book, Your Mark On The World: Stories of service that show us how to give more with a ...
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Utah Food Bank Time

Today, I took a couple of hours to volunteer at the Utah Food Bank.   This is a great organization that every year provides about 34 million pounds of food ...
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Rabbi Benny Zippel leads Chabad Lubavitch of Utah, an orthodox synagog in Salt Lake City, Utah.  He is most well known in the community for his outreach program, Project HEART–Hebrew ...
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Isn’t that an amazing smile?  My friend CarrieAnn doesn’t just have an amazing smile, she is an amazing person.  She accompanied me to visit the CICFO Orphanage in April, spending ...
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TakeThemAMeal.com

TakeThemAMeal.comI recently found the coolest web site I’ve seen in a long time, TakeThemAMeal.com.  This site was created by two of the nicest people I’ve ever had the privilege of ...
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Gail and I watched “A Small Act” this evening.  What a great film.  The movie perfectly captures the spirit of Your Mark on the World.   The movie is about ...
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Optimism from Despair

Old friend, Rick Davis reached out to me recently as he does every year, to raise money for his favorite cause.  I caught up with him by phone from China ...
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Sally will die while you read this post

A little girl like this one, let’s call her Sally, will die of starvation while you read this post.   Photo credit: Wikipedia Sally has probably never had enough to ...
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UBELONG in Laos

Ryan may not know what he’s doing tomorrow in Laos, but he knows why he’s there. Several months ago, fellow Cornellian, Ryan Anthony, introduced me to UBELONG (which is led ...
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http://static.animoto.com/swf/w.swf?w=swf/vp1&e=1335079253&f=nXAQe2aJLAI53aD2Qv10SQ&d=417&m=a&r=360p+720p&volume=100&start_res=360p&i=m&options= On Friday, I had the privilege of visiting the CICFO orphanage here in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.  CICFO is the only orphanage in Cambodia that is registered with the Department ...
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Win $100 for your favorite charity!

The book, Your Mark on the World, is coming along nicely and is still on track for a July 4, 2012 publication date.  I’ve found some inspiring stories and hope ...
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Right now you can have a meaningful impact on your favorite cause with just $5.00.  Skip the rest of this post and do it now! While living here in China ...
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Mary knew what was coming as she approached her 13th birthday.  And she would have none of it.  In a place where babies aren’t recognized as people until they are ...
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“StartSomeGood” Starts Lots of Good

Alex Budak got the idea for StartSomeGood while living in India (be sure to ask Alex about the rat temple when you talk to him).  The poverty he saw there was unlike anything ...
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This cute little guy is one of thirty-five special-needs children living at the Starfish Foster Home in Xi'an China (read prior posts about Starfish).  He posed for this photo before ...
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1/3 of the Water Wells in India Are Broken

One third of the water wells in India are broken, depriving millions of access to clean water.  The Adventure Project is working to fund training for water mechanics who will ...
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Service Sometimes Blesses the Server More than the Served

Service Sometimes Blesses the Server More than the Servedymotwarchive: Leprosy has left this woman with one leg and no fingers and just one eye, but the joy from the visit ...
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ymotwarchive: Those who chose to leave a mark on the world are as different as can be.  Some wear suits while others are more comfortable in shorts and a t-shirt ...
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International Women’s Day Campaign: Invest in Women

International Women's Day Campaign: Invest in Womenymotwarchive: Today is International Women’s Day and the Gates Foundation is promoting a global campaign to improve women’s access to resources, especially women farmers ...
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ymotwarchive: Our friends, the Smiths, have moved on to India where they are volunteering at Rising Star Outreach, a school for the children of parents with leprosy. Each day as ...
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Your Mark On The World: Raul Roman, UBELONG Co-Founder Interview

Your Mark On The World: Raul Roman, UBELONG Co-Founder Interviewymotwarchive: Raul Roman was kind enough to spend the better part of an hour with my by Skype yesterday, sharing the ...
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Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s need, but not every man’s greed. ~Mohandas K. Gandhi, quoted in E.F. Schumacher, Small Is Beautiful (via ymotwarchive) ...
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ymotwarchive: Worldhaus is creating affordable housing for people around the world, providing them with basic shelter, plumbing and electricity. This video shows the construction of a $1,500 home within two ...
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How will wealth change you?

How will wealth change you?ymotwarchive: This interesting piece in the Boston Globe suggests that wealth changes people, noting that most of our political leaders are far wealthier than the rest ...
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Money raised, restaurant opens

Money raised, restaurant opensymotwarchive: Allyson Smith reports on her blog that the restaurant opened as planned and that people came through for them with money for the needed equipment.   ...
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10K for Half the Sky

10K for Half the Skyymotwarchive: Our BYU friends that are raising money for Half the Sky have organized a 5k/10k run for April 7, 2012.  100% of the proceeds will ...
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UBELONG, a great way to serve!

UBELONG, a great way to serve!ymotwarchive: UBELONG is an exciting example of social entrepreneurship that provides volunteers with service-oriented immersion and expedition opportunities.  Some extraordinary guys, Cedric Hodgeman and Raul ...
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A little help?

A little help?thorpesinchina: The Smiths that I told you about yesterday just posted on their blog about a critical need for some cash for one of the orphanages where they’ve been ...
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Your Mark On The World: No Problem in the World Too Big for Smiths

Your Mark On The World: No Problem in the World Too Big for Smithsymotwarchive: The scope of the world’s problems lead many to shrug in frustration, thinking that the little ...
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Your Mark On The World: The MORE Project is Doing the Work of the Angels

Your Mark On The World: The MORE Project is Doing the Work of the Angelsymotwarchive: On the streets of a favela or slum in Rio de Janeiro there are really ...
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Your Mark On The World: You CAN Leave A Mark On The World

Your Mark On The World: You CAN Leave A Mark On The Worldymotwarchive: This morning started with a Skype call to New York to visit with Cindy Klaja. She and ...
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http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/32545640 ymotwarchive: A few days ago, I introduced you to Half the Sky.  The founder, Jenny Bowen, was featured on the Today show on Valentine’s Day.  This will move you! ...
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Your Mark On The World: Half the Sky

Your Mark On The World: Half the Skyymotwarchive: Recently, a friend I met in Cambodia introduced me by email to some students at Brigham Young University who are raising money ...
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Your Mark On The World: Buying a Car

Your Mark On The World: Buying a Carymotwarchive: One of the biggest opportunities for cutting our spending is with respect to our cars. First and foremost, I’ve long advocated simply ...
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Your Mark On The World: Crisis in Xian, China

Your Mark On The World: Crisis in Xian, Chinaymotwarchive: Amanda de Lange founded the Starfish Children’s Services which operates the Starfish Foster Home in Xian, China in 2005. She takes ...
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ymotwarchive: Matt Madden, one of my friends from Utah, has just taken an assignment with the International Committee of the Red Cross in Cambodia where he’ll be working to ensure ...
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ymotwarchive: The purpose of this blog—my purpose for writing—is to help people find the means to “leave your mark on the world.”  The world is full of needs, of challenging problems ...
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Your Mark On The World: How to Make Your Mark on the World

Your Mark On The World: How to Make Your Mark on the Worldymotwarchive: Today, I’m beginning work on my next writing project, a financial planning guide for people who want ...
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