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Crowdfunding for Social Good
Devin D. Thorpe
Devin Thorpe


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Heathcare Philanthropy Plays Vital Role In US

The role of healthcare philanthropists in the U.S. has never been more important than it is today. Gail Rudolph heads up the planning for the annual conference of top leaders in healthcare philanthropy, members of the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy.

This week, the AHP will be holding its annual conference in San Antonio. I’ll be honored to speak.

Gail joined me to talk about the vitally important work that healthcare philanthropists do and what is coming up at the conference next week. We talked about the increasing role of crowdfunding as a part of philanthropic fundraising.

Learn more about the conference at

Interview with Gail Rudolph, the Committee Chair for upcoming Leading Forward Conference in San Antonio of Association of Healthcare Philanthropy.

The following is the pre-interview with Gail Rudolph. Be sure to watch the recorded interview above.

What is the problem you solve and how do you solve it?

We are trying to enhance leadership within the industry to further advance healthcare though our hospitals within our communities

More about Association of Healthcare Philanthropy:

Twitter: @AHPIntl



The Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP) is an international professional organization dedicated exclusively to development professionals who encourage charity in North America’s health care organizations. Established in 1967, AHP is the source for education, networking, information and research in health care philanthropy. AHP is a not-for-profit organization with its headquarters located right outside Washington, D.C. in Falls Church, Virginia.

AHP’s 4,500 members represent more than 2,200 health care facilities around the world. They embody all aspects of health care fundraising, from executive directors and chief development officers, to major gift officers, annual campaign managers, event coordinators and grant writers.

Our mission is to inspire, educate and serve those transforming health care through philanthropy.

Our vision is to be the definitive authority in health philanthropy.

For-profit/Nonprofit: 501(c)3 Nonprofit

Revenue model: This is a professional association for people in Healthcare Philanthropy

Scale: Our units are not just  the number of attendees at the conference.  It is really much broader by the number of people who are touched by better leadership.

Gail Rudolph

Gail Rudolph’s bio:

Twitter: @AdvmtResources


Gail Rudolph, CFRE

Gail partners with leading companies and healthcare organizations in building a solid approach to leadership, organizational structure, and teamwork to elevate human potential. She works with clients throughout all phases of the process, from assessment and analysis to design and implementation, helping individuals, companies and teams achieve their fullest potential.
Gail has more than 25 years of experience serving in leadership positions across a spectrum of organizations, including community hospitals, academic medical institutions, large healthcare systems and consulting.

Gail’s past experience includes extensive work in Leadership and Philanthropy at Cleveland Clinic, Northwestern University, Advocate, Dignity Health and various other community organizations and companies.  Gail holds a master’s degree in Human Services Administration and is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE). Among her many accomplishments, Gail has been named a “Top 10 Leader You Should Know”.

For the second year in a row Gail is serving as the Chair of the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy’s (AHP) Leading Forward Executive Summit, helping to enhance leadership skills within the healthcare industry.  As an active member and frequent speaker with AHP, Gail believes in the impact that Leadership can have on an individual and organization, which compels her to share and mentor from her experience.

Gail has been featured in numerous publications including the Non-Profit Times and Executive Health Magazine, regarding her work in philanthropy and grateful patient programs.

As a Senior Consultant with Advancement Resources and Executive Director on the John Maxwell Team, Gail is a Certified Coach, Teacher, Trainer and Speaker. Gail offers workshops, seminars, keynote speaking, strategic partnership opportunities and coaching, aiding personal and professional growth through study and practical application of proven leadership and organizational methods. Working together, she helps to move you and/or your team or organization in the desired direction to reach your goal.

Gail has just recently obtained a Stanford University, Graduate School of Business, Leadership-Entrepreneur Certification.  

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9 Ways You Can Capitalize On The Golden Age Of Purpose For Profit And Impact

This post was originally produced for Forbes.

We are now in the golden age of purpose (see my last piece.) This unique moment in history may provide an unprecedented opportunity to profit from implementing solutions to the world’s biggest problems.

Estée Lauder’s Nancy Mahon suggested that now is the time. She lead’s the company’s efforts to raise money to fight AIDS, an effort that has yielded $480 million, making the company a leading source of funding.

Accepting Mahon’s challenge to identify ways that we can capitalize on this purpose-centered time, here are nine specific ideas for employing purpose to solve real-world social problems while benefiting from the efforts as a business or entrepreneur.

  1. Be like MAC Cosmetics. Sell a product unrelated to the problem you hope to sell and donate the proceeds to the cause. Get your distribution partners to donate their piece of the pie on that product as well so you can maximize your impact.
  2. Sell a product and donate only the profits to your cause. Choose the product carefully so you can fine tune the donation size to your goal and ability. (If you sell ice cream and 40% of your profit comes from chocolate, 5% comes from strawberry and 2% comes from bubble gum, pick the product better fits your objective for social impact).
  3. Sell a product that solves a big problem for low-income families at an affordable price, take JIBU in Africa, which sells bottled water more affordably. Not only do families benefit from more affordable drinking water, the company empowers small entrepreneurs through a generous franchise program.
  4. Commit to old-fashioned values, like IBM, which didn’t lay off a single worker over a seventy-year span. Are layoffs really a necessary part of your business?
  5. Aggregate customer donations for a cause by collecting change at the till (like McDonald’s for the Ronald McDonald House Charities) or rounding up orders online (like GoDaddy, giving you a choice of four charities).
  6. Integrate your vision of the world into your supply chain by empowering low-income communities to do business with you directly, keeping more of the value for themselves rather than working through brokers who add little value. DōTERRA calls this co-impact sourcing.
  7. Ensure that 100% of your power is from renewable resources. In today’s economy, this can bring cost savings as well as an environmental benefit your employees and customers will appreciate. If you can’t get to 100% you can buy offsets less expensively than you’d imagine at Cool Effect.
  8. Share ownership with your employees through a co-op structure or an employee stock ownership plan. The tax advantages, improvement in morale and customer loyalty may leave you better off owning less of your company.
  9. Start by redefining your company’s responsibility as solely to shareholders and the creation of value for them and refocus on creating value for all stakeholders, including shareholders, employees, customers, your community and the planet. Registering as a b-corporation can help you reach those objectives.

These ideas are incomplete but all of them are being implemented in real life every day by companies and entrepreneurs who are determined to do business in a way that is good for the world.

Got purpose?

This is “the golden age of purpose” and business can accelerate solutions to all the world’s major problems from poverty to disease and climate change. Capitalism can be the driving force for good in the world if we impose a conscience upon it. Conscious capitalism, as it is sometimes called, takes many forms and offers even more benefits than naked capitalism. How will you have impact?

If you share my passion for doing good with your money, learn how you can become an impact investor with my online course, 25% off with this link.

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Their Plan to End the Deforestation of Haiti Is Gaining Traction

Kevin Adair and Franz “Franky Fanfan started working on the Island of Hispañola in 2005, hoping to bring solar cooking to the Dominican Republic. Slowly, over the years, their focus has shifted to Haiti, where they are working to eliminate charcoal in favor of briquettes made from recycled paper, cardboard and sawdust.

Up to 90 percent of the energy present in wood is lost when it is turned into charcoal. When you light a piece of charcoal, you are left with only 10 percent of the energy present in the wood used to make it.

Adair and Fanfan are using a process for making briquettes that doesn’t start with burning away most of the energy. Instead, the briquettes are made in a slurry, formed and dried and can then be burned efficiently in special, highly efficient wood-burning stoves.

Their approach is to convert institutional kitchens from charcoal stoves to their briquettes and high-efficiency stoves. Once done, a kitchen can cook more quickly and efficiently at lower cost, with fewer health effects on those cooking and far superior outcomes for the environment.

Interview with Franz “Franky” Fanfan, the General Manager / Co-Founder of El Fuego del Sol (FdS Haiti) and Kevin Adair, the President / Founder of Fuego del Sol Haiti / FdS Haiti SA.

The following is the pre-interview with Franz “Franky” Fanfan and Kevin Adair. Be sure to watch the recorded interview above.

What is the problem you solve and how do you solve it?

Haitians cook with 400,000 tons of charcoal annually, destroying 4M tons of trees, (with as much as 70% smuggled illegally from the Dominican Republic); Haiti is the world’s 11th least developed country.  Haiti has bountiful biomass waste, agricultural potential, recyclables, and a 70% under-employed workforce. Haiti has millions of tons of underutilized recyclable materials that are currently either being dumped and burned, washed out to sea, or collected and sent to countries such as China, which are more developmentally advanced than Haiti. Haiti’s resources should be utilized in Haiti, creating jobs in Haiti. Charcoal cooking also destroys the health and lungs of Haiti’s cooks. Charcoal cooking is the number-one killer of children under 5 in Haiti. Propane has been suggested as a solution to Haiti’s charcoal dependence, but Haiti is already over-dependent on international petroleum, and the charcoal industry provides a huge percentage of Haiti’s household incomes. The only advantage of the charcoal industry is that Haiti’s cooking fuel is over 90% produced on the island of Hispaniola. To replace charcoal, Haiti needs a domestic cooking fuel which can utilize the country’s available materials, and replace charcoal jobs with better-paying, safer jobs. Other materials such as plastic, glass and aluminum are similarly underutilized in Haiti. Thus, FdS works on three main fronts: ecological protection by substituting charcoal with recycled briquettes, jobs creation by replacing charcoal industry jobs 1:1, and improving the health and lives of Haiti’s cooks.

More about El Fuego del Sol (FdS Haiti):

Twitter: @ElFuegoDelSol



El Fuego del Sol (FdS Haiti) is a social-eco enterprise based in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. We are a full-service waste management, recycling and clean cooking enterprise working to improve environmental, economic and health conditions in Haiti.

Fuego del Sol Haiti SA / FdS Haiti SA is a Haitian Social-Eco Enterprise dedicated to introducing innovative international technologies to Haiti and the Dominican Republic. FdS selects these technologies to directly meet the needs and challenges that Haitian families have rated as their highest priority. FdS technologies are designed, developed, implemented and adapted in a co-creation model with Haitian and Dominican citizens to maximize adoption and cultural acceptance of the technologies, as well as long-term job creation. As the world’s 11th most fragile state, Haiti’s need for jobs and ecological development is critical. FdS has created a sustainable model for the implementation of ecological products and services throughout Haiti with the additional benefit of creating quality full-time and part-time jobs. FdS is sustainable at its current scale, and numerous developments in the waste / recycling / renewable energy / ecological cooking sectors continue to provide FdS the opportunity to expand. FdS is initiating strategic partnerships, structured development plans, and equipment acquisitions that will allow it to grow from its current Port-au-Prince site into more key Haitian locations specifically selected for compatibility and escalation of the FdS 100% reuse and recycling model. FdS is the first large-scale paper-products recycler in Haiti and has now recycled over 130 tons of paper, cardboard and sawdust into FdS ecological fuel briquettes, which are used in schools, orphanages and homes to alleviate Haiti’s deadly charcoal dependence. FdS develops and produces efficient briquette stoves for homes and schools in Haiti. FdS provides full waste collection, sorting, separation, and recycling services to embassies, NGOs and other environmentally conscious clients in Haiti. FdS also ecologically reprocesses waste motor oil into efficient diesel fuel. FdS is on target to be Haiti’s highest-volume reprocessed eco-fuel producer.

For-profit/Nonprofit: Mixed-model: for-profit enterprise with 501c3 fiscal sponsorship

Revenue model:

FdS Haiti is a Social-Eco Enterprise. We are a legally registered corporation in Haiti with IRS tax-exempt status in the US through our fiscal sponsor, Omprakash, making our fiscal model a hybrid for-profit/non-profit structure. The donations we receive are designated toward the start-up and scale-up of FdS. All operational expenses are generated through FdS local program-based income. The financial structure is best demonstrated by the FdS ecological business cycle: FdS provides complete fee-based waste collection services to clients in Port-au-Prince who choose FdS, as we recycle more materials than any other local waste collector. Paper, cardboard and wood waste materials are pulverized, mixed with water and formed into FdS biomass briquettes. FdS produces ultra-efficient wood-gas cookstoves, which also include recycled components. Clients then purchase the stoves from FdS along with an ongoing contract to purchase the FdS briquettes. FdS trucks deliver the briquettes, and return with the waste materials described above, and the cycle begins again. FdS earns Program Based Income on both legs of the trips by our truck.


Since relocating to Haiti in 2012, FdS has participated in the production / delivery / deployment / operations of over 780 institutional biomass cookstoves in Haiti. FdS has also delivered over 1.5 million of our briquettes and recycled over 130 tons of waste. The briquettes have cooked over 600,000 meals, mostly in schools, orphanages and community centers, and we are now expanding into industrial parks and factories. FdS has offset over 13,000 trees that otherwise would have been used to cook these meals. FdS has 20 full-time employees and 8 part-time. The FdS annual operating budget has grown from $24,000 in 2012 to over $120,000 in 2017 with further expansion indicated for 2018. Orders are confirmed for 25 stoves in one factory by the end of March and 25 additional stoves for an industrial park by the end of May 2018. Each FdS institutional briquette stove cooks an average of 30 servings of food.

Franz “Franky Fanfan

Franz “Franky” Fanfan’s bio:

Frantz is a true Haitian migration success story. Born in Haiti, he started out working during his high school years, milking 100 cows every day, then going to school in the afternoon. Frantz later worked in the tourism sector of Bavaro – Punta Cana starting in 2001 for prominent companies such as VIP Tours, Tourinter, Club Caribe, and Nexus. Frantz speaks Spanish, English, Haitian Creole and French and has been a solid member of the Fuego del Sol corporate team since the company’s inception in 2005. Frantz has worked as Tourism and Outreach Manager for the FdS project and Recycling Director for the waste management project. Currently Frantz oversees all aspects of Fuego del Sol operations including employee relations, training, briquette production, program development, and delivery coordination.

Kevin Adair
(Photo credit: Jack Powers)

Kevin Adair’s bio:

Twitter: @kevadair


Kevin Adair believes that each human life is a century-long interactive creative performance. He has always combined creative expression with social and ecological activism with focus on building community. International audiences may recognize Kevin as a touring juggler, magician, hypnotist, fire dancer, and motivator. Then, after decades performing and over 10,000 shows, Kevin’s trade-winds led him to the Dominican Republic and Haiti, where for the past 13 years he has worked in international social, ecological and community development.

It is Kevin’s quest to co-create, introduce, evaluate, foster, promote, facilitate, encourage and verify social / ecological development technologies in his adopted Caribbean island countries. Kevin founded the social-eco enterprise, FdS Haiti, and now works with local communities to address the issues that people find most daunting in their lives. Through the FdS developmental model, local people are consulted and empowered throughout the R & D and implementation process in a Co-Creation process. Each additional FdS project / program is designed to be financially sustainable and to build on existing FdS activities growing an infrastructure / eco-system of mutually beneficial developmental activities in conjunction with community, international, and local partners. Kevin is also the primary author of the Sun Oven System, the scholarly white-paper that documents one of the most successful ecological solar-stove introduction programs in the history of Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Kevin holds a Double BA with Honors from Illinois Wesleyan University, with continuing education credits from the National Geographic Society Geotourism Ambassador Training, Los Fondos de Capital, un Mecanismo de Financiamiento de Empresas presented by the INCAE, and the UN Foundation’s Women’s Empowerment Fund Training of Trainers, where Kevin was awarded the Accolade of ‘Most Engaging.’ Kevin is a featured Social Entrepreneur from SOCAP 14. FdS Haiti is a 2014 Buckminster Fulller Award Semi-finalist and a 2015 Echoing Green Semi-Finalist. The FdS Haiti Team is thrilled to be the only 2015 – 2017 IADB IDEAS competition winner based in the Caribbean region.

Most international development efforts have either attempted to enforce their will on potential beneficiaries, or they have worked to provide resources for solutions already locally available. Kevin has developed the: Listen. Lead. Listen Again. implementation strategy which combines learning the needs and wants of local community members, introducing new technologies and solutions that would not otherwise be available in remote locations, and then following up with a successive feedback-loop to gradually adapt the new solutions to best fit the local people’s needs. Kevn is also writing a book and article series: Listen. Lead. Listen Again. at

In the Des Moines Register, columnist Rekha Basu, sums up the nature of Kevin’s quest, “His project should inspire all of us to see that with imagination and enterprise, anyone can help find creative solutions to intractable world problems.”

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This Organization Works To Help Community College Students Finish 4-Year Degrees

With most community college students hoping to transfer to a four-year college, statistics show that most don’t transfer and only half of those who do, finish. The Kaplan Educational Foundation, headed by Nancy Lee Sanchez, is working to help community college students transfer successfully to universities and earn bachelor’s degrees.

Interview with Nancy Lee Sánchez, the Executive Director of Kaplan Educational Foundation.

The following is the pre-interview with Nancy Lee Sánchez. Be sure to watch the recorded interview above.

What is the problem you solve and how do you solve it?

81% of first-time beginning community college students from the bottom income quartile aspire to complete a bachelor’s degree, but only 21% transfer to four year institutions within 5 years, and only 10% attain a bachelor’s degree. (Horn & Skomsvold (2011); Shapiro et al. (2013)). Bachelor’s degree holders earn 31% more than those with an associate’s degree and 84% more than those with just a high school diploma. (Carnevale, Rose, and Cheah, 2011).

Solution 1: Kaplan Leadership Program:
The Foundation’s support begins early in a student’s associate’s degree studies and continues through the completion of a bachelor’s degree.  Financial assistance includes scholarships and additional funding to assist with other educational and living expenses.  All Kaplan Leadership Scholars are provided with academic advising, transfer admissions, career counseling and job placement support, and admissions guidance for graduate and professional programs. The KLP’s curriculum was developed to target the academic, financial and personal/social development of its participants reflecting our belief that the whole student must be addressed to effect long-term success.

Solution 2: Transfer Initiative Program:
In 2017, KEF launched the Transfer Initiative Program (TIP) to increase the number of students reached. In addition to the 7 KLP Scholars accepted each year, all KLP finalists (up to 15 students) are invited to become TIP Scholars and receive transfer admissions advisement, and application support through individualized writing support and financial support to cover the following costs: transcript fees, financial aid application fees and testing fees.

Solution 3: Your 2018 Guide to College Transfer:
Also in 2017, KEF expanded its mission by publishing Your 2018 Guide to College Transfer, A comprehensive handbook profiling top schools for transfer across the United States, serving as a resource for students, parents, and advisors to navigate the entire transfer process, from application to enrollment.

Additional Resources:

More about Kaplan Educational Foundation:

Twitter: @kaplanedfdn



The Kaplan Educational Foundation (KEF), an independent 501(c)3 nonprofit public charity, seeks to eliminate barriers to education for overlooked and underserved students and develop them as leaders for the American workforce and their communities. KEF launched the Kaplan Leadership Program (KLP) in 2006 to do just that. KLP is a unique and trailblazing model that addresses the needs of the ‘whole’ student, successfully transferring low-income Black, Latino and Native American students of exceptional academic merit from New York City’s community colleges to top four-year universities throughout the country, while preparing them to succeed academically and assume leadership roles in their professions and communities. Our Kaplan Scholars receive a comprehensive array of financial and academic support, transfer admissions advising and leadership skills development.

For-profit/Nonprofit: 501(c)3 Nonprofit

Revenue model: The Kaplan Educational Foundation (KEF) is a 501(c)(3) public charity. In addition to receiving donations, KEF recently published a book, “Your 2018 Guide to College Transfer,” and 100% of the proceeds go to KEF.

Scale: KEF has a full-time staff of three employees who focus on changing the lives of a small number of students in a big way. Through the Kaplan Leadership Program, we have accepted 69 students. 24 students are active within the program (currently enrolled in either an associate’s or bachelor’s degree program) and 38 alumni have successfully earned their bachelor’s degrees. Results from the program include: 87% of all Kaplan Scholars earn a bachelor’s degree. 100% of our Alumni are employed full-time at jobs in their fields of study or in graduate school. Over 30% of alumni are in or have completed graduate school.

Nancy Lee Sánchez

Nancy Lee Sánchez’s bio:

Twitter: @nleesanchez


Nancy Lee Sánchez, M.A. is the Executive Director for the Kaplan Educational Foundation. As the founding Director for Academic Advisement and Student Development, Nancy was responsible for the design and implementation of the Kaplan Leadership Program model.

Sánchez has over 18 years of expertise providing greater access to higher education, improving the college experience, and supporting leadership among low-income, underrepresented, and nontraditional students through collaborative partnerships and services that directly target factors affecting degree-attainment gaps.

Sánchez’s own educational journey started at Kingsborough Community College, where she earned her associate’s degree in early childhood education. She went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in education from Long Island University and a master’s in sociology from Brooklyn College. As a 2014 National Hispanic Executive Leadership Fellow, Nancy completed an Executive Leadership Program at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and a Leadership Development Program at the Center for Creative Leadership. Born in Las Piedras, Puerto Rico, Sánchez currently resides in Brooklyn.

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Her Reality Is Different, More Fulfilling Than Her Vision

Ann Webb envisioned herself on stage, making a fortune and changing the world. She set out to do just that. Then an “impression” inspired her to head in another direction.

Unsure if it would work, Webb decided to take her life skills training that had been helping people in the US to be more successful and apply the same techniques to helping people in Africa to envision and live more abundant lives. It worked.

Over the past five years, she’s taken hundreds of people to Africa in a dual mission to help the people in Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda and Ghana to become more prosperous. At the same time, she focuses on helping the people she takes to become real humanitarians, capable of changing even more lives.

Interview with Ann Webb, the Founder of Global LifeVision.

The following is the pre-interview with Ann Webb. Be sure to watch the recorded interview above.

What is the problem you solve and how do you solve it?

1) We shift the poverty mindset to abundance, the negative to the positive (specifically in Africa) through LifeCoaches we train and certify that then hold weekly workshops to set goals and visions.  We train about 3,000 people per month.  2). We host expeditions to create humanitarians in both African and 1st world countries.  We do 5 self-sustaining humanitarian projects per expedition and raise the funds to empower African women with businesses, clean water, hygiene and menstruation kits.

More about Global LifeVision:



Global LifeVision’s mission is to empower those in developing countries by helping them to recognize their worth and magnify their influence, to explore and clearly identify goals, instill a healthy mindset, learn valuable life skills and live the passion of their dreams.  We also create humanitarians by hosting quarterly expeditions to Africa to do self-sustaining projects, empower leaders, & do trainings that involve skills, goal-setting and mindset.

For-profit/Nonprofit: 501(c)3 Nonprofit

Revenue model:

Global LifeVision uses multiple models.  We generate money for 2 of our key projects.  1). Self-sustaining humanitarian projects and 2) Upleveling the mindsets of African through Ideal LifeVision workshops and supporting the life coaches that train these workshops.  Models include a) having expedition participants raise money for the expedition projects (donations)  b) expedition fees to help support humanitarian projects. c) Online goal setting programs and books that are given given for a donation.  d). Monthly & consistent donations from founders of organization.  


Here are a few of the things we completed in  the last 13 months!  55 cows to widows, 76 goats to villages, 4 expeditions to 4 African countries, Certified 60 Ideal LifeVision coaches, brought in $60,000 through Ideal LifeVision and $106,000 through Global LifeVision

Ann Webb

Ann Webb’s bio:


Ann Webb is best known as “The LifeVision Expert” and has coached thousands of successful entrepreneurs and network marketers in getting crystal clear in both their business and personal visions resulting in more money, better relationships, and improved health & fitness.  

Ann is the author of the book “More Than Money: How to Manifest a Meaningful Life”  and creator of the revolutionary Home Study Course – “Creating Your Ideal LifeVision” that has helped thousands of people start living their Ideal Life.

She also certifies Life and Business coaches to use Ideal LifeVision as a tool and process in their own businesses. Ann is also the Founder of Global LifeVision, a humanitarian outreach program that involves facilitating adventures for those that want to serve and make a different in developing countries.  She regularly takes expeditions to teach, train and serve in many African countries.

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Attorney, Educator, Social Entrepreneur Shares Insights In Important New Book

Kathleen Kelly Janus, Stanford Lecturer and author of Social Startup Success, began her education in social entrepreneurship as a child, skipping church with her parents to help the homeless. That foundation led her to start a nonprofit called Spark alongside her legal career.

The book is about how to scale a nonprofit, with a focus on helping one reach a key milestone of sustainability: a $2 million annual budget. Written from the perspective of 100 nonprofits who did just that, the fresh take on growth in this key sector of the economy, the book is a must-read for nonprofit leaders.

Interview with Kathleen Kelly Janus, the Author of Social Startup Success.

The following is the pre-interview with Kathleen Kelly Janus. Be sure to watch the recorded interview above.

What is the problem you solve and how do you solve it?

Social Entrepreneurs don’t have the tools they need to make a difference. This book is the playbook I wish I had when I started Spark.

More about Social Startup Success:

Twitter: @kkellyjanus



What Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammed Yunus is calling an “important catalyst for training the next generation of social entrepreneurs on how to change the world,” Social Startup Success: How the Best Nonprofits Launch, Scale Up and Make a Difference, by Stanford lecturer and Spark Co-Founder Kathleen Kelly Janus, is a guidebook for how to achieve breakthrough impact in the nonprofit sector. For the past five years, Janus has traveled the country visiting the founders, leadership teams, and funders of dozens social entrepreneurs, both newcomers and veterans in the field, including the leaders of Teach for America, City Year, DonorsChoose and charity:water. The book features her findings, detailing best practices for testing ideas, measuring impact, funding experimentation, leading collectively and storytelling with purpose. Social Startup Success is a social entrepreneurship’s essential playbook; the first definitive guide to solving the problem of nonprofit scale.

Kathleen Kelly Janus

Kathleen Kelly Janus’s bio:

Twitter: @kkellyjanus


Kathleen Kelly Janus is a social entrepreneur, author and lecturer at Stanford University. As an expert on philanthropy, millennial engagement and scaling early stage organizations, her work has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, Stanford Social Innovation Review, TechCrunch and the San Francisco Chronicle. She is the co-founder of Spark, the largest network of millennial donors in the world. Based in the heart of the Silicon Valley, her forthcoming book, Social Startup Success, features best practices for early stage nonprofit organizations based on a five-year research project interviewing hundreds of top-performing social entrepreneurs.

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3rd Generation Deaf Person Well Suited To Lead 1,000-Employee Nonprofit Serving Deaf Community

This post was originally produced for Forbes.

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Chris Soukup, 38, is a third-generation member of the deaf community. As a child, he remembers his paternal grandparents visiting each week with a list of phone calls to be made by his mother, who could hear. In those days, before the relay services offered by companies like Communication Service for the Deaf, or CSD, the nonprofit that Soukup now runs, members of the deaf community were effectively prevented from communicating by phone.

Soukup’s life was also influenced by injustice. His grandfather lost his farm when a banker explained he didn’t believe a deaf man could operate a farm.

There are approximately 1 million functionally deaf people in the United States. As many as 14% of adults are deaf or hard of hearing, many of them over the age of 65. About 8 million are hard of hearing, that is, they have difficulty hearing a normal conversation even when wearing a hearing aid. About 70% of deaf people are unemployed or underemployed.

For more insights, be sure to watch my interview with Soukup in the video player above.

About 40 years ago, CSD was founded by Soukup’s father, Ben Soukup, who was also deaf. While many people assumed that the younger Soukup would follow in his father’s footsteps at the helm of the organization, he did not, at least not until he got to college.

Chris Soukup, CEO of Communication Service for the Deaf

Soukup started working full time at CSD after finishing graduate school. He joined the executive management team in 2007 and was appointed President in 2011 and then named CEO in 2014. He now manages a $38 million operating budget, all major business units and over 1,000 employees across the United States, Alaska, Hawaii, and New Zealand.

The organization is focused today on solving a single problem: unemployment the high unemployment rate among deaf people.

“We’re very focused on trying to combat that and to combat that in a multitude of ways by creating resources and programs and solutions that better position the deaf community to be successful in employment, to identify opportunities and to help match the supply of jobs to those who are actively looking for employment.”

CSD provides job training, resources and educational material in ASL to deaf and hard of hearing people through a Federal program. This effort is called CSD Neighborhood.

Early in 2017, CSD launched another program called CSD Works to place deaf people in career positions and help create deaf-owned businesses.

CSD recently partnered with Uber to help riders interact more effectively with deaf and hard of hearing drivers. The organization is also adapting training materials for those drivers to help them succeed as well.

Soukup acknowledged that the deaf community is becoming more diverse. Not only does it include people who are deaf from a young age along with people who lose their hearing, often as they age, there are those who have cochlear implants that allow them to hear well but who also identify with the deaf community. CSD is working to serve each member of this community.

About 95% of CSD revenue comes from providing revenue-generating services, including relay services, equipment distribution and interpreting. The organization also receives grants and donations and has investment income.

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How Eckrich Used America’s Love of College Football to Honor and Benefit the Country’s Teachers

This is a guest post by John Pauley, Smithfield Food’s Executive Vice President of Retail Sales, Packaged Meats Division

Our country may have been split when the Alabama Crimson Tide faced the Georgia Bulldogs at this year’s College Football Playoff National Championship, but Eckrich brought fans together with a cause everyone could cheer for: America’s teachers. From the sheer importance of their job to their dedication to it, teachers deserve to be recognized, thanked, and rewarded—and that’s exactly what the Eckrich team strived to do at this year’s championship game.

In the brand’s second year as the official smoked sausage and deli meat sponsor of the College Football Playoff, Eckrich challenged ESPN analyst Kirk Herbstreit to complete a nearly impossible 20-yard throw to earn $1 million for the College Football Playoff Foundation’s Extra Yard for Teachers cause and invited Teachers of the Year from across the country to cheer him on from the sideline.

As hundreds of excited onlookers rooted him on and millions watched during ESPN’s “College Football Live,”Kirk stepped up to the line to attempt the throw. The ball soared through the air and hit the side of the target, missing by inches. Knowing he could make it, and unrelenting in his desire to earn the money for Extra Yard for Teachers, Kirk stepped up again and took two more attempts, sinking the third as his perfect spiral went right through the target. Despite two fruitless throws,we were thrilled to honor the success of the third and announce a $500,000 donation to the deserving organization.

The entire Eckrich team was elated when Kirk made his throw, and we feel honored to present the Extra Yard for Teachers cause with the largest donation from an outside benefactor it has received to date.

Teachers face multiple challenges in their profession today. This half-million dollar donation will help further elevate and support the teaching profession by inspiring and empowering teachers through the implementation of programs in four focus areas: resources, recognition, recruitment, and professional development. Extra Yard for Teachers hopes to address and make a difference in each of these areas over the next ten years, ultimately leading to brighter futures for tomorrow’s leaders—a“touchdown” for all.

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John Pauley is Smithfield Food’s Executive Vice President of Retail Sales, Packaged Meats Division.

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New ‘Impact Security’ Could Revolutionize Philanthropy

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Catarina Schwab, 43, and Lindsay Beck have set out to completely revolutionize philanthropy. Their firm, NPX, Inc., has introduced a new security to Wall Street called the “Impact security,” which they hope will end the practice of funding nonprofits without impact.

Problems in philanthropy

Ted Williams, Managing Partner at Springbok Partners and an advisor to NPX, explained the problems in philanthropy today. “The nonprofit sector is woefully lacking creative destruction. Mediocre and weak organizations are still attracting funding and the best organizations are not accessing the funding they need to achieve real impact. The only way to get to a more efficient and robust nonprofit market is to reward good organizations and penalize bad ones. This will only occur when there are economic consequences tied to impact.”

For her part, Schwab says, “The nonprofit capital market is opaque and inefficient. It is a trillion-dollar industry and the money is being wasted. And it’s being wasted at the expense of human lives and the environment.”

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Catarina Schwab

Impact Security

The impact security is intended to address this problem by inserting investors into the philanthropic capital market to better align the money with desired outcomes.

Nonprofits will issue impact securities in much the same way that corporations issue notes or bonds. The money will go to the nonprofit to fund a specific program with a measurable outcome or impact. The investors don’t get their return from the nonprofit but from a philanthropic guarantor instead. The guarantors are happy to take on this role because they want to give their money away but want it to go where it will have measurable impact.

Impact securities put the donors in a no-lose situation. If the program works and impact is verifiably measured according to the contract, the donors are happy to pay. They have funded something that actually did some good—no guessing, only measuring. On the other hand, if the project fails to achieve the intended results, the donors don’t pay and they keep their money to do good with it another day.

The nonprofit is happy with the arrangement. It gets the money for the program up front. This puts some new pressure to perform on nonprofits, but it is the sort of pressure that is already increasing in the philanthropic marketplace as donors increasingly look for measurable impact.

The investors are taking risk, but not as much as you might worry. The donors acting as guarantors will often put their money in a donor advised fund when the securities are issued so that the funds are already available to meet the guarantee if the outcomes are achieved.

Under longstanding Federal rules, nonprofit securities are not subject to SEC regulations, potentially making them less expensive to issue and allowing ordinary retail investors to participate, not such wealthy or “accredited” investors. This even opens the possibility of crowdfunding.

Measuring Impact

Measuring impact will be a challenge. Schwab says, “We can structure and execute an impact security for any nonprofit with measurable impact.” Still, it is often easier to measure intermediate outcomes than it is measure long-term impact.

Schwab says her model will increase the availability of measurement data and will thereby make measurement easier.

First Transaction: The Last Mile

The first transaction that NPX hopes to complete is an issuance for a nonprofit called The Last Mile that trains prisoners to code while in prison and even employs them to do it. The prisoners can earn $17 per hour, which compares favorably to the $0.94 per hour they earn from other work in prison. This allows them to leave prison with a nest egg, even though much of the money they earn goes to restitution and reimbursing the state for its costs. Some prisoners have even found six-figure jobs after being released from prison.

After working on the project for months, Schwab observed that people often say that prisoners deserve a second chance when they get out. She’s concluded that for many of them that isn’t fair. “This is their first chance; it’s not their second chance.” Some have simply never had an opportunity to get the education and training they need to survive as a contributing member of society. The Last Mile gives them this opportunity.

The impact security the nonprofit hopes to issue will fund a program at San Quentin. The impact that will be measured is straightforward: hours worked in the development shop. This output measure can be tracked easily and objectively. It does, however, ignore the question of whether the program achieves its stated, longer term objectives of helping with a successful reentry and reducing recidivism. Schwab notes that some of the prisoners will never leave but having a real job while in prison is still life-changing.

Prison statistics in the U.S. are staggering. While only 5% of the world’s population lives in the U.S., 25% of the world’s prisoners do. It costs five times as much to incarcerate someone as to educate them.

NPX hopes to help The Last Mile break the cycle and return productive people to society.

Schwab’s explains the premise of her work, “One simple change of linking money with impact changes everything.” Now she’s out to prove it.

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Mission-Driven Leader Helps Nonprofits Raise $1.5B

Interview with Vivien Hoexter, the Principal of H2Growth Strategies LLC.

Vivien Hoexter said she had trouble getting up in the morning to sell consumer goods so she sought out an opportunity to lead a more mission-driven, fulfilling life. Along the way, she’s helped nonprofits raise $1.5 billion.

The following is the pre-interview with Vivien Hoexter. Be sure to watch the recorded interview above.

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Vivien Hoexter

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Vivien Hoexter, a principal of H2Growth Strategies LLC, advises nonprofits and foundations in developing and refining strategies, marketing more effectively, and increasing both contributed and earned revenues. She also coaches executives currently in leadership roles and/or transitioning to new ones.

She brings 20 years experience in nonprofit leadership roles. As CEO of Gilda’s Club Worldwide, Hoexter and her team created a vision and strategic plan for the organization as a leader in the field of emotional and social support for people with cancer, their families, and friends. The organization increased its income by 55% from 2005 to 2006 and by 40% from 2006 to 2007.

Hoexter has served as Vice President for Marketing and Development at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Vice President at AFS-USA, Inc. (the leading high school student exchange organization) and as Director of Development at The Hunger Project. She has also worked as a product manager at CPC International, Inc., a Fortune 100 multinational, and as an assistant buyer at Lord & Taylor.

Hoexter graduated magna cum laude with a BA in History from Yale University and has an MBA in Marketing from the Wharton School.

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