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Crowdfunding for Social Good
Devin D. Thorpe
Devin Thorpe

Philanthropy

This category includes stories about philanthropy, typically covering the generosity of individuals, families, groups of individuals and foundations (nonprofits primarily in the business of funding other nonprofits.

This Veteran Seeks To Reinvent The Employment Ecosystem For Salaried Careers

This post was originally produced for Forbes.

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Felix W. Ortiz III, 34, is a U.S. Army veteran who is working to reinvent the process of employment for salaried positions, especially in the tech sector, by focusing on skills rather than degrees. Working with companies, colleges and candidates, the social enterprise he leads as CEO and founder, Viridis Learning, Inc., has built a platform for all three to use to better match people with opportunities.

Mark Thain, director of social innovation at Barclays, explains the challenges that inspired the bank to back Acumen’s Workforce Development portfolio, which includes an investment in Viridis. “We recognize that to have a meaningful impact on employability we need to look towards entrepreneurial models in the workforce development sector and support those innovators who are coming at this problem with scalable, self-sustaining solutions.”

“In the U.S., there is a real need for innovation in workforce development. For underserved communities, it is often a challenge of connectivity and having limited access to appropriate pathways into employment. The problem is particularly acute in middle-skilled trades, where as many as 40% of employers struggle to find the right talent, yet less than half of qualified candidates can find jobs,” he added.

That is just what Viridis is working to do, Ortiz says. “We are committed to solving the global skills gap by closing the broken education-to-employment feedback loop through data interoperability and the Skill Passport, a verified record of skill and experience with currency in an ever-evolving job market.”

The Skill Passport, he explains, is an immutable digital record of mastered skills that employers can use to match people to skilled positions.

Ortiz sees this as a social problem to be solved as well as an opportunity. In fact, the company’s pilot program was with 5,000 formerly incarcerated New Yorkers. Ortiz says Viridis was able to help 70% of them find employment and 62% of those to keep their jobs. Average salaries jumped from a range of $18,000 to $21,000 to $32,000 to $33,000.

“We first started with the formerly incarcerated community because we knew that if we can impact those lives with our algorithms they can work with pretty much anybody,” Ortiz said.

Ortiz notes that the algorithms that drive the Skill Passport seek not only to capture hard skills like coding but also soft skills like grit. The experience you get as a veteran or growing up in a tough environment can teach you to overcome challenges, something that is both difficult to teach in a classroom and that is prized by employers.

Felix Ortiz, Viridis Learning
CREDIT: DENIZ ERCELEBI

Another pilot effort was with San Jose City College, a community college in Silicon Valley. This provided an opportunity to test the hypothesis that the Skill Passport could help place alumni who hadn’t completed a four-year degree in IT jobs. Not only has it worked for the alumni, he says it has helped with corporate diversity goals as well.

The Skill Passport works for the colleges as well, helping them to focus on training skills the employers want. “The curriculum is misaligned, and that money is being mis-utilized because they’re training people for things that aren’t relevant,” Ortiz says.

It’s working for employers, too. “They realize that they have a problem and the problem is that they can’t find the talent.” The Viridis approach provides employers with access to a pipeline of employees from nontraditional sources that are properly vetted.

Ortiz remains focused on the mission of giving more people better access to successful careers. “You know, we shouldn’t be limiting the ability for me to be a tech founder just because I haven’t connected with certain people. If you’re good enough you should have the opportunity.”

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When You Look For Kindness You Will Find It On Every Corner.

This is a guest post from Karen Palmer, the founder of The #Globalkindness Revolution.

When I began my online shows in 2014 I felt like a person on an island of kindness. I was hearing so many horrific stories in the media and decided to learn how to use social media for a greater good. I found that setting my intention and focusing on finding stories of compassion, kindness, and peace open doors I didn’t even see before.

My show #Globalkindness #GoingViral has grown and the audience has expanded and the events are now everywhere. I now have several shows on www.facebook.com/spiritualitygonewild please visit and check it out my girlfriends and I are the #GratitudeGirls and our channel is programmed to bring more compassion, gratitude, joy, kindness, and peace on Earth.

This blog will be a place for people to hear about the good news and ways they can get involved. One thing I have learned in this journey of spreading kindness is I am not alone, there are so many who feel the same but don’t know what to do. This will be your answer. Reach out to me if you would like to be featured. I was blessed to hear about Notes for Notes and will be working to bring their mission to the masses. I would love to share their latest project and ask you to please share about it on all your social media.

I am a founding member of WorldKindness USA, and I am helping cities across the nation become WorldKindness Cities by working with schools, businesses, after-school programs and many other sectors to bring kindness back to all communities. I am the Goodwill Ambassador for my hometown in California and Notes For Notes was my next stop. I am grateful to say Kris Ehrman is looking into joining with 20 of their studios nation-wide.

 

I visited both of the Santa Barbara studios with my vision for a musical adventure in mindfulness. It all started a few months ago when I reached out to www.notesfornotes.org with my idea of helping kindness go viral…

“I want to make kindness go viral!” I said and shared my mission of empowering people to make a difference in helping other organizations that are dedicated to helping our world.

I then pulled out a musical activity coloring book that I created called #WorldKindness Day Is Happening, an activity based method book that can be used as a way to connect, play, and sing with family and friends. “It’s to help raise the levels of joy, love, kindness, and peace on Earth.” .

It’s all in effort to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of World Kindness Day happing on November 13th, 2018 and the launching of http://www.worldkindnessusa.org which launches July 2018.

“The song [ World Kindness] was written at the time when all the tragic fires and mudslides were happening and I thought …I am just one person, what difference can I make?”

   ~Karen Palmer~.

That was when it hit me. I could use social media to spread messages of kindness and hope for those who felt left out.. with or without a natural disaster.

“I am just one person, what difference can I make?”

  – Karen Palmer

We scheduled the first two sessions at Santa Barbara East, where we recorded the instrumental tracks with David Rojas at the controls. Palmer and Rojas completed the song with the help of local musicians Ray Pannell and Tompeet Frederiksen to a make a solid backing track for future World Kindness Programing.

One of the things I shared about my musical influences: Kenny Loggins, Justin Timberlake, Bruno Mars, and Poet, Prince Ea. The song was also inspired by Adam Sandler and Weird Al Yankovic. I love to create a mindful-parody spin on popular songs and to write words that remind us that we’re all actually connected to one another. Music and Dance helps us prove this point regularly.

Now weeks into the project, we have a core group of singers that are working towards the goal of producing a lyric music video together.

“Working with Notes for Notes has been a dream come true. Everyone has been amazing to work with. The guidance and knowledge everyone has, has made this experience easy and effortless. You’ve all become like family to me, each adding their own creative genius to our beautiful masterpiece. And the singers were wonderful! They loved learning about the power of compassion, gratitude, and kindness.”

   – Karen Palmer.

Our next steps are to complete final vocal takes and mix the song. We have scheduled our video shoot for July 11th and we hope to have the video edited and ready to GO VIRAL in time for the International World Kindness Day movement that will celebrate their 20th Anniversary on November 13, 2018. Stay Tuned we will have more to share with you soon.

I am truly honored to write this blog and help add to the love, light, and peace in our world. I hope you will receive my free gift to you in my bio it is for you to manifest your dreams and I would love to hear in the comments anything you are dreaming about or are doing in your corner of the world to add some kindness.

Karen Palmer
Photo Credit: Eco Angel Enterprises

Karen Palmer’s bio:

Karen Palmer is the mom who made a wish and started a kindness revolution. She is the founder of The #Globalkindness Revolution which networks with many to co-create a kinder and more loving world. She has been nick-named The Queen Of Globalkindness, and is also known as a Modern Day Mystical Mr.Rogers who uses music, meditation ,mindful practices, and mantras for empowerment of all ages. You can receive manifest your dreams for free at www.globalkindnesstv.org/dream


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Principal, Rotary Club and Students Develop and Share Tools for Blind Students


Dr. John Patterson was the first president of his Liverpool-based Rotary Club. He is also the principal at St. Vincent’s, a school for visually impaired and blind children. Working with the children, they developed SightBox, a collection of games and educational tools for kids like themselves in the developing world.

Working with his Rotary Club, they share the SightBox kits with students who would otherwise have no access to such things.

Interview with Dr. John Adam Patterson, the Dr John Patterson Principal and Charter President Rotary St.Vincents of St. Vincent’s School for the Blind.

The following is the pre-interview with Dr. John Adam Patterson. Be sure to watch the recorded interview above.

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

In the UK, Visually Impaired unemployment is at 85% with 5-6 less friends than sighted peers; this is much higher in developing countries. We design access to sports equipment and send this equipment with a surround curriculum to VI schools weaving in technology teaching and learning innovation generating VI friend groups and access to learning /support for new venture creation.

Reaching out to some 6 million visually impaired young people to help generate friendship groups through sports to tackle isolation and via engagement in STEM to challenge high unemployment rates via showcasing strengths towards  employability in synergy with new venture creation.

St. Vincent’s:  www.stvin.com

More about St. Vincent’s School for the Blind:

Twitter: @sightboxuk

Website: www.sightbox.org.uk

St.Vincent’s is a residential specialist school for the blind in Liverpool, UK. Part of the school curriculum engages a ‘common good’ focus in sharing access to sports and education through the sending of a physical  SIGHTBOX to schools for the blind internationally supported by Rotary. St.Vincent pupils work with a surrounding Science Technology Engineering and Maths (STEM) curriculum with SIGHTBOX recipients to design new content and signpost routes to employment and  generate friendship groups in synergy with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

For-profit/Nonprofit: Rotary club in collaboration with a non maintained school charity and sightbox charity ( ie SDG 17 in action)

Revenue model: Donations from Rotary and match funding for content of SIGHTBOX innovation

Scale: St. Vincents takes pupils from across the UK and has a staff of 56. Our Rotary club has over 20 members. We have sent sightboxes so far to 9 different VI communities in the world and wish to roll out our impact

Dr. John Adam Patterson

Dr. John Adam Patterson’s bio:

Originally an engineer, John retrained as a primary teacher serving in Liverpool inner city schools and across public private and voluntary sectors within EU Objective One programmes as community and education consultant leading to a Senior Lecturer role as Head of Physical Education on teacher education programmes at Liverpool Hope University. His MSC and PhD surround social capital, social enterprise, volunteerism and curriculum design. He is currently Principal at St. Vincent’s, a residential non-maintained School for VI in West Derby Liverpool rated as OUTSTANDING by The Office for Standards in Education. His research and focus remains with securing outcomes for VI young people.


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Her Peace Corps Experience Shaped Her Life, Impacted Countless Others

Jaclyn “Jacque” Zoccoli started her career in the Peace Corps. That experience has shaped her life and career ever since, giving her a desire to always have an impact for good in the world. She works today to connect people to all those who can help them.

Interview with Jaclyn “Jacque” Zoccoli, the Global Collaborator of Network Builders Arizona.

The following is the pre-interview with Jaclyn “Jacque” Zoccoli. Be sure to watch the recorded interview above.

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

The problem solved is the lack of resources, (thus impact of groups), because they do not partner with others going the same direction. Through the building of alliances, and teams of them, there is an increase in commerce and growth. This eventually builds more love, prosperity and peace worldwide, the total solution.

Operation Heart to Heart:  PrincessJenniferLeeMinistries.org/OHH

More about Network Builders Arizona:

Website: NetworkBuildersArizona.com

Network Builders Arizona is partnering with Manifesting Global Solutions Group. The focus is to provide a template of resources for Eco Cities globally. There are 8 areas of development offered – from health to environment. The purpose is to provide grassroots seeds that teach communities how to become self-sufficient.

For-profit/Nonprofit: For-profit

Revenue model: The revenue model stems around several sources. Network Builders Arizona is a coaching business, thus individual, and group coaching are a source. The book and speaking engagements and workshops also bring in revenues. As an Influence Broker, revenue comes from client project phases, through alliances vetted and provided for the project’s increased success.

The partnership with the Manifesting Global Solutions Group will allow commissions from member interactions.

Scale: The Network Builders Arizona aspect is a one-person entity. As involvement with Manifesting Global Solutions Group increases, this will be expanded. It is estimated 16 – 32 groups/employees will be involved per project. There will be a Project Team as well to coordinate everything.

Jaclyn “Jacque” Zoccoli

Jaclyn “Jacque” Zoccoli’s bio:

Linkedin: linkedin.com/in/jacquezoccoli

After 2 years in the Peace Corps, in Liberia, Jaclyn began her focus on connecting people – locally, then globally. After the corporate trenches, she began her own businesses. Desktop Publishing (and teaching it – 4 colleges), morphed into creating networking groups (20) in CA.

Moving to Arizona, she turned the title “Networking Coach” into “Word of Mouth Strategist” then “Influence Broker”. While coaching, speaking, and authoring her book “Spontaneous Combustion – Developing Profitable Relationships”, she joined the Global Prosperity and Peace Initiative. Her focus changed to Global Collaborator, and she now connects people in 196 countries to resources to increase love, prosperity and peace.

The new Manifesting Global Solutions Group, offers a template for Eco Cities worldwide. Here Jaclyn will provide alliances for project phases, and coordinate the template strategies.

Mantra – “My age justifies my wisdom, my developed clarity teaches the Excitement of Awareness” that Excitement is what she is all about.


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The Gender Landscape After #MeToo

This is a guest post from Jessica van Thiel, PATHFINDER

The #MeToo Campaign is one of the most powerful social media campaigns of all time. On October 15 2017, actress Alyssa Milano encouraged the use of #MeToo (originating from social activist, Tarana Burke, 2006), to create awareness and a sense of the magnitude of sexual abuse and harassment. While there is no one leader of this movement (rather thousands of women who are speaking out against this prolific problem) several Hollywood names helped to propel the campaign into global action.

Actress Ashley Judd was the first of many who spoke out in October of 2017, about unwanted sexual advances by Harvey Weinstein, one of Hollywood’s most prolific and successful movie producers. Since her admission, over 80 actresses have come forth against Weinstein, including stars like Angelina Jolie and Gwyneth Paltrow. And, as allegations against him continue to pour in, on May 25th 2018, Weinstein was charged by the city of New York, with rape and sexual abuse in two cases. It seems like only eight months after women began to come forward with their stories, the Weinstein name is now more synonymous with sexual assault than it is with movie-making.

For decades apparently, this sort of behaviour was common practice in the entertainment industry. Weinstein’s abuses have been referenced as Hollywood’s greatest open secret. Why was this accepted? How could he have gone so far, with so many women, and gotten away with it for so many years? It seems incredible when you think about it. But the truth is it’s not uncommon. In fact the #MeToo campaign has proven just how ubiquitous the problem is.

However, a silver lining has emerged to this awful story. The celebrities who have spoken out have paved the way for regular, everyday women to do the same. The campaign had incredible success on social media and #MeToo (also adapted into #BalanceTonPorc, #YoTambien, #Ana_kaman and others), has provided support and solidarity for millions of people to come forward with their stories. The movement itself has been so successful, that as at November 2017, 82% of American polled said women are more likely to speak out about harassment since the Weinstein allegations, and that 85% say they believe the women making allegations of sexual harassment (Time Magazine, 2017).

Jessica van Thiel

The “Silence Breakers” – victims who spoke out about their stories of sexual harassment – made such an impact on society that they were voted “2017 Person of The Year” by Time Magazine. With widespread success of the campaign and Weinstein’s recent arrest, it appears that steps are being taken in the right direction. But what are these steps and how will they ensure the sexual abuse, harassment and silencing of women is no longer accepted?

#MeToo has received attention in all corners of the world. With access to internet and media in certain countries already being an issue, it’s no surprise that the campaign has had more success in some countries than others. In India for example, where in recent years outrage over sex crimes has sparked waves of public protests, it makes sense that #MeToo resonates with the public. However, not everyone has access to internet, and although the campaign reached only a small number of people with respect to India’s population, as Sian Brooke of the Oxford Internet Institute points out, “it has brought the idea of sexual harassment and assault into the public consciousness. And even if the discussion around the movement is criticism, you are still bringing about an awareness that this happens” (BBC, 2018).

In Canada, women are sharing their experiences of sexual violence like never before, resulting in a huge increase in demand on Canada’s sexual violence support services. For example, calls to the Ottawa Rape Crisis Centre increased 100% in the last year alone (Canadian Women’s Foundation, 2018). One initiative, the #AfterMeToo (partnered with the Canadian Women’s Foundation) has created a fund that addresses the increased demand on sexual violence support services across Canada.

In the US, from October to December 2017, calls to the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network crisis hotline rose by 23% compared with the same period in 2016 (BBC, 2018). The National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) in Washington DC has, as a result of the campaign, been matching victims with lawyers who can offer them free advice (NWLC, 2018).

Another initiative which has been very successful in addressing the #MeToo question is the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund. The Fund was launched by more than 300 actresses, writers and directors in January 2018 and raised $21 million in legal assistance for people who suffer harassment, abuse or assault at work in its first operating month alone (The National Women’s Law Center, 2018).

An interesting takeaway from the campaign is that men are also often victims of sexual violence. 1in6 is a Los Angeles-based non-profit group that supports male sex abuse survivors. #MeToo had direct impact on the number of men reaching out to the organization, saw a 110% increase in web traffic, and a 103% increase in the use of online helpline services between September and October 2017 (BBC, 2018).

With an overwhelming number of people worldwide speaking out in a very personal way, is it even conceivable to continue to ignore such an issue? As a hopeless optimist I am tempted to say we have learned this lesson, society has grown, and mankind will not allow these errors to continue to occur. However, the reality is far more complex than that. Sexual harassment, abuse and exploitation of women (in a variety of forms) is so ingrained in our societies that it may take decades and several generations before we can truly move forward.

Yes, the #MeToo campaign is a good step. Yes, this is extremely encouraging. Sadly though, the numbers speak for themselves. It is estimated that 35 per cent of women worldwide have experienced either physical and/or sexual intimate partner violence or sexual violence by a non-partner at some point in their lives (UN Women, 2018) with some nations showing up to 70 per cent of women having experienced sexual abuse in their lifetime (WHO, 2013). And this is not only in developing countries. In the UK, one in five women have experienced sexual assault (The Guardian, 2018). And these are the reported cases.

The stigma associated with victims of assault is often the leading reason women will not come forward. Society has trained us to question the victim rather than the ‘predator’. This is something that has become the norm. We’ve been asking the right questions but to the wrong people (TIME Magazine, 2017).

So with the recent arrest of Harvey Weinstein and the countless initiatives emerging in light of #MeToo, it seems that change is happening. Although the #MeToo campaign has a long way to go in ridding the world of sexual abuse and predators, one thing it has been successful in doing is identifying a massive, global issue.

Rebecca Seales of the BBC News explains that “perhaps, then, #MeToo is not an endgame – but a clarion call to something bigger. A reminder for people to seek change in their communities, and push to make damaging systems better – especially for those who lack the power to fight alone” (BBC, 2018).

The #MeToo campaign has created a platform in which victims of sexual abuse can be heard and supported. It has shown that victims are not alone, far from it, and that collectively we can effect change.

References:

BBC News (2018). What has #MeToo actually changed?

Canadian Women’s Foundation (2018). After MeToo.

MeToo (2018).

Time Magazine (2017). The Silence Breakers.

The Guardian (2018). Sexual harassment and assault rife at United Nations, staff claim.

The National Women’s Law Center (2018). The Time’s Up Legal Defence Fund UN Women (2018). Facts and figures: Ending violence against women.

World Health Organization (2013). Global and regional estimates of violence against women: prevalence and health effects of intimate partner violence and non-partner sexual violence, p.2.


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US Senate Candidate Jenny Wilson Says She’s Better on Climate, Health Care and Poverty


The mission of the Your Mark on the World Center is to end extreme poverty, improve health and mitigate climate change. I asked U.S. Senate candidate Jenny Wilson–who faces a daunting challenge in popular Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney–for her take on each of these issues.

Poverty: Wilson acknowledged that even here in Utah, many children live in poverty, aren’t sure where their next meal will come from and that chronic homelessness continues in Utah. She asserts that she is in touch with these issues by virtue of her work on the Salt Lake County Council where she dealt directly with issues facing the homeless and other low-income Utahns.

Health: After leaving the County Council, Wilson took a job with the University of Utah Health Care system. She has been a vocal advocate for medicaid expansion in Utah, helping to organize a campaign to get a ballot initiative approved for this November.

Climate: Wilson acknowledges that there are many climate skeptics in Utah but says such views are out of touch with reality. She promises to advocate for returning the United States to international efforts to reduce carbon emissions and to otherwise protect the environment. She highlights her concern that the current administration will deregulate air quality leaving those living along Utah’s Wasatch Front with dangerously polluted air.  

Governor Romney will be invited to join me on my show soon.

Interview with Jenny Wilson, the Salt Lake County Council Member of Jenny Wilson for U.S. Senate.

The following is the pre-interview with Jenny Wilson. Be sure to watch the recorded interview above.

More about Jenny Wilson for U.S. Senate:

Twitter: @JennyWilsonUT

Facebook: facebook.com/wilsonforsenate

Website: wilsonforsenate.com

Jenny Wilson

Jenny Wilson’s bio:

Twitter: @JennyWilsonUT

Jenny Wilson is a fifth-generation Utahn with a record demonstrating commitment to the state where she raises her family.

In 2006, Jenny became the first woman elected to the Salt Lake County Council, where she is currently serving one-third of Utahns in her second, six-year term and has led numerous policy initiatives, including ethics reform, government efficiency, criminal justice reform and open space preservation.

Jenny has experience at all levels of government, having served as press secretary to U.S. Rep. Les AuCoin (D-OR) and as chief of staff to U.S. Rep. Bill Orton (D-UT).

On the County Council, Jenny is a bold policy-maker who forges bipartisan consensus to get things done. Her service in the United States Senate would be no exception.


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This Entrepreneurial Solution to Lice Will Surprise You


More than a decade in development, Lice Clinics of America has opened 200 clinics in just five years. The company uses a patented technology that uses no chemicals to treat the itchy and highly contagious condition. The secret: hot air. Tune in to the full interview with CEO Claire Roberts to learn more.

Interview with Claire Roberts, the CEO of Lice Clinics of America.

The following is the pre-interview with Claire Roberts. Be sure to watch the recorded interview above.

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

While it may seem like a benign issue, head lice is the second-most transmittable condition among school aged children (behind the common cold), meaning that most families will have to spend money they might not have on head lice treatment. As OTC treatment becomes less and less effective, Lice Clinics of America offers affordable, one and done treatment so families can get on with their lives. During our Annual Egg Hunt, treatments are free.

Lice Clinics of America®, the world’s largest network of urgent care clinics for head lice treatment and providers of leading head lice-removal services and products provides annual “Egg Hunts”. This year, the Egg Hunt was held over 2 days, and provided $35,700 worth of free head lice treatment to consumers throughout the country.

In addition, a startling 6-11 million people suffer from head lice infestations each year, and has families frustrated and wasting big money on endless ineffective, incredibly expensive treatments (some of which can reach over $1,000 total).

Lice Clinics of America has created a cost effective way to eradicate head lice and help you save your present-buying money. With treatments costing only up to $195, the network utilizes the chemical-free device, AirAllé, which uses dry, warm air to dehydrate and eliminate both lice and eggs. Being the most advanced technology to eliminate Super Lice, the AirAllé is an FDA approved device that is 99% effective in stopping Super Lice once and for all.

More about Lice Clinics of America:

Twitter: @LiceNoMore

Facebook: Facebook.com/LCACorp

Website: www.liceclinicsofamerica.com

Lice Clinics of America offers eco-friendly, non-toxic and pesticide-free prevention and treatment products that are reliable and safe alternatives to typical over-the-counter and prescription drugs, including its exclusive AirAllé treatment throughout their 300 global clinics. The AirAllé, a FDA-cleared, patented medical device, uses precision controlled, heated air to dehydrate lice and 99.2 percent of lice eggs. The brand has also taken the technology used in its clinics to create two over-the-counter solutions, the Lice Remover Kit and Lice Preventer Kit, which utilize a pesticide-free liquid gel that can stop lice infestations before they start, immobilize lice, detangle hair and facilitate the removal of lice and eggs.

For-profit/Nonprofit: For-profit

Scale: Lice Clinics of America is the world’s largest network of urgent care clinics for head lice treatment and providers of leading head lice-removal services and products throughout their 300 global clinics

Claire Roberts
Photo Credit: Lice Clinics of America

Claire Roberts’s bio:

Linkedin: linkedin.com/company/larada-sciences-inc

Claire Roberts is the CEO of Lice Clinics of America. Claire specializes in launching early stage ventures, leading them through high growth and positioning them to reach their high performance potential.  She has a diverse industry background as a CEO covering manufacturing and distribution, technology, new media and medical informatics. In addition to her private sector CEO experience, Claire was a key player in the launch of BioCrossroads, the Indiana life sciences economic development organization. She most recently served as CEO of ArbiterSports, an NCAA backed SaaS venture headquartered in Sandy, Utah.  Claire heralds from Seattle, Washington, is a proud University of Washington Husky (Pac 8 generation) and is very happy to be calling Salt Lake City her home now.


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These 2 Kids Have Helped 30,000 People Find a Place to Volunteer

Max and Jake Klein, now 14, remember being told they were too young to volunteer when they were just seven or eight years old. That frustration ultimately inspired them to launch a matching service to help kids–and adults–find service opportunities.

Recently, Verizon recognized their work with its Service Through STEM Award, which encourages young people to use science, technology, engineering and math to do service. So far, 30,000 people have used the site to find a service opportunity.

Interview with Max and Jake Klein, the of Kids that do good.

The following is the pre-interview with Max and Jake Klein. Be sure to watch the recorded interview above.

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

We are a non-profit website that helps connect kids and adults to volunteering opportunities in over 80 markets across the country. We also offer ideas for charitable events you can do on your own. This way kids can make a difference in their communities no matter what their age is. It’s never too early to think about helping others.

Max and Jake Klein

More about Kids that do good:

Twitter: @kidsthatdogood

Instagram: @kidsthatdogood

Facebook: Facebook.com/kidsthatdogood

Website: kidsthatdogood.com

Linkedin: LinkedIn.com/in/kids-that-do-good

We are a non-profit website that helps connect kids and adults to volunteering opportunities in over 80 markets across the country. We also offer ideas for charitable events you can do on your own. This way kids can make a difference in their communities no matter what their age is. It’s never too early to think about helping others.

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


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Philippe Cousteau Continues Famous Grandfather Jacques’ Environmental Legacy

This post was originally produced for Forbes.

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The assumption that Philippe Cousteau, 38, had no choice but to follow in the footsteps—er, wake—of his famous, sea-exploring grandfather Jacques Cousteau is wrong. While the younger Cousteau revere’s his grandfather, it was his own experience exploring that connected him to his grandfather’s work.

The senior explorer died in 1997 at the age of 87. By the time the grandson was ready to explore the world, the grandfather was resigned to the role of “elder statesman” rather than intrepid explorer.

An expedition to New Guinea at age 16, with Eugenie Clark, known as the Shark Lady, convinced Philippe Cousteau that there was simply no other way to live.

As with his grandfather, his love for the sea and the natural world includes a passion for protecting it. One of the ways that Cousteau manifests his environmentalism is through the nonprofit organization he founded called EarthEcho, focused on engaging young people in the environmental movement.

Jill Belasco, an entrepreneur who served on the board of the organization for six years, including a term as the Vice Chair, says, EarthEcho is about education; they not only develop programs for the next generation of environmentalists but work closely with teachers and schools to get kids involved with hands-on projects.”

“I have worked with other environmental non-profits and have yet to find any organization that connects directly to our youth in the way EarthEcho does,” she adds.

The full-time staff at EarthEcho is small—just six people—and the budget of “over $1 million” is modest but leveraging the Cousteau brand and passion to build partnerships, the small organization is able to play above its weight class.

Philippe Cousteau, continues the legacy of his famous grandfather, Jacques Cousteau.

Cousteau says, “We don’t like to reinvent the wheel. There’s far too much of that already in the environmental movement—in most movements actually.” He believes the partnerships provide leverage to allow the small organization to maximize its impact.

In addition, EarthEcho has a Youth Leadership Council with 15 people from age 16 to 22 from around the world that also support the organization’s programs.

Watch my full interview with Cousteau in the video player at the top of the article.

Cousteau hopes that his nonprofit will help to galvanize a generation of activists. He notes with obvious frustration, “We saw in the last election, climate change wasn’t even a topic that came up in the debates.” He observes that environmental issues have become politically divisive.

“I always like to remind people that Richard Nixon passed the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act and the Marine Mammal Protection Act. He founded the EPA,” Cousteau says. “We can argue about foreign policy, we can argue about economic policy when it comes right down to it clean air and clean water are non-negotiable.”

In recent years, EarthEcho recognized an opportunity in the movement to improve STEM—science, technology, engineering and math—education in schools. The science-focused curriculum EarthEcho provides aligns well with the movement so the organization has adapted its materials to emphasize this connection.

“What better way to study biology chemistry and engineering than nature because that’s where it all comes from,” Cousteau says.

The young Cousteau is also continuing some of his grandfather’s work in front of the camera and has been nominated for multiple Emmy Awards. He is the star of Caribbean Pirate Treasure on the Travel Channel.

Alex Morrison, a current board member at EarthEcho and SVP of Business Development at Strada Education Network, says he met Cousteau while working at the Discovery Channel.

Morrison says EarthEcho is empowering a generation of young people through education to identify threats to oceans and bodies of water in their own communities and to address them. “That type of approach has tremendous magnification.”

The late Cousteau said, “The sea, the great unifier, is man’s only hope. Now, as never before, the old phrase has a literal meaning: we are all in the same boat.” Now his grandson is trying to get a new generation aboard.

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JP Morgan Chase Foundation to Increase Giving to $1.75B


JP Morgan Chase Foundation recently announced that it would be increasing it annual grantmaking to $1.7 billion. Much of their philanthropic giving is paired with supportive lending as well, potentially increasing the impact. (Disclosure: I have a small investment in JPM stock.)

Foundation president Janis Bowdler said in our interview (watch the full interview in the player at the top of the article) that the increase in funding is part of a broad corporate strategy to increase equality.

Interview with Janis Bowdler, the President of JPMorgan Chase Foundation of JPMorgan Chase.

The following is the pre-interview with Janis Bowdler. Be sure to watch the recorded interview above.

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

Our mission is to enable more people to contribute to and share in the rewards of a growing economy. We believe that reducing inequality and creating widely-shared prosperity requires collaboration of business, government, nonprofit and other civic organizations, particularly in the cities and metropolitan regions that power economic growth.

We take a comprehensive approach to increasing economic opportunity, using our firm’s global scale, talent and resources to make investments and create partnerships in four priority areas: Jobs & Skills, Small Business Expansion, Financial Health, and Neighborhood Revitalization. The firm’s $150 million investment in Detroit’s economic recovery continues to make an impact and establish a model for how to help more people share in the rewards of a growing economy. Going forward, the firm will continue to apply this investment model in other cities. For example, the firm recently announced a $40 million investment in Chicago’s South and West sides and a $10 million investment in Washington, D.C.’s underserved neighborhoods.

The firm also nearly tripled the size of the Entrepreneurs of Color Fund in Detroit from $6.5 million to over $18 million and is expanding the Fund to San Francisco and the South Bronx next month. Other examples of some new and successful philanthropic investments in the U.S. include:  Transforming America’s education and job training systems through increased investment in skill building for adults and young people in cities across the U.S. such as Dallas, Los Angeles, Miami and dozens of others. JPMorgan Chase is supporting proven and new training strategies and policies and partnering with community colleges, career technical education programs, and business to build career pathways to well-paying jobs in growing fields such as healthcare, advanced manufacturing and transportation, distribution and logistics. Expanding The Fellowship Initiative, an intensive academic, leadership and professional development program that contributes to increased education and career opportunities for young men of color, in Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles and New York. This effort helps them build their skills, networks and ability to access resources. The JPMorgan Chase Service Corps is a three-week, skills-based volunteer program that engages top-performing employees from around the world who share their expertise to help nonprofit partners expand their impact in the community. The Service Corps will be expanded to support more nonprofits in 2018 including in Chicago, Detroit and the South Bronx.

JP Morgan Chase CSR: jpmorganchase.com/corporateresponsibility

More about JPMorgan Chase:

Twitter: @jpmorgan

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jpmorganchase/

Website: jpmorganchase.com/corporate/Corporate-Responsibility

JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM) is a leading global financial services firm with assets of $2.5 trillion and operations worldwide. The Firm is a leader in investment banking, financial services for consumers and small businesses, commercial banking, financial transaction processing, and asset management. At the JPMorgan Chase Foundation, we believe that reducing inequality and creating widely-shared prosperity requires collaboration of business, government, nonprofit and other civic organizations, particularly in the cities and metropolitan regions that power economic growth. We take a comprehensive approach to increasing economic opportunity, using our firm’s global scale, talent and resources to make investments and create partnerships in four priority areas: Jobs & Skills, Small Business Expansion, Financial Health, and Neighborhood Revitalization.

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

Revenue model: The JPMorgan Chase Foundation is funded by JPMorgan Chase.

Scale: In 2017, the firm and its Foundation gave nearly $250 million to nonprofit organizations across the U.S. and in 40 countries around the world, and has committed to invest $1.75 billion by 2023. In addition, last year, 56,000 JPMorgan Chase employees provided 383,000 hours of volunteer service in the communities where they live and work.

Janis Bowdler
Photo Credit: Janis Bowdler

Janis Bowdler’s bio:

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/janis-bowdler-1445022/

Before joining JPMorgan Chase in 2013, Janis spent two decades advancing economic opportunity for families at risk of being left out of growing global prosperity. She began her career in her native Northeast Ohio, working to rejuvenate Cleveland’s east side neighborhoods. Following that, she spent ten years in Washington, D.C. advocating on behalf of Latino families at UnidosUS (formerly National Council of La Raza). Under her leadership at JPMC, the firm has launched several high profile initiatives, including Financial Solutions Lab, PRO Neighborhoods, Entrepreneurs of Color Funds in Detroit, South Bronx and San Francisco, and blight mitigation initiatives in Detroit. Janis has been a leader on much of our community development work in Detroit, where JPMorgan has committed $150 million to revitalize the city, including our neighborhood mapping work.


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