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Mom Launches Nonprofit To Serve Daughter And Others With Poorly Understood Condition

This post was originally produced for Forbes. Dr. Laura Lemle’s daughter was diagnosed with NVLD when she was five years old. Dr. Lemle had earned a PhD in clinical psychology decades ...
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Cotopaxi Striving to ‘Do Good Well’

Lindsey Kneuven, Chief Impact Officer at venture-backed Cotopaxi, recently told me, "Businesses can be a force for immense good; let's ensure they do good well." At the moment, she's focused on ...
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What Can You Learn From a Maxi Pad? More Than You’d Think!

Over the past few years, countless people have told me how important it is to learn from and partner with those we hope to serve in order to serve them ...
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Neuro-Rehabilitation Center in Morocco is Changing Lives

As a teenager playing in the waves in Hawaii, I had a wave crash down on my back. The impact instantly paralyzed me, perhaps out of fear. As I floated ...
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The Three ‘I’ Insights to Greater Good

If you run a nonprofit, your life can be overwhelmed by an endless cycle of demands from the people you serve and the donors who enable you to serve them ...
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Innovative Nonprofit Captures Food Waste, Feeds Hungry

"The USDA estimates that nearly half the food grown and produced in the US goes to waste. At the same time, more than 50 million Americans face hunger and need ...
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A Note on Brexit and the Markets

This is a guest post from Garvin Jabusch, Chief Investment Officer of Green Alpha Advisors, LLC The UK has voted to leave the EU, and global markets, for today, are way down. But what, ...
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How to Secure Sponsors for Nonprofit Events

This is a guest post from Ashley Walsh, Director of Marketing for Formstack Nonprofits are always looking for more donations since donations are usually the lifeblood of their cause. And one way ...
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Dr. Stephanie Gripne, courtesy of the Impact Finance Center

Is This Wildlife Conservation PhD The Steve Jobs Of Impact Investing?

This post was originally produced for Forbes. Did the people who met Steve Jobs in 1976 have any inkling that they were talking to the person whose name would for a ...
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Fundraising Expert Offers 3 Tips for Effective Philanthropy

You can download an audio podcast here or subscribe via iTunes. One of Utah's leading nonprofit fundraising professionals recently left the Community Foundation of Utah where I serve on the board ...
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Lindsey Mangone, courtesy of Audacious Institute

Kids, Welcome to the Future! Are You Ready for It?

You can download an audio podcast here or subscribe via iTunes. When Whitney Houston first sang "I believe the children are our future..." in 1986 it was certainly considered an inspiring ...
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Talk Fusion Founder & CEO Bob Reina’s Mission to Change Lives

This is a guest post from Allison Roberts, VP of Training and Development at Talk Fusion. Since opening its doors in 2007, Talk Fusion has been dedicated to helping people. We’re about ...
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Dan Clark, Hall of Fame Speaker, courtesy of the Art of Significance Development Company

From The Edge Of Space, 5 Tips For Social Entrepreneurs

This post was originally produced for Forbes. Perspective comes from experience. Dan Clark, Hall of Fame Speaker and social entrepreneur, gained extraordinary perspective flying in an Air Force jet into space ...
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Neetal Parekh, courtesy of Innov8social

3 Things Every Founder Should Know About Social Entrepreneurship

You can download an audio podcast here or subscribe via iTunes. Author, attorney, podcast host and startup guru Neetal Parekh recently published her book 51 Questions on Social Entrepreneurship. She's shared three of the ...
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Ashish Gadnis with some "customers that deserve equal dignity and opportunities," courtesy of BanQu.

BanQu Invites Billions to Join 21st Century

You can download an audio podcast here or subscribe via iTunes. Imagine life for a moment without an economic identity, without credit, without a bank account, without access to the financial ...
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Martin Shulze, courtesy of Public Delivery

Artist, Entrepreneur Creates Change with Tea

Martin Shulze is artist and social entrepreneur who is working to make the world a better place with tea. The pu'er tea comes from the Yunnan Province in China and ...
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Lauryn Agnew, courtesy of Seal Cove Financial

Guide to Place-Based Impact Investing

You can download an audio podcast here or subscribe via iTunes. Impact investing is a rapidly growing field. Lauryn Agnew, President of Seal Cove Financial and the Bay Area Impact Investing ...
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Amy Ziff with her family, courtesy of Made Safe

How Do You Know Which Products Are Safe? Do You Know?

You can download an audio podcast here or subscribe via iTunes. Most of us give little thought to the toxins we're exposed to every day. For the most vulnerable among us, ...
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Scott Hill, courtesy of Clean Energy Advisors

Solar Financing Big Opportunity for Impact Investors

Clean Energy Advisors is the newest sponsor of the Your Mark on the World Center. You can download an audio podcast here or subscribe via iTunes. Scott Hill, President of Clean Energy ...
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Matthew Weatherley-White, courtesy of The CAPROCK Group

CAPROCK Group Launches Impact Assessment Visualization Tool

This post was originally produced for Forbes. The CAPROCK Group, led by Matthew Weatherley-White, has recently launched a new tool for their family office clients to help them better see the ...
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Simon Bransfield-Garth, credit: Alan Bennett/Media Imaging Solutions

The New Market for the Latest Tech: Base of the Pyramid

You can download an audio podcast here or subscribe via iTunes. "Emerging markets throw up all sorts of surprises. Roughly 20 percent of the planet simultaneously use mobile phones (20 year ...
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Darya Shaked, courtesy of Stride Ventures

Former Israeli Army Officer Connects Women Entrepreneurs To Silicon Valley

You can download an audio podcast here or subscribe via iTunes. Darya Shaked is an impressive women with whom I became acquainted three years ago when I visited Angola. She was ...
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Jill Vialet, courtesy of Playworks

Inside The Impact At Playworks

This post was originally produced for Forbes. Jill Vialet, one of Forbes’ Impact 30 in 2011 and founder of the national nonprofit Playworks, takes us inside the organization to look at ...
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Aziz Memon, by Devin Thorpe

Aziz Memon: Pakistan’s Social Entrepreneurship King

This post was originally produced for Forbes. Aziz Memon has built a business empire called the Kings Group of Companies in Pakistan with $100 million in annual revenue while simultaneously devoting ...
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Crosses for American servicemen in Normandie, France. Photo by Devin Thorpe

This Memorial Day Consider Some Living Veterans

One of the great traditions of Memorial Day is to decorate the graves of veterans. Personally, I would encourage you to consider making a donation to a charity that supports ...
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Muhammad Arif, works for the WHO, at a Permanent Transit Point checks a vehicle for unvaccinated children in 108 degree weather. Photo by Devin Thorpe

UNICEF: Polio Virus on Its Last Gasp in Pakistan; Rotary Thanked for ‘Unwavering’ Support

Results are just in at the National Emergency Operations Centre offices in Islamabad, Pakistan and the news is good. Environmental samples taken across Pakistan found no trace of the polio virus, ...
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doTERRA Reinvents Supply Chain For Impact On Poverty

This post was originally produced for Forbes. Privately-held dōTERRA is a rapidly growing direct seller of essential oil-infused products with $1.2 billion in annual revenue. Three years ago, the company launched ...
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Renee Farris, courtesy of United Cause Agency

Technology Can Enhance Your Storytelling

You can download an audio podcast here or subscribe via iTunes. Last month, I visited the Dominican Republic on a Fathom service cruise. It was great. On the cruise, I met ...
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Helaina Hovitz, courtesy of Headlines for the Hopeful

Author, Journalist Shares ‘Headlines for the Hopeful’

You can download an audio podcast here or subscribe via iTunes. Helaina Hovitz is one of the relative few journalists focusing on what has come to be known as "solutions journalism," ...
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Reb Dominiski, courtesy of US Bank

US Bank Runs ‘Community Possible Relay’ to Inspire Volunteers

You can download an audio podcast here or subscribe via iTunes. U.S. Bank recently kicked off the Community Possible Relay, a three-month tour of community volunteering in response to a long-term ...
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Schoola SF Projects

A Unique Approach to School Fundraising

This is a guest post from Megan Walsh. It’s a common occurrence hear stories about school cutbacks, budget cuts, and underfunding. In fact, 31 of our 50 states have experienced ongoing cuts ...
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Naomi Eisenberger

A Social Entrepreneur’s Thriving Nonprofit Enables Others to Bring about Change

This is a guest post from Naomi Eisenberger, Founder and Exec Director of the Good People Fund. Over the past 25 years, Naomi Eisenberger has sought out individuals who do good in ...
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Rotarian Nosherwan Khan and Principal Rafi Ud Din

Pakistan’s Schools for the ‘Poorest of the Poor’

Yesterday, while driving nearly three hours from Islamabad to see rural Permanent Transit Points for polio vaccinations, we passed a "Danish School" in Jand in the district of Attock. My ...
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Saba Gul, just after being vaccinated and Khalda Juna Khan, an "Area In Charge" LHW supervisor, photo by Devin Thorpe

Polio Report from Peshawar

Peshawar, the capital of the Pakistani province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, is a city of about 3 million people. This ancient city was one of the ten largest cities in the world ...
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Children celebrate polio eradication in India in 2014., by Devin Thorpe

The Front Lines in the War on Polio

While I would prefer not to use a war metaphor for the effort to eradicate poverty—there is enough war in the world—the imagery is apt. There is an enemy, the ...
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Simone Migliori, courtesy of One Stone

What If the Students Were in Charge?

You can download an audio podcast here or subscribe via iTunes. You've heard it before. It may not be polite, but it makes a clear point--usually a critical one--to say "the ...
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Miracle Worker Offers Tips for Impact

You can download an audio podcast here or subscribe via iTunes. Jean Krisle is a miracle worker. She observed a problem we all seem to recognize--a lack of free drug treatment ...
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Impact Entrepreneur Sees Problems As Opportunities

You can download an audio podcast here or subscribe via iTunes. In the past, I have observed that the best entrepreneurs are not the ones who see the glass as half ...
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More than Sandy Beaches: A Path to Education Reform on the U.S. Virgin Islands

This is a guest post from Nicholas Midler. Stories about struggling school districts in America frequently crop up in news cycles, but the U.S. Virgin Islands paints a picture of what these ...
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Filling Green Space Across the Nation: Kyle Michaud

This is a guest post from The Pontes Group. Born and raised in New York, Kyle Michaud appreciated adventure and entrepreneurism at a young age. Having been influenced by the city ...
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CNN Hero Chad Bernstein Offers Keys For Mentoring Youth

You can download an audio podcast here or subscribe via iTunes. CNN Hero Chad Bernstein is a career musician, professor and founder of Guitars Over Guns, a nonprofit that helps at-risk ...
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Day 7 of the Fathom Cruise: Travelers React

As the weeklong Fathom impact cruise to the Dominican Republic wrapped up, I grabbed my phone and sat down with some of the passengers to get their reactions to the ...
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Day 6 of the Fathom Cruise: Wanna Buy Some Artisanal Crafts Made By a Middle-Aged White Guy?

Friday, the final day in port here in the Dominican Republic on the Fathom cruise, I volunteered with an organization known as rePapel, which makes recycled artisanal paper and other ...
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Mayelin, Gail Thorpe and Miguelina

Day 5 of the Fathom Cruise: More English, More Impact

It is hard to believe that we’ve crossed off five days of a week on the Fathom impact cruise to the Dominican Republic. Today was the third day of impact ...
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Lighting Up African Communities With Impact Investment For Clean Energy

This is a guest post from Dr Murray Simpson, CEO, INTASAVE Energy Access to power is still a major challenge for remote rural off-grid communities in Africa and elsewhere. In Kenya, for ...
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Centro Educativo Isabel Meyreles

Day 4 of the Fathom Cruise: Impact Increases

Today, day 4 of the Fathom impact cruise to the Dominican Republic, brings us to the crescendo of service and the peak of excitement for the trip. Today was the ...
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Fathom-IDDI Reforestation Project

Day 3 of the Fathom Cruise: Impact Begins

Today we arrived in the Dominican Republic and began our work as volunteers. Less than 48 hours after sailing from Miami, we arrived in Amber Cove, a recently redeveloped port not ...
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Day 2 of the Fathom Cruise: Training for Good

Today was the second day of the Fathom impact cruise to the Dominican Republic. It was an “at sea” day that on a traditional cruise would be spent entirely at ...
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