Devin Thorpe, founder of the Your Mark on the World Center, calls himself a champion of social good. He writes about, advocates for and advises those who are doing good. He travels extensively to share his message as a keynote speaker, emcee and trainer. As a Forbes Contributor he covers social entrepreneurship and impact investing. His books on personal finance and crowdfunding draw on his entrepreneurial finance experience as an investment banker, CFO, treasurer, and mortgage broker helping people use financial resources to do good. Previously he worked on the U.S. Senate Banking committee staff and earned an MBA at Cornell.


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Last March, my wife Gail and I had the opportunity to visit the Starfish Foster Home in Xi’an, China. The home was operated by Amanda De Lange, a remarkable woman who had given her life entirely to these children, all of whom were born with birth defects.

Amanda nursed them back to health, leveraged international resources to obtain needed surgeries and helped them to be adopted, most frequently to the U.S. but almost always internationally. Amanda’s service was truly selfless.¬†About one year ago Amanda was diagnosed with cancer and passed away last July.

After a fire in a private orphanage killed several children in China recently, the provincial government required Starfish—like all private orphanages—to return all of the children to the large public orphanages where they had come from. The Starfish staff remain engaged in the care for these kids and adoptions continue as before, but the future of the Starfish Foster Home is certainly in doubt.

The children are beautiful and I will always hope for the best for them!

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