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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1/3 of the Water Wells in India Are Broken

One third of the water wells in India are broken, depriving millions of access to clean water.  The Adventure Project is working to fund training for water mechanics who will be able to repair and maintain these wells to restore clean water sources.  This week alone their goal is to raise enough money to restore clean water sources to nearly one million people.  I’m hoping to raise enough this week to fund the training for one mechanic: $550.

I’m going to need your help.  My bestselling book (wink) hasn’t been published yet, so we’ll have to do this together.  I’ve donated $50 and will ask ten friends to donate $5 each and ask two friend to do the same.  Will you contribute $5.00 and ask two friends directly to do the same? If you will, within one week I am confident that we can reach our goal.  

Living and working in China at Chinese wages, I have a whole new appreciation for $5.  It is hard enough to earn $5, after tax, but it is much harder to save $5 so that it can be donated to help people so far away as India.  I am grateful that you would consider making a donation of $5.00.

May I suggest that rather than simply sharing this post on your facebook page or in a tweet, that you instead pick the two people you know who are most likely to be willing to donate $5.00 and pick the two people they know who are most likely to do the same, in turn.  Then, post this to their facebook pages or send them a personal tweet.  

I don’t ask this favor lightly.  To say there are lots of good causes in this world is the understatement of the century and everyone has a favorite.  I’m guessing broken water wells in India weren’t on your radar before reading this.  They weren’t on mine either.

I do hope, however, that you’d be willing to give up one run to McDonalds or Starbucks and to ask two friends to do the same in addition to all of the other good you do in the world.


Hey Friends, could use your help sharing and giving:

We’ve got ten water mechanics still waiting for sponsorship in India. Our friends at People Water will MATCH water donations till the end of this year, to help us reach everyone.

Please help rally and double your donation! We only need 110 people to give $25 dollars each and we’ll help 10 mechanics learn how to maintain wells for 50,000 people in India. Incredible impact.

176 mechanics down - TEN more to go!! #giveten

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

This post was originally produced for Forbes.

In recognition of World Water Day, Saturday, March 22, 2014, I’ll be visiting here live with John Taft, the CEO of RBC Wealth Management-US, about RBC’s Blue Water Project. Through the project, RBC has committed almost $46 million to improve access to clean drinking water and to fund related research at universities.

The Blue Water Project has committed $38 million to 650 charitable organization working to preserve watersheds and improve access to clean drinking water. Another $7.8 million has been committed to universities.

Water is increasingly having impact on business as demands for water increase along with global populations. RBC has indicated a desire to play a role in developing sustainable water policies.


John Taft, RBC

On Friday, March 21, 2014 at 1:00 Eastern, Taft will join me here for a live discussion of about RBC’s efforts with regard to water.

Mark your calendar to tune in here then and listen while you work.

Taft’s bio:

RBC Wealth Management ¬ U.S. John is CEO of RBC Wealth Management, the seventh largest full-service retail brokerage firm in the U.S. He has worked in the financial services industry since 1981. He has been active in the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA) where he served as chairman-elect in 2010 and chairman in 2011. He has published articles in The New York Times, Harvard Business Review, Business Insider, and Forbes, and authored ³Stewardship: Lessons Learned from the Lost Culture of Wall Street² (John Wiley & Sons 2012). As a LinkedIn LNKD +2.07% influencer, John is among the prestigious invitation-only group of industry leaders who provide ongoing thought leadership blogs. He graduated magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa from Yale University and earned an M.A. in public and private management from the Yale School of Organization and Management.


Celebrate World Water Day On 3/22 With Some New Shoes

Freewaters is a social venture investing in clear water and preserving the environment by selling eco-friendly shoes.

On March 21, 2014, Freewaters CEO Eli Marmar will join me to talk about the innovative effort to provide clean water to more people for generations to come.

Tune in here then live then to watch the interview.

Eli’s bio:

After graduating from the Art Center College of Design’s prestigious Industrial Design program in 2000, Eli spent the next eight years pushing the limits of wetsuit design as Senior Designer for O’Neill in Santa Cruz, CA. In 2010 he co-founded Freewaters and is responsible for all branding and marketing. Freewaters is based in Laguna Hills, CA and Eli currently lives nearby in the mellow beach community of Encinitas.

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