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Devin D. Thorpe, Cause-driven Author of new book, Your Mark On The World, invites passionate, cause-oriented people to join the discussion.

July 26, 2012, Salt Lake City—Devin D. Thorpe, author of the new book, Your Mark On The World: Stories of service that show us how to give more with a purpose without giving up what’s most important, is inviting all who are willing, especially activists and crusaders who are passionate about making the world a better place, to join him in the growing dialogue around his new book, available on Amazon. Upon its opening this week, the new book has already placed 12thon Amazon’s list of books on philanthropy, and enthusiasm and awareness of the book is growing rapidly.

Your Mark On The World shares stories of people who are leaving the world better for their being here and ideas to empower everyone to magnify their impact.  Stories include:

  • The life-and-death struggle of a woman to survive Pol Pot’s killing fields ultimately to create an orphanage to rescue destitute children
  • A grandfather’s personal crusade to cure cystic fibrosis to ensure that his two afflicted grandchildren will attend his funeral and not he theirs
  • A successful executive’s decision to walk away from his career to volunteer among those suffering from leprosy

Your Mark On The World is just part of the dialogue we are creating in hopes of unifying passionate, cause oriented people in a universal effort to solve the world’s big problems,” says Thorpe.  “We are all looking to be inspired so that we can have the impact we dream of having, to give our lives greater meaning.  Please share your passion with us online.”

Allyson Smith, who with her husband and six children circumnavigated the globe doing service projects and is included in the book, said “Our service trip was so much more meaningful than we ever thought it could be for our entire family that we are eager to share the story in hopes that other families can experience the joy that comes from selfless service, too.”

Rabbi Benny Zippel, who created Project HEART as an outreach program to rescue at-risk Jewish teenagers in residential treatment programs in Utah, commented, “By helping troubled teens to identify with their roots and with their faith, we help them rediscover purpose and meaning in their lives; it is work we do one by one because everyone is worthy of love.”

Those with an interest in sharing more about their causes can connect with the Your Mark On The World community on Twitter by following @devindthorpe and by using the hashtag #yourmarkontheworld.  Readers can also find the community on Facebook at  Everyone on the web can read and comment on the author’s blog at  The book is available at

Today at the Utah Food Bank with had filled grocery 360 grocery kits for low income seniors.  It was great to see how quickly we were able to set this up.  The food for this program comes from the Federal Government; the Utah Food Bank and its volunteers are responsible for the distribution.

What will you do this week to leave your mark on the world?

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You read this blog because you are a good person with a desire to make the world a better place.  Trust me, you do make the world a better place.  Thank you!

Lately, I’ve been making a few changes here at Your Mark On The World to make this site more interactive and to provide you with better information.

  1. You can now subscribe by email (in addition to RSS and Tumblr feeds).  I know you don’t want more junk in your in box, so I won’t be posting more than once or twice each week.  I’ll also do my best to make sure that the posts inspire or at least inform.
  2. When you subscribe to the blog by email, you’ll be given a code that entitles you to 50% off the regular price of an ebook copy of Your Mark On The World. If you can’t use it because you already bought a copy, feel free to share it with a friend!
  3. Going forward, I’ll regularly be participating in a variety of events, many of which will be open to the public or will be broadcast.  To see the schedule, check the new Events page.
  4. In that same vein, the site has been updated to include information about my availability to speak to your groups or at your events (quick version—just ask.)
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Let’s work together to actually make the world a better place.  Together, we can really leave a mark on the world!

Six Free Ways to Help Make the World a Better Place Right Now

Six Free Ways to Help Make the World a Better Place Right Now

If you want to do something right now to make the world a better place, help me connect with more people like you who want to leave a mark on the world.  Today, you can do any or all of the following almost instantly and for free:

Together, we can create a create something that is more than a cause and bigger than a community; we can create a movement that will change the world!

Where is your mark on the world?

925 Ideas to Help You Save Money, Get Out of Debt and Retire A Millionaire So You Can Leave Your Mark on the World


Devin Thorpe has collected over 150 essays on personal and family finance to help you learn how to be happier with your money, to live more frugally and investment more wisely.

925 Ideas… is an easy and readable guide to help your family find financial peace. Author Devin D. Thorpe explains: 

1) how you and your spouse can find agreement on money matters, 
2) how to teach your kids about money, 
3) how to pay for your children’s college education, 
4) how to live like a millionaire (spoiler alert! Frugally)
5) how to come up with $25,000 in a crisis
6) how to make ends meet on one income
7) how to get out of debt and stay out of debt
8) why home ownership should be your family’s top financial priority
9) how to ask your boss for a raise
10) how to use your finances to do more good in the world.

And much more!

Devin D. Thorpe is the author of the highly regarded book, Your Mark on the World and is the founder of the Your Mark on the World Organization, championing social good. The Your Mark on the World Organization believes that people, no matter their level of income, can give more and do more to make the world a better place. The empowering lessons of 925 Ideas will enable you to leave your mark on the world.

The book is available for FREE at iTunesSmwashwords, Diesel-ebooks, Kobo and Sony. It is also available at Amazon for just $0.99.

Recently, I had the opportunity to be interviewed about my book, Your Mark On The World, with the University of Utah David Eccles School of Business.  It was a pleasure to talk about the book and the inspiring people in it.  

The history of the book begins, in a way, with my being let go from the greatest job I’d ever had, as the Chief Financial Officer for MonaVie—a global food and beverage company headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah.  

Within six months, I found myself living in China working as a college professor for less than $1,000 per month.  In that situation, the idea for Your Mark On The World was born.

Recently, I was invited to do an interview with the David Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah. I was invited to talk about my book, Your Mark On The World. This gave me an opportunity to explain to to start thinking about doing more for a cause you support.   

Are you willing to take the Your Mark on the World Pledge?

You don’t need to solve all of the world’s problems all by yourself, but you do have a role to play in making the world a better place to live.

Will you take the Your Mark On The World Pledge? Comment below!

I pledge to do my part,

Large or small

To do what I can,

Setting aside

Problems I cannot solve.

I will choose to

Feed the hungry

Comfort the grieving

Clothe the naked or

Shelter the homeless

Care for an orphan

Rescue the victimized

Love the forlorn or

Save the environment

Protect a species

Lobby for peace

Build my faith

Or otherwise engage for good.

I will start today

And so long as I am able

I will not stop.

I will join in

The community of givers and doers,

To be an example,

To become a leader.


Each doing our part,

We will leave our mark on the world.

Join a Mob of Hope for Oklahoma: Donate to Tornado Victims on HopeMob

Guest post by Shaun King, founder of HopeMob.

By now you have heard the news of the devastation caused by the tornado in Moore, OK. The stats are history in the making: a rating of EF5, winds 166 to 200 mph, an estimation of size to be at least two miles wide at one point as it moved through Moore. And while these stats are mind shattering, it’s the stories that are most heart breaking. 38,000 people without power.  Vine videos from @GeminiTiger86 right in the midst of devastation. Highways completely shut down. An elementary school full of children demolished.

In the days and hours following natural disasters like this one, social and online platforms are critical tools not only for information sharing, but also for fundraising. Crowdfunding sites make it easier for people to donate to victims of tragedies, to help restore buildings and pay hospital bills, funeral costs, and more.

As soon as I heard of the tragedy in Oklahoma, I knew that I could mobilize a community on my crowdfunding website, HopeMob. We’re a mob of kind-hearted strangers who are banding together to raise money and awareness on HopeMob. HopeMob is the first site of its kind and it’s exactly what it sounds like – a mob of people bringing hope. The revolutionary part? It’s the first site in history to offer fee-free fundraising. While most sites charge between two and 15 percent service fees, HopeMob is not charging anything to users and, additionally, we are covering the transaction fees by going out and fundraising on our own from corporations and foundations. 

Our initial plan to help was simple. We partnered with Convoy of Hope and aimed raise $15,000 in 7 days. Why 7 days? In these first 7 days the town of Moore, OK will be consumed with clearing out destruction and accessing their needs. Once those needs are known, Convoy of Hope will be able to give them the funds to help them rebuild.

Convoy of Hope has served more than 55 million people throughout the world through international children’s feeding initiatives, community outreaches, disaster response and partner resourcing. Year after year, they are lauded for their effectiveness and efficiency in mobilizing tens of thousands of volunteers for community outreaches and during times of disaster response.

Leadership communicator Andy Stanley once said, “Do for one what you wish you could for everyone.” We know we can’t help everyone. But we can help SOMEONE. Fortunately, we’ve surpassed our goal, but naturally, we want to continue to raise as much money as we can over these next 7 days to help victims of this devastating tragedy.  Join us in our effort to raise this money in the next 7 days. We believe in giving, we believe in you, and we believe in Oklahoma. Please visit the fundraising page for Moore tornado victims and donate $5, $10 or whatever you have. Share the link with your friends and family and join the mob of hope. 

Tips for a Great Guest Post at Your Mark On The World


If you are a change agent, nonprofit leader or social entrepreneur who would like to write a guest post for Your Mark On The World  to tell the world about the good you are doing and the difference you are making, our readers would love to hear from you. Here are some tips to help you write a post that will inspire our readers to act.

  1. Be brief. Typically, our posts are under 500 words but virtually always run shorter than 1,000 words. 
  2. Impact. Focus as much as possible on the impact you are having or hoping to have with your efforts. 
  3. Personalize. Tell your story from the perspective of a person; it could be someone you help, someone you wish you could help, or even your own personal story.
  4. Problem-solution. Help us see the problem you solve and how you solve it.
  5. Image. Give us a photo, a face or a video to help us visualize your impact.
  6. Links. Don’t leave us wondering how to learn more; provide a link that will help us connect with you.
  7. Twitter. You can help readers engage with you by including your twitter handle.

By following these tips, you’ll inspire us all to do our part to make the world a better place.

It is a good idea to let me know you’d like to write a guest post before you send it over. You can reach me here.

When your post goes live, I’ll send you an email to alert you. You can help me help you by using the social networking sharing buttons below to give your post the maximum visibility.

Be sure to subscribe to the blog. When you do, you’ll get the opportunity to download my books Your Mark On The World and Crowdfunding for Social Good for free!

New Book: Crowdfunding for Social Good: Financing Your Mark on the World

Over the last year of writing my Forbes blog for the last year, I have had the opportunity to really dig deeply into the world of crowdfunding. I’ve just completed my first draft of my new book, Crowdfunding for Social Good: Financing Your Mark on the World.

The book is a guide to successful crowdfunding for people who want to change the world.

The book is not a sequel to my book, Your Mark On The World, but it is written in the same spirit. I’ve studied a dozens of successful crowdfunding campaigns, interviewing the people behind them to learn their secrets for success.


While I shouldn’t do this, I can save you the trouble of reading the book if that seems daunting to you: successful crowdfunding is a lot of work!

The book profiles ten people or organizations who have been remarkably successful with their crowdfunding efforts. 

For instance, Eight-year-old Vivienne Harr decided that she would make it her life’s work to end child slavery. Crowdfunding has helped her raise almost half-a-million dollars to do it.

As another example, Martha Griffen wanted to help her son, born with a birthmark on his face, to learn to celebrate what makes him different, so she wrote a book called Sam’s Birthmark and crowdfunded over $31,000 to publish it.

Jennifer Windrum wants to provide support to those who suffer from cancer, creating her Sock Monkeys Against Cancer—SMAC! Monkeys—financing her vision with $35,000 she raised through crowdfunding. 

This book distills the lessons from successful social entrepreneurs and nonprofit organizations into actionable and practical steps that anyone can follow to raise money for their dream of changing the world.

Help Inspire the Crowd for Social Good

My latest book, Crowdfunding for Social Good, Financing Your Mark on the World, is ready to go. I just need your help to publish and promote it. 

Please pledge $4 to help me get this book into the hands of those who will use it to really change the world, to fight cancer, hunger, poverty, injustice, and bad hair pieces. Whatever their cause, if we help them to be more effective, we’ll live in a better world!

Everyone who pledges at least $4 will receive a digital copy of the book, recognition here on and an acknowledgement in the book. Those who give more will receive other rewards, including printed copies of the book, opportunities to promote your business or cause in the book, and much more.

Book Cover: Crowdfunding for Social Good

By supporting my campaign, not only will you help to celebrate the success of the ten social causes profiled in my new book, Crowdfunding for Social Good: Financing Your Mark on the World, you will be helping every future social entrepreneur who reads the book raise the money they need to make the change they want to see in the world.

Vivienne Harr

Like Eight-year-old Vivienne Harr who decided she would make it her life’s work to end child slavery. Crowdfunding has helped her raise almost half-a-million dollars to do it.

Sam's Birthmark

As another example, Martha Griffen wanted to help her son, born with a birthmark on his face, to learn to celebrate what makes him different, so she wrote a book called Sam’s Birthmark and crowdfunded over $31,000 to publish it.

SMAC! Monkeys

Jennifer Windrum wants to provide support to those who suffer from cancer, creating her Sock Monkeys Against Cancer—SMAC! Monkeys—financing her vision with $35,000 she raised through crowdfunding.

Other successful crowdfunders profiled in the book include Live More AwesomeDo Good BusTOHLKaden BenoitRainbow SummitsSilicon Valley Education Foundation, and Habitat for Humanity.

My book began to take shape while writing my Forbes blog where I started covering crowdfunding a year ago. My first exposure to crowdfunding came when I wrote the book Your Mark on the World and included a chapter about Alex Budak, founder of StartSomeGood. I wrote that book while teaching in China. Previously in my career, I served as a corporate CFO and as an investment banker. Since leaving corporate finance I work full time at championing social good.

By supporting my campaign you’ll help me to finance the publication and promotion of my book so that I can help the helpers. Whether you contribute four dollars or four hundred, I’ll provide you with rewards and recognition that will bring attention to you, your cause, your business or your brand.

While it won’t take much money to publish my book, it takes real money to promote the book effectively enough that it gets into the hands of those who will benefit from it the most. Please help by supporting my campaign with at least $4, personally ask one friend to do the same and please help me spread the word on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and on every other social media platform.


Crowdfunding For Social Good: My Interview With Richard Bliss

This morning Richard Bliss, the host of the podcast “Funding the Dream on Kickstarter” posted our interview recorded late last night.

Richard is a friend who is a crowdfunding expert, focused on Kickstarter. Recently, I interviewed him for Forbes.

Richard gave me the opportunity to talk about my new book, Crowdfunding for Social Good, Financing Your Mark on the World, as well as my crowdfunding campaign to raise money to publish and promote it.

This gave me an opportunity to talk about Martha Griffin, whose son was born with a birthmark on his face. She wrote a book about Sam and how his birthmark made him special. She crowdfunded $35,000 to publish the book on Kickstarter.

That is just one of the inspiring stories in my book. You still have time to pledge to the campaign to be among the very first to receive copies of the book!

Free Download of My New Book, Crowdfunding for Social Good

I want everyone to have a copy of my new book, Crowdfunding for Social Good, even if that means I have to give it away. While I can’t afford to give everyone a printed copy of the book, I am eager to share a free download with those who are willing to do one of two simple things.

If you would like to receive a free download, just do one of the two following tasks:

1) Subscribe to my blog via email by clicking here. You will automatically receive instructions for downloading your free copy!

2) Follow my Twitter feed at @devindthorpe and tweet the following “I’m looking forward to reading @devindthorpe’s new book #Crowdfunding for Social Good.” Then I will follow you and send you a direct message on Twitter with instructions for downloading the book.


Easy as pie, you’ll be reading how you can raise the money you need to do the good you want to see in the world.

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