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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!
Applications for the “Hand Up for Social Good Award” are rolling in and there are only a few more days before the deadline. The process is quick and takes only about five to ten minutes.
By way of reminder, the “Hand Up for Social Good Award” from Your Mark On The World is our way of finding and recognizing a great small organization that is having a real impact in the world. Any organization, whether or not it is registered as a non-profit, may enter the competition. Applicants must have had less than $100,000 of revenue in 2012.
A panel of Forbes writers will be the judges. They will select ten finalists based on two criteria: 1) Mission and purpose, and 2) Impact. All ten finalists will be briefly profiled in a Forbes article on about February 7, 2013.
Readers will then choose the winner based on the same two criteria. Voting will run from about February 7 through February 28. The winner, the organization with the most reader votes, will then be profiled in a Forbes article and will receive the $1,000 prize!
If you know of an organization that should be profiled, be sure to encourage them to apply for recognition here before midnight mountain standard time on January 31, 2013.
Fishbowl Inventory and the CAM Foundation have invited me to give my presentation, “Empowering Your Best Self” on February 13, 2013 at noon.
Everyone is invited to attend. Admission is free. I’ll also have all of my books available for sale with a special offer for those who attend. Bring a lunch and relax while you learn.
The presentation will build largely on the inspiring stories from my book, Your Mark On The World, combined with powerful, practical tips to help you become the best version of yourself.
The event will be held at Fishbowl:
580 East Technology Ave.
Bldg. C Suite 2500
Orem, UT 84097
The program will also be broadcast at DevinThorpe.com. Just click here at noon MST on February 13, 2013 to watch live.
If you have ever wondered how to take your life to the next level, to find greater meaning and purpose and to achieve more success in your life, do not miss this event.
I look forward to connecting with you there!
Please RSVP to Mary Michelle Scott by clicking here.
On March 22, 2013, Utah will experience the biggest crowdfunding event in its history.
The Community Foundation of Utah is sponsoring the event in an effort to raise an unprecedented amount of money in a single day. Fraser Nelson, Executive Director of the Community Foundation of Utah, said:
“Similar events in states from Colorado to Florida have raised tens of millions of dollars and involved hundreds of thousands of people. The Park City Foundation raised $595,642 in 24 hours on November 16 for Summit County nonprofits.”
Love UT Give UT is looking to partner with companies in Utah to encourage their employees and customers to participate in this day of giving.
Nelson notes, “Companies like Energy Solutions, Questar, DropShip, MarketStar, Avalon Health Care, Orange Soda and IntegraCore are using this event as a way to position their company as an innovative industry and philanthropic leader.”
Finally, Nelson says:
The Foundation will take care of everything, your employees will be able to support the causes that matter to them, and your company will receive great recognition in the business and nonprofit community
Corporate participation does not require a commitment of substantial time or resources. Visit the Community Foundation of Utah website to learn more or contact Frazer Nelson at 801-559-3005.
If you are not connected to a business that can support Love UT Give UT, you can help by “liking” their Facebook page.
If you hang around me much, you’ll hear start talking about crowdfunding. This is a new name for something that has been around for a long time, raising money. But make no mistake, this isn’t your father’s fundraising.
Using the power of social networks and crowdfunding sites like Rockethub, IndieGoGo, StartSomeGood, Fundly and others, social entrepreneurs and nonprofits can create funding campaigns and raise money more efficiently than ever in the past.
Some readers will recall that I used StartSomeGood to raise some money for publishing Your Mark On The World last spring. You graciously provided the money required to get the words of my book from my computer to market. Thank you!
In exchange, those who helped with my campaign received copies of the book (autographed for the larger donors) and acknowledgement in the book, along with a plug for your favorite cause.
This kind of crowdfunding is commonly known as reward- or perk-based crowdfunding. The organization doing the fundraising offers rewards to the donors.
Last Spring, at the same time I was running my campaign, Congress passed the JOBS Act and the President signed it. The new law allows companies to raise equity or debt through approved crowdfunding portals. So, instead of organizations offering rewards, they will offer ownership in the organization or promissory notes.
The law gives the SEC and FINRA the responsibility to regulate this new model for securities offerings. Now we are just waiting for the rules. It appears likely that the final rules will be issued in time for securities-based crowdfunding to begin in 2013.
Most people in the crowdfunding community believe that this will replace the old-style friends and family rounds of financing and angel rounds as well. Instead, friends, family and angels will all participate in crowdfunding rounds. Much of the leg work involved will remain the same, but the public platform should create the ability for many more people to raise money for their new businesses, including social ventures.
It is hard to convey the scale of the change here, but since 1933, the U.S. Government has not allowed any type of public offering of securities for start up businesses. Equity crowdfunding represents a historic change that most people still don’t understand. But you will!
If you’ve had experience with crowdfunding, please share in the comments!
Here at Your Mark On The World, we are running the “Hand Up for Social Good” Award with a $1,000 prize.
The award will recognize a small nonprofit organization or social enterprise that has a noble purpose and a big impact relative to their budget.
For many large organizations with multi-million dollar budgets, $1,000 wouldn’t mean much. I get that. But there are thousands of small and startup organizations that operate with tiny budgets and they can really use the money.
I need your help. Seriously. The problem is, small things are hard to find. Often, such small organizations have their attention focused on solving big problems and probably aren’t reading my blog here or at Forbes. I need you to help me share the word so that we can find a truly remarkable winner that deserves the money and the recognition that comes with it.
Sure, start ups need the $1,000, but I bet they need the national attention and recognition at Forbes.com even more than the money. All ten finalists will also get profiled on my Forbes page. What would that be worth to a small nonprofit or startup social venture?
Please, give some thought to those who may be good candidates for this award. Share this post with them directly. If you can’t think of one, share this on Facbebook and Twitter so that we can find and recognize a truly deserving organization.
To apply or nominate someone, click here.
Do you know a great social entrepreneur who deserves a hand up? So many of the good people I’ve met over the last few years who are doing social good, don’t get nearly as much credit as they deserve. You can help me find and recognize great do-gooders around the world; then we’ll give them a hand up.
Your Mark on the World, my new organization, will be giving $1,000 to a small social enterprise or nonprofit (less than $100,000 in 2012 revenue). Any small organization in the world is eligible to enter. Nominations or applications must be submitted before the end of January 2013.
All those who submit applications or nominations will receive a code that entitles them to receive a free download of my book, Your Mark On The World.
Please complete the application below: