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Devin D. Thorpe
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Monthly Archives: December 2017

Hiroshima Survivor Has a Message for Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un: ‘No More Hiroshima’

Toshiharu Kano, 71, was born seven months after the United States dropped the bomb on Hiroshima on August 6, 1945. Pregnant with Kano and living less than 1 kilometer or about half a mile from the center of the blast, his mother Shizzue Neomoto miraculously survived. She took her two children to a nearby military base. His brother, just 18 months old, died within 60 days of the bombing.

As a survivor, Kano endured a variety of physical challenges. His immune system was impaired and got mumps seven times. Labeled by society as defective, Kano and his family were spurned. By age ten, he felt so rejected that he seriously contemplated suicide. He was repeatedly told he was damaged goods.

Ultimately, Kano and his family immigrated to the United States. Here in the U.S., Kano thrived. He says he’s missed only 10 days of work or school in the past 47 years. He attended the University of Utah and earned a BS in mechanical engineering.

Kano married and had one son. His son was born healthy and at 6′ 1″, towers over his father. He recalls seeing an x-ray of his son just hours before he was delivered by cesarian section. He counted all of the fingers and toes and relaxed when he realized that they were all there.

Kano’s sister, never fully recovering from the jeers of her youth, chose never to marry or have children.

The picture was taken by Charles Levy from one of the B-29 Superfortresses used in the attack.

Kano notes that the bomb dropped on Hiroshima was a mere “toy” compared with modern nuclear weapons. Still, the “Little Boy” bomb dropped on Hiroshima killed about 100,000 people. The bomb packed the punch of 15 kilotons of TNT.

By comparison, the largest bomb ever detonated was built by the USSR and had the equivalent of 50,000 kilotons or 50 megatons of TNT, about 3,000 times more powerful than Little Boy.

In his book, Passport to Hiroshima, Kano says, “I have a message from God to tell all of the world leaders that we cannot use the nuclear weapons to settle their differences ever again.”

He told me, the message is simple. “No more Hiroshima. No more Nagasaki.”

Kano’s bio:

Toshiharu Kano was not yet born when the blast occurred high above Hiroshima. His sister, brother and mother (who was pregnant, still to give birth to him) were in town and within one half mile from the Hypocenter of the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima. As stated in his book, Passport to Hiroshima, “(they) miraculously survived the concussion force of the nuclear winds and the ensuing firestorm.” Toshiharu was born seven months later in March, 1946 at just over 3 lbs. Having survived the early immune deficiencies in childhood, he came to America, graduated from the University of Utah and made a successful career as a Civil Engineer. Tosh retired in 1999, but continues to work as a Civil Engineering Consultant to Holladay City, Taylorsville City and Cottonwood Heights City.

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Young Chicago Filmmaker Aims Lens At Difficult Issues

Interview with Dontell Antonio, the Director of Composite Media.

Dontello Antonio, 27, is a filmmaker who is bringing attention to taboo subjects, from drug abuse to sex trafficking in his new short film The Hopeless Journey. While not strictly autobiographical, the story incorporates personal life experiences.

The following is the pre-interview with Dontell Antonio. Be sure to watch the recorded interview above.

What makes you a social entrepreneur?

Everything I do is to empower the people to be great at what they love and feel they should strive very hard at what they love.

More about Composite Media:


Composite media is a media company that help people bring their visual to life. We specialize in image development of our clients to.


Revenue model: We generate revenue on projects to project basis, Its normally depends on what the client needs done

We are still a small company, Our film we just did is still going and hope to be scaling 2018

Dontell Antonio

Dontell Antonio’s bio:

Twitter: @dontellantonio

Once a kid born in Chicago with a vision to impact the world, Dontell Antonio is now a man impacting the world with his creative visions in the form of films and music videos. In 2012, Dontell Antonio discovered his talent and passion for video while attending the Art Institute of Atlanta. He did not waste time to take his newly discovered talents to new levels. Within two years, Dontell Antonio has fined tuned his videographer skills, and he is providing services to some of the music industry’s mainstream and popular independent artists. However, it has not been an easy task for Dontell Antonio to get to this level. He has a formula for success that consists of ambition + determination + humbleness. Every project is another opportunity for him to grow and get better. Evidence of Dontell’s steady growth can be seen in all of his latest projects including his first short film “The Hopeless Journey” written, produced, and directed by Dontell himself. He never gets content with his achievements. He always feels there is room to grow and experiment with new ideas. With that being said, Dontell Antonio has his sights set on bringing the world even more high-end quality creative content that will continue to impact the world.

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Mission-Driven Leader Helps Nonprofits Raise $1.5B

Interview with Vivien Hoexter, the Principal of H2Growth Strategies LLC.

Vivien Hoexter said she had trouble getting up in the morning to sell consumer goods so she sought out an opportunity to lead a more mission-driven, fulfilling life. Along the way, she’s helped nonprofits raise $1.5 billion.

The following is the pre-interview with Vivien Hoexter. Be sure to watch the recorded interview above.

What is the problem you solve and how do you solve it?

Nonprofits, like businesses, need revenue to grow and thrive. With more than 1 million nonprofits in the United States, there is increasing competition for philanthropic dollars. We empower nonprofits to articulate their visions and goals in a compelling way, create plans to achieve those goals and generate the philanthropic revenue needed to implement the plans.

More about H2Growth Strategies LLC:

Twitter: @h2growth_

H2Growth Strategies, LLC provides counsel and services on planning, development and governance to mission-driven organizations–nonprofits, foundations and corporations–to improve performance, increase revenues and create lasting social impact for a more enlightened world. Through strategic planning, campaigns and board building they have partnered with over 100 nonprofits to raise more than $1.5 billion.


Revenue model: We sell primarily consulting services. The book is our first product.

$250,000-500,000 in revenue

Vivien Hoexter

Vivien Hoexter’s bio:

Twitter: @vhoexter

Vivien Hoexter, a principal of H2Growth Strategies LLC, advises nonprofits and foundations in developing and refining strategies, marketing more effectively, and increasing both contributed and earned revenues. She also coaches executives currently in leadership roles and/or transitioning to new ones.

She brings 20 years experience in nonprofit leadership roles. As CEO of Gilda’s Club Worldwide, Hoexter and her team created a vision and strategic plan for the organization as a leader in the field of emotional and social support for people with cancer, their families, and friends. The organization increased its income by 55% from 2005 to 2006 and by 40% from 2006 to 2007.

Hoexter has served as Vice President for Marketing and Development at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Vice President at AFS-USA, Inc. (the leading high school student exchange organization) and as Director of Development at The Hunger Project. She has also worked as a product manager at CPC International, Inc., a Fortune 100 multinational, and as an assistant buyer at Lord & Taylor.

Hoexter graduated magna cum laude with a BA in History from Yale University and has an MBA in Marketing from the Wharton School.

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Recovered Quadriplegic Devotes Life To Serving Children

Interview with Karli Sue VerHoef, the Director of Sunshine Heroes Foundation.

As a child, Karli Sue VerHoef was a quadriplegic. At the time, she was told she always would be. She came to appreciate how she depended on others for help. When she recovered, she considered it such a gift that she has devoted her life to serving children.

On January 15, 2018, VerHoef will be leading a community service project for the Children’s Justice Centers in both Salt Lake County and Utah County. The event includes the Utah Chapter of the Cornell Alumni Association and the All Ivy Plus community as well as the Your Mark on the World Center community (that means you if you’re reading this). Learn more and register here.

The following is the pre-interview with Karlie Sue VerHoef. Be sure to watch the recorded interview above.

What is the problem you solve and how do you solve it?

We partner with rural communities and development experts on the ground to assess local needs. Then evaluate programs that will lead to sustainable impact and positive change. Together we assess each project to improve existing programs and implement promising ideas. We pull together resources from our networks to fund the initial costs of high-impact projects. Communities take the lead and together we work to ensure each project is implemented.

More about Sunshine Heroes Foundation:


Sunshine Heroes Foundation was established with the mission to improve the lives of children and their families locally and around the world. We believe that, even if we only help one, every child is worth empowering and deserving of a bright future.

501(c)3 Nonprofit

Revenue model: Sunshine Heroes is proud to offer several opportunities for individual and corporate involvement! And the best part about it? 100% of every donation made will directly fund our global projects and improve the lives of children. Sunshine generates revenue by implementing projects and collecting donations (monetary and in-kind), payroll deduction is offered through specific business partners who coordinate with Sunshine Heroes Foundation.

Revenue for 2016 $1,581,887.70 that means $1,581,887.70 acts of service performed in monetary or in-kind donations.

Karli Sue VerHoef

Karli Sue VerHoef’s bio:


Karli Sue VerHoef is the current Director of Impact for Tesani Companies and Director of Sunshine Heroes Foundation. As Director, Karli has assisted in the building and maintaining of ten children centers worldwide; additionally, she had lead the efforts of improving the lives of over 500k children through education, health, and clean water projects. Locally, Karli goes straight to the source to fix and implement strategies to help strengthen children and families. In 2017, Karli volunteered as the music teacher at local elementary schools who had lost funding for these programs.Her passion for making a difference is apparent in her daily activities. Whether at work or at home, Karli and her family can be found trying to make this world a better place.

When Karli joined Sunshine Heroes Foundation in 2017, she took their revenue from $448,793.83 to $1,581,887.70. She did this by taking the Foundation in a different direction, becoming project driven vs. revenue driven.

As a single mother of 5 children, Karli is constantly on the go. Before becoming Director of Sunshine, she put her efforts in starting a local preschool where lower income and refugee children could attend for free. With humble beginnings, her preschool has now grown into a self sustaining business.

Besides doing her best to make a positive impact on the world, Karli can be found: coaching crossfit, dancing in the kitchen with her kids, or reading a good book outdoors.. Passionate about people, traveling, and tacos, Karli is ready to change the world one child, one family at a time.

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Changing Minds and Changing Lives: Connecting People with Disabilities with Career Opportunities

This is a guest post from Kris Foss, the Managing Director of Disability Solutions at Ability Beyond.

One in five people in the United States have some type of disability and are facing challenges in getting hired. Some disabilities are visible, such as physical disabilities, and some are hidden; including mental health conditions, medical conditions, learning and cognitive disabilities. We also have a large population “aging into disability” for the first time and veterans with disabilities returning to the civilian workforce.

Ability Beyond is a non-profit pioneer serving people with disabilities throughout Connecticut and New York states for more than 60 years. Over the years, we encountered many companies eager to include jobseekers with disabilities in their overall talent strategies, but cited uncertainty about how to get started and a desire to not “reinvent the wheel” as challenges. Our solution was to create Disability Solutions, an employer-focused consulting service that has been an avenue for Mission impact across the globe!

Our service was founded on the principle that bringing together the most knowledgeable disability inclusion consultants would create a catalyst for true change in the workplace.

Utilizing our proven approach, Disability Solutions (DS) consultants work with companies of all sizes to develop and deploy a personalized strategic approach to filling workforce needs. They then develop talent partnerships and connect companies directly with qualified jobseekers, provide training and support communication to strengthen a diverse work culture, leverage hiring incentives, and help employers respond to a changing regulatory environment.

We set out to reduce the high unemployment rate among jobseekers with disabilities and have seen real results including:

  • Partnering nationally and globally with major corporations committed to disability inclusion such as PepsiCo, Synchrony Financial, American Express, Staples, and most recently launching work with Aon Global, and Aramark;
  • Connected talent and talent partners with our clients to build much needed pipelines, resulting in over 300 employees with disabilities being hired in full and part-time jobs to fill talent needs from entry to leadership level;
  • Our client companies are seeing real business results including key Human Resource metrics:
    • An average 14% higher retention rate in the same roles;
    • 33% decrease in interview to hire ratios, saving talent acquisition professionals valuable time while decreasing time to fill;
    • An average 53 percentage points higher rate of self-disclosure and a range of diversity within disability including 21% veterans with disabilities;
  • Facilitated interview prep and soft skills training courses to prepare hundreds of jobseekers and organizations for success; and
  • launched a national online career center to bring top employers and top talent together and to source talent directly for their corporate clients. More than 400,000 people with disabilities visit the site each month to find the next career opportunity.

We truly work each day with the motivation that we are ‘changing minds and changing lives’ and working with employers across industries and sourcing talent for roles from the mailroom to the Board Room. The companies we are working for are seeing positive business results and are leading that change.

Founded in 2012, Disability Solutions is the national non-profit consulting division of Ability Beyond headquartered in Bethel, Connecticut. To learn more visit: or for more information about the Career Center, please visit

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Let’s Actually FIX Our Air Pollution Problem

This is a guest post from James Westwater, Chair, Utah Valley Earth Forum

At times, Utah cities along the Wasatch Front have the worst air pollution in the entire nation. Yes, we live in a bowl where our air pollution gets trapped by inversions in winter, but inversions are unavoidable and natural, but trapped pollution would not be a problem if there were no pollution to trap.

We can, should and must fix our air pollution problem, both here and world wide. Air pollution is harming our health, killing people, shortening all our lives, blocking our view of the great beauty around us and hurting our state’s tourist-reliant economy. Who wants to visit, or live, in a polluted environment? Air pollution causes changes to the environment which in turn are causing extremely costly, harmful and increasing climate-related problems both here in the US and around the world; including droughts, wildfires, famine, sea level rise, species die-offs, sever weather events and a warming planet. Again, we can, should and must fix the problem. But how? The solution is obvious: stop polluting. The main cause of our air pollution both here in Utah and worldwide is the mining, processing and burning of carbon energy: petroleum products, coal, gas and wood. We burn pollution-producing carbon to power our vehicles, heat, cool and light our homes and power most everything we do. To actually FIX our air pollution problem we can, should and must replace polluting carbon energy and fuels with clean, safe renewable energy.

How can this happen when we are so dependent on carbon energy? In what we call a market economy and representative democracy our leadership can and should take strong, effective steps to make clean, safe renewable energy, such as solar and wind power, sufficiently less expensive than polluting carbon energy. This can be accomplished by (1) imposing an effective fee on carbon energy (think of it as a “sin tax” on harmful, polluting behavior, like the tax on tobacco) and (2) incentivizing the production and consumption of clean, safe renewable energy, such as solar and wind power. (The “sin tax” on carbon energy and fuels can be returned to the public equally in the form of household tax credits or checks.) If clean renewable energy is much cheaper and plentiful, the switch to clean power and clean air will happen relatively quickly.

The key to implement the switch to clean energy and clean air is the will of the public and the will and ability of our leadership to make this switch. That’s were we, the public, come in. We need to get the anti-democratic, anti-common-good influence of big money out of politics and also to elect good, smart, responsible, effective leaders who have the guts, motivation and ability to make happen the switch to clean, safe renewable power. The majority of our current political leaders are lacking in those qualities and, because of the corrupting influence of money in politics, are beholden to those who benefit from the our current dependence on polluting carbon energy and fuels. If we want clean air, we need to clean up our own acts, and to vote for and demand effective leadership to do the same. Call your representatives today and make your voice heard loud and clear! And be sure to vote for clean air, clean energy candidates next November and in all elections. It also would help for religious leadership of all faiths to urge strong effective action to stop polluting and switch to clean energy and clean air.

James Westwater, PhD
Chair, Utah Valley Earth Forum

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Giving State Report Guides Better Philanthropy

Interview with Jacob Allen, the Managing Director of Cicero Social Impact.

For nearly a year, Jacob Allen has been working on a comprehensive report about philanthropy in the State of Utah. While some of the lessons are unique to Utah–the most philanthropically generous state in the nation–most of the insights are generally applicable to charitable giving and the operation of nonprofits anywhere.

What is the problem you solve and how do you solve it?

We help mission-driven individuals and organizations maximize their impact rather than simply providing funding or services. We leverage the best analytic, strategic, measurement, and performance practices from business and apply them to solving social needs.

Download the Giving State Report here:

More about Cicero Social Impact:


Cicero Social Impact is an advisor, resource, and thought partner for mission-driven funders and organizations who want to maximize their impact in the world. Like our clients, we are wholly committed to improving the society we share. We combine that passion with a conviction that simply providing services or increasing the number of beneficiaries is not enough. To maximize impact, we help our clients blend data-driven strategies, inspired leadership, and effective implementation to dramatically increase society’s ability to achieve greater, more sustainable performance.


Revenue model: Our mission-driven clients pay consulting fees for our services.

Scale of the enterprise: Cicero Group will generate approximately $16 million in 2017.

Jacob Allen

Jacob Allen’s bio:

Twitter: @jacob_allen1

Jacob Allen is a Partner with Cicero Group and Managing Director of the Social Impact practice, partnering with leading foundations, nonprofits, and social enterprises to improve impact through strategy, performance monitoring and impact evaluation (M&E), performance management, and donor and beneficiary analytics.

Over the past 15 years, Jacob has worked with mission-driven organizations, including leading corporate philanthropies, international NGOs, and nonprofit providers. He has led the strategic design, measurement, and implementation of social impact programs run by Presidents Bush and Clinton, United Way, Goldman Sachs, Prudential, YouthBuild International, Junior Achievement, Church World Service, the Alzheimer’s Association, the Nature Conservancy, and many others.

His recent work includes measuring the effectiveness and supporting the design and implementation of a national leadership development program sponsored by former Presidents Bush and Clinton, conducting a program evaluation in Guatemala and Nicaragua (including interviewing 600 program beneficiaries), and designing and managing a robust performance monitoring system for a corporate philanthropy’s multi-year efforts to train thousands of entrepreneurs in 20+ countries.

He co-wrote “The Giving State,” a comprehensive report on philanthropy in Utah, and “Stop Starving Scale: Unlocking the Potential of Global NGOs,” which outlines how funders have fueled the growth of global NGOs in recent years but imposed restrictions that thwart organizations’ ability to truly achieve impact at scale. He serves on the global board of directors for Mary’s Meals, which feeds a daily meal in school to 1.2 million children living in desperate poverty.

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