You chose Classy CEO Scot Chisholm as the Your Mark on the World Changemaker of the Month for December 2018, after he joined host Devin Thorpe to announce that nonprofits had successfully raised over $1 billion on the platform.
During the interview, he also explained how transparency is a key to Classy’s success. The company provides employees with the same level of financial disclosure to employees that it provides to its investors.
You can watch the interview with Scot below or listen to the podcast here.
As the Changemaker of the Month for December, Scot will receive an autographed copy of Your Mark on the World and ten lifetime, all-access passes to GoodCrowd.school, the online school for changemakers. He also earns a spot in the competition for Your Mark on the World Changemaker of the Year.
Nicholas Metropulos, 19, leads Fishing for Families in Need, a nonprofit organization founded by his brother more than a decade ago. The organization teaches children about the environment and responsible angling. As the name suggests, the 501(c)(3) nonprofit also provides fish to hungry families.
Interview with Nicholas Metropulos, the Executive Director of Fishing for Families in Need.
The following is the pre-interview with Nicholas Metropulos. Be sure to watch the recorded interview above.
For-profit/Nonprofit: 501(c)3 Nonprofit
Revenue model: F4FN receives funding primarily from private donations and grants. All of our programs are free to the communities that we serve. To increase our revenue sources, in January 2019 we will be launching an apparel line via an e-commerce partnership with SA Fishing Company (https://safishing.com/).
Scale: Since 2007, Fishing for Families in Need has educated over 2,000 children in its Responsible Angling Education program, provided over 3,050 hot meals of fresh fish to various soup kitchens through the Fishing Tournament Donation program, and recruited over 650 local high school and college-age volunteers. The organization’s impact has been further validated over the years from receiving numerous accolades for an innovative approach to marine science/conservation education such as the 2012 USA Weekend National Make a Difference Day Award, 1st place in the Education and Literacy category of The National Jefferson Awards, and our Founder receiving the 2013 SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Environmental Educator of the Year Award. Currently, F4FN’s annual operating budget is $75,000 with programs running 6 cities and 3 distinct countries. Each program costs $5,000 to operate for an 8-week period, and every program takes place 3 times per year (depending upon the location). F4FN has one paid employee; however, his salary is completely funded by the Board of Directors. Thus, 100% of outside donations go to programming expenses.
What is the problem you solve and how do you solve it?
Environmental education (EE) within primary, secondary, and collegiate institutions remains insufficient to this day. According to the Campaign for Environmental Literacy organization, the federal government spends less than 48 cents annually per capita on environmental literacy, of which a mere 20 cents per person is used towards environmental education. However, Fishing for Families in Need and other community nonprofits have been and are working together to educate the next generation of environmental stewards. F4FN’s immersive programs create hundreds of responsible youth anglers, provide amazing volunteer opportunities for the community, and positively impact local marine and freshwater ecosystems. Our intent is to enhance these children’s lives by imparting on them skills and knowledge that will help them surmount obstacles and will empower them in their daily lives while also creating young responsible anglers who recognize the need to safeguard and preserve our marine ecosystems well into the future.
More about Fishing for Families in Need:
Fishing for Families in Need (F4FN) was started using six fishing rods, five hundred dollars, and a desire to make a difference by a local 15-year-old despite many obstacles. F4FN’s purpose is to educate and empower individuals to become responsible anglers through hands-on programs centered on fishing in a more sustainable manner to foster widespread community engagement and change. The organization has inspired multiple children to pursue a career path in the marine science/biology fields and motivated others around the country to give back in their respective communities. The children in the classes become strong ambassadors for environmental protection and continue to educate their family and friends long after the classes end. This creates a movement for change in their community focused on marine conservation and better fishing practices.
Nicholas Metropulos’s bio:
Nicholas Metropulos was born and raised in Boca Raton, FL. He is 19 years old and a sophomore in the Management & Leadership Program at Hellenic College in Brookline, MA. He is an avid freediver and spear fisherman and has an unresting passion for ocean conservation. Nicholas is the Executive Director of Fishing for Families in Need (F4FN), whose purpose is to educate and empower individuals to become responsible anglers through hands-on programs centered on fishing in a more sustainable manner to foster widespread community engagement and change.
At the young age of 16, Nicholas took over the Executive Director position at F4FN and has since raised over $175,000 from foundations, crowdfunding campaigns, and major donors. He has expanded the organization’s operations to three additional sites while directing programs in each of the locations (Miami, FL/ Abaco, Bahamas, St. John, VI). Since 2015, Nicholas has taught weekly seminars to over 600 children and has coordinated and managed over 250 volunteers. Additionally, he led the organization to the final round of a $100,000 grant competition in the Environmental category from the Impact 100 Palm Beach County in 2018.
Nicholas has received numerous accolades for his philanthropic efforts including Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes, President’s Volunteer Service Award, Daily Point of Light Award, Men with a Caring Heart Award, Children’s Environmental Health Network Youth Leadership Award, Disney Friends for Change, and the Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarship. Nicholas plans to finish his undergraduate years receiving a degree in Nonprofit Management at Hellenic College, and afterwards pursuing an MBA at Harvard University to further strengthen and expand the reach and success of Fishing for Families in Need.
Cynthia English founded Global Scribes to create an international peace movement for youth that empowers them to make a difference starting wherever they are. With members in 44 countries, the organization is off to a good start.
Interview with Cynthia English; Stine Philipsen; Archana Yengkhom, the CEO & Founder; Associate Global Director; Business Development Director; Scriber of Global Scribes: Youth Uniting Nations.
The following is the pre-interview with Cynthia English; Stine Philipsen; Archana Yengkhom. Be sure to watch the recorded interview above.
For-profit/Nonprofit: 501(c)3 Nonprofit
Revenue model: The goal for Global Scribes, Inc. has always been to scale & implement revenue drivers along the way. Creating revenue streams through B2B advertising, retailing GS branded merchandise, B-Corps & a For-Profit entity fulfilling the long-term sustainability of Global Scribes. Today, Global Scribes is establishing Pillar Partnerships across all regions with Corporations, Foundations & Philanthropists that believe in the GS mission to empower global youth as successful Global Citizens & Peacebuilders. With its private platform, Scribers World™, launched, revenue drivers include anonymous global data collection, GS Club fees & ‘White Space’ fees.
Scale: Scale Marker I: 2000+ Scribers (@250 active participants) // Scale: 17 GS Teams, 44+ Countries, 250 Scribers (fluctuating), Core Call 1 Time Zone 1Weekly Call // Sustained by CEO & Founder, Associate Global Director, Global Interns, GS Support Leaders (at every GS Club). With no formal marketing, Global Scribes has expanded to over 44 countries with more than 2000 youth joining the community. In the Proof of Concept Phase, GS Clubs have been launched at several schools & organizations throughout the world, including the North Carolina School for the Deaf. To date, GS youth (Scribers) have stood on the TEDx red carpet; won an honorable mention at The Blue Ocean Film Festival; represented GS at the iEarn Conference in Morocco MEARN); met with Ministers of Education; improved their English & other foreign languages through fun, youth-led activities; successfully launched GSIM radio on iTunes & Google Play; designed & launched the GS Boutique; created Apps; written personal creative stories prompted by the monthly Spark word; initiated & driven 17 GS Teams; interviewed personal heroes; set up GS Clubs at their schools & universities; and they are just getting started! With the capital in place to build Scribers World™ (GS cyber-secure private platform), sustain operations through scale & launch the global marketing campaign, the community will grow exponentially, allowing Global Scribes to reach its goal of 5+ million youth, representing every country of the world. To keep the integrity of the global program with the GS definitions of cyber-security and all-inclusive community, Global Scribes has pulled back growth until the private platform, Scribers World™ is in place -the prototype country grew so quickly across schools, organizations, hospitals & independent youth, etc it was unsustainable in the current fragmented structure.
What is the problem you solve and how do you solve it?
Where do we go from here? In a world of global re-entrenchment, social isolation & lightning speed of technological evolution, how will our global youth be empowered stewards of our planet & build thriving engaging communities?
40% of 7.6 billion people are under the age of 25. 51% of the world’s youth are on Social Media platforms daily. Young Social Media users experience unusual and euphoric highs from peer posts reflecting ‘the perfect life’, but they also experience deep lows, social isolation and a feeling of unworthiness. Global Scribes was created to disrupt this emotional chaos by filling the gap in the market. Pioneering a digital all-inclusive global interface utilizing the very tool youth use every single day–technology–for positive youth impact. Global Scribes is rooted in giving a sense of purpose, digital competence & the 21st Century Skills needed to augment formal education, all whilst creating their own global network.
Problem- A divided world with global re-entrenchment; Social isolation on the rise among youth worldwide; Education not keeping pace with the speed & changes of technological advancement. Are we losing grip of a sustainable unified future?
Our Solution- Global youth breaking the fear of different; Engaging in the transformative power of creative expression & cross-cultural communication; Building cornerstones, then foundations of trust & respect for global peers via technology. Youth Uniting Nations®.
GS Mission- Fostering a progressive social network of engaged youth sparking innovation & collaboration, turning ideas & aspirations into reality, while building life experiences & meaningful relationships. No politics, religion & sociodemographic segregation.
Future Vision- Opening the doors of possibility & unique opportunities for all youth to be empowered global decision makers who consider the consequences of their actions upon Humanity, Nature & our World in all its diversity. Changing the current trajectory of chaos.
‘Our world needs more than a band-aid.’ C-English
More about Global Scribes: Youth Uniting Nations:
Global Scribes Inc. is a For Youth, By Youth Non-Profit (501(c)3) designed to build an empowered virtual community through common denominators of communication. Utilizing cutting-edge technology, it is a progressive social network of engaged youth sparking innovation & collaboration, turning ideas & aspirations into reality, while building life experiences & meaningful connections.
GS youth interact across diverse media platforms free from politics, religion & socio-demographic segregation. In opening the doors of possibility for all youth (ages 8 – 25) to be empowered with self-efficacy, 21st-century skills, tools for success, unique opportunities & the resilience to thrive in an interconnected world, we believe our global youth can change the current trajectory of chaos–Youth Uniting Nations®.
Our future household, community, corporate, country & global leaders–decision makers–will have the ability to think beyond ‘me’ to ‘we’ & be set to work cohesively on shared global challenges affecting all.
Cynthia English; Stine Philipsen; Archana Yengkhom’s bio:
Cynthia English is the Founder & CEO of Global Scribes® which fosters a unique mission of catapulting past rhetoric, politics, religion, and socio-demographic segregation to allow youth to be Youth Uniting Nations® through global friendships and shared experiences on & off the tech grid.
Cynthia first embraced the fusion of Technology and Humanity in 1998, creating ‘great dates’, a reality television show, virtual interaction & merchandising platform picked up by The Hallmark Channel.
She graduated from The Marshall School, University of Southern California, attended the Aspen Writer’s Conference, and Oxford University’s School of Continuing Education for Creative Writing, learning along the way to champion criticism, stay unique, and to keep striving toward ‘exceptional’.
In 2014, she received a Certificate in Executive Leadership for NonProfits from Duke University after launching Global Scribes on July 9th, 2014. Taking inspiration from a life living and working around the globe, she has had articles published in the United States and Europe, with her first thriller novel published in 2010.
Today she pursues her passions–creativity and outreach–heeding the impassioned plea of a young woman named Honig, whom Cynthia met on a train between Budapest and Bucharest–”please, never stop delivering world adventure to those unable to make the journeys themselves.”
And to this end, embracing the human dynamics and cultural riches she has known, she perseveres through life’s lessons to provide powerful messages of friendship, acceptance of different and distinct lives, and preservation of free spirit in all humanity, regardless of origin and culture.
You can help choose the Your Mark on the World Changemaker of the month for December 2018 right here. We have 13 great candidates for your consideration. You can read more about each candidate–and watch the interview with them–by clicking the link next to each name in the list below.
The winner will receive an autographed copy of my book, Your Mark on the World, along with ten lifetime passes to my GoodCrowd.School worth a total of $2,500. The winner will also be qualified for the 2018 Changemaker of the Year award, which will include a donation to the winner’s charity of choice.
Be sure to scroll within the frame below to see all of the candidates. Voting ends Friday, December 14, 2018, at 5:00 PM MDT. Please note that employees of the Your Mark on the World Center and our sponsors, including CaringCrowd and Johnson & Johnson, are not eligible and so are not listed below.
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This post was originally produced for Forbes.
The phrase, “change the world,” is becoming cliché. We give ourselves too much credit for too little impact when we think we can smile at a stranger or give $20 to the United Way and believe we’ve changed the world.
In fact, fans of the HBO series Silicon Valley will recognize that “change the world” and its variants are used exclusively in the show as punch lines, highlighting the fact that every entrepreneur claims to do so.
Such talk is not entirely without merit. While a new app that can be used to make our lives a little bit easier, say by having our McDonald’s combo meal delivered rather than having to drive to get it, does, in fact, change the world it, does not do so in the way in which that phrase has significance.
With about 700 million people in the world living in extreme poverty, a similar number—with significant overlap—living without access to clean water—and comparable number—again with overlap—not knowing where their next meal will come from—and not having eaten more than one meal a day in recent memory—forgive me if I’m not buying that having my McDonald’s combo meal delivered is changing the world.
But there are people who are seriously changing the world.
Just last week, I profiled Scot Chisholm, who co-founded Classy and in less than eight years helped nonprofits raise $1 billion. The company is now raising money for nonprofits at a rate of about half a billion every year—and the rate is increasing.
Then there’s Alex Scott, who would never remember a day when she didn’t have cancer, started her lemonade stand at age four specifically to help other kids with cancer. Before she died at age 8, she had raised $1 million. Her nonprofit has gone on to raise over $150 million for childhood cancer research and treatment.
Consider the life of James Mayfield, who at age 83 is continuing his fight to end extreme poverty globally. The nonprofit he launched thirty years ago works around the world but Mayfield is focused on Nepal. I once found him hard at work in a village in the foothills of the Himalaya, where is slept on the floor in a school with other volunteers. There in Nepal, through a government partnership and a unique banking model for the poor, he hopes to eliminate extreme poverty nationwide before his 90th birthday—or die trying.
These are just three examples. The world is full of unsung philanthropists, social entrepreneurs and activists who are really are making a difference, changing the world and doing good.
So, please keep smiling at strangers. Keep making donations to your favorite cause. And please, join me in thanking the people who really are changing the world.