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Devin D. Thorpe
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You Chose Classy’s Scot Chisholm As December’s Changemaker Of The Month

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.

Headshot of Scot Chisholm

Scot Chisholm, December 2108 Your Mark on the World Changemaker of the Month

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.

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You Choose the December Changemaker of the Month

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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Rice Inc. Team Selected By Readers As Changemaker Of The Month For November 2018

The Rice Inc. team, winners of the $1 million 2018 Hult Prize for social entrepreneurship was chosen by readers to be the November 2018 Your Mark on the World Changemaker of the Month. The team is comprises Lincoln Lee, CEO, Julia Vannaxay, COO, Vannie Koay, CFO and Kisum Chan, CMO. They have developed a new business model for helping smallholder farmers increase rice yield with more efficient drying.

Lincoln, Koay and Chan visited with me last month. You can watch our discussion in the video below.

You can download an audio podcast here or subscribe via iTunes or Google Play.

As the Changemakers of the Month for November, the team 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. They also earn a spot in the competition for Your Mark on the World Changemaker of the Year.

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November Changemaker of the Month Voting Starts Today

You can help choose the Your Mark on the World Changemaker of the month for November 2018 right here. We have 17 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.

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, November 26, 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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Shane McKenna: October Changemaker Of The Month

Shane McKenna, an entrepreneur and inventor, has tackled global hunger as his latest effort. He’s invented an affordable hydroponic garden that can produce food in the harshest of environments, even in places where water is scarce. Readers chose Shane as the Your Mark on the World Changemaker of the Month for October 2018.

Shane is presently conducting a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo, working to raise the money to begin scaling up this solution to global hunger.

It is also worth noting that Shane was officially our guest on episode number 1000 of the Your Mark on the World Show.

As the Changemaker of the Month for October, Shane 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.

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Changemaker of the Month for October: Choose Now!

You can help choose the Your Mark on the World Changemaker of the month for October 2018 right here. We have 11 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.

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, October 5, 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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Vote Now! Your Mark on the World Changemaker of the Month – September 2018

You can help choose the Your Mark on the World Changemaker of the month for September 2018 right here. We have 17 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.

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, September 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.

With First-Ever Tie, Congratulate Our Changemakers of the Month

In a first, Your Mark on the World readers tied in their voting, in effect choosing a pair of Changemakers of the Month for August 2018: John Patterson, the person behind SightBox and Doug Heske and Alex Meek, the founders of Newday Investing.

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Dr. John Adam Patterson

John Patterson is the principal at St. Vincent’s School for the Blind; there he and the students have created a collection of tools that engage visually impaired students and are making it available–with the support of Rotary–to students who could benefit from it in the developing world.

Watch my full interview with John Patterson in the player below.

Doug Heske and Alex Meek founded Newday Investing, a platform where you can start investing with purpose and mission for just $5. Newday allows you to choose to participate in one or more of six different mission-aligned portfolios. You can even invest in all six portfolios with just one investment of $5. Now you can start investing as an impact investor.

Headshots of Doug Heske and Alexander Meek

Doug Heske and Alexander Meek, courtesy of Newday Investing

Watch my interview with Doug and Alex below.

As the winners, John, Doug and Alex will receive an autographed copy of my book, Your Mark on the World and both teams will receive 10 all-access passes to GoodCrowd.school.

Choose Now! Your Mark on the World Changemaker of the Month – August 2018

What I love most about my work is meeting the amazing people who join me on my show every month. In July, we produced 16 episodes of the show, representing a diverse group of changemakers, working around the world to leave their mark on it.

You get to choose the Your Mark on the World Changemaker of the Month for August 2018 by voting 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.

Be sure to scroll within the frame below to see all of the candidates. Voting ends Friday, August 10, 2018 at 5:00 PM MDT.


Meet Eva Yazhari: Your Mark on the World Changemaker of the Month for July 2018

Congratulations to Eva Yazhari, the Your Mark on the World Changemaker of the Month for July 2018. Every month, Your Mark on the World readers choose a guest from the show to recognize.

Eva is an impact investor who manages a nonprofit fund, Beyond Capital, that invests in social enterprises in the developing world. Operating as a nonprofit allows the fund to attract professional resources on a pro-bono basis, making investments of about $75,000 each economically viable for both the investors and the entrepreneurs.

You can see my full interview with Eva here:


Yazhari says the fund is now in the process of raising a $2 million round of grant funding, she hopes to close in October, noting that $800,000 is already committed. That should allow the fund to make another 18 investments.

So far, the first fund has a paper return of 30% IRR, based on the valuations of the companies that have gone on to raise additional funding. The goal, she says, is to be able to reinvest the profits from the fund in more companies, ultimately allowing the nonprofit to become “financially sustainable” by 2024.

Eva Yazhari, Beyond Capital

Yazhari’s heart is in this work. She says she has been inspired by her grandfather who started a hospital in Tanzania in the late 1950s. She’s found a way to honor his legacy by leveraging her Wall Street experience to build a nonprofit that is now reaching more than 2.3 million people.

As the winner, Eva will receive an autographed copy of my book, Your Mark on the World and 10 all-access passes to GoodCrowd.school.

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