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This category includes articles about nonprofit organizations and NGOs that are actively working to accomplish a social mission. The work of foundations that primarily work as grantors to other nonprofits is covered in Philanthropy.

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Capital Campaign Expert Says ‘You’ve Got This!’

Amy Eisenstein, the CEO of Capital Campaign Toolkit, says there are three keys to a successful campaign. One will surprise you. She says you don’t need a campaign consultant to reach your fundraising goal.

Tip 1: You can raise major gifts without any “new” donors.

Tip 2: You don’t need a capital campaign consultant to lead a successful capital campaign.  

Tip 3: Capital campaigns are the most effective way to transform your organization.  

More about Capital Campaign Toolkit and Amy Eisenstein, LLC:

Twitter: @amyeisenstein

Facebook: facebook.com/amyeisensteinfundraising

Website: www.CapitalCampaignToolkit.com  and  www.amyeisenstein.com

The Capital Campaign Toolkit is a new, alternative way to approach a capital campaign. The platform puts nonprofit professionals in the driver’s seat of their own campaign and provides all of the tools, resources, and support they need to lead a successful capital campaign.

Amy Eisenstein is also the creator of Mastering Major Gifts, an online major gifts course for nonprofit professionals who want to become experts at raising major gifts.

Amy Eisenstein

Amy Eisenstein’s bio:

Amy Eisenstein is a consultant, author, speaker, and the creator of the online fundraising course Mastering Major Gifts. She is also the CEO and Co-Founder of the Capital Campaign Toolkit. Her published books include: Major Gift Fundraising for Small Shops, Raising More with Less, and 50 A$ks in 50 Weeks. She became an AFP certified Master Trainer in 2009. Amy served as the president of the board of the Association of Fundraising Professionals – New Jersey Chapter in 2014 and 2015. She became a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) in 2004 and received her advanced certification, ACFRE, in 2013. Check out her blog at www.amyeisenstein.com and www.CapitalCampaignToolkit.com for free fundraising resources.


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It’s Time We Talk About Child Abuse


Dr. Joanna Rubinstin, president and CEO of World Childhood Foundation USA, joined me for a discussion about a newly issued report that shows child sexual abuse and exploitation is a hidden public health epidemic. Tune in to hear why we need to be talking about this.

Interview with Joanna Rubinstein, the President and CEO of World Childhood Foundation USA.

The following is the pre-interview with Joanna Rubinstein. Be sure to watch the recorded interview above.

What is your take on child sexual abuse and exploitation?

It is a hidden public health epidemic.

Report:  outoftheshadows.eiu.com

More about World Childhood Foundation USA:

Twitter: @ChildhoodUSA

Instagram: @childhood.usa

Website: childhood-usa.org

About World Childhood Foundation (WCF)  envisions a world where all children are free from violence, sexual abuse, and exploitation. Founded in 1999 by H.M. Queen Silvia of Sweden, WCF invests in the development of  solutions to prevent and address child sexual abuse and exploitation. WCF, a UN-accredited NGO, directly supports >100 projects globally and raises awareness about our cause. WCF’s work is aligned with the global Sustainable Development Goal 16.2 – ending abuse, exploitation, trafficking and all forms of violence against and torture of children by 2030. For more information, please visit: www.childhood-usa.org.

Joanna Rubinstein

Joanna Rubinstein’s bio:

Twitter: @JRubinstein7

Linkedin: linkedin.com/in/joannarubinstein/

In 2015, Rubinstein was appointed as President & CEO of World Childhood Foundation (WCF) USA. Founded in 1999 by Her Majesty Queen Silvia of Sweden, WCF invests in innovative programs to end violence and child sexual abuse and exploitation.  

An expert in global health and sustainable development, Rubinstein brought to WCF over a decade of experience in leadership roles at Columbia University (CU) and at the United Nations (UN).  As Chief of Staff to Prof. Jeffrey Sachs, Rubinstein helped develop and lead several global initiatives in health, education and sustainable development. Notably, she supported artist Shakira and ALAS’ work on Early Childhood Development (ECD) in Latin America and the Carribean, the ITU/UNESCO Broadband Commission, the Ministerial Working Group on Health, and the Millennium Development Goals Advocates. As a Senior Research Scientist and an Assistant Director of the Earth Institute of CU, she was instrumental in the development of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network. Currently, Rubinstein supports members of the Sustainable Development Goals Advocacy Group of the UN Secretary General.

Throghout her career, Rubinstein has advocated for the importance of research and collective action, and  has established high-level partnerships with academia, governments and the private sector (Unilever, Nestle, GlaxoSmithKline, Pfizer, Novartis, Sanofi Aventis, Becton Dickinson, Sumitomo, Eni, Ericsson, Digicel, Zain, Airtel, IKEA, H&M and now Carlson Wagonlit Travel).

Rubinstein was recently appointed as a commissioner of the ITU/UNESCO Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development. She serves on numerous boards/committees, including the board of The Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children, the UN World Tourism Organization’s Network on Child Protection in Travel and Tourism, the Leadership Council of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network, the steering committee of the ECD and Peace Building Consortium, and on the board of International Science, Technology and Innovation Centre for South-South Cooperation (ISTIC) under the auspices of UNESCO. She is also a member of the scientific advisory board of the Global Health Initiative of Chicago University, and a former member of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council.

Before joining the Earth Institute in 2005, Rubinstein was the Senior Associate Dean for Institutional and Global Initiatives at the CU Medical Center (2002-2005). In Sweden, Rubinstein served as the Director for Research and Postgraduate Education at the Karolinska Institute (KI) (1999 – 2002), and was a director at Sweden’s Medical Research Council (1997 – 1999). She is trained as a D.D.S. and holds a Ph.D.  and is an Assistant Professor in cell and molecular biology from KI.


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Open Road Alliance Funds Solutions To Roadblocks In Social Projects


Open Road Alliance is perhaps unique in the philanthropic and impact investing world. The organization is a private philanthropic initiative that funds solutions to roadblocks in social projects.

Maya Winkelstein, executive director, and Caroline Bressan, director of social investments, explain that Open Road Alliance funds solutions to problems that pop up in otherwise fully-funded projects.

Given that almost every project involves unforeseen problems, learning more about Open Road Alliance seems like an important investment for nonprofit leaders and social entrepreneurs.

Interview with Maya Winkelstein, the Executive Director of Open Road Alliance.

The following is the pre-interview with Maya Winkelstein. Be sure to watch the recorded interview above.

We’ll be discussing gap financing for nonprofits and social enterprises.

Social organizations are the working poor of the business world. Their limited access to short-term working capital dilutes their potential impact, hindering their growth and long-term sustainability; with no safety net, one external shock can mean failure. Our loan fund, Open Road Ventures, is Open Road’s effort to start creating that safety net so that social enterprises have access to the resources they need to meet business and impact targets. with Maya Winkelstein.

How are you personally affected by Social organizations are the working poor of the business world. Their limited access to short-term working capital dilutes their potential impact, hindering their growth and long-term sustainability; with no safety net, one external shock can mean failure. Our loan fund, Open Road Ventures, is Open Road’s effort to start creating that safety net so that social enterprises have access to the resources they need to meet business and impact targets.

Words like “short-term working capital,” “below-market,” and “cash flow” may not feel consequential to the average person – but to a social entrepreneur, they can mean everything. Social entrepreneurs, just like profit-driven businesses, need access to financial tools to make their businesses work. However, unlike their counterparts, impact-driven businesses often lack access to traditional financing mechanisms. So why does this matter to you or me?

This issue matters because the problems that social entrepreneurs are working on are our problems. Whether its climate change, healthcare, education, or entrenched conflict, these entrepreneurs and their companies exist because we’ve decided that there are societal problems that need fixing and these organizations are doing the hard work to try and fix them. To make that decision and then fail to give them the adequate tools to implement their solutions affects us all. Every time one of these organizations is pushed off track – not because their intervention is flawed or their model is unsuccessful but because they don’t have access to a financial product that every other business does – we all lose in the long run.

What is your take on gap financing for nonprofits and social enterprises?

At Open Road, we believe that money is only a tool, never a solution. Capital has never solved a single social problem – and yet it is an indispensable tool to implementing solutions whether it’s an educational program for incarcerated youth or a clean energy company bringing solar power to rural farmers. But, it’s also not a one-size-fits-all tool.

At Open Road, we believe that the role of investors – especially impact investors – is to provide the financial tools that entrepreneurs need, and a critical tool that is in too short supply is short-term, bridge financing. So, that’s what we do.

Learn more:  openroadalliance.org/learn-more/

More about Open Road Alliance:

Twitter: @OpenRoadTweets

Website: openroadalliance.org

Open Road Alliance is a private philanthropic initiative that serves the social sector by keeping impact on track in an unpredictable world.

Open Road was founded in 2012 by psychologist and philanthropist Dr. Laurie Michaels to address the need for contingency funds and the absence of risk management practices in philanthropy. We provide both short- and long-term solutions to unexpected challenges that arise during project implementation, so that impact and finite resources can be maximized across the social sector.

To meet immediate needs, we offer fast, flexible funding to nonprofits and social enterprises facing discrete, unexpected roadblocks during project implementation. We fund via two portfolios, Charitable Grants and Loans. Open Road Loans are below market-rate and disbursed via our loan fund, Open Road Ventures.

Open Road sees every grant and loan it makes as an investment for social impact. Our funding model is based on speed and financial leverage.

In addition to our investment portfolio, Open Road promotes the long-term, sector-wide adoption of better risk management practices. In collaboration with peers, we conduct research, develop tools, and generate data on approaches to financial and non-financial risk management. By disseminating learnings and advocating for the adoption of best practices, Open Road is working to make risk management as commonplace in philanthropy as monitoring and evaluation; ultimately, preserving finite resources and social impact in our sector.

Maya Winkelstein

Maya Winkelstein’s bio:

Linkedin: linkedin.com/in/mayawinks/

Maya Winkelstein is Executive Director of Open Road Alliance where she is responsible for the organization’s overall investment strategy and management of both Open Road Alliance and Open Road Ventures.

Winkelstein has worked with Open Road since the organization’s inception in 2012. Prior to her role as Executive Director, she worked as an Associate Director with the consulting firm williamsworks. Former clients also include Eastern Congo Initiative, Nike Foundation, PATH, Tostan, and TOMS Shoes. Prior to williamsworks, Winkelstein served in multiple roles in the non-profit and government sectors focusing on program development, fundraising strategy, and corporate partnerships.

Winkelstein writes and speaks frequently about Open Road’s work and its growing research expertise in ‘Risk Management in Philanthropy.’ She is a regular speaker at forums such as Council on Foundations, Grantmakers for Effective Organizations, Clinton Global Initiative, and The Philanthropy Workshop. Her work has also appeared in Stanford Social Innovation Review, Chronicle of Philanthropy, The Foundation Review and many other publications. In 2017, Maya was featured in Chronicle of Philanthropy’s ‘On the Rise’ series and Huffington Post’s ‘Women in Business.’ She is also a Board Member of Global Press Institute and a member of the Leadership Advisory Council for GrantAdvisors.org.

Winkelstein holds a B.A. from the University of Michigan; MSc from the London School of Economics; and Certificate in Corporate Finance from Georgetown University. She lives in Kansas with her husband and two young sons.

Interview with Caroline Bressan, the Director of Social Investments of Open Road Alliance.

Caroline Bressan

Caroline Bressan’s bio:

Twitter: @CaroBressan

Linkedin: linkedin.com/in/caroline-bressan-54023439/

Caroline Bressan is the Director of Social Investments of Open Road Alliance, which she joined in 2015.

Prior to Open Road, Caroline was an Investment Principal at D. Capital, the investment advisory wing of Dalberg. There she focused on D. Capital’s impact investment advisory offerings, building a pipeline of investment opportunities in Sub Saharan Africa, specifically in energy and agriculture. Caroline also worked on the design and structuring of innovative financing mechanisms, including impact bonds and social impact insurance.

Previously, Caroline was an Investment Officer at Calvert Foundation where she managed its $20 million portfolio mainly focused on Latin America. At Calvert Foundation, she originated and managed a pipeline of lending and investment deals focused on the sustainable trade, social enterprise, and financial inclusion sectors. In addition, Caroline designed and launched a revolving line of credit product, the first of its kind for Calvert Foundation and helped launch the international component of the Women Investing in Women Initiative (WIN-WIN). She also sat on the investment committee of the Haitian Emergency Liquidity Fund, created to provide funding to microfinance institutions in the aftermath of the 2009 earthquake. Caroline has previously worked in Bolivia with Pro Mujer designing a business education program for clients.

Caroline received her MBA from Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business and holds a Bachelor in Business Administration from the University of Michigan. She speaks English and Spanish.


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Young Rotarian Leverages Technology And Rotary Clubs To Clean Ocean


Ludovic Grosjean, the founder and principal consultant at OceanX Group has launched a nonprofit effort leveraging his relationship with Rotary International and its clubs to use technology to identify and remove pollution from the ocean.

He was recognized by Rotary at its annual event at the United Nations for his innovative work.

Interview with Ludovic Grosjean, the Principal Consultant – Chartered Engineer of Company name: OceanX Group / Project name: The OceanCleanX.

The following is the pre-interview with Ludovic Grosjean. Be sure to watch the recorded interview above.

For-profit/Nonprofit: Company: Profits invested in Research  – Project: Nonprofit used in order to remove pollution

Revenue model: Company (OceanX Group): Selling Engineering Consulting Services (provides Systems Integration, Engineering design, R&D, Environmental monitoring, software solutions)

Clients: NGOs, City Councils, EPA, Environmental Agencies, OEM, Parks, Harbour Authorities, Transport Companies

Non-Profit Project (The OceanCleanX): Receiving Donations, Grants, Volunteering, Equipment access (provides Cleaning services, Information, Communication, Ocean Publications, Supports Ocean Media and Advocacy groups)

Clients: International Ocean Community, General Public, Media, Ocean Innovators, innovative companies, Non-Profits, NGOs

Scale: OceanX Group (Company): External Consultants, Company sales revenue ~ 100,000 AUD (small business) / The OceanCleanX (Project): Volunteers only

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

Problem: Pollution entering our Oceans

Solution: Track pollution and stop it at its sources

Rotary Recognition at UN  

More about Company name: OceanX Group / Project name: The OceanCleanX:

Twitter: @OceanXgroup @OceanCleanX

Facebook: facebook.com/OceanXgroup/

facebook.com/OceanCleanX/

Linkedin: linkedin.com/company/OceanXgroup/

linkedin.com/company/OceanCleanX/

Website: OceanXGroup.com.au

OceanCleanX.com

OceanX Group’s mission is to collaborate with the community in order to protect the future of our Oceans. Our team designs innovative solutions to monitor the environment. We are accelerating the shift towards Ocean protection and sustainable use of Ocean resources. We work closely with the world’s leading technological companies and experts. Our projects and expertise include Unmanned Systems, systems integration, instrumentation and sensors and Machine Learning with extensive R&D capabilities. We aim to develop the most advanced cutting-edge technological solutions to monitor and remove water pollution from our waterways.

The OceanCleanX is the ultimate Social and Technological approach to stop Ocean pollution at its sources. We are promoting automated pollution monitoring solutions and innovations that use artificial intelligence and drones to remove plastics and other pollution from rivers and waterways, while also detecting their source. The project is widely supported by Rotary International to promote volunteering for river cleanup events.

Ludovic Grosjean. Photo Credit: Rotary International – at RotaryUNday (Photograph by Alyce Henson)

Ludovic Grosjean’s bio:

Twitter: @LudovicGrosjean

Linkedin: linkedin.com/in/LudovicGrosjean/

Instagram: @LudovicGrosjean

Chartered Engineer with 12 years of Ocean experience, Ludovic is Principal Consultant at OceanX Group, an Engineering Consultancy specializing in Environmental Pollution Monitoring. Ludovic holds a formal qualification in Mechatronics Engineering and Environmental Monitoring.

As a supporter of Rotary Values and former President of Melbourne City Rotaract Club (MCRC), Ludovic has been providing an innovative approach to clean water through his environmental project “The OceanCleanX”. As a leader and community educator, he strives for projects to reduce water pollution on a global scale and make a long-term difference for humanity. His career focus is to build collaboration between organizations in order to advance Engineering and preserve the Environment with the ultimate goal of Saving our Oceans.

In 2018, Ludovic Grosjean was selected by Barry Rassin, President of Rotary International, to showcase his work and be awarded at the United Nations in Kenya and was named as “1 of 6 Rotary’s People of Action: Young Innovators”.


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Deep Kindness — When Smiling At Strangers Isn’t Enough

This post was originally produced for Forbes.

Behind the divisions in America—and the world—over politics that seem broader and sharper than at any point in my five decades, there is a flourishing counter movement for kindness. In fact, some social entrepreneurs have built businesses around kindness. Professors are teaching it. Kindness is a thing.

Still, as much as I admire people and the movement behind kindness, I sometimes worry that when we hear the word kindness many people think mostly about being nice and polite. While I’m all for good manners, the real problems in our world are not due to a lack of civility.

The mosquitoes that carry the malaria virus don’t care a gnat’s rear end about manners, smiles or whether you thanked your mother for making breakfast this morning.

Climate change will continue to get worse no matter how polite we are to one another at climate conferences.

The devastating symptoms of poverty—illiteracy, lack of access to clean water and sanitation, and hunger—have nothing to do with the sort of surface level kindness that first comes to mind when I hear the word.

Climate change is not impacted by manners. CREDIT: DEPOSITPHOTOS

All the world’s problems can be addressed, however, by what I will call deep kindness, the sort that requires effort and sometimes pain and sacrifice.

It is the sort of kindness displayed by one of my clients, who didn’t ask that I share this story but whose permission I obtained to do so. Shaun Michel saw a homeless man in a wheelchair and offered him a new pair of shoes he’d just purchased. They didn’t fit. Michel went back to the shoe store and bought another pair in the correct size. Upon returning, he found the man had gone. Not to be deterred, he guessed, correctly it turns out, where the man might have gone on a bus and delivered the shoes.

Nonprofits have been doing this hard work for generations. Some have argued that they have little effect, after all, there are still hundreds of millions of people living and dying in poverty. Such observations are silly to anyone armed with a modicum of data.

When I was born just 54 years ago, about 60% of the world’s population lived in extreme poverty. Today, less than 10% does. Life expectancy in the Gambia in 1965 was just 33 years and today is 61 years, typical of the improvements across much of the developing world. Nonprofits may not deserve all the credit, but any suggestion that their work is ineffective simply because there are still poor and sick people in the world comes from ignorance.

Today, nonprofits have been joined in their efforts by social entrepreneurs and corporations doing much more strategic good through their corporate social responsibility programs.

Nearly four million people die each year from health complications associated with cooking at home over open fires. The use of wood for such cooking also contributes to deforestation and climate change as a result. Social entrepreneurs—often in partnership with nonprofits—are building and selling a slew of efficient cookstoves that reduce or eliminate smoke indoors and use much less fuel.

Social entrepreneurs are selling solar lanterns that not only reduce dependence on kerosene they charge cell phones. They sell clean drinking water that saves lives and increases productivity by reducing the time required to get water. They create what families in extreme poverty need more than anything else: jobs.

Corporate social responsibility programs are having more impact as well. MAC cosmetics has distributed about $500 million to fight AIDS. Microsoft gives about a billion dollars of software to nonprofits every year, technology that is used to fight problems from human trafficking to climate change.

For my part, after reading so much about kindness, I am slowly picking up better habits. They make my life better—and I suspect they improve things for people around me in small ways. Still, I admire most those who operate at the level of deep kindness, going beyond niceties to real impact.

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This Teenage Ambassador for Wonderbag Is Addressing Three Global Problems at Once

Chiara Savage Schwatz, a teenage changemaker, is working to raise money to help families in South Africa obtain Wonderbag slow cookers. These ingenious products require no energy! Families use them by bringing a pot of food up to a high temperature over a fire or stove and then by inserting the pot into the superinsulated bag to finish cooking, reducing the total energy required to cook the food.

This single tool helps reduce fuel consumption and indoor smoke. By reducing fuel, usually charcoal or wood, she is helping to reduce deforestation and to slow climate change. By reducing indoor smoke, she is improving the health of everyone inside the home, especially the women in children who tend to spend the most time there.

By using donations to make the devices free or affordable to low-income families, she is helping to address global poverty. When low-income families can spend less on fuel, more money is available for clean water, food and education.

So, the Wonderbag is one intervention that addresses three key problems: poverty, global health and climate change. Chiara is one powerful teenager!

Interview with Chiara Savage Schwartz, the Wonderbag Ambassador of Wonderbag/Wonderbag.org.

The following is the pre-interview with Chiara Savage Schwartz. Be sure to watch the recorded interview above.

For-profit/Nonprofit: 501(c)3 Nonprofit

Revenue model: I have raised almost all of my funds by doing bake sales, selling all homemade treats at various grocery stores and sports events where I live. When I do bake sales, I generally make three batches of chocolate chip cookies, three batches of brownies and two batches of rice crispy treats per bakesale. My supplies have generally cost about 10% of my profits. By doing bake sales in my local community I have raised awareness about my cause and gotten friends and family involved to start fundraising efforts with me. My past few bake sales have been done with friends at my own high school and others, and I am hoping to expand to more friends and schools to collaborate with other kids who want to make positive change in the world.

Scale: Over the past two years I have sold over 7000 treats and raised over $11,000 by running bake sales and one online fundraiser. Since the beginning, the fundraising has been almost all individual, but it is now beginning to expand and people take interest in the cause, and this is awesome!

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

I work to address issues of inequality in the world. In particular, I am motivated to help girls get their educations. By raising funds to bring Wonderbags to families, especially families that cook over open fires, I am hopefully freeing up time spent gathering wood and cooking, so that girls can go to school, and so women can do money-generating work. This is not an issue with one simple solution, and it will take time, effort, and worldwide attention to work towards equal educational opportunities for everyone.

More about Wonderbag/Wonderbag.org:

Twitter: @WonderbagSA

Facebook: facebook.com/TheWonderbag/

Instagram: @thewonderbag

Website: www.wonderbag.org

Wonderbag works to economically empower women and girls around the world by addressing the critical daily challenges of time poverty, self-worth, and cleaner, healthier cooking. A Wonderbag is a non-electric slow cooker that reduces the amount of energy needed to cook by 30-80% and can save women 1,465 hours each year spent cooking and gathering fuel to cook. It is an eco-friendly and resourceful tool that is being activated in communities worldwide to help free up their time to obtain educations and seek better job opportunities.

Chiara Savage Swartz in South Africa. Photo Credit: Mark Strassman

Chiara Savage Schwartz’s bio:

Chiara Savage Schwartz has been fundraising to bring Wonderbags to communities in need since she was 11 years old and, with her family, was visiting two school programs in South Africa, the Kliptown Youth Program(KYP) and eSibonisweni Primary School. After consulting with program teachers and successfully testing 5 Wonderbags at KYP,  Chiara raised the funds to bring 280 Wonderbags to the Kliptown Youth Program community in 2016 by doing bake sales in her local Marin County community. Returning to South Africa in 2018 after two more years of fundraising, Chiara brought 500 Wonderbags to the eSibonisweni Primary School families and hosted a Wonderfeast for 1200 people, where there was a full demonstration on the benefits of Wonderbag use and a community celebration. Chiara is motivated to help women and girls around the world, and work to make the world a more equitable place. Chiara is currently a high school freshman at Marin Academy, and an avid runner, soccer player, and skier. She adores baking and also loves art, in particular pen and ink drawing and ceramics.


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A Little Fun Goes a Long Way Educating Girls in Morocco


Simo Elalj, based in Paris,  wanted to help educate girls in his home country of Morocco. He found a way to have fun and impact at once, selling plastic toy goats to raise money for the nonprofit Education for All Morocco.

Khadija Id Ahmed Ouali, one of the girls educated, in part, by the proceeds from Simo’s program, joined us from Morocco for a conversation about the impact of the program on her life.

Be sure to watch the full interview in the video player at the top of this article.

Khadija Id Ahmed Ouali

Interview with Simo Elalj, the Founder of YouGoatMe.

The following is the pre-interview with Simo Elalj. Be sure to watch the recorded interview above.

For-profit/Nonprofit: Pending incorporation, using a for-profit entity to operate at the moment.

Revenue model: YouGoatMe raise funds for the charity Education for All Morocco by selling goat related merchandises and toys (mainly Gabi the Goat). Each purchase on the website empowers a girl in Morocco and provides her with 3 days of housing and education. We also offer a way to directly donate to the non-profit without having to purchase a product.

Scale: Gabi the Goat is our main product and aim to raise awareness about girls education in emerging countries. She got +2000 followers on the social media since its launch in October 2018. We sold +50 units of the toy in a month and expect to sell our first batch of 3000 units by the end of the year. As for the charity we partnered with (EFA Morocco), they have supported over 350 girls since 2008 (they started very small with only 10 girls). They have seen over 60 girls enrolling at University since 2013.

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

Very few girls from the rural communities of the High Atlas Mountains in Morocco get the opportunity to continue their education beyond primary school.

Secondary schools, mostly several miles away in larger towns, are not accessible to these girls because:

– Their parents cannot afford to pay for transport or lodgings
– The journey to the secondary schools can be dangerous
– Their parents do not feel safe sending their daughters away from home to the existing facilities

This means that in these rural areas up to 83% of women are illiterate. So instead of these girls following their dreams of a better future they end up with a life spent at home. A life of domestic chores, early marriage and having children.

YouGoatMe was founded to help give these girls the education they deserve.

I wanted to find a way to drive the attention from the entertainment/silliness to raise awareness (and funds) for girls’ education in rural areas in Morocco. Gabi the Goat is our friendly character that makes funny videos and is on a mission on doing social good. Each purchase of Gabi the Goat and its merchandise provide a girl with 3 days of housing and education.

There are benefits much broader than that, as each girl inspires changing attitudes amongst her sisters, families and the wider communities they come from which will change an entire generation.

Education for All Morocco:  efamorocco.org

More about YouGoatMe:

Twitter: @gabithegoat

Facebook: facebook.com/GabiTheGoat

Instagram: @gabithegoatofficial

Website: yougoatme.com

YouGoatMe raise money for (and increase awareness of) the charity Education For All Morocco through goat merchandise and general silliness.

Gabi the Goat is its product hero, and is the ultimate squawking goat toy that offers endless hours of wacky fun and has a positive social impact. Each purchase you make empowers a girl in Morocco and provides her with 3 days of housing and education.

We’ve partnered with the non-profit Education For All Morocco to help build and run high-quality boarding houses near secondary schools. These boarding houses are provided free to girls aged 12-18 who wouldn’t usually be able to afford an education.

Simo Elalj

Simo Elalj’s bio:

Twitter: @simoelalj

Linkedin: linkedin.com/in/elalj

Instagram: @simoelalj

Simo is the founder of YouGoatMe, a project that is helping provide girls in rural Morocco with a better education though goat silliness.

He emigrated from Morocco to France for his undergraduate and masters’ schooling, paid for from the profits of his first two websites. Simo completed his master’s degree in computer science as a visiting scholar at the University of California Berkeley.

Notably, he developed the website RefurbMe at the age of 16, which provides an easy way to shop and monitor Apple refurbished products (http://www.refurb.me/). RefurbMe is now facilitating +$3M yearly revenues for its merchants, help reduce worldwide electronic waste and provide him income to focus on social good ventures.

Simo is currently based between San Francisco and Paris and can be reached via https://www.linkedin.com/in/elalj/


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Korean American Finds Her Biological Family And A New Perspective On Life

Sara Jones is perhaps the most American-sounding name one can imagine. She is as American as her name sounds. Raised in the United States by her adoptive white family, she admits that because of her Korean heritage she has been accused of being a banana–yellow on the outside but white on the inside.

Last year began, however, with an itch to find her biological family. Knowing little more than that she had been adopted from Korea, she began her search. The one other clue she had was a faint scar from having a tattoo removed from her arm when she came to the U.S. Recreating the tattoo with a marker, she shared photos of her arm with the markings on social media.

Much faster than she anticipated, she connected with her brother, who has the same tattoo on his arm. She learned that her father had given her up for adoption after her mother left. He had tattooed himself and the three children with the same, simple tattoo: cross with four dots underneath the cross, representing a father and three children.

The experience of connecting with her biological family has provided her with a whole new perspective on life, one the recognizes the reality of a completely different path her life might taken.

Be sure to watch the full interview with Sara in the video player above to learn more about how this experience has changed her.

Interview with Sara Jones, the President of InclusionPro.

The following is the pre-interview with Sara Jones. Be sure to watch the recorded interview above.

We’ll be discussing her experiences as a Korean adoptee, raised in Utah.  I met my Korean birth family for the first time in October – after 42 years. with Sara Jones.

It really was miraculous how my Korean family and I found each other.  I’m grateful to my birth father for giving me a unique tattoo that I could use later in life to find my family.  

What is your take on adoption?

I’ve reflected a lot on what this journey has meant for me personally.  It won’t be the same for all Korean adoptees.

Television Report:  Miracle of the Yoon Tattoo: https://youtu.be/WVAvDlXAOB4

More about InclusionPro:

Website: www.inclusionpro.com

InclusionPro™ helps CEOs and companies build and execute diversity and inclusion strategy.  With its Inclusion Growth™ Framework, we use best practices for real impact.

Sara Jones. Photo Credit: Brock Best Photography

Sara Jones’s bio:

Twitter: @saradansiejones

Linkedin: linkedin.com/in/saradansiejones/

Instagram: @saradansiejones

Sara Jones is President of InclusionPro™, where she consults executive teams on diversity and inclusion – how to attract, grow and retain diverse and winning teams through her Inclusion Growth™ Framework strategies.  As a consultant, she has keynoted or trained over 30 groups on leadership, high performing teams, talent strategies, and career skills. Sara has almost 20 years of experience within companies leading operational, partnership, fundraising and legal strategies.  She was CEO of ApplicantPro, an HR SaaS company providing recruiting tools to over 3000 clients, with a strong female workforce. She was VP of Strategic Development at Patent Law Works, an IP firm based in Silicon Valley. She was head of business development at School Improvement Network, an ed tech SaaS company. She started her career as a patent attorney, where she led diversity efforts and became a partner at Workman Nydegger, having worked on over 400 patents, mostly in the software arts. Ms. Jones has a law degree from BYU and a B.S. in chemical engineering from the University of Utah.  

In 2007, she co-founded and is COO of Women Tech Council, a non-profit with a community of 10,000 women and men nationwide. Over the past 11 years, Women Tech Council has recognized over 200 women tech leaders, mentored over 2,000 college women in STEM, and activated over 12,000 high school girls through its SheTech program.


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When Everyone Wins Magic Happens


As a young professional–a trader at Citigroup–Rhoden Monrose felt a tug to do more good in the world at real scale. He also recognized that others in the Millennial generation had a similar passion for good but weren’t always getting the same opportunities older professionals did.

He created CariClub to match young professionals with nonprofits to serve as associate board members, offering the same sort of counsel and connections that their older peers provide on traditional board.

The innovative model provides a win to employers (who pay a fee for their employees to participate) in that they get more engaged employees who are building valuable experience at the same time they give back. Young professionals win as they get an opportunity to learn and develop new skills and a broader network even as they give back to their communities. Nonprofits win as they receive an infusion of young talent and perspective.

Be sure to watch the full interview with Rhoden in the video player at the top of this article.

Interview with Rhoden Monrose, the Founder & CEO of CariClub.

The following is the pre-interview with Rhoden Monrose. Be sure to watch the recorded interview above.

For-profit/Nonprofit: For-profit

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

Since launching in 2014, CariClub has partnered with nearly 500 highly regarded nonprofit organizations to place young professionals on associate boards from top industry firms such as Citigroup, KKR, Davis Polk, Third Point, Berkshire Capital, and many others.

More about CariClub:

Twitter: @JoinCariClub

Facebook: facebook.com/CariClub/

Website: cariclub.com/

Linkedin: linkedin.com/company/cariclub/

Instagram: @joincariclub

CariClub is a unique technology platform strategically positioned at the intersection of corporate citizenship and professional networking. CariClub is a community of talented professionals working together to tackle society’s biggest problems. Our technology makes it easy for our members to discover associate board positions with hundreds of inspiring and effective nonprofit organizations. CariClub also helps firms connect with their millennial workforce and subsequently help them attract, retain and develop their next generation of leaders by giving young professionals access to philanthropic leadership opportunities, specifically associate board positions with well-known nonprofits and foundations.

Since launching in 2014, CariClub has partnered with nearly 500 highly regarded nonprofit organizations to place young professionals on associate boards from top industry firms such as Citigroup, KKR, Davis Polk, Third Point, Berkshire Capital, and many others. Headquartered in New York City with plans for global expansion, CariClub is reinventing what it means to give back for the next generation of business leaders. Headquartered in New York City with plans for global expansion, CariClub is reimagining what it means to give back and get involved for the millennial generation.

Our mission is to unlock the potential within each individual to become a driving force for good.

Rhoden Monrose Photo Credit: NYC Photography

Rhoden Monrose’s bio:

After emigrating from Saint Lucia at the age of twelve, Rhoden Monrose grew up in Harlem, NY. With the help of nonprofits, he attended a prestigious university and got a job as a derivatives trader at Citigroup. While the work was rewarding he felt something missing, and he tried to fill the void by working (and playing) harder. In 2011, he found a circle of like-minded people who found purpose in using their time, talent and money to make an impact. In 2014, he founded CariClub, a digital community designed to connect young professionals to nonprofit associate boards. Citigroup became Rhoden’s first client. CariClub now works with a large network of nonprofits, companies and young professionals, building a pipeline for the future leaders of the nonprofit world…and is having a lot of fun doing it.

Rhoden’s personal experiences with nonprofit organizations helped fuel his passion to develop a technology platform where other young professionals have the opportunity to engage with nonprofits at a higher level Rhoden is a member of Row New York’s associate board.


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This Social Enterprise Does More Than Sell Books–It Saves Lives

Most teenagers find themselves facing important life decisions about where to go to college or trade school. Kids who find themselves on the wrong side of the law or in the foster care system often face starker questions, like where to sleep tonight or how to find food to eat.

Such youth face additional challenges in the form of drugs and alcohol that allow them to self-medicate to avoid the pain associated with lives turned upside down, often by circumstances beyond their control.

More Than Words is a social enterprise that sells books but does so much more. The nonprofit employs youth who have been involved with the criminal justice system or foster care, teaching them life skills that can mean the difference between surviving as an adult outside the system and not.

Founded by Jodi Rosenbaum, the organization is proving to be such an effective intervention that when Boston brought Amazon executives to the city to show off all it had going for it in a failed attempt to woo the company’s second headquarters to the city, a stop at More Than Words was on the agenda.

Be sure to watch the full interview with Jodi in the video at the top of this article.

Interview with Jodi Rosenbaum, the Founder and CEO of More Than Words.

The following is the pre-interview with Jodi Rosenbaum. Be sure to watch the recorded interview above.

For-profit/Nonprofit: 501(c)3 Nonprofit

Revenue model: Young adults work approximately 20 hours per week managing our online, retail, pop-up and wholesale book-selling businesses, running a high-end event space, and gaining critical life skills and work experience while generating ~$4MM in earned revenue that offsets program costs. Youth facilitate peer-led training and weekly team meetings, manage sales, and plan and host events. Youth are also out on 3 trucks doing daily pickups at donation bins, homes, businesses and institutions in the community, sourcing over 3M donated books annually to run their businesses. Through the Business job, young people learn marketable and transferable job skills, including customer service, technology, inventory management, as well as critical professional skills such as showing up on time and working as a team.

Scale: FY19:  400 youth served; retail storefront 40K books; online inventory 140K books; youth ship ~800 books/day all over the world; 7K book pickups; $4MM gross earned revenue sales from all businesses;

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

Eighty percent of low-income minority youth in MA are unemployed, and national research shows that 43% of women and 74% of men who age out of the foster care system will be incarcerated at least once in their lifetimes. These young people are bursting with potential but there are numerous factors contributing to their disengagement. These are the youth that MTW serves.

All of the youth at MTW are 16-21, have compounding risk factors and are in need of an empowering life experience to help them transition into a successful and self-sufficient adulthood. All are low income and represent all racial and ethnic groups. Across both our Boston and Waltham sites:

  • Nearly 70% have recent or current involvement with the foster care system (DCF).
  • Nearly 40% have recent or current court involvement.
  • Approximately 80% do not have their HiSet or H.S. Diploma and are either not pursuing it or struggling with school. All are behind academically with significant patterns of failing grades, absenteeism and lack of engagement in education.

MTW has developed an innovative work-based social enterprise youth development program to empower the most marginalized youth to reach positive outcomes in education, employment, and self-efficacy and is shifting perceptions about their potential. Our model consists of 3 components:

Business Job: MTW youth work paid jobs as part of a team generating over $1M annually by managing their online and retail bookstores approximately 20 hours/week, and are integrated into all aspects of the business. Youth facilitate peer-led training and weekly team meetings, track financials, manage sales, guide tours, plan and host events, manage marketing/promotions, and source the 2.4 million books per year needed to run their business doing daily pickups at donation bins, homes, businesses and institutions in the community.

“You” Job: Youth have a second equally important “YOU” job – deliberate transition planning and case management to ensure they have life essentials in place and move on to meaningful jobs and higher education. Youth attend weekly youth development shifts and gain exposure to potential jobs and post-secondary education through site visits with partners at hotels, banks, businesses, trade schools and universities. Youth participate in workshops, mock interviews, dinners with community leaders, and regular meetings with Youth Development Managers. By tackling personal barriers in their lives and gaining exposure to new opportunities, youth are able to craft their own action plans with concrete steps for earning their diploma or HiSet, securing post-MTW employment, and pursuing post-secondary education.

Graduate Program: Once youth graduate, after 6-12 months in the core program, they continue to receive intensive case management from Youth Development and Education and Employment Managers who support them toward higher education, door-opening credentials, or growth-focused pathway employment, and track data on achievements in education and career pathways for 2 years.

We have shown that when we put young people in charge of running a business – in roles where they can make tangible contributions – they are inspired and empowered to take charge of their lives.   

Read the More Than Words  Annual Report.

More about More Than Words:

Twitter: @MTWyouth

Facebook: facebook.com/mtwyouth/

Website: MTWyouth.org

Instagram: @mtwyouth

More Than Words is a nonprofit social enterprise that empowers young adults who are in the foster care system, court-involved, homeless, or out of school to take charge of their lives by taking charge of a business.

We believe that when system-involved youth are empowered with authentic and increasing responsibilities in a business setting, and are given high expectations and a culture of support, they can and will address personal barriers to success, create concrete action plans, and become contributing members of society who live, love and own their futures.

Jodi Rosenbaum

Jodi Rosenbaum’s bio:

Twitter: @jodiMTWyouth

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jodirosenbaum/

Jodi Rosenbaum piloted MTW as an online book-selling venture with several teenage boys in foster care in 2004, and then worked with the youth to grow MTW into a vibrant retail and online bookstore and café and a platform for youth to radically transform their lives. Jodi has over 16 years’ experience with youth in the juvenile justice and public school systems and served as a Teach For America fellow. She serves on the state-wide Advisory Council of the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families and the MA chapter of the Social Enterprise Alliance. Jodi was selected as the Advocate of the Year by the MA Providers’ Council in 2009, The Rising Star by Germaine Lawrence in 2010, and received the Next Generation Award by the Social Enterprise Alliance in 2010. She received a political science degree with a focus on juvenile justice policy from Emory University and a master’s in education in risk and prevention from Harvard. She resides in Waltham.


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