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#546: Facing Huge Demand, This Charity Needed A Miracle Worker To Raise Money
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June 20, 2017 05:00 PM PDT
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In 2010, between 500 and 700 families were being turned away from the Ronald McDonald House in Salt Lake City every year because the home lacked the rooms to care for all of the families with sick children being treated at area hospitals. To fix that problem, a major expansion requiring a significant capital campaign would be required. That, in turn, would require new leadership.

Enter Carrie Romano, who was recruited to serve as the CEO of the Ronald McDonald House Charities Intermountain Area largely because she had recently led a $20 million capital campaign for the local YWCA.

If you are fortunate, you've never had occasion to stay at a Ronald McDonald House. Romano explains, " We provide a home-away-from-home to ease daily burdens and empower families of hospitalized children with meaningful experiences and quality time together."

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#545: New Author, Podcaster Launches Radio Show With Crowdfunding Campaign
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June 08, 2017 06:00 PM PDT
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Tony Loyd is a podcaster who interviews social entrepreneurs. He has just been invited to host a weekly, drive-time radio show. He's also finishing up a book. To launch all of this, Tony is running a crowdfunding campaign on StartSomeGood.com.

Tony lives by the mantra "miracles happen when you are in motion." He says, the radio show came about because he was out and about, was producing a podcast and another host of the radio show connected him to the producer.

His book, Crazy Good Advice, features ten lessons from the 150 episodes of his show, extracting patterns and insights from the great social entrepreneurs he's interviewed.

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#544: Journalist Virtually Resurrects Homeless Man
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June 08, 2017 05:00 PM PDT
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Justin Huggard died last December. In April, the Deseret News ran a 4,000-word story about him. The remarkable thing was not that the News took four months to write his obituary, rather it was that they wrote anything at all.

Justin was homeless. Addicted. Invisible.

While he died on Main Street in the heart of downtown Salt Lake City; his passing was so anonymous that even those good-hearted activists who track the casualties of homelessness each year missed his death. At the annual vigil for the homeless who die in Salt Lake, the names of the year's victims are read, remembered and honored fleetingly. But not Justin.

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#543: The Painful Story Of A Reluctant Social Entrepreneur
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June 06, 2017 05:00 PM PDT
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Kelli Kelley is a reluctant social entrepreneur.

She was 24 weeks pregnant--16 weeks before her due date--when a sharp pain in her abdomen signaled something was wrong. She called her mother and mother-in-law for guidance and they told her to call 911.

It was a good thing she did. In the ambulance, they confirmed she was in labor and that they wouldn't be able to stop it. At the time, 24 weeks was the medical limit for delivering a baby that could survive.

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#542: How Seeing The Nonprofit As A Business Helps Smile Train Grow
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June 01, 2017 05:00 PM PDT
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Susannah Schaefer, CEO of the International nonprofit Smile Train, says, "It is a nonprofit, but it is a business." This attitude for leading the enterprise guides much of what it does.

Consistent with the vision of the founder and Chairman, Charles B. Wang, the business started with a teach-a-man-to-fish model for providing free cleft-correcting surgeries to children in the developing world.

That approach has led to impressive scale since the enterprise was launched in 1999. Last year, 120,000 children were treated by Smile Train trained surgeons. Schaefer is quick to point out that about 170,000 cleft births occur each year in the developing world, possibly leaving 50,000 new children every year without needed treatment.

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#540: How This Entrepreneur Seeks Scale To Help People Get Clean Water After Disasters
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May 31, 2017 05:00 PM PDT
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While working on her master's degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering at California Polytechnic State University, Tricia Compas-Markman, 32, helped to invent the Waterbag, a "water treatment plant in a backpack." Having distributed 20,000 units around the world following disasters, she is focusing now on scaling DayOne Response by at least one order of magnitude.

Kellee Joost invested in the business and joined the board of directors after hearing Compas-Markman's pitch. There were two reasons she invested, she says. First, "DayOne Response set out to solve a big, hairy problem." Second, "the co-founders of DayOneResponse had a good balance of experience and background, but even more important for me was that they were fearless."

The Waterbag works by filling the bag with fresh water from a river or stream, adding a chemical water purification pack produced by P&G and then pouring the water through a filter. The bag holds about ten liters, enough for a family to survive. The bag is reusable for about a year so long as the supply of water purification packets lasts.

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#540: Expert: Now is the Time to Get Solar on Your Business
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May 30, 2017 02:00 PM PDT
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Erik Melang, 52, the CEO and co-founder of Distributive Solar, says now is the time for business owners to put solar panels on their facilities. He should know; in under one year since he launched the business, his team has 75 megawatts of solar projects in the pipeline.

Erik recently made the case for investing in solar now in a post on Linkedin and joined me for a quick conversation (watch it at the top of this article) to talk about the reasons.

He offers four primary reasons for considering solar now:

1. The investment tax credit on solar installations will begin to expire in 2020. Given the time required to evaluate, design and install solar, there isn't much cushion in the calendar to take advantage of the tax benefits.

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#539: New Site Is 'Like Match.com For Lawyers' 
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May 25, 2017 05:00 AM PDT
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Felicity Conrad only worked for Skadden, one of the world's most prominent law firms, for about two years but while she was there she had the opportunity to litigate a pro bono asylum case. She won. And in the bargain, she changed the lives of the family she represented--and her own. She left the firm to launch a site she says is "like Match.com for lawyers" and their pro bono clients.

As a first year associate, Conrad says she was afraid to take on the asylum case. It was her first time in a court room. After winning the case, to celebrate, the family took her out to dinner at McDonalds. "The children--the whole family was there. You can see the fruits of your labor in a way that most lawyers never see," she said of the experience.

A vegetarian, Conrad describes eating french fries and being thankful "I had said 'yes' to something outside my comfort zone. Now I get to go through life knowing that somewhere out there something is a little bit better because I was able to be a part of it."

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#538: Woman Tallies 1.5M Births And 5M Prevented
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May 24, 2017 05:00 AM PDT
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Leslie Heyer, the founder and president of Cycle Technologies, reports that women using her CycleBeads to count the days since their menstrual cycle began have successfully delivered about 1.5 million babies and have avoided about 5 million unwanted pregnancies. Her latest product is an app that she hopes will help even more than the 6 million who have used her beads.

Heyer, a Harvard-educated social entrepreneur, recently launched a new app called Dot that helps women understand when pregnancy is most--and least--likely to occur during the month, based principally on the date a woman starts her monthly cycle.

Cycle Technologies, with revenues of $1 million annually from product sales and consulting, has been producing its CycleBeads for nearly a decade. The beads are distributed through partnerships with NGOs to women around the developing world.

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#537: Report Asks Investors To Respect Human Rights On Clean Energy Projects
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May 23, 2017 05:00 AM PDT
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Renewable energy projects are the primary weapon in the war on climate change, but that shouldn't exempt these projects in the developing world from United Nations' standards on human rights, argues a new briefing report.

As I explored the briefing, "Renewable Energy: Managing Investors' Risks and Responsibilities," with two of the co-authors, Andrea Armeni of Transform Finance and Meredith Benton (see my interview with them at the top of this article), I began to see clean energy projects through a new lens.

Armeni points out that when a wind or solar project is built to provide power to an aluminum smelter there is no question that powering the smelter with clean energy is better than powering it with fossil fuels, but there may still be a negative impact on a local community--which may or may not benefit much from the project.

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