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How To Start Impact Investing With Just $50 And Five Minutes - Swell Investing's Dave Fanger - #572
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October 17, 2017 05:00 PM PDT
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Fifty bucks and five minutes will make you an impact investor. I did it. So can you.

Swell Investing is a new impact investing platform created by social intrapreneur Dave Fanger, 40, of Pacific Life. The idea came, Fanger says, five years ago, thinking about how consumers were increasingly making buying decisions based on social impact and thought there ought to be a way for investors to do the same.

What he came up with incorporated the latest fintech tools for investing, commonly known as robo-advisors paired with impact data to make informed decisions about impact. The technology allows for accounts as small as $50 with annual fees of just 75 basis points or 37.5 cents on a $50 account.

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'A Life Has Meaning And Purpose, No Matter The Age' - #571
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October 13, 2017 05:00 PM PDT
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Meghan Waldron is 15 years old, runs track for her high school, plays in the school orchestra and is working on a novel. She is remarkable in many ways. One way is that she has progeria, a condition so rare only about 300 kids in the world have it; few are expected to live past their 20th birthday--unless promising new treatments are found.

Waldron recently completed her first book, a children's book called Running on the Wind about a bird born under a rock that doesn't learn to fly but instead to run.

The book was published by The Red Fred Project, a nonprofit publishing company that helps "children who live in extraordinary circumstances" like Waldron's to create a children's book that will both serve as an adult-like achievement to bring a sense of fulfillment to their lives and as a lasting legacy, evidence that their short lives mattered. The company has now published ten books, is working on an 11th and on a plan to publish many more in the future.

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CEO Comes Full Circle Beginning And Ending In Poverty - 570
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October 11, 2017 05:00 PM PDT
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The fleeting memories of her childhood didn’t make sense until her mother told her the story of the poverty they’d experienced when Sheryle Gillihan was just a toddler. Now a CEO serving people experiencing poverty, she says she’s “come full circle.”

As the head of Causelabs, a public benefit corporation that provides strategy, design, prototyping and software development services, she is focusing the social enterprise on reaching profitability while staying true to the mission and values of the business.

The company finished 2016 with $1.7 million in revenue, an office in Denver and 16 employees. She says the company has pared expenses, including the office in Denver to give the firm a fighting chance at 2017 profitability.

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Founded By A 4-Year-Old, This Nonprofit Is Her Incomparable Legacy - #569
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September 29, 2017 04:00 PM PDT
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Alex Scott, the second child and only daughter among four children, must have been born in 1996 with the genes of a social entrepreneur. Her resilience and her perseverance are the hallmarks of almost all successful entrepreneurs.

Born prematurely, she manifested her fighting spirit immediately, defying the odds and quickly earning the right to leave the hospital. Her mother, Liz Scott, now 47, says it was a glimpse of what was to come.

Before her first birthday, Alex was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a pediatric cancer. She would battle the cancer for the rest of her short life, about seven and a half more years.

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Three Players That Exemplify The Complexity Of The Impact Investing Ecosystem - #568
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September 27, 2017 05:00 PM PDT
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Three impact investment players provide an interesting view of the broader impact investing ecosystem and how all the parts work together. Their approach helps to make capital more available to social entrepreneurs and investment opportunities open to more investors, including some ordinary investors.

The three include Impact Assets, New Media Ventures and Better Ventures. Impact Assets, a nonprofit asset manager holding exclusively philanthropic capital, serves as a hub in this part of the impact investing world. New Media Ventures and Better Ventures use Impact Assets in strategic but almost opposite ways.

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For This Family, The Bigger The Problem, The Bigger The Opportunity - 567
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September 18, 2017 05:00 PM PDT
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The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN estimates that "roughly one-third of the food produced in the world for human consumption every year gets lost or wasted."

Recognizing the journalistic injunction to avoid hyperbole, that truly is an enormous problem.

Justin Kamine, his brother Matthew and his father Hal determined that was just what they were looking for: an enormous opportunity. The Kamines have been developing infrastructure scale-projects since the senior Hal got into the cogeneration business in the mid-80s.

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Hydro Therapy Pool in Parker Makes a Difference Without Much Splash - 566
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September 14, 2017 05:00 PM PDT
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Around the world, local parks and recreation leaders serve without much notoriety or attention. You will immediately recognize the value parks bring to your community the moment you think of your city, town or neighborhood without them.

Beyond the parks, the activities within them provide a lifeline to underserved and at-risk community members. The hydro therapy pool in the Town of Parker in suburban Denver is an example of a community resource that is making a difference there without making much of a splash.

Deni Parker, 25, runs the therapy pool programs. The classes--and for now she teaches them all herself--serve only up to a handful at a time. Many of the sessions are one-on-one. A six-week course meeting twice per week costs just $30--about the cost of one session of physical therapy. In other words, the Parker therapy program costs just about one-twelfth as much.

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The Role of Entrepreneurship in Ending Poverty and Homelessness - #565
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September 12, 2017 06:24 PM PDT
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“Social entrepreneurship has proven to provide impactful innovations for poverty alleviation ,” says Abby Maxman, President of OxFam America. Maxman was among a diverse group of people working on poverty eradication who contributed to a recent roundtable discussion on ending extreme poverty and homelessness.

The idea of ending poverty seemed absurd a generation ago. Today, the idea has been enshrined officially in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs as something the world should achieve by 2030. The roundtable participants addressed a range of topics, including a focus on how social entrepreneurs would help achieve the SDGs. Watch the 80-minute discussion in the video player above.

Judith Walker, the chief operating officer for African Clean Energy, which sells clean cookstoves that generate electricity, explains the need for social entrepreneurs to see problems as opportunities. “Energy costs are very high compared to income in the markets we deal with, meaning its either not realistically accessible or almost certainly not reliable. This should be seen as an opportunity to improve the goods and services available in order to relieve burden and create other options for those struggling with any or consistent income.”

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Mark Horvath Invisible People
James Mayfield CHOICE Humanitarian
John Hewko Rotary International
Anne Kjear Riichert REDI School of Digital Integration
Eytan Stibbe Vital Capital
Laurent Lamothe LSL World Initiative
Morgan Simon Transform Finance
Arlene Samen One Heart World-Wide
Judith Joan Walker African Clean Energy
Alicia Wallace All Across Africa
Katie Meyler More Than Me
Renana Unknown Vital Capital

'Unstoppable' Mom, Cancer Survivor Creates New Fertility App - 564
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September 01, 2017 05:00 PM PDT
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Have you ever had a question you wanted to ask a doctor but couldn't find one to ask? Have you ever wanted a second opinion but decided it would take too long or cost too much?

Alice Crisci did. Unlike the rest of us who'd had such problems, she decided to do something about it. She founded Ovum Medical to provide MedAnswers, an iPhone app that gives patients direct access to doctors and other experts to answer questions. Crisci plans to launch Android and web versions of the service before the end of 2017.

She traces the history of the company to her own scare with cancer. "I was diagnosed with breast cancer when I was only 31 years old." Three weeks after her cancer diagnosis she launched a nonprofit called Fertile Action.

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One Father's Dementia Inspired A Social Enterprise To Protect Billions - 563
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August 29, 2017 05:00 PM PDT
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Michael Trainer, 40, one of the founders of the successful Global Citizen events in Central Park in New York City, had a life-altering experience following the third concert. His father was diagnosed with dementia.

Trainer had been focused almost exclusively on Global Citizen, an event that people earn the right to attend by doing good deeds, activating tremendous cumulative impact through collective advocacy, donations and volunteerism. The shock of his father's diagnosis caused him to reassess his priorities.

Recognizing that Global Citizen was in good hands, he left and began researching dementia, its causes and treatments. He came away determined to help people achieve "Peak Mind" and so created a new social enterprise that would encourage people to improve their health with an eye on preventing dementia.

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