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How This Father Raised $15k For Children’s Cancer - Scott Uhland via Caringcrowd - #639
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May 18, 2018 06:00 AM PDT
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Scott and Angela Uhland were as sad and afraid as any parents when their three-year-old Lucia was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. Two years of treatment left her healthy and starting school with her peers.

Scott always hoped to find a way to give back to the team of people who treated Lucia. He was especially fond of the caring people who structured fun experiences for her in the hospital during treatment. It made the whole experience tolerable. So tolerable, in fact, that her memories of the hospital include many positives, including, he admits, some of her favorite foods.

When Scott learned about Johnson & Johnson’s CaringCrowd global health crowdfunding platform, he realized he’d found the way he could give back. Scott is a PhD scientist at J&J. He decided to raise money for the Bass Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Diseases at the Lucille Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford, specifically targeting their programs supporting fun for cancer patients.

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Learn How to Build a Better Board For Your Nonprofit - Kate Hayes, Echoing Green - #638
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May 15, 2018 06:00 AM PDT
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Kate Hayes joined Echoing Green with a clean mission in mind: help nonprofits build better boards. Too many boards are untrained, lack diversity and aren’t fully engaged. She’s developed programs to help nonprofits and board candidates alike to be more effective.

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

Nonprofit boards are ineffective - members do not reflect the communities they serve, they are not active enough in fundraising, and they are not focused on strategy. Only 16% of board members are under the age of 40; 80% of board members have received no training; and 65% of board members don't think their fellow board members are engaged. At the same time, very few training programs exist, so we are stuck in the cycle of bad boards.

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Conserva Irrigation Brings Technology To Your Yard To Reduce Wasted Water - Russ Jundt - #637
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May 14, 2018 06:00 AM PDT
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Fresh, clean water is one of the scarcest resources on the planet and much what we use to water our yards is wasted. Conserva Irrigation is employing technology to shut your system down when the soil contains enough moisture--and much more.

Founder and vice president, Russ Jundt, explains how the technology can reduce water usage by 40 to 60 percent. The systems work well for commercial and residential real estate in the U.S. and around the world.

The company, part of the Outdoor Living Brands, family of franchise companies is working to find new franchisees who want to be a part of saving this scarce resource.

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Her Islamic Faith Inspires Her To Help Others Via Crowdfunding - Sheeza Shah, UpEffect - #636
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May 11, 2018 06:00 AM PDT
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Sheeza Shah has built a global crowdfunding platform called Upwork just for social entrepreneurs. Sheeza says her Islamic faith teaches and inspires her to make the world a better place.

Preliminary Interview with Sheeza Shah, the of UpEffect.

The following is a brief pre-interview that provides context for the recorded interview you may watch or listen to at the top of this article.

Website: https://www.theupeffect.com

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This Mission-Driven Business Help Millions Of Students Learn STEM Skills - Vince Bertram - PLTW - #635
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May 10, 2018 06:00 AM PDT
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Vince Bertram, 50, CEO of Project Lead the Way, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that provides STEM education, curriculum and training to schools, districts and teachers for millions of students across the country, says operating as a mission-driven business is key to having impact.

With $73.2 million in 2017 revenue and programs in 10,500 schools in all 50 states, Project Lead the Way—PLTW—serves millions of kindergarten through 12th-grade students.

Bertram says, “We are a business and if we don’t have a sustainable business model, we can’t provide the service to schools.”

Read the full Forbes article and watch the interview here: http://bit.ly/2I71x1X.

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Global Impact Comes From Female Co-Founder’s Success With $1B Enterprise - #634
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May 08, 2018 06:00 AM PDT
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“The reason I get up in the morning is to be able to truly give back to humanity. I think we've been given a responsibility to do that, ” says Emily Wright, co-founder of dōTERRA, the private manufacturer and distributor of essential oils.

The scale of the business gives her an unusual ability to have an impact. She notes that the company generates a profit on more than $1 billion in annual revenue. Her current title is founding executive, sales and marketing.

Working with a founding team of six men, she says of women, “I think we think a bit differently.” Of working with an all-male team, she adds, “I love the way they think and everything they contribute; I think they appreciate what I contribute.”

Read the full Forbes article and watch the interview here: http://bit.ly/2rqqIGr.

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Busy Executive and Entrepreneur Makes Time To Give Back Personally - Michael Dash - #633
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May 07, 2018 06:00 AM PDT
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Michael Dash, founder and CEO of Parallel HR could use any number of excuses for not making time to give back. He doesn’t. Instead, he travels the world doing good.

Interview with Michael Dash, the CEO/President of Parallel HR Solutions, Inc.

The following is the pre-interview with Michael Dash. Be sure to watch the recorded interview above.

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

At Parallel I help companies identify, attract and hire niche IT talent from around the country. Personally, I have started an addiction support group called FATE - From Addict to Entrepreneur bringing addiction and recovery into the spotlight. I am also a founding member of #Activation group which inspires others to be positive, authentic, passionate, empathetic and resilient people day in and day out.

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Women in Nonprofits Seek Their Due Following #MeToo - #632
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May 04, 2018 06:00 AM PDT
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With the support of their respective organizations, three women in the nonprofit sector are seeking to shake things up a bit to call attention to inadequate respect, compensation and opportunity.

Heba Mahmoud at the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Emily Rose Patz at Donor Perfect (a division of Softerware) and Tycely Williams of the YWCA have joined forces to bring attention to #metoo issues in a sector where at least some of us didn’t expect to find them.

Many philanthropists are powerful, wealthy men who are accustomed to getting their way. Many fundraising professionals in the nonprofit sector are women whose careers depend upon their ability to get philanthropists to open their wallets. This is a situation ripe with potential for abuse.

Futhermore, the three note that while 73 percent of all nonprofit employees are women, only 45 percent of CEOs are women and only 21 percent of CEOs of nonprofits with $25 million plus budgets are women. Women of color make up only 14 percent of board members.

Be sure to watch this powerful discussion with these three women who educate me on women’s issues in the nonprofit sector.

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How This Sandwich Shop Feeds 80 Nonprofits For Free - Sara Day, Even Stevens - #631
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April 29, 2018 03:58 PM PDT
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Customers at Even Stevens, which promises to give a sandwich for each one it sells, may envision a kitchen in the back where employees make sandwiches for homeless people, but co-founder Sara Day, 28, explains it doesn’t work that way.

Day, the cause director for the 20-store chain operating in six states, says they scrapped the idea of making sandwiches before the company opened its first store in June of 2014.

The team decided against making sandwiches for two reasons.

First, they quickly recognized that making sandwiches at exactly the moment that nonprofit partners would want them would be impossibly difficult. The result of not doing so would be lots of wasted food.

Read the full Forbes article and watch the interview here: http://bit.ly/2JCt4J2.

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This Photographer Discovered Human Beings In A Place We Didn’t Dare Look - Eric Hatch - #630
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May 01, 2018 06:00 AM PDT
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This episode is unusually visual. Please consider watching this episode on YouTube here: https://youtu.be/TNrwrwEQdRg.

Eric Hatch thought photographing volunteers from the community of people addicted to alcohol, meth and heroin would make for an interesting artistic challenge. Once he started meeting them and seeing them as human beings, his artistic project became a crusade.

The impact of being seen as a real, three-dimensional person with value to society changes the subjects in a subtle way as well. Having photographed just 50, he’s already found one that quickly decided to get clean and sober, checking herself into rehab.

Be sure to watch the entire interview in the player above to see a sample of the photos as well as to hear about the human beings Eric photographs.

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