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This Miss America Is Working To Thank Veterans For Their Service - #551
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July 04, 2017 05:00 AM PDT
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As Americans head to the beach or the mountains to celebrate Independence Day they may give some thought to the freedoms they enjoy. With a bit of prompting from some patriotic music accompanying fireworks tonight, they may even give some thought to the soldiers who have fought and died to make those freedoms possible.

Former Miss America Sharlene Hawkes, 53, never forgets. In 2005, she helped found the Remember My Service Military Production division of StoryRock. Remember My Service, RMS, produces videos and books about the service of America's armed forces.

The division got started "kind of accidentally," Hawkes says. StoryRock produces a variety of personal and group history products, using a digital approach. The products include video yearbooks and scrapbooks that include video. The profitable division employs six people full time and another five on a part-time basis.

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It Shouldn't Be Easier To Find Your Mate Than To Find A Co-Investor Online - #550
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June 28, 2017 05:00 PM PDT
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Last summer, at a meeting of Seattle impact investors, one of the members said she didn't have need for additional deal flow--investment opportunities--what she needed, she said, according to Nancy Reid, director of the Seattle Impact Investing Group, is a way to build an investor syndicate. "What we need is investor flow."

Enter Luni Libes, 47, and Matt Eldridge, 48, who heard that need and set out to create a nonprofit, online platform called Investorflow.org to address the concern.

"Impact investors are spread around the world, investing all around the globe. This makes it incredibly difficult for those seeking funding to find these investors. It also means that investors tend not to know each other," Libes said, framing the discussion.

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#549: How Addressing 'Eco-Genocide' Is Almost Like Spinning Straw Into Gold For This Entrepreneur
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June 27, 2017 05:00 PM PDT
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Plastic pollution in our oceans represents an "Eco-genocide" according to Bonnie Monteleone, Executive Director and Director of Science Research and Academic Partnerships at Plastic Ocean Project, Inc.

Priyanka Bakaya, 34, founder and CEO of PK Clean, invented a scalable process to convert plastics back into the diesel fuel they came from, not quite spinning straw into gold but the process does convert garbage into fuel profitably.

When Monteleone had learned that plastics could be converted back into oil. She saw that as a way to emulate nature by creating a circular system where plastics removed from the oceans could be converted back into fuel. When she looked for partners, she was worried about the contaminants in the plastics extracted from the oceans.

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#548: How To Be Successful With Affordable Housing Without Being Evil
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June 24, 2017 11:00 AM PDT
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“Our nation is in the midst of a true affordability crisis.” Daryl Carter, founder, chairman and CEO of Avanath Capital Management, sees that as both a problem and an opportunity. He’s found a way to deliver returns to investors while serving working families at the same time, that is, without being evil.

Let’s start by looking at the problem. “The median income of a renter in the United States is $36,000. To be considered affordable, renters should be spending no more than a third of their income toward rent. However,” Carter says, “in many coastal markets such as Los Angeles and New York, over half of all renter households are allocating more than 50% of their income toward rent.”

That threshold matters, because if you are paying more than half of your income in rent, it is difficult to also provide food, healthcare and education for the people living under that roof. “Historically, the reason that many neighborhoods have declined, whether it’s Detroit or Oakland, is not because of who lives there, but rather because there is a lack of investment in those areas,” Carter says.

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#547: How Do You Offset 6 Million Tons of Carbon? One At A Time
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June 22, 2017 05:00 PM PDT
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"In a recent survey of 1,400 adults believing in climate change caused by humans, 75% agree that there is something they can personally do to help the planet, but yet only 40% have taken action," says Marisa de Belloy, CEO of Cool Effect, the crowdfunding site that helps people buy carbon credits simply and affordably.

Americans produce an average of 17 tons of carbon per year, she says. The remarkable thing is how affordable it is to offset that production at CoolEffect.com. The site provides a clear price for a one-ton carbon credit for each project on the site. The lowest price per credit: $4.12. At that price, Americans can offset their entire year's carbon production for just $70.04.

De Belloy hopes to get the nonprofit site's users to look past their own carbon offset requirements and to focus instead on supporting great projects, most of which provide a variety of social and environmental benefits aside from carbon offsets.

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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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