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Expert Shares Insights for Wise Philanthropy - Richard Marker - #629
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April 27, 2018 06:00 AM PDT
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Richard Marker has been advising philanthropists for 25 years. Today, he took time to share his insights with us! He not only shares some best practices for philanthropy he offers tips for nonprofits who seek money from them (hint: don’t waste your time building relationships with philanthropists who don’t have an interest in your cause!)

Interview with Richard Marker, the Co-principal/founder of Wise Philanthropy / Wise Philanthropy Institute.

The following is the pre-interview with Richard Marker. Be sure to watch the recorded interview above.

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We help philanthropists and foundations make wise and informed decisions about their philanthropy strategy - as educators, advisors, writers, speakers.

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This AI Tool Could Revolutionize Impact Investing - David Shrier, Distilled Analytics - #628
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April 25, 2018 06:00 AM PDT
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Read the full Forbes article and watch the interview here: http://bit.ly/2K8CNIh.

David Shrier left MIT after adopting the school’s mission and applying it to his artificial intelligence startup, Distilled Analytics. He’s hoping to disrupt impact measurement for companies and investors alike with the company’s new product, Distilled Impact.

“MIT's mission is to solve the world's biggest problems through technology,” Shrier says. “We spun out of MIT to look at how can we apply the tools of data and analytics and AI to help address the world's biggest problems.”

“Distilled Analytics is applying data science to critical issues of activating private capital to build a better world,” he says.

Read the full Forbes article and watch the interview here: http://bit.ly/2K8CNIh.

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Engage The Youth You Hope To Serve - Siobhan O'Neil, United Nations University - #627
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April 23, 2018 02:09 PM PDT
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Read the full Forbes article and watch the interview here: http://bit.ly/2JmRw17.

The youth you hope to help as a social entrepreneur or nonprofit leader may be your most powerful tool for helping them. This message comes from a recent report published by the United Nations University called “Cradled by Conflict.”

The report’s author, Siobhan O’Neil, 39, points out that youth discussed in the report about kids who have been recruited or coerced into joining militant groups are vulnerable but also capable of helping to define and manage their own recovery.

O’Neil, the project lead for children and extreme violence at the U.N.-based think tank, says that studies show that when children are engaged in finding solutions, the solutions can be effective. As an example, she says that students in a high school experiencing violence were asked to help design a program to reduce violence in the schools. The result: violence dropped significantly within a year.

Read the full Forbes article and watch the interview here: http://bit.ly/2JmRw17.

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Microlending Player Microvest Focuses On Intentionality And Performance - Candace Smith - #626
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April 17, 2018 06:00 AM PDT
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Offering banking services to unbanked, vulnerable populations is a model for lifting people out of poverty. It is also a model for indentured servitude and even modern day slavery.

Microvest Capital Manages has invested over $1 billion in in microlending firms. Candace Smith, the firm’s head of risk, joined me to talk about how the firm ensures that it invests only on microlending companies that improve lives with a sustainable business model.

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Tune In For This Report From The Front Lines Of Elephant Conservation - Sebastien Duffillot - #625
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April 15, 2018 11:00 PM PDT
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Sebastien Duffillot says he was drawn first to Laos by its people but quickly became an activist for conserving the few remaining elephants in a place known as “the land of a million elephants.”

The Elephant Conservation Center houses 30 asian elephants. They are not required to perform or give rides. They live in a protected forest and are allowed to just enjoy being elephants.

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These Three MDs Have A Prescription For Curing Student Debt - #624
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April 11, 2018 09:00 AM PDT
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Three physicians who are appalled by the mountain of student debt in America have developed a plan to help students pay off their student loans early. Their plan would also provide free services to nonprofit organizations. The trio is now putting their plan into action in the form of a social enterprise.

NanaEfua B. Afoh-Manin, a physician who describes herself as a dancer and simply exudes energy, generally abbreviates her last three names as B.A.M., pronounced bam! As CEO of the Shared Harvest Fund, she is joined by two other female African American medical doctors as co-founders. Briana DeCuir joined B.A.M. for a discussion you can watch in the video player above. Joanne Moreau is the third member of the founding group.

The plan works like this: “debtfreelancers” who are people with student loans willing to volunteer for nonprofits find those opportunities on the Shared Harvest Fund Social Impact Job Board. Both the nonprofit and the debtfreelancers pay modest subscription fees to the Shared Harvest Fund. Additionally, sponsors and donors contribute to the fund. The funds pay down the student loans of the debtfreelancers.

Read the full Forbes article and watch the interview here: http://bit.ly/2GKqm7j.

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Women Empowering Women And Telling Their Stories - Carol Story and Merrilee Buchanan - #623
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April 10, 2018 06:00 AM PDT
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Merrilee Buchanan and Carol Storey working to empower women around the globe. Merrilee runs Villa Leadership Group, working to consult, train and coach women to successfully take on greater leadership roles. Carol writes their stores on the Villa Blog.

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

Many women feel isolated today and do not have a community to connect with or realistic relatable role models to turn to for inspiration and guidance. The Villa blog provides a forum for all women who are looking for answers and direction to support their goals and needs.

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This Crypto Offering Under SEC Regulations Will Fund Neighborhood Renewal - Andrew Jewett - #622
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April 09, 2018 06:00 AM PDT
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Andrew Jewett, Co-CEO of Aperture, is writing a new script for raising money for the firm’s new real estate fund. The firm will issue a new cryptocurrency with each coin representing a share of the fund. The funds raised will be used to rehabilitate homes lost to foreclosure to make them habitable and ready for families to occupy them.

The use of a coin to represent a share of a fund is new. The SEC has argued for some time that the issuance of a new cryptocurrency may constitute the issuance of a security. Many coin issuers have avoided this by issuing their coins outside the U.S. Jewett chose to issue the firm’s new coin as a security under Regulation D section 506(c).

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Expert Says Social Entrepreneurs Have Social Media Secret Weapon - Jay Baer - #621
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April 05, 2018 06:00 AM PDT
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Read the full Forbes article and watch the interview here: http://bit.ly/2GUUMTG.

Jay Baer, New York Times bestselling author and founder of Convince and Convert, says that social enterprises and nonprofits have a secret weapon they can use on social media: authentic stories.
“Just tell the story,” Baer says to social entrepreneurs. “Ideally with video because video disproportionately performs in every social network. Just take a video of you working on the water project. Don’t try to sell anybody. Let the story sell for you.”
Expanding on this point, Baer says, optimally, social entrepreneurs will get their fans, supporters and customers to post the video of themselves working on the project rather than post a polished, edited video from the business or organization.

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

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New Venture To Finance Healthy Forests For Carbon Capture And Storage - Bruno Marino - #620
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April 04, 2018 06:00 AM PDT
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Bruno Marino, PhD, founder of Planet Alpha Corp, is working to finance projects to preserve, protect and expand forests in cooperation with local communities. Using modern technology, the new company can actually measure the amount of carbon sequestered by the forest. The company is conducting a $50 million Regulation A+ offering that is open to the public.

Preliminary Interview with Bruno D.V. Marino, the founder and CEO of Planet Alpha Corp.

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.

What is the purpose of your crowdfunding campaign?

PαC will develop forest carbon storage projects across the planet with a mission to reduce emissions of CO2 and greenhouse gases (“GHG”). We do good by supporting forest landowners and communities for their reduction of CO2 emissions through forest tree planting, growth, conservation and management. The ultimate mission of our company is to reverse and slow deforestation, one of the most challenging global and humanitarian issues of our time and of our future. PαC will develop innovative forest carbon sequestration projects resulting in unique measurement based products that are sold to buyers worldwide, creating revenue while ultimately fulfilling its mission of supporting landowners, reversing deforestation and reducing the burden of atmospheric GHGs. As a for-profit company in what is sometimes perceived as a non-profit endeavor we strive to be seen as a signal of positivism for humanity. Our mission as a successful corporate business is to pursue lofty goals such as improvement of the human condition and the sustainability of the planet for future generations. Science (e.g., monitoring and analysis) will likely not save us but people making choices that restore and defragment nature have great potential to manage the Earth for future generations. Our core principle is embodied in leaving a “legacy” of forest sustainability and vibrant communities that manage forests. Every individual and entity can participate and build a legacy for all.

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