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#536: How Impact Investors Are 'Starting In The Wrong Place'
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May 09, 2017 05:00 PM PDT
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"We're starting in the wrong place," Mara Bolis, 45, senior advisor for market systems at Oxfam America, says of the approach most impact investors are using today.

The problem she highlights is that investors are starting with an analysis of their own requirements, which are primarily financial rather than with a deep understanding of a problem they wish to solve.

"Impact is a pretty diluted term at this point," she adds. "We're not doing the important upfront work to diagnose the problem."

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#534: Nonprofit Crowdfunding Explained
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May 04, 2017 05:00 PM PDT
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Salvador Briggman, author of Nonprofit Crowdfunding Explained, says he shares all you need to know to succeed with your nonprofit crowdfunding goals.

Salvador says his goal was to share the insights that for-profit crowdfunders are using so that nonprofits could get those benefits, too. He's excited by the potential for crowdfunding to help nonprofits get the word out about their inspiring work.

He notes that peer-to-peer fundraising is a better model for crowdfunding than a traditional, centralized approach. By empowering supporters to do the fundraising for your organization, you let them reach their friends directly and expand your reach infinitely.

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#534: This 'Tornado Of Energy' Is Revamping Education In Liberia
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May 02, 2017 04:25 PM PDT
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Time's 2014 Person of the Year was "The Ebola Fighters." Among the front line people profiled was the aptly described "tornado of energy" Katie Meyler, now 34 and the founder of the educational NGO More Than Me.

Meyler, who says empathy is her superpower, founded the organization while visiting Liberia years before the Ebola epidemic swept the country. She was there doing volunteer work and came across an 11-year-old girl named Abigail who was prostituting herself for school fees. Meyler began paying her fees so Abigail could attend school.

Abigail had some friends that needed help, too. Soon, the number of girls she was helping outstripped Meyler's meager resources so she began fundraising via social media to help more girls.

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#533: This Entrepreneur Works To Infuse Travel With Purpose And Impact
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May 03, 2017 05:00 PM PDT
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Kathryn Pisco's world changed when with her husband she circumnavigated the globe, volunteering along the way.

She realized, "Life was too short to fit back into what I was doing before." So, rather than go back to work in a regular job, she launched a social enterprise called Unearth the World to help volunteers travel and have real impact.

She notes that there are three big problems in the voluntourism industry that she hoped to fix.

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#532: Feel Rich Founders To Hip Hop Community: Health Is The New Wealth
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April 26, 2017 05:00 PM PDT
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Feel Rich, started with the question, "What if we create a brand that makes health sexy?"

Feel Rich, a "culturally relevant" health and wellness brand for the multicultural, urban community, is a led by Shawn Ullman and Quincy D. Jones, III, son of the multi-Grammy-award-winning artist. Ullman has worked for Jones for years, helping to produce documentary films. Jones has left his father's shadow but not his legacy and has produced several gold, platinum and multi-platinum albums.

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#531: If Your Business Looked at Solar 2 Years Ago and Passed, Now May Be the Time
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April 27, 2017 05:00 PM PDT
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If your business evaluated solar power as a way to reduce costs more than a year ago and rejected it, it is time to look again, says Jason Loyet, CEO of Solar Site Design.

Solar Site Design has a national network of independent contractors who work as solar originators. The company also has a network of client contractors who pay for the opportunity to bid on the projects the originators find. This competitive marketplace is helping to accelerate projects and reduce the cost of solar installations.

The result, Jason says, is installed costs of solar power that are years ahead of recent expectations at under $2.00 per watt. That means that in most parts of the country, a business can install solar and save enough to on utility bills to justify the expense.

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#530: JOBS Act Opens New Window For Small Company IPOs
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April 25, 2017 05:00 PM PDT
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With the "dot com crash" in 2000, largely by regulatory design, small company IPOs all but disappeared from the American economic landscape.

A scarcely noticed part or title of the 2012 JOBS Act sought to address that directly by reinvigorating Regulation A, raising the cap from $5 million to $50 million and creating a path for a Reg A offering to be an effective IPO (initial public offering). The new rule is commonly called Reg A+.

In early 2016, Elio Motors went public using Regulation A.

The rules weren't effective until mid 2015 and the market is just beginning to mature. Rod Turner is the founder and CEO of Manhattan Street Capital, one of the players in this nascent marketplace.

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#529: How This Venture Has Impact Coming And Going
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April 21, 2017 05:00 AM PDT
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While some businesses seem to make profit both coming and going, RecylceForce seems to have impact both coming and going.

Launched in 2006, the social enterprise employs people who are transitioning out of prison to help recycle electronics and other materials. The nonprofit is having an environmental impact on the one hand and helping disadvantaged people gain job skills and experience on the other.

The organization generates most of its revenue from the recycling business, but also receives some philanthropic support and government grants. The revenue from recycling makes the nonprofit more stable and sustainable than some that depend entirely on charitable donations.

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#528: This Entrepreneur Is Working To Address Affordable Housing Crisis With Shipping Containers
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April 19, 2017 05:00 AM PDT
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The country's fascination with tiny homes has led to a nascent movement using shipping containers for low-income housing. With some tiny homes and apartments having fewer than 200 square feet, the 40-foot shipping container and its approximately 320 square feet could feel relatively spacious.

Wanona Satcher, the CEO and founder of ReJuve Corp based in Atlanta, is launching a new initiative to create "Plug-In Pods" using shipping containers. She hopes to create a flexible model for l0w-income housing that addresses need of a range of people, from millennial minimalists to seniors who may want or need to live backyard-close to family caregivers.

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#527: How This Social Entrepreneur Learned From Her International Development Experience
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April 13, 2017 05:00 AM PDT
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Sarina Prabasi, born in Nepal, and her husband, Elias Gurmu, born in Ethiopia, launched Buunni Coffee, selling fair-trade Ethiopian coffee in New York City. The enterprise, their social entrepreneurship and indeed their relationship, grew out of Prabasi's work in international development.

Today, she serves as the CEO of WaterAid America, a position she assumed in 2014. With an annual budget of $7.1 million, the NGO is a leader in the "WASH" or water, sanitation and hygiene community. She's spent a total of 20 years working in the field.

Watch my interview with Prabasi at the top of this article.

Prabasi reports that the organization was originally focused on clean water and has helped 24.9 million gain access to clean water. Another 24 million people have gained access to toilets and sanitation.

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