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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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#526: She Sold Her Home; What Would You Do For Your Nonprofit?
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April 12, 2017 05:00 AM PDT
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Jean Krisle sold her home, bought a 40-foot RV and hit the road for a year. What would you be willing to do for your nonprofit?

Krisle launched 10,000 Beds in 2014. The "beds" are addiction treatment beds, typically for 30 days, in treatment centers across the country. Her goal is to get 10,000 people in treatment by 2020.

In 2016, 10,000 Beds awarded more than $1 million of scholarship beds to people seeking treatment, she reports. And she expects to more than double that amount in 2017, having already received more applications in the first quarter of this year than she did in all of last year.

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#525: New Venture Seeks $50k to Teach Coding to Adults on Autism Spectrum
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April 11, 2017 05:00 AM PDT
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Oliver Thornton says his Aspergers is his super power. His brother, who is also on the autism spectrum, serves as a role model. Because autism hits close to home, he wanted to do something to address the unemployment rate for those with autism, which approaches 85 percent, he says. So, he launched Coding Autism with Austen Weinhart.

Oliver, who serves as the company's CEO, says, "Although we are pre-revenue, we just recently launched our crowdfunding campaign with the goal of fundraising a minimum of $50,000 on StartSomeGood. If we are successful with fundraising $50,000 on that platform, we will be able to cover the minimum costs to make the Coding Autism ASPIRE program happen."

The money they are raising will go to pay the instructor, an assistant instructor, an occupational therapist, a social skills intervention expert, a career counselor and to pay for the space where the intensive 15-week course will be taught. Those who complete the course are expected to have sufficient skills to be able to begin a career as a software developer.

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#524: Full Time Ball Players And Part Time Social Entrepreneurs
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March 30, 2017 11:16 AM PDT
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Young men thrown into the national spotlight for their athletic prowess in the NBA are also taking time to give back.

Sherrie Deans, the Executive Director of the National Basketball Players Association Foundation visited with me to share insights about the efforts of extraordinary athletes to make a difference, especially in the communities of their roots.

Deans points to the “current Isaiah Thomas” of the Boston Celtics, clarifying that she’s not talking about the Detroit Pistons legend of the same name, as one who has given back. Of the 5’ 9” Thomas, she says, “He is a tiny guy. He is not supposed to be in the league, by all accounts.”
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#523: 7 Crowdfunding Keys For Social Entrepreneurs
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March 28, 2017 09:43 PM PDT
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Lots of people hold themselves out to be crowdfunding experts. I haven’t met anyone who has raised more money in on Kickstarter and Indiegogo than Funded Today’s Zach Smith. He reports raising over $110 million total across hundreds of campaigns.

Smith visited with me (watch the video recording of the interview above) to talk about how to apply his experience and insights for social entrepreneurs.

He thinks of himself as a social entrepreneur, helping other entrepreneurs to be successful. He is almost a prototypical entrepreneur. Young, confident—even brash—he has built his company to 50 employees and reports “eight figures plus” in revenue. Funded Today charges 25 to 35 percent of funds raised, so in its short three-year history, we’d expect it to have generated over $30 million in revenue.
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#522: CEA Targets $800M of Solar Investment With New Partners
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March 28, 2017 05:00 AM PDT
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Clean Energy Advisors announced a major new financing that will take the firm from having invested about $140 million in solar energy projects to about $800 million. CEA President Scott Hill also notes that building on this success, the firm will establish a foundation to fund more charitable initiatives. (Watch or listen to my discussion with Scott using the players above.)Scott explains that the unnamed financing partners, two "multinational families," have committed about $350 million. Combined with additional debt financing, the firm anticipates reaching $800 million in financed projects, "completing the pipeline of projects in North Carolina." He anticipates that deploying the capital will take 18 to 24 months.

Scott explains that the unnamed financing partners, two "multinational families," have committed about $350 million. Combined with additional debt financing, the firm anticipates reaching $800 million in financed projects, "completing the pipeline of projects in North Carolina." He anticipates that deploying the capital will take 18 to 24 months.

He notes that the cost of installation for small utility scale projects is about $1.50 or $1.60 per watt, yielding a cost of about $1.5 million per megawatt. The new financing should allow CEA to install another 400 MW in North Carolina. He also notes that the scale they are achieving should allow the firm to look beyond their traditional structure where Duke Energy is the primary "off-taker" or buyer of the energy from the projects financed.
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#521: Entrepreneur Leverages Celebrities' Influence For Charity
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March 09, 2017 04:00 AM PST
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"If you do a gesture for charity, you should always make sure that it’s from not a press spin, but a natural, organic effort," John Travolta said at the City Summit and Gala organized by social entrepreneur Ryan Long.

The City Gala held around the Grammys raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for charities, including Travolta's own Jett Travolta Foundation, named for his son, who passed away in 2009.

Travolta said his interest in philanthropy began with Katrina. "It was organic. It really was. When Haiti happened, when Hurricane Katrina happened, I had a plane. Nobody was helping them. Why wouldn’t you do it?"
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#520: Research Center Works To Prove And Improve Impact Of Social Entrepreneurs
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March 07, 2017 04:00 AM PST
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The Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab, commonly referred to as J-PAL, is based at MIT and seeks to reduce poverty by providing academic research on interventions by social entrepreneurs and others working in the space.

Quentin Palfrey, the executive director of J-PAL North America, worked for the Obama Administration before taking on the role at J-PAL. He notes that the center receives its funding from MIT and other philanthropic donors. The center has a staff of more than 30 full-time employees. He says, "J-PAL North America does not charge for services or generate sales revenue."

J-PAL works on global poverty. J-PAL North America focuses on poverty in the United States.

A lawyer by training, Palfrey thinks about the work in terms of policy implications. The lessons from J-PAL may be more relevant to social entrepreneurs who may be betting more than some public funding on their ventures.
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