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This Organization Executes On Three Separate Goals With A Narrow Focus - #1038
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December 17, 2018 06:00 AM PST
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Nicholas Metropulos, 19, leads Fishing for Families in Need, a nonprofit organization founded by his brother more than a decade ago. The organization teaches children about the environment and responsible angling. As the name suggests, the 501(c)(3) nonprofit also provides fish to hungry families.

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This Organization Seeks To Empower Youth Globally - #1037
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December 13, 2018 06:00 AM PST
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Cynthia English founded Global Scribes to create an international peace movement for youth that empowers them to make a difference starting wherever they are. With members in 44 countries, the organization is off to a good start.

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How Investing In Regenerative Agriculture Can Help Stem Climate Change Profitably - #1036
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December 12, 2018 06:00 AM PST
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Investing in regenerative agriculture has the potential to address not only the food supply but also climate change, peace and conflict resolution and the water supply to boot. This impact investing strategy could be the biggest lever for creating positive change available to investors today. It also appears to generate healthy financial returns.

Craig Wichner, 49, founder and managing partner for Farmland LP, a fund manager that invests in converting conventional farmland to regenerative, organic farming. “It has so many benefits to the environment, to human society,” he says. “But we're also demonstrating that you can grow a great, healthy, wonderful food and be more profitable than conventional agriculture systems.”

Farmland LP acquires traditionally managed farmland, typically used to produce commodity crops and converts it to organic using regenerative practices. Wichner reports generating gross margins of 40 to 50% on wine grapes. Margins hover around single digits for conventionally-grown commodity

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Mission To Serve 'Poor And Vulnerable' Guides This Health Care Impact Investment Fund - #1035
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December 11, 2018 06:00 AM PST
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Nonprofit Providence St. Joseph Health, the third largest health care system in the United States, traces its roots back to the Sisters of Providence and the Sisters of t. Joseph of Orange. Their missions were to serve all members of their communities, “especially the poor and vulnerable,” says Aaron Martin, 49, executive vice president and chief digital officer. That motivation now guides the system’s $150 million health care impact investment fund.

Martin, who had no health care experience before joining Providence, now leads its efforts to improve health outcomes and improve service levels using technology. Investments are made via Providence Ventures, a fund created by the parent and funded entirely by it to accelerate the digital mission.

So far, the fund has invested in 13 companies, two of which were Providence innovations that are being spun out in hopes that they will grow more quickly and benefit not only Providence but all health care providers.

Venrock, which raised $450 million in its latest fund, has co-invested with Providence Ventures on two companies: Kyruus and Lyraa Health. Venrock partner Bryan Roberts says, “Aaron is terrific; he has the knowledge of a technology and growth savvy operator with the scale of a health system at his disposal. This allows him to bring a new lens to the change-resistant, defensive technology approach of the healthcare industry while still being grounded in the current practices and having a large sandbox in which to pressure test these new ideas.”

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Vegans Gather To Support Kale United To Invest In Booming Plant-Based Economy - #1034
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December 10, 2018 06:00 AM PST
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As the plant-based economy booms, Måns Ullerstam’s vision of a cleaner, more sustainable environment that is no longer threatened by climate change is beginning to gain credibility and legitimacy.

Måns is raising funds on FundedByMe to allow his Kale United to invest directly in and provide other support to startups focused on the vegan community. Investments may go to virtually any player in that ecosystem from the farmers to app developers if they enhance the movement.

For Måns, the important impact of a vegan lifestyle is environmental. He acknowledges that not killing animals to eat them tends to extend their lives and that a vegan diet is recognized by many scientists as being more healthy, but his focus is on the environmental benefits--especially climate change.

Agriculture produces more carbon than any other sector of the global economy. Reducing consumption of meat and dairy has more potential to mitigate climate change than any other change humans can make he says.

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His Sister Was Murdered By A Serial Killer And He Opposes The Death Penalty - #1033
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November 29, 2018 06:00 AM PST
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Christian Harrison was still a child when his older sister Kasee went missing. It would be decades before it was determined that she was one of Gary Ridgway’s 71 victims. Regarded as the most prolific serial killer in American history, he received a sentence of life in prision in exchange for information about unsolved murders, including the location of remains.

While many of the victims’ family members decried the deal as failing to adequately punish him for his heinous crimes, Christian arrived at a different conclusion. He argues that “closure” is not an event that survivors experience upon execution of a perpetrator but that it is a process that occurs largely independent of the perpetrator’s punishment.

Please be sure to watch the full interview in the player at the top of the article to understand Christian’s perspective on the death penalty.

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Motiv Could Revolutionize Banking With No-Fee Services - #1032
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November 28, 2018 06:00 AM PST
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Sometimes it seems that big banks have treat customers more like victims. Banks make it difficult to understand when money is available for withdrawal and the “float” on checks makes it difficult to know what the checking account balance really is. This makes it difficult to avoid overdraft fees.

Increasingly, moderate income people are turning to payday lenders and check cashing services to avoid high banking fees, often leaving them no bettr off.

Enter Motiv. This new banking service provides customers with a no fee debit card. Motiv makes its money off of the fees merchants invisibly pay when customers use their Motiv cards.

Motiv also offers a savings accout structured to build credit for customers who need to establish or re-establish credit.

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This Girl’s Thing Is Picking Up Plastic--She’s Not Your Typical 10-Year-Old #1031
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November 21, 2018 06:00 AM PST
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Lilly Platt moved to Holland where her grandfather began teaching her to speak Dutch. To help her learn numbers, they collected pieces of plastic trash and counted them.

She no longer needs the practice but she’s still picking up plastic. She calls her effort “Lilly’s Plastic Pickup”

She hopes her efforts not only help to reduce plastic in the oceans directly but also to inspire other people to refuse single-use plastic and to pick up plastic waste for recycling.

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Case in Point: John Nanni Is a Living Object Lesson for Polio Vaccination - #1030
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November 20, 2018 06:00 AM PST
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John Nanni, as most people who contract polio do, got it as a baby, just one year before the vaccine became widely available. Although he recovered from the paralysis as a child and even played sports, John has been plagued in adulthood by Post Polio Syndrome.

John is an active polio fighter who nobly uses his own situation as a living object lesson for ending the horrific disease once and for all. On the back of his wheelchair, he keeps a sign that says, “64 Years Later: This is what a Polio looks like when a child is not vaccinated.”

His unsurpassed passion for eradicating the disease primarily benefits children in the developing world. Without intervention from Rotary with help from its partners in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, hundreds of thousands of children would be crippled every year.

Still, polio is just a plane ride away. Every child in the world should be vaccinated.

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Classy Helped Nonprofits Raise $1B—Read About The ‘Secret Sauce’ - #1028
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November 16, 2018 06:00 AM PST
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The nonprofit fundraising platform Classy recently announced it had reached $1 billion in funding raised for its clients and their causes. Scot Chisholm, co-founder and CEO, visited with me to share some of his insights about reaching this “BHAG, big, hairy, audacious goal” set when the company was founded.

You can watch the full interview with Chisholm in the player at the top of this article.

Chisholm noted that it took six years to reach $500 million in funds raised but only 14 months to double than mark. “So, the growth is still happening which is really exciting.”

He was prompted to launch Classy after organizing a pub crawl to raise money to fight breast cancer in honor of his mother—a two-time survivor. The nonprofit he chose refused to accept the money! He knew then there had to be a better way.

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