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This Couple May Have Invented Modern Crowdfunding - GlobalGiving - #667
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July 17, 2018 06:00 AM PDT
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When Mari Kuraishi and Dennis Whittle, 57, launched what became GlobalGiving back in the late 1990s, the term “crowdfunding” was not in use—and wouldn’t come into vogue for nearly a decade. These two are clearly on the short list of candidates for those who can credibly make the claim to have invented internet-based crowdfunding.

Today, the term crowdfunding means many things to many people. All those things have in common the idea of gathering funds from many people and most of those meanings include the use of the internet as a central feature. GlobalGiving gathers donations for international nonprofits.

According to Kuraishi, who married Whittle while both were working at the World Bank, before leaving together to launch the site, “GlobalGiving has delivered $332 million to nearly 20,000 projects in 170 countries supporting community-led projects since 2002. We've also helped 780,000 donors find vetted nonprofits.”

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Learn Why the LGBTQ Needed And Now Has Its Own Crowdfunding Platform - PridePocket - #666
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July 16, 2018 06:00 AM PDT
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Rachel Blank and her wife saw a need for the LGBTQ community to have its own crowdfunding platform so they created PridePocket.

If you aren’t a member of the community, you may not understand why this is necessary. With many trans-related medical treatments and procedures treated by health insurance companies as elective, they are frequently not covered. The LGBTQ+ community can come together to help shoulder these costs.

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NPX Achieves First Close With New Impact Security; Raises $800k For The Last Mile - #665
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July 12, 2018 06:00 AM PDT
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Last December, I reported here that NPX, Inc., had developed a new concept for financing nonprofits called an “impact security.” In May, the nonprofit The Last Mile closed on $800,000 of financing using the new instrument.

How it works:

According to Princeton educated Catarina Schwab, 43, NPX’s co-founder, “The Impact Security allows a nonprofit to issue performance-based debt to investors and make required payments on the debt over time with donations from the established donor fund.”

The funds came from a group of investors who hope to get their money back with interest. Having an impact priority in mind, they don’t have an interest in financial outcomes. Instead, they want their return to be entirely dependent on achieving a measurable outcome.

Read the full Forbes article and watch the interview here: http://bit.ly/2L5eMSn.

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Principal, Rotary Club and Students Develop and Share Tools for Blind Students - #664
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July 11, 2018 06:00 AM PDT
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Dr. John Patterson was the first president of his Liverpool-based Rotary Club. He is also the principal at St. Vincent’s, a school for visually impaired and blind children. Working with the children, they developed SightBox, a collection of games and educational tools for kids like themselves in the developing world.

Working with his Rotary Club, they share the SightBox kits with students who would otherwise have no access to such things.

Interview with Dr. John Adam Patterson, the Dr John Patterson Principal and Charter President Rotary St.Vincents of St. Vincent’s School for the Blind.

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

In the UK, Visually Impaired unemployment is at 85% with 5-6 less friends than sighted peers; this is much higher in developing countries. We design access to sports equipment and send this equipment with a surround curriculum to VI schools weaving in technology teaching and learning innovation generating VI friend groups and access to learning /support for new venture creation.

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Formerly Incarcerated Entrepreneur Works to Find Jobs for the Other 70M - Richard Bronson - #663
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July 09, 2018 11:00 PM PDT
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One of the groups facing the highest unemployment rate in the United States is those who are formerly incarcerated. Richard Bronson, who served two years in prison for securities violations in the 90s, has launched a venture he calls 70 Million Jobs.

You see, there are about 70 million formerly incarcerated Americans. That represents about one in every three adults. Richard sees this not only as a problem but as an opportunity. He launched his for-profit enterprise to act as a placement agent for this marginalized population.

Now, Richard is raising money for the venture on equity crowdfunding site Wefunder using Title III of the 2012 JOBS Act. Virtually anyone can invest.

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Her Peace Corps Experience Shaped Her Life, Impacted Countless Others - #662
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July 09, 2018 06:00 AM PDT
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Jaclyn “Jacque” Zoccoli started her career in the Peace Corps. That experience has shaped her life and career ever since, giving her a desire to always have an impact for good in the world. She works today to connect people to all those who can help them.

Interview with Jaclyn "Jacque" Zoccoli, the Global Collaborator of Network Builders Arizona.

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

The problem solved is the lack of resources, (thus impact of groups), because they do not partner with others going the same direction. Through the building of alliances, and teams of them, there is an increase in commerce and growth. This eventually builds more love, prosperity and peace worldwide, the total solution.

Check out my free webinar where I share the secrets of successful nonprofit crowdfunding at http://crowdfundingforsocialgood.org.

Now You Can Start Investing With Mission and Purpose for Just $5 - Newday - #661
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July 05, 2018 06:00 AM PDT
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Newday Investing has created a new investment firm where you can begin investing with just $5. Not only can you start today with such a tiny balance, you can investing in up to six different mission-driven portfolios that align with the view of the future you’d like to help build.

Interview with Doug Heske, CEO, and Alex Meek, president of Newday Investing.

The following is the pre-interview with Doug Heske. Be sure to watch the recorded interview above.

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

Interest in socially responsible or “impact investing” continues to grow: between 2014 and 2016, US assets under professional management using sustainable, socially responsible, and impact strategies grew 33% to reach $8.7 trillion.

This type of investing is especially popular among millennials who are focused on making values-based and socially responsible financial decisions. More than $60 trillion of wealth will be transferred to more than 75 million US-based millennials by 2040 (the global opportunity is even greater as millennials worldwide exceed 2 billion people).

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This Veteran Seeks To Reinvent The Employment Ecosystem For Salaried Careers - Felix Ortiz - #660
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July 04, 2018 06:00 AM PDT
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Felix W. Ortiz III, 34, is a U.S. Army veteran who is working to reinvent the process of employment for salaried positions, especially in the tech sector, by focusing on skills rather than degrees. Working with companies, colleges and candidates, the social enterprise he leads as CEO and founder, Viridis Learning, Inc., has built a platform for all three to use to better match people with opportunities.

Mark Thain, director of social innovation at Barclays, explains the challenges that inspired the bank to back Acumen’s Workforce Development portfolio, which includes an investment in Viridis. “We recognize that to have a meaningful impact on employability we need to look towards entrepreneurial models in the workforce development sector and support those innovators who are coming at this problem with scalable, self-sustaining solutions.”

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

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

Check out my free webinar where I share the secrets of successful nonprofit crowdfunding at http://crowdfundingforsocialgood.org.

How This Organization Raised $37,000 in 36 Hours on CaringCrowd - #658
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July 03, 2018 06:00 AM PDT
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Humanity and Hope United, a nonprofit working in rural Honduras, raised $37,000 in 36 hours on crowdfunding site CaringCrowd. The site, sponsored by Johnson & Johnson, offers genuinely free crowdfunding services for global, public health related projects, charging only credit card processing.

Unlike some crowdfunding sites, CaringCrowd does not ask your donors to fund the operation. Johnson & Johnson funds that so it is truly free.

Humanity and Hope United is using the money it raised to drill a well in a remote Honduran village that lacks a source of clean water. Most people there are sick most of the time because of it. Dr. Rodrigo Diaz, a volunteer, explains that clean water to significantly reduce the incidence of diarrhea and other gastrointestinal diseases that hamper learning in school and productivity at work.

Check out my free webinar where I share the secrets of successful nonprofit crowdfunding at http://crowdfundingforsocialgood.org.

US Senate Candidate Jenny Wilson Says She’s Better on Climate, Health Care and Poverty - #658
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July 02, 2018 06:00 AM PDT
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The mission of the Your Mark on the World Center is to end extreme poverty, improve health and mitigate climate change. I asked U.S. Senate candidate Jenny Wilson--who faces a daunting challenge in popular Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney--for her take on each of these issues.

Poverty: Wilson acknowledged that even here in Utah, many children live in poverty, aren’t sure where their next meal will come from and that chronic homelessness continues in Utah. She asserts that she is in touch with these issues by virtue of her work on the Salt Lake County Council where she dealt directly with issues facing the homeless and other low-income Utahns.

Health: After leaving the County Council, Wilson took a job with the University of Utah Health Care system. She has been a vocal advocate for medicaid expansion in Utah, helping to organize a campaign to get a ballot initiative approved for this November.

Climate: Wilson acknowledges that there are many climate skeptics in Utah but says such views are out of touch with reality. She promises to advocate for returning the United States to international efforts to reduce carbon emissions and to otherwise protect the environment. She highlights her concern that the current administration will deregulate air quality leaving those living along Utah’s Wasatch Front with dangerously polluted air.

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