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Thirty-eight villages in rural Malawi have a shared dream of overcoming poverty through their own community bank. With Empower Inc’s assistance, they have forged plans to form a self-reliant region and have established a goal of being completely independent of aid by 2015. Empower Inc believes this is possible and very much within grasp for these villages. They have already begun training the management committee and front-line bank staff for the community banks. Now, they are Banking on Change—$3,000 will allow them to continue training bank staff, set up a business kiosk for advising local entrepreneurs, and directly invest in the bank to increase the asset base for loans.

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Neonicotinoid pesticides are negatively affecting our environment and Ample Earth wants to show you just how devastating this pollution could be if left unchecked. An organization dedicated to creating viral videos for just causes and worthy ideas to catalyze change, Ample Earth will produce a film predicting what would happen if these pesticides cause the extinction of bees, bugs, and birds. Professor of animation at New York University and award winning animator Patrick Smith will be animating for the film. Teaming with BugLife, a charity tackling the pesticide issue, they are seeking at least $15,000 to show us what A World With No Bees would look like. The funds will allow them to pay animators, voice artists, musicians, and writers. 

Let’s Celebrate! Recently Tipped Campaigns…

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The Media, the Public, and the Human Cost of War—this project is raising funds for a poll of the UK public to discover estimates of Iraqi deaths since the ‘Shock and Awe’ campaign was launched 10 years ago in the US and UK. The numbers gathered will be shared with journalists, bloggers, and activists to allow voices not paid for by corporate interests to be heard and support a healthy democratic check on power. The $1,210 raised to date will help pay for a reputable national polling agency in the UK to conduct their recommended poll of public opinion. 

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Aiming to raise awareness and funds for HOPE Africa, the James Ihedigbo Invitational is a sports clinic hosted by James Ihedigbo, current member of Super Bowl Champion Baltimore Ravens. The initiative began in 2012 and this year’s event will take place on April 20th at the Amherst Regional High School Field. It not only helps raise funds and build awareness for HOPE Africa, it also provides an atmosphere for student-athletes to learn from a local NFL player. The funds raised so far will help to partially run the event, with fewer attendees and James running all the drills. The ultimate goal would allow more student-athletes to attend and increase the number of coaches that can help James.

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Cesar Chavez Public Charter Schools prepare scholars to enter and succeed in competitive colleges and empower students to create a more just, free, and equal world. Chavez Schools launched this project to help the children of Chavez Prep Middle School get a new gymnasium. The students at Chavez Prep, one of the highest-performing schools in the D.C. area, do not have a gymnasium. Gym classes are currently held in public parks, parking lots, and basement classrooms. Campaign contributions will provide a safe place for students to learn and grow and create a gathering place where the entire school can come together, develop a healthier community, and build memories. Now that the campaign has raised almost $8,000, Chavez Prep will be able to purchase all equipment that students will use in the gym once construction is complete.

 

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No Stigma is an organization dedicated to raising awareness of Combat PTSD, supporting veterans and their families, and educating them in entrepreneurship. The founder of No Stigma is a war veteran living with PTSD that not only has a successful blog, but also has experience working with Volunteers of America on the HBO Documentary Wartorn. He is raising funds to incorporate No Stigma as a 501(c)3 organization, develop and host a website, design a logo, and free cash flow so he can begin programs to help veterans with PTSD be treated equitably. Reaching his tipping point goal of $5,000 means he can now officially incorporate his nonprofit and create a website. Any additional funds will be used to help free up cash flow so he can support advocacy programs, design and create promotional materials, and travel to conferences.  

 

 

Shawn D. Ross

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I am a Northwest Native living in Washington State. A graduate of Washington State University and University of Phoenix with degrees in Architecture and Education I write about social, cultural, and personal improvement on the StartSomeGood Blog and SDRinspire. I am also a filmmaker and owner of Giraffe and Penguin Productions, a single daddy of two beautiful children, avid reader, writer, and hat wearer (Not in that picture but believe me, I wear ‘em). I am currently at work on my first feature length documentary. Follow me @shawndross and visit my websites: sdrinspire.tumblr.com and giraffeandpenguinproductions.tumblr.com.

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Let’s Celebrate!

Recently Tipped Campaigns…

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With the world becoming more and more mobile, SEMA Development wants to leverage this trend and bridge the gap between developers and charities to facilitate innovative fundraising. By hosting competitions, creating strategic partners, launching apps via these partnerships, and linking back to charitable organizations, SEMA Development will fill a huge gap for organizations that seek funding for positive change. So far, they have raised $610, which will cover the costs of their first ‘Appathon’ event and technical proposal workshop for charities. Each Appathon will create 10 new apps and the sales generated from these apps will be donated to charities. Each additional $500 raised allows another Appathon to happen.

 

A free, non-commercial performing arts festival focused on interactive and participatory art, FIGMENT DC, has now raised enough funds to come to Anacostia Park in September 2013. The $4,000+ raised to far will cover infrastructure and event expenses including park staff, security, and portable toilets. FIGMENT is guided by 11 principles including Self-Expression, Communal Effort, and Gratitude. Started in New York City in the summer of 2007, it has expanded to 11 cities around the world with each event supported by grassroots, local teams. Your support is helping bring FIGMENT to DC for the second year in a row!

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Just $2,700 will go a long way in helping set up 4 libraries in the Philippines where women who have escaped the sex trade industry can go to finish high school and find a legitimate job. Traveling Stories has partnered with Red Window, an organization providing job training to people who’ve escaped trafficking in Cebu, Philippines and is bringing books to these women who cannot afford the cost of traveling long distances to get to libraries or even acquire a library card. They have already received a plethora of donated books to make this possible, but now they need to put the libraries together in four locations. So far, they have raised enough funds to open libraries in 2 locations, but the total funding goal will help open all four libraries.

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Our lady of LaSalette Youth Ministers is raising funds for the 2013 Mission Trip to launch youth into life-changing missions. For the past 10 years, the youth of Our Lady of LaSalette have served those in great need and this year they will be helping youth in the Indianapolis area. They are raising funds to offset the cost of the mission trip from the Detroit area to Indianapolis to meet with members of the community. The $2,300+ raised so far will cover the costs for the eleven people participating in the mission. Funds raised beyond the tipping point will be used for fuel and expenses accrued getting to and from the mission site.

 

 

Shawn D. Ross

I am a Northwest Native living in Washington State. A graduate of Washington State University and University of Phoenix with degrees in Architecture and Education I write about social, cultural, and personal improvement on the StartSomeGood Blog and SDRinspire. I am also a filmmaker and owner of Giraffe and Penguin Productions, a single daddy of two beautiful children, avid reader, writer, and hat wearer (Not in that picture but believe me, I wear ‘em). I am currently at work on my first feature length documentary. Follow me @shawndross and visit my websites: sdrinspire.tumblr.com and giraffeandpenguinproductions.tumblr.com.

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What good do you want to create? Visit our site to learn about how to start your own campaign.

Brand New Good!

Recently Launched Campaigns…

Aiming to raise awareness and funds for HOPE Africa, the James Ihedigbo Invitational is a sports clinic hosted by James Ihedigbo, current member of Super Bowl Champion Baltimore Ravens. The initiative began in 2012 and this year’s event will take place on April 20th at the Amherst Regional High School Field. It not only helps raise funds and build awareness for HOPE Africa, it also provides an atmosphere for student-athletes to learn from a local NFL player. The $1,000 tipping point goal will provide funds to partially run the event, with fewer attendees and James running all the drills. The ultimate goal would allow more student-athletes to attend and increase the number of coaches that can help James.

Cesar Chavez Public Charter Schools prepare scholars to enter and succeed in competitive colleges and empower students to create a more just, free, and equal world.Chavez Schools launched this project to help the children of Chavez Prep Middle School get a new gymnasium. The students at Chavez Prep, one of the highest-performing schools in the D.C. area, do not have a gymnasium. Gym classes are currently held in public parks, parking lots, and basement classrooms. Campaign contributions will provide a safe place for students to learn and grow and create a gathering place where the entire school can come together, develop a healthier community, and build memories. With the $7,500 tipping point goal, Chavez Prep would be able to purchase all equipment that students will use in the gym once construction is complete. 

A Girl in the World inspires connections through creativity and shares stories that enrich relationships between children and adults. A Girl in the World is a series of eco-friendly children’s books, digital apps, and workshops that inspire connection through creativity. They encourage children and adults to share their thoughts and feelings, which nourishes communication and connection. The first book in this series is already available to purchase and serve as a conversation starter to remind us all about the need to share what’s on our mind and in our heart. Reaching the $3,000 tipping point goal means A Girl in the World can have an app to complement its first book. The series creator, Melanie Lee, will also be able to get the book onto ebook format and provide hard copies to over 1,000 schools and libraries around Australia and New Zealand.

The Digital Human Library connects K-12 teachers and students with organizations and experts around the world interested in video conferencing with their classes. By supporting this project, contributors are helping to create video conferencing within the Digital Human Library, a free resource that makes it easy and affordable for teachers to bring the field trip experience into the classroom. By reaching the $4,557 tipping point goal, they will be able to redesign and restructure sign-up forms, revise terms and conditions, completely redesign the search function, and create category and search fields. 

Barossa Valley Personal Training is tackling childhood obesity and keeping the aging population active, one person at a time. This initiative provides personal training for those who need it most. They are raising funds to construct a purpose built studio where their small, mobile personal training business can accommodate members. Interest in this mobile service has increased to the point that getting a purpose built studio has become a necessity. These studio dreams can become reality when they reach the tipping point goal of $4,000. All funds acquired beyond the tipping point goal will be used for outfitting the studio with cardio equipment, free-weights, and much more.

Shawn D. Ross

I am a Northwest Native living in Washington State. A graduate of Washington State University and University of Phoenix with degrees in Architecture and Education I write about social, cultural, and personal improvement on the StartSomeGood Blog and SDRinspire. I am also a filmmaker and owner of Giraffe and Penguin Productions, a single daddy of two beautiful children, avid reader, writer, and hat wearer (Not in that picture but believe me, I wear ‘em). I am currently at work on my first feature length documentary. Follow me @shawndross and visit my websites: sdrinspire.tumblr.com and giraffeandpenguinproductions.tumblr.com.

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What good do you want to create? Visit our site to learn about how to start your own campaign.

StartSomeGood at DC TechCocktail Startup Mixology Event

We were honored to be selected as one of 12 young DC startups to present at TechCocktail’s Summer Startup Mixology Event a couple of weeks ago.  In addition to this nice article they wrote about us on their site, we also had the pleasure of meeting tons of awesome tech enthusiasts eager to learn about up and coming startups.  

Of course we gave away lots of stickers and our fun door hangers, but more importantly it was great to connect with so many fellow entrepreneurs and tech geeks in one evening.  Though we were the only social enterprise presenting, there were tons of interesting startup ideas including the table next to us, Snack & Munch, which has a brilliant concept: creating your own, custom snack packs!

Thanks to everyone who came by to say hello and learn more about StartSomeGood and to TechCocktail for putting on a fantastic event!

Photos 2-5 courtesy of TechCocktail’s Flickr Feed

Launch Party Recap

Wow.  What an amazing evening last Thursday as we celebrated the launch of StartSomeGood at the beautiful Case Foundation office in Washington, D.C.  We were truly overwhelmed by the number of people that turned out — friends, supporters, and, well, just people that heard we were serving awesome free wine, iced tea and chocolate!

So many people mentioned the incredible energy in the room; the air was filled with optimism and excitement.  And we are so thankful for the people and organizations that made it all possible.  Thank you to Purpose Beverages’ Tevolution for the amazing iced tea, to Gotham Wines for their delicious reds and the whites, and to NuubiaChocolat for the incredible chocolates shipped to us that day from Berkeley, California.  Thank you, also, to the amazing people that spoke to the crowd, including Christine Egger our incredible mobilizer, William Huster of our network partner Compass Partners, Erin Krampetz representing our network partner AshokaU, and Sherri Sosslau of Hair Flair for Hope — the first venture on StartSomeGood to reach its tipping point!

Thank you to our incredible volunteers for doing everything from greeting people, pouring wine and beer, taking photos, doing demos of our site, and really everything else that made the event a success.  And, of course, we absolutely could not have pulled off the party without the indefatigable Lauren Marra, our incredible event manager.  Her energy, positivity and organizational know-how are what made this event possible.  Even if her dolly for transporting supplies kept veering off to the right, her vision kept the entire event on track.  

And thank you to everyone that turned out to support us as we took the first step in our journey of starting some good.  And for those of you that weren’t able to attend, please enjoy some photos courtesy of Duygu Ozpolat:

Sherri of Hair Flair for Hope

Ian of Purpose Beverages serving up delicious and socially-conscious iced tea.

The crowd looks on.

Christine Egger addressing the crowd.

Co-Founder Tom Dawkins speaking.

William Huster of Compass Partners.

Erin Krampetz of AshokaU

Co-founder Alex Budak telling the story of how StartSomeGood came to be.

The co-founders finally pose for their first real photo together!