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StartSomeGood Celebrates World Give Day

In preparation for World Give Day on May 4, 2012, we asked ten inspiring entrepreneurs who have run or are currently running campaigns on StartSomeGood to respond to the following statement:

Small gift, big impact: tell us about a time when you saw a small act of giving create lots of unexpected joy.

The response was overwhelmingly enthusiastic and we’re so glad to be able to share these truly amazing stories with all of you. Last week, we shared the experiences of Ehon, Tom, Jack, Gina, and Christina. This time around, we’re excited to share a few more inspiring stories of giving from Daniel, Yanti, Micah, Aimi, and Leo. Read, enjoy, and get ready to be inspired.

Daniel Nettles
Four Teachers Project
$5,358 raised for Help Us Build The Desk 

As a teacher, I see small gifts make a big impact all the time. That’s what we live for, the small moments that inspire change in a student’s mind, heart, or soul. In my five years teaching I have seen many of these, but there is one time of year that always sticks out: our Annual Adopt-A-Kid Christmas party.

The High School I teach at is a Title I school with a lot of low-income students. I have had homeless students, students in gangs, students with foster parents, and many other “at-risk” kids. Every year, just before our Winter Break, we have an Adopt-A-Kid party. On this day, each class adopts a needy kindergarten student and gets a wish list. All the students in the class pitch in a little money or food and we purchase gifts and throw a Christmas party for the student. 

On the day of the party, “Santa” and his “helpers” (other students dressed up in costume) come by and get their picture taken with the little kid, who is getting more and more excited. Then it’s time for presents. All the high schoolers gather around and assist in opening, inching their present closer and saying, “Open this one!” Then, in the midst of little kids riding bikes through the halls and having story books read to them while finishing off a piece of cake, the announcement is made that it is time for the kids to return to the elementary school. We all help them pack up their gifts and say our goodbyes and Merry Christmases. The little guys and girls leave with great big smiles on their faces, almost as big as the ones on the big kids’ faces who got to experience the joy of giving.  

Yanti Turang
Learn to Live
$6,925 raised to Get Learn to Live Off the Ground

When I was in Indonesia in 2008, I was visiting with my family in North Sulawesi. My family lives in a compound in a small town called Tomohon. The compound is made up of three houses all where my father and his siblings grew up also. My cousin was one amongst 15 cousins living there, all wanting and trying to make their lives different, however often having to compromise their dreams to earn money and make a living for the family. My cousin Harke had dreams to play music, play in a rock n roll band, but could never afford to buy a guitar. That year I gave Harke enough money to buy an electric guitar and encouraged him to play. Five years later Harke now lives in Jakarta and plays in a touring rock n roll band. Everyday I see his shows or see that he is recording, it makes me smile and realize how one act of giving can create such a life of joy and help fulfill his dreams.

Micah List
$1,421 raised for The TOK Project 

I spent a month in Gulu, Uganda summer of 2009. It was an experience that I could never forget if I tried. One experience that sits in my mind like it took place yesterday, happened early on the morning after our first night in the country. A few friends and I came out of our hotel to explore the town for a few hours that morning when we stumbled on three young children sitting outside of their shack of a house. We had brought a frisbee with us for some reason, so we took it out and motioned to them to see if they wanted to play. At first they looked confused about the weird round object that I held in my hand. Then we started playing frisbee with each other to show them what it was all about. Slowly their faces started to light up. We included them and started what turned into a half hour session of throwing, or in the majority of cases, dropping the frisbee. For a half hour I watched three small children who had nothing, yet their faces showed that they had everything. The joy that radiated from their smiles accompanied by the shrieks of laughter that came from their mouths was such hopeful thing. A small round object and thirty minutes of our time was all it took. So simple, so profound.

Aimi Duong
Oimei Company
$5,660 raised to Promote Peace Building in Developing Countries

One of my favorite memories of when I experienced a small act of sharing create an abundance of joy and laughter was when five of my friends and I visited a small school in rural Vietnam (near the border of China). We were on our way to visit another province and in getting lost we  found ourselves at a small school with adorable vietnamese children curiously gazing at us westerners and we had to stop to say hello. We wanted to snap some photos of the charismatic children and as we pulled out our cameras they all stood back in awe. As we began to snap some photos of them, we’d turn the camera around to replay the images and each time they bursted in laughter and excitement. We began gathering them closer and briefly showed them how to use the camera to take photos of each other and each time they got to take a photo and see the result, they were overjoyed and had a blast capturing photos of one another. Their laughter and pure excitement was completely unexpected but truly humbling and reminds us how having excitement for the simple things and memories in life is key to creating lots of unexpected joy.

Leo Gorman
Grow Dat Youth Farm 
$5,965 raised for Grow the Green Campaign 

Twenty-five bucks may not seem like a big deal, but for Carnisha, a first-year Grow Dat Youth Farm Crew Member, it amounted to one afternoon’s stipend earnings at her first real job. She beamed with enthusiasm when she opened her first pay check, funded in part from multiple $25 donations received through our Grow the Green campaign on StartSomeGood. Carnisha and twenty of her Grow Dat peers are honing their leadership potential through the meaningful work of growing food this spring and summer thanks to small gifts with big payoffs.

This post is part of a blog series inspired by World Give Day and hosted by GiveForward. To find other posts in this series please visit or follow us on twitter @worldgiveday.

This Week in Social Entrepreneurship

  • Join Cheryl Dorsey, President of Echoing Green, for a Net Impact NYC event where she will speak about Echoing Green, her career path, and the up and coming trends in social entrepreneurship. Come meet Cheryl and others from Echoing Green for a night of inspiration, collaboration, and social change.
  • Loyola University is hosting a webinar, Make Your Mark: Change the World with Social Entrepreneurship, on Tuesday April 17th at 1:00 PM CST. Karabi Acharya, global director of Ashoka Impact, will be moderating a discussion with Molly Barker, founder of Girls on the Run, and Chris Balme, Executive Director of Spark. They will discuss how both of their organizations have helped transform the lives of youth in low income communities and how families can come together and introduce innovative solutions to the world’s biggest social issues.
  • RSVP for FREE for this once in a lifetime opportunity to see Muhammad Yunus speak at Harvard Business School. Social Business with Muhammad Yunus: New Models for Providing Sustainable Services to the Poor—on April 19th, join Muhammad Yunus, one of the world’s most influential social entrepreneurs, discuss his recent efforts to build social business and healthcare efforts in his native country, Bangladesh. 
  • Being a compelling storyteller is such an amazing and crucial asset for social entrepreneurs. 3 Reasons to Master the Art of Storytelling by Riley Gibson at Inc. is a must-read this week for entrepreneurs and social entrepreneurs alike. Why are stories so important? They are memorable, they travel further, and they inspire action.
  • Two successful StartSomeGood ventures have some exciting updates. Learn to Live, which provides affordable healthcare to the people of North Sulawesi, Indonesia and raised $6,925 during its campaign on StartSomeGood, just launched a new website—check it out! Also, The 2012 Echoing Green Fellowship Finalists were just announced and One Degree made the cut! One Degree connects low income students and their families to critical life resources. Rey and his team raised $4,684 during his campaign which will help launch One Degree. Very many congratulations to Yanti from Learn to Live and Rey from One Degree and good luck in your quests to change the world! 

Celebrating International Women’s Day with Some Extraordinary Women

Today is International Women’s Day and we thought it was the perfect opportunity to highlight some of the amazing women-led ventures that have run successful campaigns on StartSomeGood over the past year. Each of the ladies below is truly an inspiration and StartSomeGood is so proud to have supported them on their paths to success.

Rebecca Pontius,
Do Good Bus

 Do Good Bus Tour with Foster the People,   $101,781 raised

Rebecca led the Do Good Bus campaign to overwhelming success. The bus takes people on board and empowers them to take action and really become do-gooders in their communities. The Do Good Bus partnered with the popular band, Foster the People, to tour 22 North American cities at the end of 2011. Along the way, the bus stopped in each city to pick up local do-gooders and help them support their communities. 

"It’s very exciting to be a part of something that has potential to change the world — even if one small step at a time."—Rebecca Pontius

Yanti Turang,
Learn to Live

Let’s Get Learn to Live Off the Ground, $6,925 raised

Yanti is the founder of Learn to Live, an organization that provides primary health care and preventative action plans to the people of North Sulawesi, Indonesia who cannot pay for traditional health services via three-week traveling clinics with teams of doctors, nurses, and medical students from the United States and Australia. When we interviewed Yanti last year, we were so refreshed by her passion for Learn to Live’s cause, “You have to believe 150% in what you want to do, you have to begin writing it down, and think of all the questions you would be asked and answer them. You need to tell people your idea and say it 1,000 times and really believe in it, and see why it is essential to our world today. There are some days when I wonder what I have gotten myself into! Ha, but I guess that’s the whole reason for doing it, you create its own future, it has endless possibilities.” 

Hildy Gottlieb,
Creating the Future

Designing Social Change, $2,696 raised

Creating the Future Scholarship Fund, $2,345 raised

Hildy is one exceptionally special individual—a true visionary. We here at StartSomeGood have had the pleasure of watching Hildy lead her organization, Creating the Future, through two different successful campaigns. She calls Creating the Future a “living laboratory” and its mission is to create dramatic, all-encompassing, lasting change in communities by thinking differently about approaches to change initiatives.  

When recently asked about the trends that matter in 2012 for StartSomeGood’s ebook, she weighed in, “Words like ‘kindness’ and ‘joyful’ and ‘compassion’ and ‘inclusive’ are beginning to be seen NOT as ‘touchy feely mumbo jumbo’ but as practical ways of being. I see that continuing and growing in the year ahead.”

Priya Nathan and Nikki Lewis,
Partnered for Success

Launch Partnered for Success, $1,500 raised

During their sophomore year at Arizona State University, Nikki and Priya co-founded Partnered for Success, a mentoring and life skills program that supports foster and orphan teenagers so they can successfully age out of the foster system in the Phoenix Valley. Nikki and Priya met as scholars in the Leadership Through Action Program at Arizona State University, where they both realized their mutual passion for making a difference in the lives of foster and orphan youth. The combination of these two powerful forces brought Partnered for Success to fruition. Since then, Nikki and Priya have won the Innovation Challenge at Arizona State University and run a successful campaign on StartSomeGood. 

When we asked Nikki what makes an extraordinary entrepreneur, she replied, “An extraordinary entrepreneur can come in a vast array of forms, but all have dedication and passion for what they do that exceeds everything else. That passion is what keeps them going in the face of opposition and struggle. An extraordinary entrepreneur also knows how to capitalize on their network and isn’t afraid to ask for help. They demand the impossible and do what it takes to achieve it.” Nikki, you practice what you preach and both you and Priya are an inspiration—founding an organization while still in school is no easy task. The future looks bright for Partnered for Success with these two talented women at the helm.

Sarah Baird, 

Help Students Crowdfund College with Takeashine, $1,503 raised 

Sarah is the CEO and founder of Takeashine. As anyone who has taken on the arduous task of applying for financial aid can tell you, there is usually a gap between what the government considers to be your Estimated Family Contribution for college and what you can actually afford to pay. Takeashine is an online crowdfunding platform that helps underprivileged students start online fundraising campaigns so they can afford college. These campaigns will not only help students close the gap, but will also teach them invaluable business and marketing skills. Since finishing up its successful campaign on StartSomeGood, Takeashine has participated in the Social Entrepreneurs of New Orleans New Venture Accelerator and officially launched its crowdfunding platform in New Orleans.

When asked about her inspiration as an entrepreneur, Sarah shared these words of wisdom, “I’ve always been a firm believer that vision and action should go hand-in-hand, ‘a little less conversation, a little more action’ (cue Elvis) if you will. Despite any sort of hurdles we’ve faced until this point—or will face in the future as an organization—keeping a singular focus on the deep, profound need that Takeashine is addressing ensures that we’ll continue to grow, improve, and use the power of community to help as many students as possible reach their higher education goals.” 

Happy International Women’s Day! How are you celebrating?

What’s in Store for 2012?

A new year brings with it the potential for exciting and dramatic change.  What do some of StartSomeGood’s successful campaign leaders have planned for their ventures in 2012? What do they believe are some of the key trends in social entrepreneurship to look out for this year?

Hildy Gottlieb, Creating the Future

Designing Social Change, $2,696 raised

Creating the Future Scholarship Fund, $2,345 raised

What are your goals for 2012?

Creating the Future is on a vertical growth curve - start-up mode and then some.  Our goals internally include a lot of ramping up in the form of staff and program growth. 

Our external goals are far more important, however - the change we want to see in the world due to our work.  And that is all about making dramatic community improvement the norm, rather than the exception, in Community Benefit work around the world.  By the end of 2012, we hope to see more groups using approaches that align with creating visionary change (i.e. aligned with the Pollyanna Principles).

What are the trends that matter in 2012?

I don’t pretend to be able to predict the future - my work is about creating the future, rather than guessing what might happen.  That said, a trend we are seeing very clearly is about synchronicity - unrelated groups all around the world having the same sorts of conversations, at the same time.  

That is related to a growing trend toward returning to the highest potential of our humanity - an emphasis and embracing of the beautiful side of what it is to be human.  I believe we will continue to see both an acknowledgment and a desire to root our approaches to life and work in our interconnectedness and interdependence, between each other as people and between us and the rest of the planet (universe?).   Words like “kindness” and “joyful” and “compassion” and “inclusive” are beginning to be seen NOT as “touchy feely mumbo jumbo” but as practical ways of being.  I see that continuing and growing in the year ahead.

I can’t say that 2012 will usher in dramatic changes in this area, but it is a trend we will continue to see more of over the coming years.

Brad Hurvitz, Trek to Teach

Spread Awareness and Expand Trek to Teach, $2,910 raised

What are your goals for 2012?

I want to have between 5 and 10 teachers teach in our Himalayan schools.  One primary goal for Trek to Teach is to partner with a couple other organizations that will improve our offerings abroad, for instance, we are working to establish a partnership with a company that will enhance our Trek to Teach-er’s knowledge of the Nepali education system and how it works prior to their arrival at the Himalayan school. 

What are the trends that matter in 2012?

The trends that matter are ever changing.  I believe convenience is always important.  The fewer steps - figuratively, as trekking requires many steps :) - that a volunteer has to take the more inclined they are to participate.

Mikey Leung, Crowdsourced Travel

Crowdsourced Travel Bangladesh, $15,025 raised

What are your goals for 2012?

To balance a passionate drive for social justice with the needs of my family and my own personal health, see the people of Bangladesh improve significantly in terms of their ability to benefit from the economic opportunities of tourism, and for the world to know that story just a bit better, and participate and seed the worldwide trend towards a new breed of social entrepreneurs who are ‘cut from a different cloth’

What are the trends that matter in 2012?

  • Greater awareness of how our actions today impact on a global tomorrow; this is especially true with respect to individuals who decide to take matters such as climate action, social disparity, or responsible travel into their own hands
  • I think there is also a declining faith in the current world economic model as sustainable; instead of letting this depress us (loss of jobs, lack of ‘consumer confidence’) I think we should approach this as an opportunity to redefine how we perceive ourselves in the world (are we simply consumers and contributors to our nation’s GDP? or are we the creators of our world around us (social entrepreneurs or creative communicators?) 
  • Open source culture is only going to keep increasing - some particularly influential films and talks that have helped shape my way of thinking include those who see new economic models emerging and are communicating on those topics (e.g. collaborative consumption):

-Rachel Botsman’s ‘collabortive consumption’

-Coalition of the Willing - the shape of a global online war against climate change 

-The Future of Money - several intriguing individuals combining to redefine how we  trade in the world

Yanti Turang, Learn to Live

Let’s Get Learn to Live Off the Ground, $6,925 raised

What are your goals for 2012?

2012 is going to be awesome. Firstly, ‘Learn to Live’ has an exhibit of photographs and documentary  from our last trip planned for February. We are then planning to take our first team of healthcare workers to Indonesia in July to not only assist the people of North Sulawesi Indonesia with healthcare, but also inspire our ‘Learn to Live team’ to take what they have learned home and for it to inspire their practice.

What are the trends that matter in 2012?

The trend of ‘Things are not going to happen unless you do it yourself’. I feel people are beginning to stop sitting on the sidelines waiting for life and things to happen, and creating their own destiny. If you’re not going to do it, who is?

Rebecca Pontius, Do Good Bus

Do Good Bus Tour with Foster the People, $101,781 raised

What are your goals for 2012?

The Do Good Bus would like to hit the road again and help inspire people to do good across the country. We’d also like to find other creative ways to encourage people to be a part of their communities.

What are the trends that matter in 2012?

I think 2011 was a great year for social entrepreneurs and there seems to be even more buzz for companies with a mission to inspire social change.  It’s very exciting to be a part of something that has potential to change the world — even if one small step at a time.

Ehon Chan, Spur Projects

Soften the Fck Up, $3,175 raised

What are your goals for 2012?

I never really do New Year’s resolutions purely because my life is so unpredictable but as per every year, my goal is definitely to be the best that I can be every day and to be better in every aspect of my life compared to last year.

What are the trends that matter in 2012?

Everything ‘micro’ especially in the digital world - making niche markets even stronger and easier to target with increased data, and I do hope that micro- (curated) communication picks up.

Quality curation is going to be increasingly valuable.

"Action" is the new innovation - we’re going to see a whole lot more people doing epic things. And I think the saying, "Good ideas are not good enough" will become more prominent. 

Even more hybrid models - emergent effects such as new business models, new businesses, new ways of doing things, particularly in trans-disciplinary teams, meaning that you might not end up working in the job your degree set you up for. 

The need for a deep sense of trust and belonging will become more evident as everyone becomes more connected and educated. People wanting to feel like they are a part of something bigger than themselves.

Jesse Russell, dane101

Be the Media with dane101, $5,001 raised

What are your goals for 2012?

One of our goals is to establish a core group of writers who can provide reliable coverage of politics in the state of Wisconsin. Our secondary goal is to work with other independent media organizations in the state to build a content and resource sharing network, so we can better provide information to the people.

What are the trends that matter in 2012?

This will be the first election year where social networks will truly drive the narrative. Information and even misinformation about the candidates will travel at increasingly fast speeds and we feel like it is the job of independent media organizations such as to make sure we’re separating the fact from fiction. However, we have the additional responsibility to not ignore the fiction, but to debunk it and make an effort to stop it from spreading.

Lizzie LaCroix, Hesperian

Mobile Apps to Save Lives Where There is No Doctor, $6,116 raised

What are your goals for 2012?

My goals for 2012 include working on increasing the awareness of Hesperian Health Guides’ digital resources for community health by using social media to connect with new audiences and potential supporters. I think our resources are really exciting, but that sometimes they don’t get the wide exposure they deserve. People who know Hesperian resources love them, and I think that everyone who has any interest in grassroots change and improving lives at the bottom of the pyramid should know about us. Having more books in more languages available for free download, a library of our unique illustrations, and (coming soon!) a tool that allows users to manipulate and localize content means that there’s something for everyone—and it’s all on our brand new website, so it’s a perfect opportunity to reach out to new people! 

What are the trends that matter in 2012?

Speaking as someone working at a health organization, I think an important trend in 2012 will be the continued development of mHealth (mobile health) tools. The ubiquity of mobile phones means that it is easier to put the right tools in the hands of those who need and can use them, and that this will have a growing impact on people who are poor, marginalized, or otherwise excluded from traditional health systems. I also think (honestly!) that crowdsourcing will continue to be vital in the development of socially-minded ventures, both for- and non-profit. Thanks to the continuing recession, cash flows for nonprofits are shifting and it’s clear that effective crowdsource strategies are now becoming a vital component of most nonprofits’ fundraising efforts.

Eric Myers, Shouting Fire

Shouting Fire Ignition, $9,227 raised

What are your goals for 2012?

Our goal for Shouting Fire in 2012 is to launch with a whisper and end with a bang.  By building our slate of original programming show by show,  we hope that Shouting Fire positions itself as a powerful aggregator and broadcaster of community-created content. “Community” in this case being not just those who have been to Burning Man, but anyone who is interested in the alternative art and ideas that tend to be ignored by the mainstream. 

What are the trends that matter in 2012?

Trends are a tricky business, but as traditional institutions and media platforms fall short, it’s more important than ever for artists, activists, and content creators to band together. The 21st century DIY ethic will, of course, continue. But once you Do It Yourself, it’s time to Do It Together. There are a million voices screaming into the infinite space of the Internet, and it can be hard to elevate your individual signal over all the noise. But as like-minded people collectivize their voices—synthesizing them and sending them out through collaborative portals such as Shouting Fire—new stories will be told, stories that will shape the culture in vital and necessary ways. 


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Interview with Learn to Live’s Yanti Turang

Learn to Live brings healthcare to the people of North Sulawesi via three-week traveling clinics with teams of doctors, nurses, and medical students from the United States and Australia.The clinics provide basic healthcare, teach preventative strategies, and initiate follow-up care with local health facilities, when needed.  The main goal of Learn to Live is to provide healthcare to people living in remote areas so that they can live long, healthy lives.  The secondary goal is for medical and nursing students to use these clinics as a means to gain the experience they need to jump-start their careers.

A few months ago, Learn to Live ran an overwhelmingly successful campaign on StartSomeGood.  Learn to Live surpassed its overall campaign goal of $6,805 by recruiting support from 93 different backers.  With the funds raised, co-founder Yanti Turang was able to take a small group to North Sulawesi to lay the groundwork for Learn to Live.  Recently, I got to chat with Yanti about Learn to Live and its campaign.  Below are her thoughts on inspiration and success, in addition to some practical advice on how to run a successful campaign on StartSomeGood.


 What inspired you to start Learn to Live?

I was first inspired to start Learn to Live because I had a friend who is a doctor and she had done work in India similar to how Learn to live is set up. We were away together and we were talking and I was thinking I had always wanted to do something like what she was doing in India with the Himalayan health exchange. She had always said that with my background, being half Indonesian, I should start something there. We chatted about it and then I came back to New Orleans.

Over the past year I have been working on movie sets as a set medic/nurse. Working in this industry, I saw how much money and waste there was—it’s so overwhelming! After a while it just made me feel sick—that I was in this huge money making wasteful environment. I needed to do something! So I began writing my proposal for LTL, and developed a program that would not only help the people in Indonesia, but also inspire and educate our healthcare workers in the western world.

The other reason I began LTL was because, while nursing in Australia, I worked with some jaded healthcare workers that seemed so uninspired and began to see patients as tasks rather than people. I thought that a way to have the healthcare workers feel inspired and perhaps deliver better care would be to experience something that would help them reflect on their own practice.  I thought LTL could do this for people, and then make them better healthcare workers at home.

Seeing someone so passionate about an issue and really taking the steps to find a solution is so inspiring.  A lot of us have ideas but don’t know where to even begin putting them into action.  Do you have any advice for these people on how to get their ideas started?

Thanks! You know a few people have said that to me, that many people say things, but find it hard to follow through. I guess my advice is you have to believe 150% in what you want to do, you have to begin writing it down, and think of all the questions you would be asked and answer them. You need to tell people your idea and say it 1,000 times and really believe in it, and see why it is essential to our world today. There are some days when I wonder what I have gotten myself into! Ha, but I guess that’s the whole reason of doing it, you create its own future, it has endless possibilities. It definitely shows me daily the goodness in human beings—it’s awesome.

How have things been coming along at LTL since the campaign ended? Has your team been able to travel to Indonesia yet?

Yes, I took my project manager, a filmmaker and a translator/advisor to Indonesia in the beginning of August. The trip was a huge success. We had our meeting with the health minister of North Sulawesi and he approved our program, which was huge! The Indonesian government is not an entity that you want against you, so we were very happy. We then scouted 4 villages in remote areas. All of these villages have different needs depending on their environment—some have no running water within 3 miles, others have a malaria problem, some skin cancer. Overall though none of these people could access or afford basic healthcare. So Learn to Live will come back next year with healthcare workers from the USA/Australia and team up with doctors from North Sulawesi and run 4 clinics. This would not have been possible without StartSomeGood.  We raised $7000, which funded our initial trip—it was great!

I’m sure all of your supporters will be thrilled to see that they directly contributed to your successful trip. Speaking of support, you were able to raise even more than your funding goal. The campaign was an overwhelming success. To what do you attribute this success?

It was interesting because I had no idea if people would be supportive of this or not, and amazingly people were! Many people said our video helped. I tried to make it as professional as possible. People react to visual things well, so we tried to do the best we could. I also used Facebook, which reached out to many people.  However, I didn’t bombard them—just a few posts. I also sent 2 emails at the beginning and the end. People also told me that they want to donate to a good cause, and because it was someone they knew and could connect with, they felt good about it and themselves.

Well it looks like your strategy certainly paid off. Do you have any other advice for ventures that are starting (or thinking about starting) campaigns on StartSomeGood?

I really believed in LTL so I invested money upfront to make it happen. This also showed people that I was serious. I think when we were in Indonesia and posting on our blog it showed people that we were doing it and it was real. Our campaign didn’t finish until we arrived home, so I think people seeing us out there really helped us go beyond our goal. Also, I set a high tipping point—people look at that. I think it’s better to go higher rather than lower. Finally, you can do anything. Take the time and just make it a priority in your life and it will happen!

Are there any new projects in the near future for LTL that you think readers and supporters would like to hear about?

Learn to Live is taking its first team of healthcare workers in July of 2012 , please follow us on our site. We plan to do this trip once a year and if you are interested in coming along or being involved please get in touch via the website.


Are you inspired by Yanti’s drive and success?  Do you have a world changing idea, but need a way to fund it?  Learn more about running a campaign on StartSomeGood here.

New Campaign Highlights On StartSomeGood

Happy Friday everyone! Whether you’re sipping on morning java or getting your afternoon caffeine kick, take a few minutes to check out some of StartSomeGood’s latest campaigns.

Berkeley Youth Alternatives (BYA) is looking to fund a Youth Garden Program to provide teens living in poverty with internships, where they can engage in positive activities and gain valuable job skills. The paid internships teach teens how to live a healthier lifestyle by growing their own food for their families and communities. BYA also helps them open their own bank accounts and teaches them how to manage their finances.

FRAEC is an organization dedicated to improving US-Russian relations through The Story Stream Project, a campaign to bring stories of Russians and Americans making a difference in their local communities. The funds they raise will be used to cover the travel expenses to Russia to interview individuals and to produce the documentary that captures their stories.

The indigenous people of North Sulawesi, Indonesia live a life riffed with poverty and inhospitable living conditions. Due to the lack of education and health care, many of them die of complications from treatable and preventable diseases. Learn To Live is a three-week program that will send a team of medical professionals to treat these patients and to set up health care clinics. Please click here for more details about the program.

Hesperian has been publishing and distributing illustrated books for the survival of people in poor and under-resourced communities for over 30 years. Given the growing availability of mobile phones in rural areas, Hesperian is looking to use mobile technology to provide life saving health information to those living in poverty. Your support for this campaign will help create a mobile phone application to help people who might not have access to doctors, hospitals and medical information.

One in seven Australians has been a victim of racism in the past year. All Together Now, a non-profit organization in Australia, is going to Give Racism The Finger In Melbourne. Partnering with The Body Shop, over 50,000 customers have added their fingerprint to the canvas store, symbolizing their willingness to speak up when they witness racism. To promote this campaign, funds are being raised to print and place these posters Melbourne’s biggest train stations.

Shouting Fire is not an ordinary radio station. It is an audio nexus for ideas and engagement, an online salon where you will be able to listen to an eclectic mix of programming or access the content you want on demand from philosophy to poetry to politics. Click here to learn more about what Shouting Fire aims to bring to you.

Did you know that most of America’s recycling programs does not accept the prescription bottles? That becomes a problem when with 76 million baby boomers and over 3.6 billion prescriptions to fill. A recent college graduate as come up with a solution with two new designs: a prescription bottle made of glass and silicone and the other out of 18/8 food grade stainless steel. Donate here today to help make environmentally friendly and reusable prescription bottles. 

Legal systems in many developing countries are no more transplants than their former European colonial countries. Often times, they are viewed as a means of oppression. OpenTrial aims to reduce corruption and violence in developing-world legal systems by working with locals to collect and upload data to put judges, police and prosecutors under public scrutiny. An international support base is needed to provide the funds to pay people to do this - starting in Indonesia - and your donation will be a beginning that will fuel action.