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Nonprofit group raises $153,000 through crowdfunding and breaks our record for biggest campaign of all time!

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An Australian non-profit, working with refugees and asylum seekers, has successfully raised over $153,000 (AUD) through crowdfunding to break the StartSomeGood.com record as biggest campaign of all time and surpassing their overall goal of $150,000. 

The Asylum Seeker Resources Centre (ASRC) will soon hit the road with their Food Justice Truck, a mobile food truck selling fruits and vegetables to the public at market prices in order to subsidise the cost for asylum seekers and allow them to access fresh, healthy food. 

With great campaign rewards, including a private dinner party with international music star Gotye, and a killer social media strategy, the ambitious goal of $150,000 never seemed too far-fetched. In fact, $85,000 of that was raised in the first two weeks alone. 

The StartSomeGood record previously belonged to The Do Good Bus who raised $101,000 (USD) for an altruistic road trip across the United States, promoting volunteerism and who partnered with Foster the People to provide unique experiences and rewards (So it seems that a moving vehicle and the backing of an international music act are a recipe for success!)  

The Asylum Seeker Resource Centre’s campaign is also part of a growing movement of social impact organisations in Australia responding to funding cuts by turning to crowdfunding.  

 “Instead of just getting frustrated at government action or inaction crowdfunding allows non-profits and social entrepreneurs to raise funds directly from their community in order to take practical steps which can make a huge difference, just as the Food Justice Truck will in the life of asylum seekers in Melbourne,” says StartSomeGood CEO Tom Dawkins.

Inspired? Get started on your social good crowdfunding campaign now. 

If you want to learn how to run a kick-ass crowdfunding campaign, sign up to our Crowdfunding 101 email course in the bottom right hand corner of our homepage. Remember, you don’t have to be a large non-profit like the ASRC to raise funds on StartSomeGood. We also support social enterprise, community groups, individuals and other social good projects.

#SocEntHangout: Education & Social Innovation

Question for the panel? Tweet on the #SocEntHangout hashtag or ask in the comments section below!

How can educational institutions facilitate social change? 

Across the world, forward thinking educational institutions are taking steps to find out. Join us for this month’s #SocEntHangout where StartSomeGood and a panel of exports will explore how traditional scholarship is being reframed to support social change, the groundbreaking new initiatives that are driving this change, action-oriented best practices and how you can get involved. 

Our expert panel includes Erin Krampetz (Cofounder & Community Director of Ashoka U), Kate Harris (CEO of the Centre for Sustainability Leadership) and Jason Quin (Social Enterprise Hub Manager, Desert People’s Centre

You’ll also have the opportunity to ask the panel your questions so be sure to register now!

WHEN: Monday 7th April 7pm United States Eastern Time/4pm United States Pacific Time

Monday/Tuesday 7th-8th April Midnight British Standard Time

Tuesday 8th April 9am Australian Eastern Daylight Time

Register now! 

THE PANEL: 

Erin Krampetz - Cofounder & Community Director at Ashoka U

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As Community Director, Erin fosters the strategic development and growth of the Ashoka U community of practice with the goal of supporting colleges and universities everywhere to become hubs of social innovation. Before coming to Ashoka in 2008 to help launch Ashoka U, Erin served as Program Director for Escuela Nueva International, a partner of Ashoka Fellow Vicky Colbert, coordinating collaborative partnerships for the global expansion of Escuela Nueva. Prior to Escuela Nueva, Erin evaluated program effectiveness for MobileMetrix, a community-based data collection company in Brazil, and as an Eben Tisdale Fellow, contributed to Hewlett Packard’s Global Citizenship Program. During her undergraduate and graduate studies, Erin participated as a contributing author and researcher for the Stanford Study of Writing, a five-year longitudinal study of college writers. Erin holds a BA in International Relations and an MA in International Educational Administration and Policy Analysis from Stanford University.

Jeremy Mah - Head of Learning for Sustainability, Centre for Sustainability Leadership

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The Centre for Sustainability Leadership believe our world needs leaders and change makers who have the commitment, courage and skills to drive positive, transformative change. They enable leaders (individuals and organisations) and equip them with the skills and insights they need to create the future they want – the future we all need. Since 2004, CSL have been running a series of award-winning training programs, designed to give passionate individuals the agency and ability to create the change they envisage.

Jason Quin - Social Enterprise Hub Manager, Desert People’s Centre

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Based in Alice Springs, Jason Quin works with passionate people and innovative organisations to achieve social impact through entrepreneurship. Most recently he has helped setup the desert hub, a social enterprise hub run by the Centre for Appropriate Technology for the Desert Peoples Centre. The desert hub has provided a focal point for the growth of the social enterprise sector, delivered direct business development support and a calendar of events and workshops. Before this, Jason was part of the foundation team establishing the Australian Centre for Social Innovation, in Adelaide, and UnLtd – the Foundation for Social Entrepreneurs, the UK’s leading supporter of social entrepreneurship.

Jason is passionate about life in the desert; drawing on the rich heritage of “bush ingenuity” and the thrivingcommunity at the heart of Australia. Jason is the Treasurer/Public Officer of the Arid Lands Environment Centre, the leading voice for sustainability in Central Australia; and a Board Member of the regional arts body, Red Hot Arts Central Australia.

StartSomeGood News: Sewing schools and life saving social networks

Brand New Good! Recently launched campaigns: 

Fresh Stops has recently launched a unique new campaign to transform our industrialised food system and bring affordable, healthy foods to communities regardless of income. Through an online platform, Grow Your Own Fresh Stop, communities will be able to source sustainably grown fruits and vegetables for families on an income-based sliding scale. Four such Fresh Stop initiatives have already been established Washington DC and Indianapolis. A tipping point of $7,000 will enable the development of a sound technical infrastructure to better manage and automate the already successful Fresh Stop model. Also be sure to check out some of their creative rewards 

TalkLife is a social network with a difference that is really saving lives. This free app, available on Android and Apple devices, allows young people to talk about ‘taboo’ issues like depression, self harm and suicide. It’s an online, understanding and safe community for people who feel alone and isolated, and allows them to find others who understand. Their tipping point of $7,000 will allow TalkLife to further their work and use ‘big data’ obtained from their platform to analyse, predict and prevent high risk mental health episodes. 

The team behind the ASRC Food Justice Truck have come up with a creative solution to food insecurity for asylum seekers in Australia. The Truck will be a mobile food market, selling to the public at market rates and to asylum seekers at a 75% discount. Funds raised will primarily support the purchase of a truck and the wages of one full time staff member. With your support, this ambitious project has the potential to help lift 2,000 people out of food insecurity and bring vastly improved health outcomes to marginalised communities. 

The Congo Restoration Sewing School is uplifting women one sewing class at a time. This social enterprise is providing education and a way out of poverty to women in the Eastern Congo who have been victims of sexual violence. Every 6 months, 60 women graduate from their sewing school, with the added benefit of literacy courses. Now, with a tipping point of $15,100, this campaign is attempting to open a second school, and provide each woman with a sewing machine and a micro loan to start their own businesses. Rewards for this campaign include hand made napkins from the school itself and wooden statues form the DRC. 

The Casey Schulman foundation, established in memory of a remarkable young student who passed away in December 2012, is raising money to provide college scholarships to high school students who are serious about improving the lives of others. Help them reach their tipping point and provide a $20,000 scholarship over four years to a deserving student. 

This week in Social Enterprise: Higher education in Arizona is going green!

On the 25th March, the Greater Manchester Centre for Voluntary Organisation will host a Social Economy Alliance open mic event to discuss how the next government can support change makers and cooperative movements. This free event will also give attendees the change to feed into the Social Economy Alliance manifesto that will set out the sector’s top social and economic policy recommendations. There will be a variety of engaging and useful sessions, including campaign workshops on how to engage with local politicians and the media. Check out the event to book your place now! 

Also in Manchester, 3rd Sector Futures and Anglia Ruskin University will host the Third Sector Leadership and Management Conference on 20th March. This event, supported by the Guardian Social Enterprise Network, will address the challenges and opportunities facing the third sector in the next 5 to 10 years, which skills will be required for future leaders in the field, and what these leaders can learn from social and private entrepreneurs. 

From the 24 - 25 March the Arizona Higher Education Sustainability Conference will bring together a variety of higher learning institutions from across the state to discuss sustainability issues and create opportunities for staff, faculty and students to advance sustainable solutions on campus and in their communities. This will be a great opportunity for interested change makers to network with their peers in the region and bring home tools to increase the impact of sustainable solutions.  

On 26 March, 1000heads at HUB Sydney will host a special session on Word of Mouth (WOM) campaigns for Social Enterprise. Whilst all kinds of social enterprises naturally lend themselves to WOM campaigns, this session will equip changemakers with the best practices WOM strategies, and will be followed by a Q&A to discuss various campaigns and strategies to get the word out. 

And if you find yourself in Washington, DC tomorrow, why not drop in to the monthly Meetup for Social Entrepreneurs and Changemakers? This event will allow you to connect face to face with like minded people in the field and extend your local network of allies and friends. The event runs from 12:30 to 14:30, and costs $5 per person.

A World of Changemakers

by Tom Dawkins, CEO of StartSomeGood.com. 

Presenting at the AshokaU Exchange

During February, thanks to the generous support of Renata Cooper and Forming Circles, I had the opportunity to attend two great conferences in Thailand and the US respectively where I was thrilled to meet changemakers and social entrepreneurs from at least 16 countries and learn more about their projects, challenges and insights.

The trip started at the Ci2i Learn/Share Lab for Co-Creative Impact and Innovation outside Chiang Mai in Northern Thailand (I know, I know, it’s hard work this whole social entrepreneur thing sometimes). This was a very different sort of event from the norm: more intimate, focused and generative. It involved 25 of us living together for three days while exploring the practice of co-creative changemaking through a variety of case-studies and conversations.

The participants had come from every continent on earth. Their stories and their commitment to a style of leadership which encourages participation, empowers others and shares successes were inspiring and very often moving. Many were working in incredible challenging environments, against entrenched systems of inequality, supporting refugees, the disabled or those seeking an alternative to business as usual.

What did we mean by “co-creative leadership”? We didn’t let ourselves get too bogged down in definitions (you can see the raw notes from the event here) but for me it came down to a few key elements:

  • a vision for a different future (the why) but an openness to the path to get there (the how);
  • a preparedness to share or forgo credit;
  • a belief that the process to create change is as important as the outcome. In fact empowering people through the co-creative process is an outcome.

I learned about the incredible work of Edgeryders in catalysing new ways of thinking, working and living in Europe, of The Barefoot Guides out of South Africa, a co-created resource to deepen and develop approaches and initiatives that contribute to a changing world, of the struggle and progress of the Initiatives for Community Transformation in Uganda, as told by Peter and Grace, who had never left that country before (and who we will soon be supporting to run a campaign on StartSomeGood) and of Christina Jordan, our host and Ashoka Fellow, who has worked in Uganda and Belgium and now Thailand (and ran this campaign on StartSomeGood recently to support a refugee community) and is now spearheading the formation of Ci2i, a global community of co-creative changemakers.

Then it was on to the US and, after a week of meetings in San Francisco and Washington DC, the AshokaU Exchange in Providence, Rhode Island.

The Exchange was in some ways the opposite of the Learn/Share Lab: more expansive, relentless and individual. But no less inspiring and valuable. It brought together 800 people to explore how we embed and support social entrepreneurship on university campuses, split approximately 1/3, 1/3, 1/3 into students, faculty and funders. The students gave it a great energy, the faculty members shared incredible programmatic insights and the funders gave it gravitas and a sense of possibility. Together it was an exciting mix, with several concurrent streams of panels and workshops, short TED-style talks, banquets, small-group dinners and many side meetings.

I was able to share the work we’ve been doing bringing traditional grant funding and crowdfunding together through our Crowdmatch model and present on how student-led projects can raise the funds they need to launch and grow. I’m hopeful we’ll be able to announce a US-based Crowdmatch partnership in the near future.

Presenting at ConspireNY

The trip ended in NY where I presented at the first ConspireNY, a night of conspiratorial Pecha Kucha presentations. This was beyond nerve-wracking for me, as the requirements of the Pecha Kucha format (short talks with automatic slides, in this case 5 minutes with 20 slides which advanced every 15 seconds), brevity and perfect timing, are not at all my public speaking fortes. But given that I only prepared the talk that day (I was busy!) I was very pleased with the result and received great feedback. The video should be online soon.

Thanks again to Renata and Forming Circles for making this trip possible with their sponsorship! I learned a lot, made new friends and contacts and am confident it will lead to some exciting new partnerships and projects for StartSomeGood, so watch this space!

#SocEntHangout: Storytelling Skills for Social Change

Storytelling is an essential skill for any social change initiative. The success of any marketing, fundraising, grant writing and community building is dependent on the ability to make your story resonate with the right audience. In a world where people are constantly bombarded with messages, how do we cut through the noise to ensure that social impact stories are heard? 

StartSomeGood brings together a panel of experts including Alvin Melathe from Upworthy, Tom Maclachlan from Agency, Mikey Leung from Digital Storytellers and more, to give you the tools to tell tell the right story to the right audience and answer your questions about how to communicate your mission.  Join our Google Hangout On Air, hosted by social change crowdfunding platform StartSomeGood.com, to find out how to tell your story. 

WHEN: Monday 3rd March 5pm United States Eastern Time/2pm United States Pacific Time

Monday 3rd March 10pm British Standard Time

Tuesday 4th March 9am Australian Eastern Daylight Time

Register now! 

THE PANEL: 

Alvin Melathe - Upworthy 


Alvin Melathe

Alvin Melathe is a Curator for Upworthy.com. Previously, he worked in organizing and political activism at the Leadership Center for the Common Good and the Progressive States Network. You can reach him at alvin.melathe@upworthy.com or tweet creative, chipmunk-themed insults at his expense at @AMelathe

Check out  Alvin’s posts here.  

Mikey Leung - Digital Storytellers 

Mikey Leung

Mikey Leung is a web designer, video producer and travel journalist with matrix-like knowledge of the social media world. He’s the Creative Director at Digital Storytellers, a digital production studio and community based in Sydney, Australia.

Mikey is also a published author, and co-wrote the first and second editions of Bradt Travel Guide to Bangladesh. He’s also a social entrepreneur, and founder of sustainable travel startup Crowdsourced Travel, whose primary project Positive Light, is changing the way the world sees Bangladesh.

In September 2012, Mikey spoke about Positive Light at TEDxDhaka. The full story is available here

 Tom Maclachlan  - Agency 

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Tom is a filmmaker and copywriter with social change storytelling strategists Agency. Tom has worked as a filmmaker on some of Australia’s biggest non profit campaigns, including projects for The Greens, World Vision, Amnesty International, Live Below the Line and the Foundation for Young Australians. Tom has a degree in journalism, film and theatre from Charles Sturt University, a diploma in playwriting from NIDA and a diploma in film direction from Spanish Film School Septima Ars. His award winning plays have been produced in New York, Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, and his TV and radio scripts have featured on SBS and ABC.- on Twitter using the hashtag #socenthangout

You can submit questions:

- On Twitter using the #socenthangout hashtag 

- in the comments section below

To join in register and details will be sent out closer to the event!

The Hangout will be broadcast on this page

If you have any questions please send them to natasha@startsomegood.com 

This Week in Social Entrepreneurship: learn the ins and outs of starting your very own social enterprise

  • Join Marcos, co-founder of Be Social Change, Monday, December 16th for Intro to Social Entrepreneurship: Opportunities, Challenges, and Trends. #SocEnt newbies, this is your chance to introduce yourself to the budding social entrepreneurship community in New York City. Hosted by the Makers Institute, you will gain a better understanding of social entrepreneurship, learn about new types of organizations and business models, and discover new opportunities and challenges for the future. 
  • Social Enterprise Alliance is on the hunt for compelling presenters to speak at Summit 14. SEA is seeking talented individuals involved in social enterprise to make the Summit 14 in Nashville a huge success. Deadline for submission is December 27th.
  • Lean startups are the businesses of the future, and Forbes has provided a really useful list for social entrepreneurs just starting off—10 videos of social good organizations using lean startup methods. These will help you learn about lean methods, see who is changing the world via lean methods, and to inspire you to flex your own lean startup muscles.
  • Civic Accelerator demo night takes place on January 16th at The Points of Light Civic Accelerator in New York City.  There, attendees can celebrate with the graduating class of the Fall 2013 Points of Light Civic Accelerator, and 15 entrepreneurs will present how they are solving some of the world’s toughest social issues while competing for $50,000 in seed funding.
  • MyBnk’s Enterprise-in-a-box is a step-by-step guide to setting up a social enterprise. This program for young entrepreneurs groups participants into teams and asks them to create business plans to sell an ethical product they are assigned. The aim is to teach young people about running their own social enterprise, preparing them for a future of disrupting the status quo.

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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This Week in Social Entrepreneurship: Mashable and Feast on Good focus on the future and DELL looks for ideas to improve global education

  • Join NBCUniversal and Feast on Good collaboratively build the stories we hope to see dominate the news of the future in #REVUP2050. 15 finalists with the most public engagement will be given the opportunity to address The Feast and call attendees to action in October.
  • Impact 8, launched by the MaRS Center for Impact Investing, is designed to fast-track social ventures to a higher stage of investment readiness. This will fill the gap in the existing support infrastructure for social ventures by focusing on the “missing middle.” Apply by July 12 to be part of this eight-week intensive course.
  • Mashable’s 2013 Social Good Summit in New York will take place from September 22nd through the 24th. With the theme #2030NOW, this summit will address where we are trying to go by 2030 and how we can use digital tools to get there.
  • How would you improve education access for primary students across the globe? The DELL Education Challenge is accepting entries until September 23rd for ideas that will revitalize primary K-12 education worldwide. Not only are all applicants automatically entered into the 2014 DELL Social Innovation Challenge, all semi-finalists get at least 4 hours of professional mentoring and winners receive seed funding and a paid trip to pitch their idea.

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

Texting for good! It’s easy for us to forget that sometimes your livelihood can depend on things as simple as the weather report and what the price of food is. Lima Links is working on a program to provide these basic necessities to merchants in Zambia through SMS updates, helping them climb out of poverty by eliminating waste and increasing their income. How can you support Lima Links? Visit them on StartSomeGood at http://www.startsomegood.com/limalinks

Texting for good! It’s easy for us to forget that sometimes your livelihood can depend on things as simple as the weather report and what the price of food is. Lima Links is working on a program to provide these basic necessities to merchants in Zambia through SMS updates, helping them climb out of poverty by eliminating waste and increasing their income. How can you support Lima Links? Visit them on StartSomeGood at http://www.startsomegood.com/limalinks

This Week in Social Entrepreneurship

  • Law and Social Enterprise Fellows Anurag Gupta and Aroma Sharma of NYU School of Law are hosting Legal Bootcamp for Social Entrepreneurs on Tuesday, May 21st at 6 pm. Tickets are $10 and the session will provide activists, entrepreneurs, and social innovators with a framework for thinking about corporate structure and financing. 
  • Microsoft YouthSpark is sponsoring Challenge for Change which offers you the chance to share how you want to spark positive change in your community and the world. If you are between 18 and 25 and want a chance to win an epic life-changing experience volunteering in Kenya this summer, $2,500 to initiate your idea into a reality, a Microsoft technology bundle, and the opportunity to serve as a Microsoft YouthSpark ambassador for a year, enter the challenge with your idea by May 24th.
  • Each October, Bluhm/Helfand Social Innovation fellows get the chance to gain exposure for their organizations, establish a community of support, and receive a $10,000 financial contribution for their venture at Chicago Ideas Week. If you are 35 or younger and have a venture that is innovative and addresses compelling social needs then you should apply to this fellowship by June 6th—winning could mean launching your venture to another level.
  • The Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship provides platforms to highlight and advance leading models of sustainable social innovation. The search and selection process has begun to recognize outstanding social entrepreneurs around the world. Global selection is open to all organizations based in Asia, Africa, Europe, Latin America, and North America.
  • Join guest speakers Joyce Sou, Manager at B Corps and Social Impact Metrics, the MaRS Centre for Impact Investing, and David Upton of Common Good Solutions for this free webinar—Social Finance Connects: Demonstrating Impact From Corporate Structures to Certifications.On Thursday, May 30th at noon US EST, this webinar will cover corporate structures and certifications which help social enterprises demonstrate their impact.  

 

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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