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This Year in Social Entrepreneurship

Goodbye 2013, hello 2014—here’s to another year of starting good!

2013 saw 100’s of social good projects funded through StartSomeGood, and we’re hopeful 2014 will be even more successful thanks to all of you.

What else went on this past year in the world of social entrepreneurship? What do we have to look forward to in 2014?

Happy reading, changemakers—and a very Happy New Year from all of us here at StartSomeGood. 

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

This Week in Social Entrepreneurship: Weh Yeoh tells us who sets the international development agenda (hint: it’s you!)

  • Come out for the NY+Acumen Happy Hour and Jeopardy Night Wednesday night, October 16th. It will be an exciting evening at Galway Pub where all questions (errr…answers, rather) in the game will be based on a social entrepreneurship related case study. And, as always, there will be time for drinks and conversation.
  • On Tuesday, October 15th join Be Social Change and the Centre for Social Innovation for NY Social Good. This is a new event series featuring for- and non- profit ventures developing innovative approaches to tackling the toughest problems facing our generation.
  • Make a Wave is a start-up readiness program aiming to provide 250 women in UK foundational skills to think about social enterprise. They are searching for women based in UK, over 18, and committed to attending a business skills bootcamp, among other credentials. If you are interested, read more about this program and how to apply here.
  • Learn how, as a student, you can get involved with social enterprises during this live Q&A on Tuesday, October 8th with the Guardian Social Enterprise Network. Learn not only how you can get involved as a student, but also how you can benefit from social enterprise and even how you can start your very own!
  • Who sets the agenda when talking about international development? We, as ordinary citizens, have the power to collectively shift the government’s agenda. Check out this Huffington Post article written by Weh Yeoh, who is currently running a campaign on StartSomeGood to Bring Speech Therapy to Cambodia

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 site to learn about how to start your own campaign.

Do you have a social entrepreneurship news story or an event you’d like to see on the StartSomeGood Blog? Email Nicole (Nicole @ StartSomeGood.com)

This Week in Social Entrepreneurship: Get inspired for change at one of many social good events coming to a city near you

  • The inaugural Social Enterprise and Crowdfunding Conference will be held at Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort near Salt Lake City, Utah on September. StartSomeGood has partnered with the conference to obtain a discount of more than 30% off of the $199 price of a VIP ticket which includes dinner or off of the $124 price of the tickets that do not include dinner. Just use the code “SSG4SocialGood” when registering. Speakers will be coming from across the country to discuss social entrepreneurship, impact investing, philanthropy and crowdfunding.
  • Welcome, to the main event! A Social Good Cage Fight, hosted by DoSomething.org and Idealist.org, this battle of wits will be a spitfire debate centering around some of the not-for profit-sector’s toughest questions. Join them September 30th at the DoSomething.org offices in NYC. Register now and get beer and food while you settle in for one crazy evening. 
  • Time to get acquainted with the exciting fields of social innovation and entrepreneurship via Social Spark’s SparkDay 2013. You will be able to explore relevant social issues and participate in a Quick Venture Challenge by creating and pitching a social enterprise idea in one of four focus areas. Registration is super cheap and open to everyone, but space is limited so make sure to sign up soon!
  • Saturday, September 21st is sure to be a day full of intense discussions, thought-provoking panels, and networking with so of New York’s most innovative thinkers at the Do Good: A Social Entrepreneurship Event. Hosted by General Assembly, this event will showcase stories from successful entrepreneurs, strategies on how non-profits and for-profits can collaborate for social good, and thoughts on the future of social entrepreneurship. 
  • The Social Enterprise Alliance’s Chicago Chapter is hosting Start-Up to Grown-Up, an evening of networking, sharing, and celebration of the journey of social entrepreneurship. Hear from some of Chicago’s most successful and inspiring social entrepreneurs and learn about their experiences—from pitching their ideas to securing seed funding to creating a brand, and everything in between. Join them on September 24th if you’re in the Chicago area and inspire yourself to start creating change!

 

 

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 andgiraffeandpenguinproductions.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.

Do you have a social entrepreneurship news story or an event you’d like to see on the StartSomeGood Blog? Email Nicole (Nicole @ StartSomeGood.com)

StartSomeGood News: An English as a second language program in Oakland, CA and a clean water system in Laos are ready to take off!

Let’s Celebrate! Recently tipped campaigns:

The Centre for Social Change provides access to the knowledge, skills, and resources people need to work with communities to create positive change. They are organizing a day tour to visit a variety of enterprises that provide insight into a fairer and more sustainable economy.

In 2010, the Oakland Unified School District cut 94% of its funding for Adult English as a Second Language Program. EnglishWorks sees the large need for this program and wants to bring it back. With the funds raised they will be able to cover a 12-week class.

Northampton Exercise Club uses physical fitness to revive confidence and self-esteem in the homeless. Reed and Mike started this initiative to give homeless people a positive outlet from their unhealthy vices so they can begin to get their lives back on track. Check out what Reed and Mike have already accomplished with their club. Now, they are biking 100 Miles to End Homelessness—they are biking 100 miles across Massachusetts to raise funds and awareness. 

Abundant Water teaches potters in remote villages how to build water filters in order to access clean drinking water. With the campaign funds, they’ll be able to provide clean drinking water for families in Ban Na Dua Village in Northern Laos.  

Brand New Good! Recently launched campaigns:

SABLE Creative Enterprise is a sustainable arts activism and agricultural community. One of their first projects will be a hydroponics project.

OzGreen educates people on how to make a difference for the environment around them. They are hosting Youth Leading the World, an initiative that brings youth together to tackle wicked eco-problems and create positive change. 

Best Foot Forward Australia helps teachers and classrooms all over Australia with a direct online channel that will get classroom materials into where they are needed most. They need $12,000 to help start their website.

The Big Feed is hosting a Big Melbourne Cup Feed for their friends at Youth Off the Streets as a way for young people to celebrate the day with their family, their community, and their supporters.

White Circles works with the local women’s paper making project in Nangi Village, Nepal that supports education and promote women’s entrepreneurship.

Atma Foundation provides economic independence for survivors of gender-based violence and their efforts to provide opportunities for their children and community.

Corner Link improves the living conditions of the poor communities in developing countries in Asia to achieve both social and environmental justice. They’re raising funds to hold two events as part of the Australian Changemakers Festival.

The BRInj Undergraduate Research Program is organizing a fundraiser to promote the importance of research and to give other young students the opportunity to engage in applied research.

A group of individuals are coming together on behalf of SeeBeyondBorders to raise funds for the Sdey Leur Schools Project. They are raising funds to put together a contemporary Cambodian cookbook.

This is a campaign in support of Jonathan Moylan and his efforts to highlight the role of ANZ bank in financing the proposed destructive Whitehaven Maules Creek coal mine. He’s facing fines and 10 years in jail. They are supporting the legal, travel and campaign costs associated with fighting the case against him.

FutureBridge wants to help the divided communities of Cyprus invest in their futures through development, creative ideas, and leadership. They are building an endowment to support their initiative. 

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

This Week in Social Entrepreneurship: learn about how mobile technology stimulates international development and get some professional training on how to craft your business plan

  • The mobile phone is rapidly bringing much needed communication to the most remote areas of the world. Take this four-week online professional development certificate course that explores successful applications that facilitate economic transactions, transform agricultural processes, and connect learners to educational content. TechChange’s Mobiles for International Development runs from September 30th through October 25th. Fillyou’re your application by September 6th and get an early bird discount on the course!
  • Join the #AftricaYouthFwd Conversation through the Future Forward collaboration between Ashoka and The MasterCard Foundation aimed at identifying innovators who are bringing cutting-edge solutions to youth employment challenges in Sub-Sahara Africa. Reserve your spot today to participate in this Google+ Hangout on September 12th with some of today’s leading innovators.
  • Join Be Social Change for the Makers Institute class on Crafting Business Plans for Social Good Startups with instructor Sang Lee. In this class you will learn how to transform your business idea into a well-written and organized business plan. Join other aspiring entrepreneurs on Tuesday evening, September 10th at the Centre for Social Innovation in New York, NY.
  • Our very own Patty Simonton is presenting at PunchRock’s Crowdfunding Your Social Enterprise in DC on September 16th. If you’re interested in learning more about how to crowdfund to help start your social enterprise, join Patty and a panel of entrepreneurs who all successfully raised funds for their businesses through the power of the crowd. 

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 StartSomeGood today to learn about how to start your own campaign.

Not for Profit 2.0: How to Start, Scale, and Sustain a Community Project

Whatever our life mission may be, sometimes we all need a little help—getting started, scaling, sustaining. If your mission is to start or grow a not-for-profit in Australia, we’ve got some good news for you! Not for Profit 2.0, brought to you by Project Australia,is coming to a bookshelf near you and it’s jam-packed full of great advice for navigating the not-for-profit scene in Australia.

Project Australia is creating a future where social innovators and entrepreneurs can have the best skills, resources, technology, and advice necessary to start some good available to them at their fingertips. All in all, they strive to help social changemakers put their ideas into action by starting, scaling, and sustaining their community projects. They do all this by providing free consultations and advice to changemakers in Australia. 

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Now, Project Australia is writing this new handbook to help guide Australian not-for-profits in their mission to develop communities. The minds behind Project Australia have gained a ton of knowledge while working with over 150 community projects and now they’re eager to share it all. Not for Profit 2.0 will be filled with practical advice, resources, and links that will outline everything you need to know for starting or growing your Australian not-for-profit in today’s digital world.

All the funds raised during this campaign will go toward researching, writing, editing, and publishing the handbook. And, the best part—your contribution is a way to pre-purchase the book. Just $25 gets you a digital copy of the book and a shout-out on the back page listing you as a contributor! 

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

StartSomeGood News: Kick Incubator mentors changemakers like TommyK and Emergent Housing Solutions who can crowdfund their tuition

Brand New Good! Recently launched campaigns:

Mayibuye Cambodia has been providing dance lessons in Cambodia for the past year to empower youth at risk through dance, art, and life skills. Reaching their $3,000 tipping point will allow them to run the dance class in Cambodia for another year.

Be a Green Champion and help build an application to report environmental problems. Reaching their $7,200 tipping point will allow Green Champion to develop this Android app. 

The Rhythm Hut is being evicted and they need help to move to their new community center in Gosford’s CBD. They’ve quickly grown into one of the most exciting community centers on the coast and are now seeking $15,000 to Save the Rhythm Hut and start moving drumming classes to their new building in August.

This is the official launch of the global movement to use running to save the world. The RUN Project believes they can save the world in 60-seconds or less through videos that will inspire people around the world to start running for a cause. $10,000 would allow them to hire videographer Wendy Shulik full-time for 3 months to get video production up and running.

The Beat Cancer Fundraiser in Dallas/Fort Worth will provide 3,500 custom drumsticks as memorable keepsake for cancer survivors and family members. Additional funds raised at the event will go to The Love Hope Strength Foundation. Funds raised during this campaign will be used to make the custom logo and manufacture, paint, and print the drumsticks.

Emergent Housing Solutions (EHS) is seeking $2,000 in tuition for the Kick Incubator in Seattle. As the first responders in sustainable shelter, EHS is a post-disaster housing marketplace/website bringing seller and buyers of emergency housing together.

Avoca Beachside Market is a self-funded market that brings together food, music, and art. As a place where new artists live their dreams, they want very much to keep this music free. The market will use campaign funds to help pay for live performances and promote the artists. 

Another Kick Incubator participant, Salish Sea Furniture Company needs to raise $2,000 for tuition. Salish Sea Furniture Company wants to establish the viability of a ‘tree-to-table’ furniture business as a means to sustain forests and communities in the Pacific Northwest.

Let’s Celebrate! Recently tipped campaigns:

Uncle Jack Charles is one of the most well known and loved Indigenous Australian Actors. Stolen from his family at a young age as part of an experiment to merge Aboriginals into white society, he struggled with addiction and abuse in his life and was able to overcome great odds. Leonie Rhodes is an artist who can now purchase materials and  pay for studio rent to start her ‘Significantly Small’ collection. The first piece will be a highly detailed sculpture of Jack Charles that will help share his story and highlight and bring awareness to prejudice issues that still exist in Australia.

GalliGalli’s second campaign with StartSomeGood, Education is Freedom-Nepal, will allow them to provide a high-quality education to children in rural Nepal. This will give children the freedom to pursue their dreams and provide hope for a better future.

TommyK raised $400 so he can attend Youth Leadership Summit 2013. His goal is to inspire youth, expand his social impact as a role model, and create meaningful conversations. 

MONAvation Nation’s mission is to showcase positive stories of entrepreneurs who overcame obstacles to successfully launch a business and are now making a positive impact in their communities. These stories will be showcased via webisodes. So far, they’ve raised enough to fund their tuition to Kick Incubator which will provide mentorship, support, and connections to help them grow. Their total goal will help them produce the first season of shows that will showcase these inspiring individuals.

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.

Empower Young Australian Entrepreneurs to Attend the G20 Young Entrepreneurs’ Summit

The Enterprise Network for Young Australians (ENYA), invests in Australia’s youth, creating an entrepreneurial ecosystem so they can connect, flourish, and create a better tomorrow. This year, 23 entrepreneurs from ENYA are representing Australia at the G20 Young Entrepreneurs’ Summit in Moscow which brings young leaders together from all over the world to represent their countries. These 23 entrepreneurs are working to build a better future for Australia and have the chance to influence policy and agenda when the G20 Summit Leaders meet later this year. 

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Of these 23 delegates who are going to Moscow, 10 are leading early stage startups and are on very tight budgets. They need to find ways to fund their flights, accommodations, and registration fees. This is where you come in—their StartSomeGood campaign can aid them in raising part or all of the costs associated with traveling to Moscow. You can have a direct hand in helping get these amazing leaders over to Moscow to represent you and the future of Australian business!

By the way, this campaign is jam-packed with amazing rewards for supporters. Just $30 gets you a one day coworking pass to HUB Sydney, Melbourne, or Adelaide. Want to hang out with the delegates? $99 grants you entry to their Russian-themed party with a 3 course dinner, drinks, and Russian entertainment. Other rewards include workshops and training sessions with noted entrepreneurs, domestic plane tickets, corporate identity and brand creation, an iPhone app designed for your business, and even the chance to be an honored guest of the ENYA team at the summit. These are some of the most exciting rewards we’ve seen on StartSomeGood to date, so don’t miss out!

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

Interview with Max Harris, Combat Veteran and Founder of Support No Stigma

Max Harris is an Iraqi Freedom combat veteran with PTSD. He is starting Support No Stigma, a non-profit organization devoted to raising awareness of Combat PTSD, supporting veterans and their families, and educating veterans in entrepreneurship. Max raised almost $6,000 on StartSomeGood to launch his initiative.

Your story is so inspiring and we’re incredibly honored to have worked with you here at StartSomeGood. For those who aren’t as familiar with your story, can you share a little about your background and motivations for starting Support No Stigma?

About two and a half years ago, I was journaling offline on my computer and the hard drive got corrupted. I decided after a lot of deliberation, that I would create a subdomain of the web content management service weebly where I could blog about my struggles with PTSD. I thought it would be hidden in the noise of the internet, but to my surprise, within two weeks of starting the blog, I had followers who were encouraging me to buy a domain and start a website dedicated to PTSD awareness. Over the ensuing two years, that website developed into a mission: To reduce the stigma associated with Combat-Related PTSD by empowering veterans and educating the general public. I had been researching and thinking about forming a non-profit for about a year but never thought it would come to fruition this soon. Then I had a blog post go viral. When the blog post went viral, I knew I had to leverage that increased viewership into something worthwhile. Enter StartSomeGood.

What made you decide crowdfunding was the right platform for raising funds?

I’m an early adopter with tech and tech trends. I’ve been following crowdfunding for almost three years. When I knew that I wanted to raise the funds, crowdfunding was the only solution - especially in a down economy. Not only that, pursuing crowdfunding demonstrates to potential donors that I am aware of the current mediums through which people raise funds. It may sound goofy, but appearing on the ‘cutting edge’ excites people.

Can you take us through your campaign process? How did you prepare during the weeks leading up to the launch? What strategies did you use during the campaign that worked particularly well?

Honestly, this was really straightforward for me. I am influential on social media. I got the word out ahead of time and made sure that my mission was clearly stated and that all monies that I wanted to raise had a specific purpose. I just kept at it over the course of the fundraising campaign. All of my money that I raised was online via social media and email.

What advice do you have for crowdfunding rookies looking to start their first campaign?

Don’t come out of the gate half-cocked. Have the patience to fully flesh out your mission and basic operating budget for your program or event. Make sure that you have done the research to ensure that you can accomplish what you envision. Patience is everything. I knew I wanted to crowdfund to raise the funds to start my campaign almost a year before I joined StartSomeGood. I took the time to bolster my reputation and credibility with the community I strongly desire to serve. StartSomeGood isn’t going anywhere. Take the time to get it right.

You raised almost $6,000 to help get Support No Stigma off the ground. Do you have any updates you’d like to share with us post-campaign?

Wow. I have a lot to share. This past week I talked with the consultant at the Foundation Group that is preparing all of my incorporation and 501(c)3 formation documents. I received the incorporation application and instructions for submitting it on Friday and I sent them out in the mail to the State of PA on Saturday. I should be receiving my Articles of Incorporation before the month is out. Also, the consultant sent me my EIN and a draft of my bylaws for my board to approve. I am working with college graphic design students to create the logos and am offering prize money for the logos I choose. I have purchased domains and created landing pages for the non-profit - they will complement my existing website, www.combatveteranswithptsd.com:

-Support No Stigma:  www.supportnostigma.org
-Lehigh Valley Veteran Entrepreneurship Initiative (LVVEI):  www.veteraneurship.org

Lastly, I wanted to share that my board of directors is an absolute homerun. I’m saving the specifics for Support No Stigma’s official ‘coming out’ party.

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Inspired by Max’s story? What good do you want to create? Visit our site to learn about how to start your own campaign.

StartingGood - Interview with Hildy Gottlieb

Today’s guest is author and entrepreneur Hildy Gottlieb, the co-founder of Creating the Future.  She also has the distinction of leading the first organization on StartSomeGood to run three successful crowdfunding campaigns.  We’ll talk with her about the power of positive language, how to recognize the world of abundance all around us and how changemakers just starting out can raise friends, raise funds and galvanize their community to collaboratively create the future.

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