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Devin D. Thorpe

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Monthly Archives: September 2014

Cigna Foundation Global Grant Supports Crowdfunding for Surgeries in India

  • Samahope receives $100,000 World of Difference grant
  • Crowdfunding means anyone, anywhere can help save a life
  • Thunderclap campaign launches today

BLOOMFIELD, Conn. and CHENNAI, India – September 15, 2014 – The Cigna Foundation today announced a $100,000 World of Difference grant to Samahope – a crowdfunding platform that allows anyone, anywhere to directly fund the work of doctors providing life-saving medical treatments for women and children in need around the world. The grant exemplifies Cigna’s new global brand platform, “Together, all the way,” as it enables Samahope to support heroic doctors in India such as heart surgeon Dr. Sreemathi Seshadrinathan.

Through working together, Cigna and Samahope hope to improve the health of women and children in Chennai, India, with other areas of India to be included in the future. The grant will enable Samahope to expand into a region of India where it hasn’t worked before. Additionally, Cigna professionals will lend their expertise to Samahope to help the organization conduct a community needs assessment, redesign a global giving website to expand crowdfunding capabilities, and develop measurements of success.

“The Cigna Foundation is excited by the innovative approach that Samahope uses to make a difference in the poorest regions of the world, and to grow to serve more people in need,” said David Figliuzzi, executive director of the Cigna Foundation. “As India is home to Cigna’s new joint venture business, our understanding of the needs of the Indian community continues to deepen, driving our desire to give back to this country.” is the first global crowdfunding site for medical treatments, and focuses on five surgical care areas: birth injuries, birth defects, burns, blindness and trauma. Treatments range from $50 to $1,000 in cost. Anyone can directly fund low-cost and high-impact medical treatments and surgeries that radically improve patients’ lives through the Samahope platform. Samahope tracks every dollar, keeps donors up-to-date on where their money is going, and rigorously reports on the impact of donations on patients’ lives.

To kick off the grant, the Cigna Foundation and Samahope created a Thunderclap campaign enabling anyone to make a donation to Samahope between now and October 3. Donations will help save the lives of women and children around the world who can’t afford critical medical treatments. If enough people support the campaign, Thunderclap will blast out the message from all of the supporters’ social media accounts at the same time, creating a virtual wave of support seen around the world.

“We’re thrilled to partner with the Cigna Foundation to expand Samahope’s impact. The World of Difference grant will help us reach women and children across India who are suffering needlessly. Together, we can change the lives of patients in need, restoring their dignity and livelihoods,” said Samahope co-founder Shivani Garg Patel.

The Cigna Foundation grant comes at a time when approximately 800 women a day worldwide die from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth, with 99 percent of these maternal deaths in developing countries that lack medical facilities and medical care. Samahope and the Cigna Foundation are striving to change these statistics, and invite all who can to become part of the change.

The World of Difference grants represent Cigna Foundation’s support for improving children’s wellness, senior care, women’s health and health equity – the four social priorities for Cigna’s corporate responsibility platform known as Cigna Connects.

About the Cigna Foundation

The Cigna Foundation, founded in 1962, is a private foundation funded by contributions from Cigna Corporation (NYSE: CI) and its subsidiaries. The Cigna Foundation supports organizations sharing its commitment to enhancing the health of individuals and families, and the well-being of their communities, with a special focus on those communities where Cigna employees live and work.

About Cigna

Cigna Corporation (NYSE: CI) is a global health service company dedicated to helping people improve their health, well-being and sense of security. All products and services are provided exclusively by or through operating subsidiaries of Cigna Corporation, including Connecticut General Life Insurance Company, Cigna Health and Life Insurance Company, Life Insurance Company of North America and Cigna Life Insurance Company of New York. Such products and services include an integrated suite of health services, such as medical, dental, behavioral health, pharmacy, vision, supplemental benefits, and other related products including group life, accident and disability insurance. Cigna maintains sales capability in 30 countries and jurisdictions, and has more than 85 million customer relationships throughout the world. To learn more about Cigna®, including links to follow us on Facebook or Twitter, visit

About Samahope

Samahope funds doctors providing critical medical care for people in need via a transparent, trusted technology platform for direct giving in global health. These heroic doctors treat patients in poor communities around the globe. Samahope connects individual donors to the doctors via its website and pools funds donated to fund high-impact, low-cost life-changing medical treatments for patients in need. Learn more at

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Gust & SeedInvest Announce Strategic Partnership

Partnership Empowers World’s Largest Angel Investor Base

NEW YORK SEPTEMBER 19,, the world’s largest platform for connecting startups and investors, and SeedInvest,a leading equity crowdfunding platform, are announcing a major strategic partnership that will enable the world’s leading angel groups and startups to syndicate their deals to over 50,000 angel investors.

Gust facilitates collaboration among more than 1,000 investment organizations and 250,000 startups in over 80 countries and has powered over $1.8 billion in early stage investments. SeedInvest offers highly-vetted startup investment opportunities and has developed cutting-edge technology that makes investing in a startup as easy as buying a share of stock. The partnership will deliver to investors the ability to syndicate and close their transactions online.

Angel groups invest billions of dollars in startups every year but they typically fill only a portion of an individual company’s fundraising round. Even after getting a commitment from a leading angel group or venture fund, it can still take startups another four to six months to find additional angels and to chase down checks and signature pages. Together, Gust and SeedInvest aim to take a process that typically takes months and reduce it to weeks.

“We are excited to be working with SeedInvest in order to empower investment organizations everywhere to streamline their existing processes” said David S. Rose, CEO and Founder of Gust, and author of the New York Times best selling book Angel Investing: The Gust Guide to Making Money & Having Fun Investing in Startups. “Expediting online syndication and execution will significantly improve the fundraising and investing process for the entire angel and startup ecosystem.”

Unlike on other platforms, syndicated investment opportunities on Gust and SeedInvest are highly vetted (SeedInvest has historically accepted only 2% of startup applicants). In addition, unlike most other platforms that take 20% or more of the investors’ upside through carried interest provisions, Gust and SeedInvest will not charge any fees to investors.

“Our partnership with Gust will change the game by empowering the world’s largest network of angel investors to more efficiently do what they already do best” said Ryan Feit, CEO and Co-Founder of SeedInvest. “Angel groups and investment deal leaders will now have the tools to manage documents digitally, verify accreditation status and close investment transactions. It will also enable individual investors to gain insider access to highly-curated startup investment opportunities without the need to give away a significant portion of the economics.”

About Gust

Gust is the global platform for sourcing and managing early-stage investments and powering entrepreneurship ecosystems. It is endorsed by the world’s leading business angel and venture capital associations, and powers over 1,000 investment organizations in 80+ countries. More than 250,000 startups have used the platform to connect and collaborate with over 50,000 investors. Gust is based in New York, with a European office in London. For more information, please visit

About SeedInvest

SeedInvest is a leading equity crowdfunding platform that connects investors with high quality startups. SeedInvest provides investors with insider access to highly­ vetted startup investment opportunities and makes investing in startups as easy as buying a share of stock. Since launching in 2013, SeedInvest has attracted thousands of investors who are collectively looking to invest over $240 million in startups. For more information, please visit

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Smile Train’s When You’re Smiling Campaign Marks Original Approach to Cleft Lip and Palate Support and Awareness

Installation to premiere at New York City’s third annual Photoville with Special Guest Host IMG Model Sailor Brinkley Cook

Cleft charity Smile Train’s new crowdsourced initiative unites voices in song #singforsmiles

/ PR Newswire / — Smile Train, the world’s largest cleft charity, today announced the launch of When You’re Smiling – an interactive campaign that leverages the talent of worldwide crowds to elevate support and engagement around cleft lip and palate repair and related treatment. In a fresh, original approach to nonprofit awareness-building and fundraising, the initiative uses crowdsource techniques to unite voices in song around Smile Train’s mission to provide new smiles – and lives – to children with clefts around the world.

Smile Train’s When You’re Smiling initiative, inspired by the song made famous by Louis Armstrong, is comprised of two components:

  • An interactive website featuring a crowdsourced performance of the song, When You’re Smiling. Participants from around the world can record and upload a clip of themselves singing a line from the classic tune. The site then loops the videos through ever-changing arrangements, encouraging viewers to share, record their own line and donate. Audiences can view and participate in the campaign at:
  • A one-of-a-kind installation at New York City’s third annual Photoville will reproduce the online experience and create a live opportunity to lend a voice to Smile Train. Smile Train will also display a photography exhibit of five Power of a Smile stories, spotlighting real patients whose lives were transformed through cleft repair surgery. IMG model Sailor Brinkley Cook will serve as host of Smile Train’s VIP reception at the event and contribute her own smile and voice to the cause. The When You’re Smiling installation will premiere at Photoville on September 18 at Pier 5 in Brooklyn Bridge Park.

“‘When You’re Smiling is so powerful because it propels supporters and donors, across all ages and geographies, to join together in sharing support for our life-changing cleft repairs,” said Smile Train CEO Susannah Schaefer. “Cleft impacts a child’s ability to eat, breathe and speak, and raising awareness of our solution is critical. “What better way to do so than empower worldwide audiences to lend their own smiles and voices to the cause?”

Smile Train is proud to be a Marquee sponsor at Photoville 2014, as well as the exclusive sponsor of Photoville’s educational initiatives, which provide free workshops and tours to New York City’s public middle school students. Local schools M.S. 180 and I.S. 96 Seth Low that are involved in Students for Smile Train, a program that empowers students to learn about Smile Train and fundraise on its behalf, will also have the chance to participate in the Photoville experience.

“Photoville’s approach to photography makes it the perfect venue for showcasing our new campaign and worldwide work,” said Schaefer. “We’re thrilled to participate in this creative form of storytelling to emphasize the importance and joy of a smile, and the transformative impact of our surgeries and related treatment on real lives and communities.”

Half of all donations from Photoville’s opening night festival will go toward Smile Train. Additionally, gallery-style photography displayed at the exhibit, gathered from Smile Train’s work around the world, will be available for purchase in exchange for a $250 donation – the cost to help fund one cleft repair surgery. Smile Train will also provide postcard-sized prints of the photography from the exhibit, in exchange for smaller donations of any size.

Founded in 1999, Smile Train has performed more than one million cleft repair surgeries around the world and currently reaches 350+ children each day and 128,000 each year.

About Smile Train

Smile Train is an international children’s charity with a sustainable approach to a single, solvable problem: cleft lip and palate. Millions of children in developing countries with unrepaired clefts live in shame, but more importantly, have difficulty eating, breathing and speaking. Cleft repair surgery is simple, and the transformation is immediate. Smile Train’s sustainable model provides training and funding to empower local doctors in 85+ developing countries to provide 100%-free cleft repair surgery in their own communities. To learn more about how Smile Train’s sustainable approach means donations have both an immediate and long-term impact, please visit

Ever Wish You Could Get Back That Money You Gave For Good? Now You Can

Sourabh Sharma is the founder of Milaap, India’s own Kiva—a crowdfunding site for micro loans to poor women.

The site provides lenders from around the world the opportunity to lend money to struggling people in India, to help them gain access to things we in the developed world consider necessities: water, sanitation (yes, lots of opportunities to lend money to families to install toilets), solar power and much more. There are people looking for shockingly small amounts of money to complete their education.

The site works such that, like Kiva, the loan you make is repaid and the money comes back to you so that you can lend it again and again.

On Thursday, September 18, 2014 at 3:00 Eastern, Sourabh will join me for a live discussion about Milaap. Tune in here then to watch the interview live.

You can download an audio podcast here or subscribe via iTunes.

More about Milaap Social Venture Pte Ltd is an online fundraising platform which enables individuals and organizations to fund and fundraise for the causes they care about. Starting with an innovative model of giving loans (not donations) to the under privileged in India, Milaap is a very transparent and accountable way of giving, enabling people like you and me to be track how the funds are being deployed and get repaid back every dollar and cent. Started in June 2010, Milaap has raised and deployed more than $2 Million in loans impacting over 80,000 lives. Milaap is a global platform with lenders from 68 countries and beneficiaries spread across 11 states in India. Milaap has received support from many international organizations such as Dell Foundation, Arc finance, DBS Bank, National Skill Development Corporation of India to name a few.


Learn more about Sourabh on Linkedin.

Technology’s Highest Calling: Uniting a Global Community Dedicated to Mental Health

Philadelphia, September 15, 2014 – The Hero’s Journey’s Foundation’s new initiative to build an international Online Community Center for Living Well with Depression ( stems from the belief that support and its benefits grow exponentially when we’re all connected. “Depression is a painfully lonely and isolating experience. And the more lonely and isolated people feel, the less likely they are to recover from depression, and the more likely they are to commit suicide,” the online community center’s founder Stefanie Glick said. “We’re using the internet’s unique power to unite and support a global community in need.”

And it seems the non-profit organization’s timing couldn’t be better. Just last week, the World Health Organization issued its first global report on suicide prevention, with the sobering news that one person ages 10-64 dies from suicide every 40 seconds, and the amount of life lost (and worldwide disability) attributable to depression will soon be greater than any other condition, including cancer, stroke, heart disease, accidents, and war. “This report is a call for action to address a large public health problem which has been shrouded in taboo for far too long,” said WHO Director-General Dr. Margaret Chan.

“Our foundation’s Online Community Center for Living Well with Depression is a place concerned with addressing this public health crisis,” Glick said. Aiming to offer millions of people living with depression the real-time support and access to free information they desperately want and need, the online community center is described as a support network, discussion forum, educational platform and broadcasting system dedicated to helping people with depression around the world live productive, meaningful and extraordinary lives. “It’s difficult to believe that with over 350 million people currently battling depression, it’s still such a difficult thing to talk about,” Glick added. “But in a recent study, three-quarters of people polled in 35 different countries said they still try to conceal their depression from other people for fear of experiencing discrimination. Now, with one simple click, people will not only be able to participate in an open and supportive dialogue with their peers, but they can also be part of a larger public dialogue related to cutting-edge research, prevention and policy.” This one-of-a-kind website will host various chat rooms in both English and Spanish (with trained moderators), a blog about new and creative strategies for minimizing symptoms and preventing relapses, a Resource Corner with a list of 24-hour suicide hotlines in over 50 countries, and a wide range of dynamic content, such as a Video Speaker Series and ongoing columns featuring experts in the mental health field, a Monthly Book Club, a Creative Corner, a “Dark Comedy” Corner, and much more.

The Hero’s Journey Foundation is currently running a crowdfunding campaign on to build and launch the License to Live International Online Community Center for Living Well with Depression. For those looking for a big return on their investment, even a small donation will help the non-profit organization make a world of difference.

When & Where:

Between today and October 22, 2014, the Hero’s Journey Foundation is running a crowdfunding campaign on (“Depression: Let’s Talk! Uniting A Global Community”).

Non-profit organization: 

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NOBRE Makes Truly Noble Clothing

Guest post from Rachit Bhatt, CEO of Nobre Clothings.

The fashion industry that we see today seems glittering! Unfortunately, this is not the reality on its backend. This industry is blotted with the inhuman treatment taking place here. They are neither conscious towards the conditions of the environment, nor they are conscious about the conditions of poor laborers! Sometimes, customers too are neglected! This has given rise to many ‘Social Evils’. This particular idea struck the brains of the founders of NOBRE! And we therefore came out with a strong determination to eradicate these practices and provide people with something that they deserve! and then, NOBRE was born.

Nobre means ‘noble’ in french, that the world expects a man to be. NOBRE is a socially and environmentally conscious brand, engaged in creation of excellent quality wearables that are produced organically. Not only consumer conscious, but we have also stretched a helping hand towards the poor labourers by providing them with better education, medical facilities, accommodations, improved working conditions, insurance, other perquisites and so on. NOBRE has a very different ideology and surely would lead you to a path that is free from social evils.

Carrying on this idea, we at NOBRE have developed innovative business plans and creative products. It was thought as the organic clothings would provide a formal and corporate look. So as a result, the idea of organic outfit did not appeal to many people. Trendy and funky look cannot be achieved through organic wearables——WRONG!! But how?? This can actually be done. And we are emerging with a varied line of products that will suit every consumers choice! The line of product involves formal wears, casual shirts, tees, jeans and wide range of other items that would surely attract you!

The most unique feature of these products is that they are free from chemicals and toxic material. This ensures that the product is not harmful to anyone, not even for those who fabricate it. To add on, more than 20% of the profits of our organization goes for welfare generation.

Our future plans are to expand in the markets of Europe and North America, thereby offering the people with the best. We at NOBRE have also been receiving a great response from all over the world. It is our vision to spread satisfaction everywhere by supplying best quality wearables, by providing the workforce with best of facilities and best rewards to all those who join hands with NOBRE!

Check out our campaign –

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Alt-Finance Explodes onto the Radar of Governments Around the Globe

As Crowdfunding and alternative-finance explode onto the radar of governments and policy-makers as well as financial institutions around the world the University of California at Berkeley is the, perhaps unlikely, meeting point between all that and academe this week.

Governments across the world are starting to take a close interest with the UK’s Chancellor George Osborne firing the starting pistol declaring “the dawn of a new era” and that financial innovation is no add-on, but the future. It is perhaps no co-incidence that London was recently unveiled as the world capital of Crowdfunding and so, de-facto, alternative finance more generally.

“The data and maps we have and have shared today with Berkeley’s second annual symposium reveal Crowdfunding to be the most virulent example of a disruptive technology creating a transformative new industry across the globe” commented Barry James Founder & CEO of The Crowd Data Center – a part of “Which is why traditional financial institutions, regulators and governments need the kind of research and insights only the academic sector can provide. And soon – things are moving very fast. Industry and academe must hold hands to provide them”.

Academe seems to agree. James, has just been appointed a Visiting Fellow at Portmouth University Business School, who also helped launch “The Crowd Research Network” last month dedicated to the task and bringing academics together with thought leaders, industry experts and the data.

Dr Joe Cox, Principal Lecturer & Principal Investigator, Crowdfunding Research, University of Portsmouth, UK, said “What’s unfolding is as profound as it is fascinating. Conducting meaningful research into this new phenomenon requires detailed, comprehensive and up-to-the-minute data. The Crowd Data Centre have once again delivered a major innovation that allows us to see the meteoric rise of collaborative finance unfolding at local, national and international levels”.

Sherwood Neiss partner at Crowdfund Capital Advisors and one of the architects of the USA JOBS ACT and co-host at the Berkeley conference commented ”For the first time we can see how Crowdfunding is spreading and the interactive map makes it real and shows how present and pervasive it already is. This is a great achievement and a breakthrough for us all.”

Conference organiser Dr Richard Swart who is Director of Research, Program for Innovation in Entrepreneurial and Social Finance, Coleman Fung Institute, University of California, Berkeley said “Since our first conference last year, we have seen an explosion in interest in crowdfunding and alternative finance from policy makers, academic experts, governments and think tanks around the world. As the leading research center in the field we have been privileged to get early access to these new tools and data sets that are shedding light on how this industry is transforming entrepreneurship, innovation and early stage capital formation globally”

James told the conference, via video-link from the UK, “As I’m sure you’ll know we’ve long been committed to supporting the growth of Crowdfunding across the globe. So we’re delighted to be working with you all – across sectors, disciplines and divides – to create a deeper understanding of this powerful, transformative phenomenon. Exploring it’s full potential for change – for empowering, people, creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship. Working together to make the world a better, more equal and democratic, place for everyone.”

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Alison Eastwood and Team up to Help Chimpanzees Retired from Biomedical Research

LOS ANGELES, Calif. – September 4, 2014 – Actress and director Alison Eastwood is lending her star power to help 110 chimpanzees from a biomedical research laboratory get a new start.

The chimpanzees have a new home at Keithville, LA-based Chimp Haven, following their retirement from the New Iberia Research Center. Eastwood and nonprofit crowdfunding platform have created a campaign to enlist the public to raise funds needed to provide lifetime care.

“We owe them,” said Eastwood. “These self-aware, social animals sacrificed so much for the benefit of humans. They deserve the best possible care during retirement, both physically and emotionally.”

Chimp Haven is an independent nonprofit organization that serves as the National Chimpanzee Sanctuary for federally owned chimps no longer involved in studies. While the CHIMP Act approved by congress in 2000 – and amended in 2013 – earmarks partial funding for their care, approximately $600,000 per year in additional public support is needed to support the Sanctuary’s 110 newest arrivals.

The chimps range in age from two-year-olds to senior citizens of 50, and many carry infectious diseases like HIV and Hepatitis C, which adds to the cost and complexity of their long-term care. After a transition phase to assess their health and behavior, chimps are housed in large social groups with the freedom to determine on their own how they will spend their days.

By creating a crowdfunding campaign, donors know that even small contributions make a big difference. takes no percentage of donations, so all funds go directly to Chimp Haven. The user-friendly site also makes it simple for donors to find projects that serve their favorite animals or projects in their own state or region.

Visit the campaign and learn more at

To view a video by Eastwood about the campaign please see

For additional press materials, photos, etc., please see

About Alison Eastwood

Alison Eastwood is an actress, film director and producer but most importantly an animal advocate. She grew up in Carmel, California where she spent her childhood riding horses, which instilled a deep love and respect for animals and nature. She combined her passion for helping animals, and knowledge of film and TV, by helping create and co-hosting “Animal Intervention” for the Nat Geo Wild Channel. She recently founded the animal welfare and rescue nonprofit, Eastwood Ranch Foundation, to rescue dogs and cats from high-kill shelters in Southern California, along with raising awareness for animal rights. For more information, visit

About Chimp Haven

Chimp Haven, The National Chimpanzee Sanctuary, is currently home to 210 residents and is located in Keithville, Louisiana, about 22 miles outside of Shreveport. It was founded in 1995 by an alliance of professionals from research, animal welfare, and the pharmaceutical industry who saw the need for humane, cost-effective social housing for unwanted chimpanzees. Chimp Haven opened its doors to its first two residents in 2005. Since then, 299 chimpanzees have called Chimp Haven home.

At the sanctuary, chimpanzees live out the remainder of their lives in large habitats where they develop close relationships in complex social groups. They have the freedom, many for the first time in their lives, to make choices about how they will spend each day. They receive full-time veterinary care, nutritious diets, daily enrichment activities, and compassionate husbandry. Chimp Haven’s mission is to provide humane, lifetime care for chimpanzees no longer used in biomedical research, as pets or as entertainers; and to educate the public on the needs for conservation in the wild and protection in captivity.

About Love Animals

Launched in early 2013, is the only nonprofit crowdfunding platform dedicated to helping all species of animals including pets, farmed animals, wild animals, and aquatic animals. The nonprofit uses innovative technology to increase donations to animal welfare and wildlife conservation groups, which currently receive only two percent of all giving.

At Nonprofits can easily showcase their projects most in need of funding; Animal Lovers can run crowdfunding campaigns to support their favorite causes or raise money for veterinary care of pets; Donors can have a fun and interactive giving experience where they can choose from a wide array of projects and control how their donations are spent. At, donors can take a few minutes, give a few dollars and have a big impact for animals. is free to use. It takes no percentage of donations raised through the platform, which means more money directly helps animals.


Twitter: @loveanimalsorg

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Meyer Boarding Co. Helping Kids Make Own Boards and Dreams

The Meyer Boarding Co. is igniting artistic passion and engaging kids through Paint A Board Workshops that teach kids how to build their own skim board or skate board. With some help from Kickstarter and crowdsourced funding, they now plan to fix up their factory while bringing this unique hands-on workshop to as many kids as possible.

“Our goal is to have a factory/warehouse where we can do EVERYTHING. … we mean build boards, have workshops with kids to show them how to build their own boards, paint their own boards, assemble them, have an in-house skate park so they can ride them directly after, skate contests, expression sessions, movie nights, and more to engage kids and keep them out of trouble.”

The down to earth brothers at Meyer took over this business from skim boarding legend Mike Meyer after he was diagnosed with terminal cancer. Now, they have been able to build back up the business turning out truly awesome boards while expanding the line and finding a new passion – teaching kids to build. The company is loves helping kids and parents have a truly hands-on experience. As the site video shows, “… there’s nothing more gratifying than building what you ride and riding what you build.”

This Kickstarter campaign is brimming with passion and is all about getting your kids involved in an almost lost art. The guys at Meyer Boarding have seen how much fun kids (and parents) can have getting their hands dirty and their minds engaged by building their own boards. Since their first Paint A Board Workshop out of their van two years ago, the venture has grown in popularity. This Kickstarter campaign has a modest goal of $7,500 which will help renovate the factory and buy loads more of the right sized tools and materials to roll out Paint A Board Workshops for even more kids. “With your help we can build-out our new space to have board building workshops for all ages. Ideally we’d like to be able to teach up to 20 at a time.”

Word is spreading like wildfire and several events already booked for this fall/winter. That’s why they need your help now. Whether you’re into skim/longboarding, skateboarding, or just want to help kids get active and embrace their artistic side you can get in on the action. This campaign isn’t about mass-producing boards (they have that covered). It’s about hands-on engagement and being a positive catalyst for as many young people as possible. To run clinics they need loads more wood and paint supplies (for awesome designs). “We’ll need clamping tables, presses, hand routers, sanders, clamps, hand tools & planners as well as tons of wood, paint supplies, finishing supplies and components to put the finished boards together.” Awesome rewards are waiting. Your funding will not only help get safer tools into young hands, it will help the boys at Meyer to renovate the dilapidated factory they inherited to make it safer and more efficient. They really need the factory to have proper climate control, level floors, and a non-leaking roof. The space could then be safely opened to the public to see first-hand how it all works. Donations start at one buck and come with a huge thank you. For less than ten dollars you’ll get awesome board wax and more kids can participate. For $40 score your very own DIY (44”) skimboard (complete with nose rocker, pre-Shaped wing tip and pre-finished on the bottom with hi-quality epoxy resin, ready for your art and choice of clear coat on the top.) It’s a great project for any age. Need bigger? For $150 get your choice of 42” or 58” Land Paddle Board Deck. Handcrafted from 18 mm Baltic Birch, Epoxy Bonded Grip, hand painted and finished with hi-gloss epoxy resin. (US shipping only). For $1,300 treat a friend to a lightweight custom hand-shaped EPS Epoxy Stand Up Paddleboard up to 11’6”. Thruster, quad or 5 fin set-up. 9oz S-Glass Bottom with 13oz S glass deck and 17oz foot patches. (target delivery Jan 2015- US shipping only). Check out all the details and cool video on the campaign site. Can’t but want to help? Just share the links with boarding buds and the local PTA. Meyer Boarding Co Kickstarter Campaign

Meyer Boarding History: In 1985, with a passion for surfing born from his youth in Hawaii, founder Mike Meyer started Meyer Skimboards Inc. Starting in his garage with just a dream; Meyer utilized his creativity, originality, and entrepreneurship skills to transform Meyer Skimboards Inc. into a full-fledged 5,000 sq. ft. manufacturing operation …

For more information on this press release visit:

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Restoring the Balance Campaign Helping Autism Kids with Healthy Diet

Restoring the Balance is working on a documentary film featuring real-life stories that demonstrate how a healthy diet can have positive and lasting impacts on kids with autism.

Strong links have been found between behaviour, brain functions and healthy diets. The focus of much of the research was centered on nutritional impacts on children on the autism spectrum. With information from researchers and behavioural therapists – new revelations kept coming in. The film is being produced by Ryan Hetrick, a neurocognitive and brain injury specialist who has worked in the behavioral field for over seven years with children on the autism spectrum. As Restoring the Balance’s Indiegogo site explains, “We hope to impact the autism community by sharing these breakthrough stories many of these families were having. While inspiring others making easy to access resources and a real life blueprint to assist in the application and clarity of biomedical & dietary treatments.” The researchers can’t wait to share this encouraging message with many more families. The bottom line is that a healthy brain is very much linked with a healthy gut.

“Many children on the autism spectrum have shown remarkable behavioral changes when the gut is calmed. Removing gluten, dairy, corn, soy, sugar and other artificial food additives are some of the typical therapies, along with supplementing the diet with the most common deficient vitamins & minerals. Science is catching up with history with understanding the extreme importance of the brain of the gut. The well-being of brain 1 (head) is dependent on the health of brain 2 (gut).” Their multi-year study focuses on children on the autism spectrum and the doctors & parents who saw positive changes in behavior from nutritional & biomedical therapies. By reducing toxins we ‘restore the balance’. Most children on the autism spectrum have deficiencies in Vitamins A, C, and E, magnesium, selenium, zinc and all the B Vitamins. Kids on the autism spectrum who stuck to the dietary/nutritional changes had long-term positive results including more words, talking, and more genuine social interactions.

Restoring the Balance is all about helping others. Their Indiegogo campaign will fund the travel and filming expenses to bring even more insight and first-hand stories from families across the USA. The campaign budget is set at a realistic $10,000 to cover airfare, car rentals (to get to homes and researchers), and other basic filming expenses. With your support, this important film will be completed and can help many more families looking for answers. Restoring the Balance demonstrates how putting these pieces together and building a diet (with the right nutrients) can really help autism spectrum kids and their families.

Donations of any level are welcome with plenty of ‘healthy perks’ for your support. For just $12 get the Recipe & herb guide perk which shows you common beneficial herbs and one of the Restoring the Balance detox dish recipes (and there’s a T-shirt!). For just $24 you can have a DVD of the finished documentary. Learn how these parents and doctors put their knowledge together to learn and understand of these discoveries. At $66 you get a copy of the simple to follow Restoring the Balance Informational booklet outlining the “ABC’s of the program” and a workbook for caregivers to keep track of moods and foods. There is also a short Power Point presentation. Other perks include personalized Skype nutritional coaching with renowned nutritionist Tom Malterre (co-author of the Whole Life Nutrition Cookbook and Nourishing Meals) and much more.

Even if you can’t donate, you can help by sharing the links below with all your friends and family.

Restoring Balance Indiegogo Campaign
Restoring Balance Autism on Facebook

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