Impact investing is all the rage in philanthropy circles, but most people still don’t really know what it is, let alone how to do it. In order to make impact investing easy for you, I’ve created a new course on Udemy, “Intro to Impact Investing.”
Traditionally, impact investing has been the province of institutional investors and wealthy individuals. That is beginning to change and everyone can now be an impact investor.
In fact, in “Intro to Impact Investing” you will learn how to make your first impact investment with as little as $20.
Impact investing is a way you can use your money for good–and get it back with interest! Impact investments come in all forms and while many are tremendously risky, some have almost no risk at all. While some require sophisticated analysis and what investors call “due diligence,” some you can buy on a whim without concern.
Udemy is a platform for online training materials of all sorts. “Intro to Impact Investing” is offered for just $25, but readers can buy lifetime access to the course at 20 percent off using the discount code “DOGOODER” at checkout.
The course can be completed in just 30 minutes. When you finish, you will be ready to make your first impact investment.
Making your first impact investment can be invigorating. Unlike making a donation, the money you invest for impact can come back to you, allowing you to do good with it over and over again.
Impact investments, just like traditional investments, come in all shapes and sizes, each with its own risk and return profile. By completing this course, you can not only be ready to make your first impact investment, but you’ll be equipped to learn more about investing in more complex investments for social impact.
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We’re not necessarily launching one campaign – we’re building a platform to allow for multiple projects that have both positive social and environmental impact to receive investments from both accredited and non accredited investors. Our objective is to open up social impact investing to everyone – not just the wealthy at the top, who before Regulation A of JOBS act, were the only ones allowed. Rabble is a platform that enables equity crowdfunding, enabling project founders to see their vision come to life with the funding they need, and project investors to receive complete returns – returns that help the world, and their wallets, too.
Press Release – New York, New York, October 3, 2016 — For the third year in a row, GivKwik is launching a campaign aligned with #GivingTuesday that will culminate in a live event on November 29 to celebrate philanthropy and give away grants to nonprofits doing great work throughout New York City. Vodafone Americas Foundation, which sponsored the event last year, is strengthening its commitment this year and proactively working to increase the grant pool with help from additional sponsors so more funds can be disbursed for greater impact.
GIV.NYC 2016 is built on the idea of philanthropy and the joy of giving. Starting today, nonprofits from across all five boroughs of New York City can register to participate in the campaign. The theme Building Bridges reflects the diversity yet inclusiveness that New York represents. On November 8, the general public will vote for their favorite causes at http://www.giv.nyc. Individual donations can be made through the same site.
In the week leading up to the event, the top ten nonprofits with the most votes (representing each borough) will be selected to pitch their cause live on stage, for a chance to be the first place grant winner. The audience, including those watching via live stream, will vote for their favorites. A lively evening, guaranteed to spark fierce yet friendly competition, will be fulfilled with entertainment, libations, gourmet cuisine, and camaraderie among guests.
Jason Rosado, GivKwik’s CEO, says, “New Yorkers are tough, but nonprofits in NYC are even tougher. They tackle big problems head on and solve them – all towards making our city safer, more accessible, and even more affordable. Over the past few years of producing this event, we’ve been thrilled to see so many companies, causes, and communities come together to make an impact for our city. We expect nothing less for GIV.NYC 2016!”
June Sugiyama, Vodafone Americas Foundation’s Director, says, “This event allows us to help drive social good in the area which is the ultimate goal of our foundation. With our stronger presence in New York, we feel it is a perfect opportunity to support our community – especially as we approach the holidays and in honor of Giving Tuesday.”
There are several ways to get involved and anyone interested in having fun and supporting great causes should contact GivKwik now.
GivKwik is a purpose-driven software company, with a mission to connect companies, causes, and communities. Learn more at http://givkwik.com.
Vodafone America’s Foundation mobilizes communities by bringing people together from all sectors: business, nonprofit, government, employees and even our customer base, to resolve shared problems and advance social change. Learn more at http://vodafone-us.com/about.
Bid Now For A Chance To Win Lunch with Cornerstone Co-CEOs and The FADER Co-Founders, Rob Stone and Jon Cohen, and President and Publisher of The FADER, Andy Cohn, in NYC
Press Release – Thursday, November 3rd, 2016 — This month, executives from award-winning creative agency Cornerstone and global music, style, and culture platform The FADER join online charity platform Charitybuzz to take part in their 2nd Annual Entrepreneur Auction. Proceeds from this auction will benefit MyMusicRx, the flagship music medicine program of the Children’s Cancer Association.
Bidders can visit http://entrepreneur.charitybuzz.com today through November 15th for an opportunity to win a lunch meeting for the winner and guest with Cornerstone Co-CEOs and The FADER Co-Founders, Rob Stone and Jon Cohen, and President and Publisher of The FADER, Andy Cohn at the Cornerstone/The FADER headquarters in New York. View the package details on charitybuzz.com here.
As part of the Charitybuzz Entrepreneur Auction, Stone, Cohen, and Cohn join some of today’s most innovative entrepreneurs and business leaders offering bidders the chance to win an extraordinary business meeting while raising money for causes they care about. Proceeds from the auction with Cornerstone/The FADER will benefit Children’s Cancer Association’s MyMusicRx program. All three executives are members of the MyMusicRx Champions board, which advises the organization on program growth and connects the music industry to MyMusicRx’s powerful mission of delivering the healing power of music to hospitalized kids across the country.
The Charitybuzz Entrepreneur Auction ends just before the MyMusicRx annual event fundraiser Bedstock— a one-of-a-kind music festival where artists perform from bed as a show of support for sick kids spending the holidays in hospital beds. This year’s festival will be streamed online on #GivingTuesday, the national day for philanthropy, on November 29th.
About The FADER:
Launched in 1999 and founded by Rob Stone and Jon Cohen, The FADER is an award-winning, ahead- of-the-curve, music, style, and culture publication and the unofficial guide to what’s next. Led by President and Publisher Andy Cohn, The FADER is credited with giving early exposure to top artists including Kanye West, Bon Iver, Kendrick Lamar, Outkast, The Strokes, Drake and The White Stripes. The FADER brand has expanded in innovative ways, providing a cross-platform reach across print, digital, mobile, social media, and experiential realms, including the flagship live music event, The FADER FORT, in New York and Austin, that presents some of today’s most innovative programming and emerging artists to fans.
MyMusicRx is the flagship program of the Children’s Cancer Association who believes #JoyMatters and #MusicHeals. Two decades ago MyMusicRx began delivering the healing power of music to children and teens facing cancer and other serious illnesses. Today, the MyMusicRx bedside and digital “music medicine” programs engage hospitalized children of all ages and diagnoses, relieving stress, anxiety, and perception of pain. Since 1995, MyMusicRx has served nearly 150,000 children along with their families, caregivers, and medical professionals. MyMusicRx digital programs are available daily to 7,500 children in 25 pediatric hospitals across the country and growing. See MyMusicRx in action here, or visit MyMusicRx.org
Supporters across the globe are encouraged to share their most memorable professional accomplishments and donate shoes to local Dress for Success affiliates on Giving Tuesday
ShoeDazzle to provide awards to the top ten donors throughout U.S. and Canada
Press Release – NEW YORK, NY (November 3rd, 2016): Dress for Success® is encouraging its supporters to inspire women around the world by pairing shoe donations with the memory of an ‘In These Shoes’ accomplishment, as the not-for-profit organization once again celebrates #GivingShoesDay on Giving Tuesday, November 29th, 2016. The philanthropic one-day event urges women to give back by donating their nearly new, professional shoes to local participating Dress for Success affiliates or gifting a virtual and brand new pair of shoes in the form of a monetary donation.
The top ten donors who give the most shoes will be awarded a $75 dollar gift card to ShoeDazzle. In-kind donors also have the potential to do double good as ShoeDazzle will also be awarding the top three Dress for Success affiliates that garner the most total shoe donations throughout North America with thirty $100 gift cards for brand new product.
Since its inception in 2012, the #GivingShoesDay campaign has overwhelmingly amassed more than 17,000 pairs of shoes donated through the organization’s 145 affiliates around the world. This year Dress for Success wants to explore the emotional significance of donating. “When remembering the biggest moments in our lives, the smallest details can take on a larger significance. This year we want our supporters to celebrate giving back with the professional accomplishments they’ve had,” said Joi Gordon, CEO of Dress for Success Worldwide. “We hope that the generous donations we receive this year allow our donors to reflect on their own journeys and encourage another woman to succeed the same way they have.”
To participate, supporters can visit www.dressforsuccess.org/givingshoesday to find the closest participating Dress for Success location. For those who would like to give back, but are not in proximity to a participating affiliate, monetary donations of any value can be made on the Dress for Success Facebook Page.
About Dress for Success
Dress for Success is an international not-for-profit organization that empowers women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. Since starting operations in 1997, Dress for Success has expanded to almost 145 cities in 21 countries. To date, Dress for Success has helped more than 950,000 women work towards self-sufficiency. Visit www.dressforsuccess.org to learn more.
GreatNonprofits Award Is Based on Positive Online Reviews
Press Release – RESTON, Va. (November 2, 2016) – In October the Give a Note Foundation, an affiliate of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), earned a prestigious 2016 Top-Rated Nonprofits award by GreatNonprofits, the leading provider of user reviews about nonprofit organizations.
“We are excited to be named a Top-Rated 2016 Nonprofit,” said Jane Mell Balek, Give a Note Foundation’s Chief Executive Officer. “We are proud to have reached more than 100 schools and their communities with over $1.2 million in grants for their music programs. With seven national campaigns in our first five years, it has been rewarding to help make a difference for students by bringing music to their schools.”
You can read about Give a Note’s impact in the many positive reviews by grant recipients featured on greatnonprofits.org. For example, grant recipient Rachael Fleischaker wrote, “We hear so many negatives about being an urban district and having ‘inner-city’ problems. The Give a Note Foundation challenged all of those notions. It gave my students the chance to be seen in a positive light. We could show everyone the power of music.”
Give a Note Foundation was part of the inaugural group to qualify for the 2016 Top-Rated Awards. In addition, Give a Note has been added to GreatNonprofits’ #GivingTuesday Guide—an interactive guide to top nonprofits throughout the years. Look for this near the holidays.
“Savvy donors want to see the impact of their donations more than ever,” said Perla Ni, CEO of GreatNonprofits. “People with direct experience with Give a Note Foundation have voted that the organization is making a real difference.”
Being on the Top-Rated list gives donors and volunteers more confidence that this is a credible organization. The reviews by volunteers, clients, and other donors show the on-the-ground results of Give a Note. This award is a form of recognition by the community.
Give a Note Foundation was created in 2011 by the National Association for Music Education with a vision of giving every child the opportunity to participate in school music programs.
Round led by JMI Equity with Mithril & Salesforce Ventures
Press Release – November 01, 2016 11:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time: SAN DIEGO — (BUSINESS WIRE) — Classy, the world’s leading fundraising platform for social enterprises, announced today that it has closed a $30 million Series C financing round led by JMI Equity, a growth equity firm focused on investing in leading software companies. JMI Equity joins existing investors Bullpen Capital, Galileo Partners, Mithril Capital Management and Salesforce Ventures, who all participated in the round.
With this capital, Classy will expand its engineering and design teams to better help nonprofits of any size migrate to the cloud, generate new revenue streams and ultimately scale the impact of their programs. In addition to its best-in-class fundraising suite – which includes crowdfunding, peer-to-peer fundraising, online donations and event management, all under one roof – Classy will continue to invest heavily in four main areas of opportunity:
“Social enterprises are tackling some of the world’s biggest problems and our goal is to give them the very best technology to accelerate the pace of their impact,” said Scot Chisholm, CEO and co-founder of Classy. “The partnership with JMI will allow us to do just that by delivering new features and products that help organizations grow their online fundraising and automate operations so they can remain focused on their relationships and their program results.”
As part of the Series C financing, Brian Hersman, General Partner at JMI Equity, will join the company’s board of directors.
“The fundraising market is increasingly moving to online and mobile channels as a way to drive increased revenue and improve the donor experience,” said Mr. Hersman. “Classy is one of the most secure, supporter-centric and fastest-growing fundraising platforms in the world and is well positioned to capitalize on this trend. We look forward to partnering with Classy to support its continued product innovation in the years ahead.”
Since Classy’s fundraising platform launched in 2011, the company has focused on making it easy for any social enterprise to create beautiful and powerful online fundraising campaigns and events. Now, in any given moment, the Classy platform powers thousands of campaigns that are helping to change the world. A few recent examples include:
“Classy started as a group of friends looking to raise money for cancer research. What we found was a lack of modern and mobile-friendly tools that could help social enterprises mobilize and empower their supporter base,” Chisholm said. “So we created Classy, a technology platform built by fundraisers, for fundraisers. Today Classy powers over 2,500 social enterprises that raise hundreds of millions of dollars every year to help solve the world’s toughest social problems.”
Classy’s customer-base is on pace to grow over 200% in 2016, and ranges from fast-growth startups like Barbells for Boobs, Pencils of Promise and Team Rubicon, to well-established nonprofit organizations like Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Oxfam and Teach for America. The $30 million Series C funding adds to the $23 million of Series A and B funding received since 2011. This announcement also comes on the heels of other notable company announcements including:
A letter from the Classy founders about the Series C financing can be found at:
Classy is the world’s leading fundraising platform for social enterprises with the goal of solving social problems more effectively and efficiently. Since launching in 2011, Classy has helped more than 2,500 social enterprises including Oxfam, World Food Program USA, and National Geographic to raise hundreds of millions of dollars. Classy also hosts the Collaborative and Classy Awards to recognize excellence in the social sector. Based in San Diego, CA, Classy employs a staff of over 200 people and was recently recognized by Fast Company as one of the world’s 10 Most Innovative Companies for Social Good. Classy was also recognized by Entrepreneur Magazine as one of the 10 Most Brilliant Companies for Social Impact and listed as a “Rising Star” in the first-ever Forbes Cloud 100 list. Classy is backed by investors including JMI, Mithril and Salesforce Ventures. For more information, visit www.classy.org or follow Classy on Twitter: @Classy.
About JMI Equity
JMI Equity is a growth equity firm focused on investing in leading software companies. Founded in 1992, JMI has invested in over 120 businesses in its target markets, successfully completed over 85 exits, and raised more than $3.0 billion of committed capital. JMI partners with exceptional management teams to help build their companies into industry leaders. For more information, visit www.jmi.com.
Mithril invests in leading growth companies by partnering with teams who use technology to build transformative and durable businesses, often in industries long overdue for change. Each of these businesses is unique, but all face common challenges to unlocking long-term growth. Mithril helps navigate these critical inflection points by investing in size and with conviction. www.mithril.com
About Salesforce Ventures
Salesforce Ventures—Salesforce’s corporate investment group—invests in the next generation of enterprise technology to help companies connect with their customers in entirely new ways. Portfolio companies receive funding as well as access to the world’s largest cloud ecosystem and the guidance of Salesforce’s innovators and executives. With Salesforce Ventures, portfolio companies can also leverage Salesforce’s expertise in corporate philanthropy by joining Pledge 1% to make giving back part of their business model. Salesforce has invested in more than 150 enterprise cloud startups since 2009. For more information, please visit www.salesforce.com/ventures.
Waives All Fees for Personal and Community Latino Fundraising Campaigns
Press Release – BOSTON, Mass. (November 2, 2016) – FundLatinos, a recently-launched crowdfunding website, announces that it will waive its fees during the month of November. FundLatinos offers a trusted environment for Latinos to raise money for personal and community causes that matter – from Quinceañeras and wedding celebrations to education, medical, business and community-based initiatives. Developed specifically for Latino communities across the United States, the website focuses on simplicity, social media sharing and an invitation to fund any size campaign.
“In the spirit of generosity that surrounds the Thanksgiving holiday, we are waiving our 5% fee on all donations to fundraising campaigns on FundLatinos.com. Our aim is to support Latinos who create fundraising campaigns to raise money for their personal and community needs,” said Andrew Vassallo, General Manager of FundLatinos. “We hope to foster a spirit of giving and generosity within our community. Waiving our fees is a small step that will allow Latino community members to reach their fundraising goals faster.”
According to the Latino Community Foundation, charitable causes close to Latinos’ hearts include:
“FundLatinos builds on the Latino community’s natural inclination to help neighbors, friends and family,” said Jeffrey Glass, Chairman of FundLatinos. “We hope that Latino individuals will take advantage of our ‘No-Fee November’ to create meaningful campaigns that help them succeed in their fundraising efforts.”
One current campaign was created by two Colombian-born twin sisters who have joined with FundLatinos to help realize their dream of opening their Chocolaffe storefront in Revere, Massachusetts. Chocolaffe will sell twins Angelica and Diana’s clever combination of chocolate and Colombian coffee, and Maninuts, roasted peanuts covered in sesame seeds.
“We decided to start our business on our own, as independent businesswomen,” said Angelica Cardona Ramirez. “We are so happy to join the FundLatinos family, and we’re thankful that anyone can make their own campaign so that we can support one another.”
Another campaign that showcases interest in the community is the national Latinarrific video-centric mobile app which encourages the 26 million bi-cultural U.S. Latinas to share their inspirational stories with other Latinas.
FundLatinos also encourages non-profit organizations to participate by hosting their campaigns on FundLatinos. While the website will be waiving fees for personal and community campaigns through November 30th, fees are always waived for all charitable organizations.
FundLatinos was conceived of by StartingFive Partners, a company created by several multi-time successful entrepreneurs and General Catalyst Partners. The idea was inspired by the realization that cause funding platforms and the businesses behind them often lacked a real sense of purpose and community. Several of the company’s founders felt particularly passionate about having a social mission that goes beyond traditional business goals.
As part of its commitment to the community, FundLatinos waives all of its fees for non-profit organizations, seeks to build partnerships with local media and aspires to bring in corporate sponsorships from businesses looking to support the Latino community. Unlike some other crowdfunding platforms, FundLatinos disburses all monies raised, regardless of whether the campaign goal is reached.
Here’s how your CSR Funding can help support the families of the brave soldiers who sacrificed their lives for the country in Uri.
Project by: Shaadi.com
Funding Required: INR 36 Lacs
Category: Eligible CSR activity as per Companies Act 2013, Schedule VII
(vi) measures for the benefit of armed forces veterans, war widows and their dependents;
Here’s what the folks at Shaadi.com have to say about their crowdfunding campaign:
As a nation, we mourn the loss of brave soldiers at Uri. Our hearts go out to their families- especially the wives, who have lost their life partners. It is a sacrifice of such army wives, that allows us to sleep peacefully in our homes.
ShaadiCares has always believed in empowering women to carve out of their own destiny. So while we pray that the wives of the Uri martyrs have the strength to ride out the storm, we also want to do our bit in these difficult times. ShaadiCares is contributing to each of the families of the 18 martyrs. Join us in supporting them and make a difference.
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