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Global Contraceptive Use Rising but More Progress Needed to Reach Target

Press Release – By July 2017, more than 309 million women and girls were using modern contraception in 69 focus countries identified by Family Planning 2020 (FP2020), a movement created in 2012 by four core partners, 38.8 million more than in 2012.

This information came out in FP2020’s annual report “The Way Ahead, 2016-2017,” released in December. It reported that use of modern contraception in these 69 countries from July 2016-July 2017 prevented 84 million unintended pregnancies, 26 million unsafe abortions and 125,000 maternal deaths. This is all great news.

It came with some less-than-great news. FP 2020 has set the goal of reaching 120 million new users in the eight years between 2012 and 2020 – or 15 million every year. By that measure, we should have reached 75 million new users by mid-2017, and 38.8 million is only 52% of that.

Clearly, we have a lot more work to do to reach the 120 million target.

One of the things that can help us make more progress towards is new and renewed commitments. At the 2017 Family Planning Summit in London, 75 commitment-makers stepped forward with commitments – including 25 partners making commitments for the first time.

Beth Schlachter, executive director of FP2020, says the 120 million target is still relevant, though unlikely to be met by 2020. But she said that “we are an estimated 30 percent over the progress level that would have happened had there not been the FP2020 partnership.”

A DKT Nigeria counselor talks to a group of women in a low-income a neighborhood in Lagos, Nigeria about their contraceptive options.
Photo by David J. Olson

Schlachter says the S-Curve pattern of modern contraceptive growth presented in the report is a good way to spot opportunities for future growth. The S-Curve divides the 69 countries between 15 countries with “high prevalence and growth slowing and leveling off,” 13 countries with “low prevalence and slow growth” and 41 countries where rapid growth can occur. It is in these 41 countries – half of which are in sub-Saharan Africa – where rapid growth is likely to occur which can propel us to the 120 million target.

But the international family planning community also faces new challenges..

A Kaiser Family Foundation report released in December found that donor government funding for family planning fell in 2016 for the second year in a row, dropping from $1.34 billion in 2015 to $1.19 billion in 2016. Much of this decrease was due to exchange rate fluctuations and the timing of donor disbursements but 22 percent of it came from actual cuts in funding from donor countries including the U.S. and the U.K., the two largest donors.

Related challenges have come from the Trump Administration —the re-imposition of the Global Gag Rule, or the Mexico City Policy, trying to cut U.S. funding for family planning to zero and cuts in support for the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA).

However, congressional appropriators ignored Trump’s request to zero out international family planning and reproductive health (FP/RH) programs in his proposed Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 budget request and so the U.S. government is still operating at FY 2017 levels requested by the Obama Administration and signed by the Trump Administration, according to Craig Lasher, senior fellow at Population Action International. The House of Representatives has appropriated $461 million and the Senate $622.5 million for FP/RH for FY 2018 but those amounts will have to be reconciled in a final budget bill (the FY 2017 appropriated level for FP/RH was $607.5 million).

In the meantime, says Lasher, there have been a growing number of reports of funding shortfalls at the field level in some countries across health and development sectors.

The reinstatement and expansion of the Global Gag Rule, which occurred on Jan. 23, 2017, is starting to make its impact known. One organization that has been particularly hard hit is Marie Stopes International, which estimates that 2 million women it would otherwise have served will be denied sexual and reproductive health services as a result of the order. Poor communities in Madagascar, Zimbabwe and Uganda are already feeling the effects of the expanded policy. The International Planned Parenthood Federation says that it stands to lose $100 million and that its member organizations are feeling the impact in 29 countries.

The significant contribution of social marketing should also be highlighted. In 2017, the social marketing organization DKT International released its annual report on contraceptive social marketing statistics showing that 97 contraceptive social marketing programs in 59 countries delivered 74.9 million couple years of protection (CYPs) in 2016. This is 9.4 million CYPs more than the 65.5 million CYPs generated in 2012, when FP2020 was launched.

DKT President & CEO Chris Purdy says that the focus should be on stimulating demand for modern contraception. “I continue to believe that the emphasis needs to be on education and behaviour change,” he said. “The supply chain will rise to meet demand, but investments to increase uptake among women and men are needed.”

Schlachter says the key to reaching 120 million is better alignment of resources and working together to shape ambitious and achievable programs at the country level and getting partners to unite behind them.

This FP2020 press release summarizes the report.


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Ramblers Way Unveils Investment Opportunity on SeedInvest

Responsibly sourced, skillfully crafted clothing company seeks to build future of sustainable apparel

Press Release – KENNEBUNK, Maine, Feb. 15, 2018 /PRNewswire/Ramblers Way, the sustainable clothing company dedicated to making clothing in America, announced today that it has partnered with SeedInvest, the foremost equity crowdfunding platform, to open an investment opportunity to interested parties.

Ramblers Way was born in 2009 when sustainability pioneer and founder of Tom’s of Maine, Tom Chappell, returned from a hiking trip across Wales. Inspired to create a next-to-skin shirt that would keep him warm, soak up sweat, and didn’t rub uncomfortably against the skin, Tom built Ramblers Way with a commitment to protecting the planet and supporting local economies.

Integrating lifelong values of doing good while doing business, Ramblers Way identified Rambouillet Merino wool, which has a superfine diameter and long staple, as its primary fiber. Using a superior spinning process called “worsted” in which the fibers are spun in parallel, Ramblers Way clothing eliminates the traditional itch of wool.

Today, Ramblers Way produces high-quality clothing, sourced from the finest wool fibers. Each garment uses a soft and lightweight fabric made especially for unnoticeable protection and next-to-skin comfort. Ramblers Way offers a variety of all-season essentials for men and women at four retail locations across New England as well as online.

“At Ramblers Way, we’re driven by the passion to create quality, sustainable apparel that takes you from office to outdoors. We’ve worked tirelessly to ensure our commitment to environmental sustainability was at the core of our business, from the farms we work with, to the packaging and printing we use,” said Tom Chappell, CEO of Ramblers Way. “With our first crowdfunding campaign, we’re creating an opportunity for people who are passionate about skillfully crafted clothing to invest with us in a sustainable future.”

Ramblers Way is the first American company to offer organic wool clothing certified to the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS). The GOTS certified 100% organic clothing includes an Organic Wool Camisole and Organic Wool Sleeveless Swing Dress, among other items. Ramblers Way depends on GOTS to ensure it’s acquiring certified organic wool. GOTS is a rigorous certification that uses independent bodies to verify compliance at each step of the supply chain, from the moment wool is purchased to when it becomes a garment at one of the company’s factories in the U.S.

Ramblers Way is also Cradle to Cradle Certified™, a certification that ensures the guidance of a continual improvement in the process as it relates to material, health, material reutilization, renewable energy and carbon management, water stewardship, and social fairness.

Funding from the SeedInvest campaign will be used to help Ramblers Way continue to expand both its online and retail presence across the country. It has two new locations planned for 2018 in Greenwich, Connecticut and Boston, Massachusetts. Furthermore, funds raised will ensure that the Ramblers Way supply chain remains responsibly driven and sourced.

Since its founding in 2012, SeedInvest has helped fund over 160 companies across a range of verticals and stages. In addition, SeedInvest boasts a rapidly growing network of over 200,000 investors and has only accepted ~1% of companies that apply to be featured on its platform. Ramblers Way is offering its securities under Rule 506(c) of Regulation D from accredited investors only. Live investments are being accepted via https://www.seedinvest.com/ramblers.way.farm/seed.

About Ramblers Way:

Born of innovators and artists, Ramblers Way’s mission is to create responsibly sourced, skillfully crafted, American-made sustainable clothing for men and women. Headquartered in Kennebunk, Maine, all Ramblers Way garments are made from premium, natural fabrics designed to go from office to outdoors. Ramblers Way was founded by sustainability pioneer and former owner of Tom’s of Maine, Tom Chappell, and is committed to protecting the planet, supporting local economies and building a business based on lifelong values. For more information about the stores, and to learn more about Ramblers Way’s journey and commitment to sustainability, visit http://www.ramblersway.com and follow the company on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook


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Super Bowl Commercials Teach Important Lessons For Crowdfunding

This post was originally produced for Forbes.

I’m probably not alone. According to a 2010 study, Super Bowl viewers enjoy the commercials more than game. While that wasn’t likely true in last night’s nail-biter, I was still focused on the commercials, especially the lessons crowdfunders can learn from them.

Crowdfunding videos are at heart commercials for a campaign. The video that drives a crowdfunding campaign has always been an important part of a campaign. The standard for what makes an acceptable campaign video is rising. If you are interested in what makes a great video for a crowdfunding campaign, watching commercials from the Super Bowl is not a bad idea.

I found three commercials that have particular relevance for crowdfunding, especially for cause-oriented campaigns.

1. Budweiser 2018 Super Bowl Commercial | “Stand By You”

This one-minute ad, my favorite for 2018, features a syrupy dose of emotion that is familiar in Budweiser’s Super Bowl ads. Evoking that sort of emotion can be important to some crowdfunding campaigns, especially those advocating for a cause.

First, the ad cautiously established a sense of urgency and disaster. Notably, this didn’t require images of flooding, fires, dead bodies, naked children or anything of the sort. A phone call in the middle of the night, a little radio voiceover drew us in quickly to the story in the first 12 seconds.

Second, the video conveys a sense of sacrifice, but the ad is careful not to overplay its hand. Kevin Fahrenkrog, general manager of the Cartersville Brewery, leaves home in the middle of the night, stops the line—after confirming the plant was meeting its target orders—and starts producing water. The ad put Fahrenkrog at home for dinner that night, reminding viewers that he didn’t sacrifice too much.

Third, the video captures the scale and speed of the response. The plant is quickly switched over from producing beer to producing canned water for the response. Lots of water. The production line marches cans like tin soldiers going off to fight the disaster that are packed into cases, loaded by dancing forklifts onto to trucks and sent quickly to give relief.

The music for the ad sets the tone. For crowdfunders this represents a dilemma. Buying the rights to use a popular song can be tricky and expensive. Over the years, I’ve purchased almost 100 royalty free music tracks to use in my videos. Buying dozens at a time for less than $100 makes it feasible but I’m never going to get “Stand by Me” so easily or inexpensively.

All these elements combine to hit the mark for many if not most people. Let’s recognize that some people won’t connect for a variety of reasons, but many will. That’s your goal with a crowdfunding video–connect with many, not all.

Budweiser was cautious not to makes the company the hero of a story that involves people risking their lives to fight fires and rescue people from floods. You are wise to follow their example. In a crowdfunding video, you’ll want to go one step further and look to make your backers—past and future—the heroes of the video.

2. Winter Olympics Best of U.S. | Mikaela Shiffrin Super Bowl Ad

This NBC ad for the Olympics featuring Mikaela Shiffrin wasn’t my favorite ad for the Olympics (that meaningless distinction goes to the Lindsey Vonn ad) but it has a great story that I think offers easier lessons for crowdfunders.

In this video, Olympian Mikaela Shiffrin is depicted as a young girl getting an autograph from three-time Olympian Heidi Voelker who signed it, “Dream big, Mikaela, and always be faster than the boys.” Shiffrin adopted that as a guiding principle in life that helped lead her to the Olympics. The message is repeated several times in the one-minute spot, sometimes with the initials A.B.F.T.T.B.

This ad doesn’t resonate with everyone. On YouTube the video has 372 likes and 134 thumbs down votes as of this writing. Some are presumably put off by the feminist message.

With that note, the video does seem to connect with its target audience: women. Make a crowdfunding video that appeals to a target audience, even at the risk of offending or simply failing to connect with people outside a target will make sense for some campaigns, especially those for politically charged issues.

Note that the theme of the video, A.B.F.T.T.B. is repeated three times on screen and the storyline that develops centers on her beating the boys. The simple message gives the video power in the same way that repeating a clear, simple message in a crowdfunding video will help move people to donate.

For people who are working with and even embracing complexity, it is a challenge to simplify a message and preserve the essential truth of a story but that should be your goal.

3. ETRADE Super Bowl Commercial 2018 “This Is Getting Old”

This commercial for E-Trade featuring 85-year-olds still working ostensibly because they lacked retirement plans makes fun of a serious problem. For me, the commercial worked perfectly to focus my attention on my inadequate retirement plans and preparations. This was the most humorous of the three videos.

Humor is difficult for professionals to write. How many times have you watched a late-night talk show host tell a joke that flopped? Almost every night there is a joke that flops. These are people paid millions of dollars per year to tell jokes. Be careful when using humor in your crowdfunding video. Screen your video with a small group of people who will be honest with you, preferably strangers, before foisting your sketch humor on the crowdfunding marketplace.

Still, if you can pull off humor, you can expect to see the crowdfunding thermometer rise.

Note, too, that the video spent 57 seconds establishing the problem to be solved and then set out the solution in the last three seconds. This worked only to the extent that the humor kept your attention for the full 57 seconds that led you to the three seconds of solution. Think of it as a big bowl of ice cream for dinner followed by one floret of broccoli. If you fill up on ice cream before it’s finished, you’ll never get to the broccoli.

Finally, let’s look at a fourth commercial that missed the mark to see what lessons we can derive from the mistake.

Official Ram Trucks Super Bowl Commercial | Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. | Built to Serve

Click here to view.

The ad is powerful and my initial reaction was positive. The Martin Luther King, Jr. speech was inspiring but even before the ad concluded it began to feel creepy seeing the commercial images of Dodge trucks interspersed in the video. You and I know that King would not have done the commercial if asked and almost certainly wouldn’t have been asked in his lifetime to do the commercial.

Fans of MLK on Twitter have been particularly unforgiving. The King Center quickly tweeted a disavowal of the ad. The irony of using the speech they did is that a portion of the very same speech decried the practice of spending too much on a vehicle.

Cause-oriented leaders will be tempted to use quotes from Gandhi, MLK, Nelson Mandela, Mother Teresa and even Ronald Reagan to support their causes. When the cause you advocate for is one that your hero advocated for, there is unlikely to be an issue with your audience. If you use words, imagery and/or recordings of such people to promote anything they didn’t, you risk not only alienating your audience but also potential legal action.

It might be tempting to use an image or quote of Gandhi in a campaign promoting poverty eradication using goats, but he was a strict vegetarian and would not likely have supported such an approach. Be careful to align your message with the messenger.

In 2018, everyone in the crowdfunding world is a videographer. Watching Super Bowl commercials for hints to what is effective in making a compelling short video is a good idea.

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Devin is a journalist, author and corporate social responsibility speaker who calls himself a champion of social good. With a goal to help solve some of the world’s biggest problems by 2045, he focuses on telling the stories of those who are leading the way! Learn more at DevinThorpe.com!

The Young Alchemists Charitable Foundation Strives To Elevate The Conciousness Of Children And Brings Powerful And Very Entertaining New Age Film Series To The Big Screen!

Press Release – Sugar Land Texas, February 13th 2018: The Young Alchemists Foundation needs donors, business sponsors and investors to help produce this extraordinary film. Contributors will receive media exposure, a tax deductible receipt and a diploma citing them as Honorary Knights of The Young Alchemists Order.

Investors and all people interested in learning more about “THE YOUNG ALCHEMISTS” film project can contact Norma Pastor and visit our website: www.tyaf.co

A new Era of technological progress and spiritual enlightenment has arrived at planet earth, the atomic vibrations of the planet have increased and as a result GOOD AND EVIL have become more obvious. Children across the world and their families are going through an extremely challenging and very difficult transition and those who consume drugs and spiraling out of control in school and in society are in terrible danger. As concerned citizens of planet earth, we believe the time has come for all the influential people in the film industry to create high concept films that will help elevate the consciousness of our youth.

THE YOUNG ALCHEMISTS New Age high concept was created with that purpose, and the Young Alchemists Foundation is sponsoring the production of “THE YOUNG ALCHEMISTS” first film of a series; a very powerful and very entertaining serial epic of romance, adventure and action film that will bring to Hollywood and to the entire world the extraordinary story of a group of extremely brilliant teenage Alchemists from the 36th dimension who are the greatest Super Secret Agents and youngest members of the Alchemists, a very powerful Interplanetary Government in charge of guarding the security and evolution of all planets and their inhabitants.

We believe very entertaining films could be an effective way to inspire children to become good leaders and help reverse our planet’s debilitating physical and psychological illness caused by the use of drugs and self destructive behaviors.

Experts concur that based on the script the cost of production of The Young Alchemists film will be approximately $100 Million Dollars; it will be a big production that can be compared to Star Trek, Lord of the Rings, Game of Thrones and Harry Potter.

WHO ARE THE ALCHEMISTS? In the Young Alchemists New Age film Concept, the Alchemists are the good people from all planets and all walks of life who oppose the Nonplus and use their knowledge and inner powers to enlighten the consciousness of self and others transforming malevolent societies into benevolent ones. THE NONPLUS are the bad guys from all planets and all walks of life determined to eradicate the Alchemists and corrupt all planetary societies to prevent the evolution of humanity.

ARE YOU AN ALCHEMISTS OR A NONPLUS? The choice is yours and it will always be


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As Blockchain Booms a New Channel Challenges SME Businesses to Embrace Opportunities

“Blockchain is booming, ICOs are providing billions in innovation funding. Opportunities are there for the taking, for those who understand this”

Press Release – Wednesday, February 7, 2018: A unique new podcast channel has been launched aiming to transform the public understanding of the opportunities and issues surrounding Blockchain technology and the rapid rise of cryptocurrencies and ‘Initial Coin Offerings’ (ICOs).

ICOrad.io aims to bring entrepreneurs up to speed with their new environment without needing to “go down the rabbit hole” to grasp the world of Blockchain.

Soft-launched last week to a great response, ICOrad.io officially launches today (Thursday) with a revealing interview on its origins with ‘father of the ICO’, JR Willett, who commented: “It’s increasingly important that entrepreneurs and businesses understand the new landscape created, and the opportunities and changes that flow from, Blockchain, ICOs and these new decentralising technologies. I look forward to hearing ICOrad.io illuminate this complex and highly technical new world.”

The show was conceived and is hosted by author Barry James, himself widely known as a father of Fintech in the UK, having first proposed creation of the FCA’s regulatory ‘innovation unit’ in 2012, which now, along with its sandboxes, is being copied around the globe.

James, a technologist best known for his work on crowdfunding said: “Over the last 20 years those who tried to ignore the internet as long as possible suffered the consequences – sometimes catastrophic ones. This train, the blockchain revolution, is moving much faster.

“Like any paradigm shift it’s tricky to get your head around, and this one’s a doozy! Which is why many people refer to the process of getting to grips with Blockchain and its implications as going ‘down the rabbit hole’ – it’s a whole new wonderland with what at first seem like topsy-turvy rules.

“But understanding what Blockchain offers is now essential for business leaders and anyone running a business. That’s why we created ICOrad.io, to explain, in plain English and easily digestible ‘#BlockchainBytes’, what’s happening around us, how it works and what it means for businesses of all types.”

James, author of ‘New Routes to Funding’, has recently launched a #BlockchainBytes column in leading business publication Real Business.

Well known in crowdfunding and alt-fi as a champion of innovation, entrepreneurship and transparency he is first to be throwing down the challenge to SMEs worldwide to grasp the opportunities to reshape the world and its economy for the better.

“Blockchain is booming, ICOs are providing billions in innovation funding – they raised $6.8Billion in 2017, half of this in the last quarter. Opportunities are there for the taking, for those who understand this

“With ICOs funding startups and established businesses in the millions, tens of millions and sometimes hundreds of millions it cannot be ignored. What if your chief competitors were to raise a huge sum to decentralise or seek to dominate your business sector?

“It’s never been truer that knowledge, and in this case understanding, is power, and as with the internet the biggest risk is to do nothing, to wait until it’s too late and suffer the consequences.”


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RedCrow Announces Partnership with World Class Healthcare Incubator Innovation Institute

Connecting Healthcare Startups with Equity Crowdfunding via The Institute’s Expansive network

Press Release – San Francisco, CA – February 6, 2018: RedCrow Inc., an equity crowdfunding platform with a unique focus on well-curated opportunities within the healthcare industry, has announced a partnership with The Innovation Institute Inc., one of the foremost incubators for growing healthcare startups. For their part, The Innovation Institute will promote qualified companies within the sector for RedCrow consideration. The partnership will give start;ups exposure to crowdsourcing and equity crowdfunding with direct access to RedCrow’s professional pool of investors.

Co-founded by financier and consultant turned;entrepreneur Brian Smith and Talking Heads rockstar/techvestor Jerry Harrison in November 2016, RedCrow’s mission is to help privately held, early stage startups connect with backers to expand their business.

According to Brian Smith, RedCrow CEO, RedCrow will create a customized social platform for The Innovation Institute’s 200,000 members, giving users the opportunity to join RedCrow’s social discussion, share ongoing campaigns, and discuss investment opportunities with other professionals in the field. Exercising a higher level of due diligence than competitors, RedCrow allows the public to invest alongside prominent industry experts who serve as RedCrow advisors and strategic investment partners.

“Our mantra is knowledge is power — invest in what you know. Our niche in healthcare is focused on bringing knowledgeable investors to make educated investments in companies within their vertical. The Innovation Institute’s 200k plus members are just that: knowledgeable healthcare professionals and ‘Doctorpreneurs’ who can advise earlystage companies.” — Brian Smith, CEO RedCrow

“The relationship with RedCrow fits nicely with the strategic purpose of our business model to advance innovation. RedCrow will allow us to help new start-up ventures get needed capital to stand up and grow their companies and bring new products and services to market. This crowdfunding platform fits well with our new LRVHealth Fund which will focus on early stage ventures. There are definite synergies between the two organizations and together they will meet a need in the market and provide additional capability to advance innovation.” — Joe Randolph, President and CEO, The Innovation Institute

“Since our launch, we have already interacted with nearly a dozen earlystage companies that have been created by extremely talented medical professionals across our 125 member system hospitals. Our partnership with RedCrow will provide these companies with the post-seed funding needed to get to the next level, as well as provide individuals in the healthcare ecosystem an exciting opportunity to invest in their peers.” — Larry Stofko, Executive Vice President of The Innovation Lab Inc.


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Women Entrepreneurs Can Fund Their Dreams Without Striking a Devil’s Bargain

Dive into secrets of fundraising with business attorney and finance innovator Jenny Kassan

Press Release – OAKLAND, CA, January 31, 2018 — Jenny Kassan offers entrepreneurs a powerful fundraising formula that actually works. As a business attorney, certified transformational coach, social entrepreneur, and finance innovator, Kassan has forged a groundbreaking approach in which capital and mission align. The method is a boon for women entrepreneurs, helping them raise the capital they need, without compromising on vision or values. Kassan is the author of Raise Capital on Your Own Terms: How to Fund Your Business without Selling Your Soul.

On March 8-10 in Oakland, CA, Jenny will host her signature three-day event for women entrepreneurs, Fund and Fuel Your Dreams. This immersive hands-on training reveals the secrets to successful financing. Kassan will lead participants through the key strategies, covering each critical point in the funding journey — from setting expectations to crafting a winning pitch, from finding mission-aligned investors to understanding the laws and regulations that govern funding.

Kassan’s powerful trainings are an eye-opener for women entrepreneurs, starting with one key tip: you don’t need to self-fund your dreams — and you shouldn’t. As Kassan’s positive and practical method reveals, the landscape of investment capital is far more varied than many entrepreneurs assume. There are more kinds of investors out there than ever, with a wide range of motivations and interests. “Given this diversity,” Kassan says, “there are likely investors out there who are perfect for you. It’s a matter of knowing how to navigate the road map to find them and realizing that you can and should dream big.”

Women entrepreneurs are in an ideal position right now — to lean in and win the funding they need to create the impact they were destined to make. Women’s entrepreneurship has never been more important than it is now. Join Jenny Kassan for this three-day event, and learn how to fund and fuel your dreams.

About Jenny Kassan

Jenny Kassan believes entrepreneurs are heroes. She wants to help as many of them as possible to turn their big, bold, world-changing visions into reality. She has been an attorney for social enterprises for 23 years, and is a certified transformational coach, social entrepreneur, investor, and finance innovator. Her formula for mission-aligned capital raising has helped diverse entrepreneurs raise millions of dollars on their own terms. In addition to running her own firm, she is president of Community Ventures, a nonprofit dedicated to promoting the economic and social development of communities.

Her new book is Raise Capital on Your Own Terms: How to Fund Your Business without Selling Your Soul, a savvy primer on how to find the right investors to fund your dreams. The book breaks down the secrets to successful funding and lays out the six strategies every entrepreneur needs to know to create a capital-raising plan that inspires and excites them, and is in complete agreement with their business goals and personal values.


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Compassion International Launches Appeal to Fund Heart Surgery for Child in Ghana

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Press Release – COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – January 31, 2018 – Compassion International today launched its first ever GoFundMe campaign to help save the life of 6-year-old Mary (not her real name) in Ghana suffering from a rare heart condition – Patent Ductus Arteriosus, Ventricular Septal Defect (VCD) and Sub-aortic Membrane. The global child development ministry seeks to raise $15,000 toward its major medical fund that will help fund the girl’s open heart surgery.

Doctors discovered a hole in Mary’s heart when she was 6 months of age. Her parents live in extreme poverty and could not afford the necessary bi-monthly visits for care. Mary has been on medication to manage her condition that continues to wreak havoc on her overall health and quality of life. She suffers from difficulty breathing and a loss of appetite, frequently becomes ill and has lost considerable weight since she was 3 years old. Children with heart defects like Mary, who also live in poverty, are extremely vulnerable and at risk for an early death.

“She was constantly losing weight, running a very high body temperature regularly, coughing seriously and profusely sweating all the time, and she had a lot of boils,” said Mary’s mother, Susana, of her daughter as an infant.

In May, Mary was registered into Compassion’s Child Development program. She immediately began receiving additional support from Compassion for her medical needs. But surgery costs to repair Mary’s heart are more than her family will likely earn in a lifetime. Mary will be Compassion’s first beneficiary using the crowdfunding platform. Her family remains hopeful that Mary will soon be healed and able to enjoy a long, healthy and active life.

Compassion is seeking donations to cover the cost of Mary’s surgery at GoFundMe. Last year, contributions to Compassion’s major medical fund totaled more than $300,000, which provided over 40 life-saving medical procedures for children in poverty. In addition, more than $4 million was given to ongoing medical care that meets smaller routine medical needs of Compassion beneficiaries.

“It is my prayer that [Mary] will be healed of her ailment so that she will live and exhibit all her potentials for all to see the glory of God in her life,” Susana said.

About Compassion International

Founded in 1952, Compassion International is a Christian child development organization that works to release children from poverty in Jesus’ name. Compassion revolutionized the fight against global poverty by working exclusively with the Church to lift children out of spiritual, economic, social and physical poverty. Compassion partners with more than 6,700 churches in 25 countries to deliver its holistic child development program to over 1.8 million babies, children and young adults. It is the only child sponsorship program to be validated through independent, empirical research. For more, visit compassion.com.


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CiviCore to Provide Technology Platform for North Texas Giving Day

Press Release – DENVER, Jan. 25, 2018 /PRNewswire/CiviCore, the leading Gives Day platform provider, announces an exciting new partnership with the Communities Foundation of Texas to power the nation’s largest Gives Day. North Texas Giving Day has become the leading day of giving in the country, raising over $39 million in 2017 and nearly $200 million over the course of its 9-year history.

“We couldn’t be more excited to win the trust of the Communities Foundation of Texas to power their 10th Annual Gives Day. It is an honor to work with the skilled and accomplished team behind such a successful Gives Day. North Texas has proven to be one of the most generous communities in the country. We are looking forward to helping increase the donor base and raising even more money for participating nonprofits in 2018 through our online fundraising platform,” said Charles Naumer, CEO, CiviCore.

CiviCore has begun implementing the new North Texas Gives Day site built on its secure, reliable platform that includes functionality to support an easy to use cart-based donation interface, peer-to-peer fundraising and donor advised fund integration. Additionally, CiviCore will be providing exceptional customer support to donors and nonprofits in the Dallas – Fort Worth community.

About CiviCore

Headquartered in Denver, Colorado, CiviCore Inc. a Public Benefit Corporation, provides nonprofit organizations with a platform to support online fundraising, crowdfunding, volunteer management and client/case management. In 2017, CiviCore processed over $100 million in donations, powering some of the country’s largest Gives Days including Colorado Gives Day, GiveBIG Seattle, Amplify Austin Gives Day and New Orleans’ GiveNOLA Gives Day.

About North Texas Giving Day

Launched in 2009 by Communities Foundation of Texas, NorthTexasGivingDay.org is the largest day of giving in the nation. For supporters, the website simplifies the process of both researching reliable information about local nonprofits and community needs, and making charitable donations. For nonprofits, North Texas Giving Day serves as a vital awareness-building and fundraising tool. The website profiles 2,900 nonprofits, and since its inception has infused $195 million into nonprofits serving the North Texas community. Visit www.NorthTexasGivingDay.org, www.facebook.com/NorthTexasGivingDay or www.twitter.com/ntxgivingday. Hashtag: #NTxGivingDay.

About Communities Foundation of Texas

Presenting North Texas Giving Day is one of the many ways Communities Foundation of Texas (CFT) serves as a hub for philanthropy in North Texas. As the largest community foundation in Texas and one of the largest in the nation, CFT works to strengthen the community through a variety of charitable funds and strategic grantmaking initiatives. The foundation professionally manages more than 1000 charitable funds for families, companies, foundations and nonprofits and has awarded more than $1.7 billion in grants since its founding in 1953. Visit www.cftexas.org, www.facebook.com/CFTexas or www.twitter.com/GiveWisely.

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Edward Jones Surpasses 2017 Alzheimer’s Association Fundraising Goal

Total contributions top $4.8 million for research, care and support

Press Release – Edward Jones has surpassed its annual fundraising goal for the Alzheimer’s Association. As a strategic partner and the first national presenting sponsor for the Association’s annual Walk to End Alzheimer’s®, Edward Jones raised more than $2.3 million in 2017 through its 2,752 teams across the country. The firm’s total contributions in support of the strategic alliance last year topped $4.8 million.

The Walk to End Alzheimer’s® is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and money for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. ­

“Our associates have taken the cause of the Walk to End Alzheimer’s to heart, as this disease affects our families and our clients in ways that can be devastating,” said John Beuerlein, the principal leading the Edward Jones Senior Investor Council. “We’re proud that Edward Jones has a culture of caring that empowers and supports all of us to work together to make a difference in the communities where we live and work.”

The strategic alliance, which began in 2016, has several facets. The Alzheimer’s Association has worked with Edward Jones to create the Edward Jones Alzheimer’s Research Fund, a targeted effort to accelerate research on treatment methods, prevention, and, ultimately, a cure. The Alzheimer’s Association also provides educational programs for Edward Jones associates so they can share resources with clients.

“Over the past two years, the incredible efforts by Edward Jones have enabled the Alzheimer’s Association to fund additional research and expand its outreach to help and support more families seeking information, support and guidance around this life-changing disease,” said Donna McCullough, Chief Development Officer, Alzheimer’s Association. “We look forward to the future and the progress we can achieve together.”

Alzheimer’s disease is the nation’s sixth-leading cause of death, and the only disease among the top 10 causes that cannot be prevented, cured or even slowed, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. In the United States alone, more than 5 million people are living with the terminal brain disease, and this number is set to skyrocket to nearly 14 million by 2050 unless more effective treatments are found.

About Edward Jones

Edward Jones, a Fortune 500 company headquartered in St. Louis, provides financial services in the U.S. and through our affiliate in Canada. Every aspect of our business, from the investments we offer to the location of our branch offices, caters to individual investors. Our 15,000-plus financial advisors serve more than 7 million clients and care for more than $1 trillion in assets. Visit us at www.edwardjones.com. Our recruiting website is www.careers.edwardjones.com. Member SIPC.

About the Alzheimer’s Association

The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research. It is the largest nonprofit funder of Alzheimer’s research. The Association’s mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Its vision is a world without Alzheimer’s. Visit www.alz.org or call 800-272-3900.


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