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Entrepreneur Working To Improve Education

Corey Hixson is trying to improve education and he needs your help! He is raising money on Indiegogo. Recently, I caught up with Steven to learn more about his work; here’s what he told me:

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What is the social benefit you hope to achieve with or through your crowdfunding campaign?

I’d like to meet the mutual needs of students and teachers in public school settings, in a way that does not directly conflict with the agenda of the county and state administration. Local businesses may also benefit from the program. The state has created and implemented an electronic standardized testing system, but teachers have informed me that this system utilizes all of the available technology resources for a third of the school year, so there is no technology available for students or teachers during that part of the school year. The district has not supplied a budget for computers while implementing e-learning and so the Alliance for Public School Technology Resources meets specific needs among all stakeholders as well as local businesses who are upgrading their technology to newer systems above and beyond what is needed in a public school setting.

How much money are you hoping to raise and why? How much have you raised so far?

The actual cost of filing for tax-exempt status is $400.00. Any additional funding will be used for the purchasing of computer parts and systems that will be either given directly to public schools and their 501(c)(3) non-profit supporters such as PTA organizations, or used as a part of the refitting process for other hardware that does not yet meet needed technology standards for donation to public schools.

Whom are you trying to help with your project and why?

I’d been a part of the local public school community and participating with NGO and PTA groups that support public schools in the community. This organization is meant to support public schools and related PTA groups directly. Teachers and parents were the first people to indicate a need for technology, and so I set my mind to work in order to help them, as well as their students.

As a non-profit organization any donations received can create tax benefits, so local businesses can claim tax credits for donated technology, and this will help them to ensure that they have the business infrastructure that they need to be effective.

What rewards, if any, are you offering to your supporters?

A good, equitable education that is available publically and economically sustainable, helps the surrounding communities through the success of their students and businesses in the community that receive their support. Supporting this initiative contributes to the success of young people in a non-partisan way, and strives to improve the economic base that surrounds education in a more equitable way.

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Chevron’s ‘Fuel Your School’ Program Via DonorsChoose Raises Millions

This post was originally produced for Forbes.

Chevron CVX -0.67% has committed $140 million to education in the U.S. since 2010 and will top $45 million in 2014 alone, according to Brent Tippen, a spokesman for Chevron.

In a partnership with the crowdfunding-for-teachers site DonorsChoose called “Fuel Your School” over 17,000 projects at more than 3,000 schools have been funded, according to Tippen.

Commenting on Chevron’s motivation, Tippen noted, “Effective STEM education – science, technology, engineering and math – is one of the most fundamental requisites to securing healthy future economic growth for the country.”

“Innovative approaches are needed to help public school classrooms,” he added.

DonorsChoose CEO Charles Best reported, “This back-to-school season was our best ever at DonorsChoose.org, which is great news for teachers who spend, on average, about $500 of their own money each year for classroom resources.”

“Chevron is helping us reach our “big hairy audacious goal” of raising $100 million for 100% of the nation’s highest poverty schools, all in one calendar year,” he concluded.

Best and Tippen will join me on Thursday, November 13, 2014 at 5:00 Eastern for a live discussion about the Fuel Your School program and its impact on teachers and students. Tune in then to watch the interview live.

More about Chevron:

Chevron is one of the world’s leading integrated energy companies, with subsidiaries that conduct business worldwide. The company is involved in virtually every facet of the energy industry. Chevron explores for, produces and transports crude oil and natural gas; refines, markets and distributes transportation fuels and lubricants; manufactures and sells petrochemical products; generates power and produces geothermal energy; provides energy efficiency solutions; and develops the energy resources of the future, including biofuels. Chevron is based in San Ramon, Calif. More information about Chevron is available at www.chevron.com.

More about DonorsChoose:

Founded in 2000, DonorsChoose.org makes it easy for anyone to help a classroom in need. At this nonprofit website, teachers at 62% of all the public schools in America have created project requests, and more than 1.5 million people have donated $286 million to projects that inspire them. All told, 13 million students—most from low-income communities, and many in disaster-stricken areas—have received books, art supplies, field trips, technology, and other resources that they need to learn.

Visit www.donorschoose.org/intro to hear Oprah Winfrey and Stephen Colbert tell the DonorsChoose.org story.

Brent Tippen

Brent Tippen

Tippen’s bio:

Brent Tippen is a Global Public & Government Affairs Advisor and Company Spokesman for Chevron Corporation based in San Ramon, California. He serves as the Chevron Fuel Your School program manager.

A native of West Monroe, Louisiana, Brent earned his B.A. in Communications in 2004 from Louisiana Tech University and his M.A. in Communication in 2007 from the University of Louisiana. In 2007, he studied abroad for graduate school through the University of Southern Mississippi in London, UK, studying Intercultural Communication.

Before joining Chevron, Brent was a media and communications representative for a prominent U.S. Senator, a media spokesperson for the American Cancer Society, and worked with Entergy Corporation, an electric power producer. After serving in positions of increasing responsibility, in 2008, Tippen transitioned careers and now works in Policy, Government and Public Affairs for Chevron Corporation, a California-based energy company.

Brent has worked and continues to work with many service and charitable organizations in leadership positions including: Rotary International, the Public Relations Society of America, the International Association of Business Communicators, Louisiana Communication Association, active member of the Louisiana Tech University Alumni Association as well as the University of Louisiana, Monroe Alumni Association. In 2013 he was named “Young Alumnus of the Year” at Louisiana Tech University.

At Chevron Corporation, Brent serves as a Global Public and Government Affairs Advisor and company spokesman on a large portfolio focusing on Downstream and Chemicals and has previously included corporate issues / community engagement / corporate social responsibility. He also currently manages Chevron’s Fuel Your School program operating in 22 U.S. markets as well as Canada, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, the Philippines and New Zealand. Brent brings a broad knowledge base both in the nonprofit and political realms with a strong background in communication and media relations.

Charles Best

Charles Best

Best’s bio:

Charles Best leads DonorsChoose.org, a nonprofit organization that provides a simple way to address educational inequity. At DonorsChoose.org, public school teachers create classroom project requests and donors can choose the projects they want to support. Charles launched the organization in 2000 out of a Bronx public high school where he taught history. DonorsChoose.org is one of Oprah Winfrey’s “ultimate favorite things” and was featured on the cover of Fast Company as one of the “50 Most Innovative Companies in the World.” For three years, Fortune Magazine has named Charles to its “40 under 40 hottest rising stars in business.”

 

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Live With Matt Ward, Host of the Art of the Kickstart

Matt Ward, a self-described “ordinary guy” hosts the Art of the Kickstart podcast. He’ll be joining me live for an episode of my show here on Thursday, November 13, 2014 at 8:00 PM Eastern to talk about his show. Tune in then to watch live.

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

Matt gushes when asked about what he’s doing. “The internet is empowering inviduals everywhere,” he says.

“Crowdfunding is changing the world,” he says. “Social entrepreneurs are beginning to realize the incredible power for good that crowdfunding can create.”

More about the Art of the Kickstart:

Art of the Kickstart is a podcast and blog geared towards empowering innovators and inventors everywhere through sharing stories, lessons and strategies from past and present crowdfunding campaigns.

Matt Ward

Matt Ward

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

Matt’s bio:

Hey guys my name is Matt Ward and I’m the guy behind the Art of the Kickstart podcast and blog. I’m not some world-renowned figure or overly accomplished individual but an ordinary guy like you looking to change the world and create amazing. As an engineer, entrepreneur and aspiring inventor I believe in the power of innovation and its ability to empower individuals the world over. My podcast focuses on fueling creators, designers, and developers dreams of crowdfunding success and creating the world of tomorrow. All-in-all I walk a path of entrepreneurial unknown in which I have overcome frequent failures, screwy startups and many many mistakes in order to learn, live and lead others on their own unexpected entrepreneurial adventures.

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Social Entrepreneurs Launch Show: Crowdfunding Mojo

Two socially minded entrepreneurs have come together to create a new reality TV show called Crowdfunding Mojo, which they describe as “Share Tank meets American Idol.”

Mark Grimes and Perry Gruber explain, “The show centers around everyday people who have an idea and want to see if crowdfunding is an option for them all while working with successful entrepreneurs as their mentors.”

On Thursday, November 13, 2014 at 4:00 Eastern, Mark and Perry will join me for a live discussion about the new show. Tune in then to watch the interview live.

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

More about Crowdfunding Mojo:

The show has no website, no office, or no phone number. The producers said the show was itself a startup and saw those expenses as unnecessary. The pilot was shot by a crew of nine people in a single day and too many people showed up that day to get everyone in front of the mentor panel. We are currently editing what’s known as a sizzle reel to share with broadcast and cable network executives.

Mark’s bio:

Mark Grimes is a startup founder, social entrepreneur and angel investor who has started each of his businesses over the last 20 years with cash on hand, no business plan and all have been cash flow positive and profitable within 90 days. Founder of eyescream interactive an advertising agency with clients such as P&G, Nextel, Disney, and Outpost.com. The agency was one of the top 20 interactive advertising agencies according to Adweek magazine and annual billings over 7.1 million dollars. Currently focusing on developing social purpose enterprises and helping other social entrepreneurs and startups develop their business models. Current businesses include NedSpace (www.nedspace.com) co-working for startups, innovative tech companies, and social entrepreneurs; and Maker Faire Africa (www.makerfaireafrica.com) a celebration of African ingenuity, innovation, invention and social entrepreneurship. Mark is also on the board of directors of Homowo (www.homowo.org) promoting Africa arts in the Pacific Northwest and Made By Survivors (www.madebysurvivors.com) fighting slavery and human trafficking around the world.

Perry’s bio:

Perry Gruber is a social entrepreneur, professional speaker, co-founder and CEO of NedWater – Liquid Change, (www.nedwater.net) a Portland-based socially-responsible startup providing philanthropic water service for the workplace. Before becoming a social entrepreneur, he spent eight years in Intel Corporation’s CSR programs, nine years in the Bonneville Power Administration’s media relations department and, before that, nine years as a journalist in the United States Marines. Perry’s award-winning keynotes have inspired university, conference, association and business audiences to overcome cynicism and rediscover optimism. He currently is founder of Copiosis (www.copiosis.com) a social business creating global socioeconomic innovations and Crowdfunding Mojo, a reality series and Documentary Weekend, a guerrilla film making event. Has an MBA graduate from George Fox University and lives in Portland, Oregon.

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Fairfundr Hopes To Help Creators Around The World Raise $10 billion

Fairfundr has an ambitious goal to help 1 million creative entrepreneurs around the world raise $10,000 over the next five years. Now that’s a goal!

Fairfundr founders Jeannine and Rajiv Srivastava explain, “We found out that more and more people want to make a living with their talent and they are not satisfied with current funding models – crowdfunding platforms that are mostly DIY, Bank loans that require Collateral and VC models that require equity and lead to endless discussions.”

Jeannine and Rajiv will join me for a live discussion about the platform on Thursday, November 13, 2014 at 11:00 Eastern. Tune in then to watch the interview live.

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

More about Fairfundr:

Fairfundr is a crowdfunding platform that enables artists, artisans and entrepreneurs to raise funds from 100+ countries and keep up to 100% of the funds raised. Fairfundr is managed by Majamba Digital Agency of Switzerland.

Challenge: Millions of artists, artisans & entrepreneurs want to make a living with what they love. But they all struggle to raise or sell the first $10,000. This is a very expensive problem to solve because the artists, artisans and entrepreneurs need a lot of support.

Opportunity: We have developed a platform together with Swiss Government (with support at the Federal, State, City and Embassy level), IBM and Stripe that will allow the innovators to raise funds from 139 countries and keep up to 100% of the funds raised.

Approach: We support artists, artisans and entrepreneurs to build a crowdfunding campaign remotely as well as locally via a network of Fairfundr Ambassadors.

Goal: Support one million artists, artisans and entrepreneurs raise $10,000 in the next 5 years.

Jeannine and Rajiv Srivastava

Jeannine and Rajiv Srivastava

Jeannine’s bio:

Jeannine Srivastava is a digital marketing and communications strategist with more than seven years of work experience in managing the roll-out of digital marketing projects at Swiss companies.
Projects include brand management, website development and content creation. Jeannine studied the management of technology at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne. She holds a Master Degree in Management of Innovation and Organisational Change from Brunel University (UK) and a Bachelor in International Business from Faculty of Applied Economics, Aix-Marseille III (France).

Rajiv’s bio:

Rajiv Srivastava is a strategist and business developer with over fifteen years of experiences managing multi-national businesses in the United States, United Kingdom, India and Switzerland. Before co-founding Fairfundr, Rajiv worked at Orange Communications, where Rajiv was the Director of Strategy & Business Development and supported the company become a highly profitable billion dollar company in Switzerland over a five year period. He holds an MBA from University of Southern California and is a alumni of London Business School and Delhi University.

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New Crowdfunding Platform Serves Muslim Community

HalalSky is a new crowdfunding platform that focuses on the Muslim market, providing Sharia compliant services.

Founder and CEO Naeem Randhawa will join us on Thursday, October 30, 2014 at 11:00 Eastern, to discuss the new site and the market it serves. Tune in here then to watch the interview live.

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

More about HalalSky:

HalalSky is the world’s first Sharia friendly crowdfunding equity platform. Halal Sky is a platform that delivers qualified, highly attractive real estate and other financial deals by ensuring all opportunities meet a strict Sharia review to meet the requirements of the Muslim investor.

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Naeem’s bio:

  • Over 17 years of Big 5 IT consulting in social, web, & mobile to Fortune 1000 clients like Dell, VMware, Boeing, FedEx, United Airlines, Walmart, State of Texas, US AID.
  • National speaker on Big Data, Marketing and Sharia Crowdfunding.
  • Multiple startups: Real Estate, Web Auto, Square Domain & others.
  • Active philanthropist & documentary filmmaker (PBS).

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Author, Activist Explains Participation Economy

Michelle Williams is an author hoping to make a difference in the world and she needs your help! She is raising money on StartSomeGood.. Recently, I caught up with Michelle to learn more about her work; here’s what she told me:

What is the social benefit you hope to achieve with or through your crowdfunding campaign?

We are in the midst of a big shift from passive consumer to active aware participant and this is transforming business, govt, education and society.

This book will give you the jewels and gems you need to understand what this means for us as individuals, looking at the benefits and the pitfalls we need to overcome in a new participation driven world.

“Participation is the New Consumption”.

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How much money are you hoping to raise and why? How much have you raised so far?

To self-publish this book I need to raise $7,500.
I am at 33% of this target now and have 12 days to go, with the campaign to end November 12, 2014.

Whom are you trying to help with your project and why?

The US National Security office says individual empowerment will become the dominant force and will help solve some of our mounting global issues.

This is a book for many but is more a piece to understand how these changes affect all of us, how they are linked from participant driven education, to government services designed with the community and business driven by community with an empowered consumer driving ethics.
This book will show individuals how they can navigate this new participation driven world.

What rewards, if any, are you offering to your supporters?

  • $20 the eBook
    $30 A printed version of the book (signed)
    $60 A custom made laser cutting of your name, your company, and your logo. This is great signage for your co-working desk or business shop front + a copy of the book and is usually worth $80 (Vecta image of your logo is required for laser cutting) + listed as contributing author
    $100 Curated dinner with leading Changemakers (Sydney only) + listed as contributing author. This rewards also includes the book
    Plus a few more

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Teenage Entrepreneur Seeks To Feed 1000 Families For Thanksgiving

Tiana Ramos, the teenage founder of Naughty Girls Donut Shop, hopes to feed dinner 1,000 families this Thanksgiving and she needs your help! She is raising money on Fundly. Recently, I caught up with Tiana to learn more about her work; here’s what she told me:

What is the social benefit you hope to achieve with or through your crowdfunding campaign?

I am only person but it seems as if I was put here to do so much more. I want to give back. I want to help others see the blessing in passing it forward. I am hoping to give 1,000 families a reason to say thank you and give them a reason to push forward in hopes that when they become able they too could pass the blessing forward.

How much money are you hoping to raise and why? How much have you raised so far?

In working with Schnecks foods. The price to feed 1,000 families is approximately $14,888. I am looking to raise $15,000. We are using a 501c3. The money will go directly into the Day of Unity Bank Account. The funds will be used to directly purchase food for these families. We are working with several nonprofits so it is a tax deduction.

Whom are you trying to help with your project and why?

We are currently working with loaves and fishes and the United Way in efforts to feed 1,000 hungry families throughout several counties including Warren County, Frederick County, Fauquier County and Prince William County. We are reaching out through the various food pantries in hopes to get the families who are truly in need this holiday season.

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Environmentalist Crowdfunds To Save Community Forest

Nikki Brown is working to save the Kilfinan Community Forest in Scotland and she needs your help! She is raising money on Indiegogo. Recently, I caught up with Nikki to learn more about her work; here’s what she told me:

What is the social benefit you hope to achieve with or through your crowdfunding campaign?

Our crowdfunding campaign will help save a vital community resource in the highlands of Scotland – the Kilfinan Community Forest. With every £20 donation we will be able to plant a new sapling to help reforest an area that was destroyed by storms in 2013.

How much money are you hoping to raise and why? How much have you raised so far?

We hope to raise £5500, which will give us enough to plant 500 saplings and many more seeds. This will be enough to replant the whole destroyed area of forest.

Whom are you trying to help with your project and why?

Our community forest not only created oxygen and an a habitat for wildlife – it’s a also a creative outdoor learning space for the local primary school and a recreational area for locals. We intend to build crofts and affordable housing on the land too. We believe the best way to create a living forest is to have people living in it!

What rewards, if any, are you offering to your supporters?

For each £20 donated you will be able to sponsor your own sapling. You’ll be able to name your tree and will get a certificate. You’re welcome to come and visit it whenever you like, and for additional donations we can also offer a tour, packs of greetings cards featuring hand-drawn images of the forest, a plot-to-plate picnic on the site, and lots of wild camping.

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Entrepreneur Ready With Investment Crowdfunding For Texas

With the recent adoption of laws allowing for ordinary investors in Texas to invest via online crowdfunding portals, the number of Americans now legally allowed to invest that way has jumped dramatically and may be said to be reaching a critical mass.

Danny Kelman is eager to see. Danny is the founder of CrowdBoarders, a new crowdfunding site for equity, debt rewards and donations–a one stop cafeteria for all kinds of crowdfunding. And his timing may be impeccable.

On Thursday, October 30, 2014 at 3:00 Eastern, Danny will join us for a live discussion about the new platform and the new Texas crowdfunding rules. Tune in then to watch the interview live.

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

More about CrowdBoarders:

CrowdBoarders is a 2nd generation crowdfunding Social Investing Network that provides integrated social crowdfunding for equity, donations, rewards and lending.

Crowdboarders is a creative social network where the person raising the funds receives 100% of all of what they raise and registered Crowdboarders can invest, watch, recommend and boost Ideas directly with the network or onto other social networks.

Investment Crowdfunding For Texas

Danny’s bio:

Since getting involved in Crowdfunding 3 years ago Danny Kelman has been an advocate for connecting the fundraising world socially in one place: which is CrowdBoarders. His background in social marketing and web design have been paired to allow people to get involved and learn about this brand new industry. His vision is one network of millions of people around the world, socially connecting and raising funds on their very own CrowdBoards, while learning what being a CrowdBoarder is all about: making a difference.

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