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#plugintodevin - Your Mark on the World with Devin Thorpe

Host Devin Thorpe, candidate for Utah's 3rd Congressional District, interviews guests to discuss social issues that impact Utahns. Paid for by Friends of Devin Thorpe.

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The New Sheriff In Human Trafficking Is Wielding Big Data - #1008

Never miss another interview! Join Devin here: http://bit.ly/joindevin. Read the full Forbes article and watch the interview here: http://bit.ly/2IMwWYL. Heather (not her real name) was working consensually at an escort service as a sex worker when she realized that a human trafficking ring was trying to trap her. “She was completely panicked,” says Sherrie Caltagirone, to whom Heather reached out. Caltagirone leads the Global Emancipation Network, a young, nonprofit organization that utilizes data to identify both traffickers and victims. Their weapon is Minerva, named for the Roman goddess of wisdom and strategic warfare, which puts the big data to work. Studies about the number of people being trafficked today yield different results, ranging from 20 to 45 million, giving the estimates a margin of error greater than 100%. The trafficking problem is huge but so is the lack of good data. The Global Emancipation Network is out to fix that. “Human traffickers are reliant on current technology to increase their revenue. But the same technology can be used against them,” Caltagirone says, explaining the fundamental premise of her work. Read the full Forbes article and watch the interview here: http://bit.ly/2IMwWYL. Be a hero! Join the elite group of supporters who ensure that stories like this can continue to be shared! Visit heroes4good.org to become a hero now.

20mins

11 Oct 2018

Rank #1

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Impact Assets Works To Close $2.4 Trillion Annual Funding Gap - #1172

The United Nations recently suggested that reversing climate change before global warming reaches 2 degrees Celsius would require annual investment of $2.4 trillion. Impact Assets is one of the players working to close the funding gap. The need likely exceeds $2.4 trillion as that estimate includes only climate-related investment requirements. Other pressing social issues, including extreme poverty and related problems identified in the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs will require additional investment. Impact Assets is a nonprofit that funnels philanthropic capital into impact investments that provide social and environmental impacts as well as financial returns. “Our goal is to accelerate the velocity of capital to impact investing,” says Margret Trilli, president and chief investment officer. Read the full Forbes article and watch the interview here: http://bit.ly/2MLfuX8.

21mins

18 Oct 2019

Rank #2

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Matt Damon's Water Charity Takes Impact Investing Plunge - #1004

Never miss another interview! Join Devin here: http://bit.ly/joindevin. Read the full Forbes article and watch the interview here: http://bit.ly/2Sa1mYW. Water.org, the nonprofit resulting from the 2009 merger of Matt Damon’s H2O Africa and Gary White’s WaterPartners, has completed an $11 million impact investing pilot project and has already closed on $33 million in a new fund that they hope will reach $50 million. The transition from an entirely philanthropic approach built around drilling wells and building toilets to an investment model is motivated by a desire to reach more people, White, 55, the CEO says. “Frustration with the pace of our impact led me to try something entirely new.” The resulting model does not require Water.org—or WaterEquity, the new entity it formed to make and receive water, sanitation and hygiene or WASH-related impact investments—to make individual loans to consumers in their target markets. Instead, WaterEquity provides investment capital to microfinance companies that provide loans to low-income consumers at affordable rates for WASH upgrades in their homes. Read the full Forbes article and watch the interview here: http://bit.ly/2Sa1mYW. Be a hero! Join the elite group of supporters who ensure that stories like this can continue to be shared! Visit heroes4good.org to become a hero now.

24mins

19 Dec 2018

Rank #3

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Three Tips for Better Philanthropy - #1077

Never miss another interview! Join Devin here: http://bit.ly/joindevin. Arlene Cogen, author, certified financial planner and philanthropy consultant, joined me to discuss her three tips for better philanthropy. She suggests working with your advisor to find a simple way to endow a gift--and to lead by example. Be sure to tune in the hear all her great advice. The following is the pre-interview with Arlene Cogen, CFP. Be sure to watch the recorded interview above. She provides three tips for being a better philanthropist. Tip 1: Work with your advisor - comprehensive plan Tip 2: Endow a gift - make a gift you never imagined. Tip 3: Lead by example Click the following link to learn my insider secrets to media publicity for social impact: http://bit.ly/75offmedia.

17mins

1 Mar 2019

Rank #4

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Father Of Social Entrepreneurship Says ‘Society Is At A Profound Turning Point’ - #1157

Bill Drayton, founder and CEO of Ashoka, literally coined the term “social entrepreneur” when he founded the nonprofit back in 1980, almost 40 years ago. He also decided that changemaker was one word and not two, something the Oxford dictionary now recognizes (though Webster’s does not, to the Drayton’s consternation). Drayton says, “We all sense that society is at a profound, indeed historic turning point.” Before we explore the turning point, he’s talking about, let’s briefly review some of the history of Ashoka and social entrepreneurship. The kernel of the idea for Ashoka came to Drayton, he says, when he was visiting India at age 18. On this journey, he began to appreciate that an entrepreneur could make systemic changes that could have profound implications in the lives of large numbers of people. He also began to appreciate how difficult it is to make that leap at almost any point in one’s life. Read the full Forbes article and watch the interview here: http://bit.ly/34G2L03.

36mins

13 Sep 2019

Rank #5

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Salesforce Builds $50M Impact Investing Portfolio - #1069

Never miss another interview! Join Devin here: http://bit.ly/joindevin. Read the full Forbes article and watch the interview here: http://bit.ly/2DETnwU. Suzanne DiBianca, chief philanthropy officer and executive vice president of corporate relations at Salesforce, was among the first employees at the company and has championed social impact from the beginning. Building a $50 million impact investing portfolio is her latest initiative. She led the creation of Pledge 1%, an effort to get corporations, with Salesforce in the lead, to commit 1% of their equity, time, product or profit. More than 8,500 companies in 100 countries have joined the pledge, she says. Those companies have donated more than $250 million and even more in the value of product donations. In that spirit, DiBianca has led the effort to build an impact investment portfolio within the larger Salesforce venture fund of more than $1 billion. She notes that Salesforce is typically a series A or B round investor and won’t lead deals. Read the full Forbes article and watch the interview here: http://bit.ly/2DETnwU. Click the following link to learn my insider secrets to media publicity for social impact: http://bit.ly/75offmedia.

23mins

15 Feb 2019

Rank #6

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‘Supportive Housing Is The Solution To Homelessness’ - #1119

Never miss another interview! Join Devin here: http://bit.ly/joindevin. Tori Lyon, the CEO of the Jericho Project, which operates supportive housing units for 2,500 for formerly homeless individuals in New York City, joined me for a discussion about her work. She asserts simply that “Supportive housing is the solution to homelessness.” She explains how operating supportive housing is less expensive than having people live on the streets, where they are frequent flyers in shelters, emergency rooms and jail cells--all of which are expensive to operate. Tory is passionate about finding ways to help even the most challenging residents. She explained how she worked with four different agencies to convince a man living in the woods on Staten Island with five pets to move--with all the animals--into one of the Jericho Project’s housing units. It has been a challenging 18 months. The animals are now gone and he remains housed. Click the following link to learn my insider secrets to media publicity for social impact: http://bit.ly/75offmedia.

19mins

20 Jun 2019

Rank #7

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Two Social Entrepreneurs Built Equity Crowdfunding Site For Triple Bottom-Line Businesses Like Yours - #1048

Never miss another interview! Join Devin here: http://bit.ly/joindevin. Read the full Forbes article and watch the interview here: http://bit.ly/2FkG0of. Michelle Thimesch, 55, CEO of Crowdfund Mainstreet and her business partner Jenny Kassan, both attorneys, have a track record of social entrepreneurship themselves. They are passionate about reducing the funding disparities between male and female-led companies and between white and minority-led companies in America. So, when Thimesch invited Kassan to join her in launching Crowdfund Mainstreet, a Regulation Crowdfunding platform governed by FINRA, it was an easy decision. Their mission is to help triple-bottom-line companies and small businesses, especially female-led and minority-led ones, to raise the money they need to be successful. Kassan, for her part, has a long history of working with female entrepreneurs to raise money from nontraditional sources, using whatever exemption from registration made the most sense. Sometimes she helped entrepreneurs raise money under infrequently used exemptions like Regulation D 504, allowing issuers to raise money state-by-state from ordinary investors. Regulation Crowdfunding or Reg CF at it is commonly known, was implemented in 2016 after being written into law in 2012 during the middle of the Obama administration. Thimesch, alongside her law practice, has been working as the executive director of East Bay Revitalization, an organization working to improve access to affordable housing and reducing unemployment. Read the full Forbes article and watch the interview here: http://bit.ly/2FkG0of. Be a hero! Join the elite group of supporters who ensure that stories like this can continue to be shared! Visit heroes4good.org to become a hero now.

22mins

10 Jan 2019

Rank #8

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Utah Governor Candidate Chris Peterson & I Discuss the COVID-19 Pandemic

#plugintodevin Show - Devin Thorpe for Congress Guest: Chris Peterson Office Sought: Utah Governor Issue: Chris Peterson has spent his career fighting for working families. A professor of business law at the University of Utah, he has worked tirelessly to help industry to improve the lives of their employees and customers. When our neighbors were losing their homes and the economy was crashing before our eyes, Peterson took the fight to Wall Street greed helping build a team in Washington, D.C. that returned $12 billion to cheated American families. Chris knows Utahns need a fair marketplace that treats customers right and gives every business a chance to succeed. Bio: Chris' government and policy experience include: · Working as a Special Advisor in the U.S. Department of Defense where he helped lead the Pentagon’s efforts to protect military servicemembers from predatory lending. The Secretary of Defense awarded Peterson the Office of the Secretary of Defense Award for Excellence for his efforts on behalf of military families; · Serving in the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau where Peterson’s team stopped deceptive and abusive practices by Wall Street banks, payday lenders, and debt collection agencies. His team won $12 billion in refunds and restitution for Americans who were victimized by illegal financial practices; and, · Leading at the University of Utah where he worked as an Associate Dean for Academic Affairs with managerial responsibility for the educational mission of the University’s College of Law. Peterson is a national leader and authority on consumer protection. He has published several books including a university textbook on consumer law and an award winning book on predatory lending. The National Association of Consumer Agency Administrators, an association of state and local consumer law enforcement agencies, gave Peterson its national consumer advocate of the year award for his public service. Chris lives in Salt Lake City with his amazing wife and three wonderful kids. He's a fifth generation Utahn with deep pioneer roots. Chris was born and raised in West Valley City and attended Utah’s public schools. A father of three, Chris is married to Tera Peterson who is also a practicing attorney. Tera is an Assistant Solicitor General in the Utah Attorney General Office’s Criminal Appeals Division where she works to protect crime victims including especially abused children. The Petersons enjoy skiing in Utah's mountains and hiking our state's majestic deserts. Website: https://petersonforutah.com/ Twitter: @PetersonUtah Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PetersonforUtah/ #plugintodevin #UtahValues #BoldSolutions #UTpol

7mins

23 Apr 2020

Rank #9

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Author: Reports Of Malfeasance, Mismanagement At Wounded Warrior Project Are Wrong - #1171

Author Doug White says in his new book, Wounded Charity, that the CBS and New York Times reports of malfeasance and wrongdoing at the Wounded Warrior Project were not accurate. Much of their reporting, Doug says, came from a Facebook group. With a national scale of operation, there were disgruntled former employees who had created a Facebook group where they shared their experiences and perceptions of mismanagement. The story was rushed to press when the two highly-reputable organizations got wind that they were both working on it. After exhaustive research, Doug concludes in his book that there was nothing fundamentally amiss at the Wounded Warrior Project. Never miss another interview! Join Devin here: http://bit.ly/joindevin.

27mins

16 Oct 2019

Rank #10

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Big Impact Sometimes Requires 'Unreasonable' Goals - #1057

Never miss another interview! Join Devin here: http://bit.ly/joindevin. Read the full Forbes article and watch the interview here: http://bit.ly/2BcVnMH. Unreasonable Impact, a collaboration between Unreasonable Group and Barclays, has its sites set on advancing social entrepreneurship at massive—even unreasonable—scale. Unreasonable Group founder and CEO, Daniel Epstein, 32, says the world needs to create 212 million new jobs over the next four years to bring idle, mostly young people into the work force and to absorb lost employment from automation and other economic shifts. At the same time, he notes that the world faces a variety of other societal and environmental challenges. Read the full Forbes article and watch the interview here: http://bit.ly/2BcVnMH. Be a hero! Join the elite group of supporters who ensure that stories like this can continue to be shared! Visit heroes4good.org to become a hero now.

26mins

25 Jan 2019

Rank #11

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This Octogenarian Still Innovates To End Extreme Poverty - #1061

Never miss another interview! Join Devin here: http://bit.ly/joindevin. Read the full Forbes article and watch the interview here: http://bit.ly/2WyoyTa. Dr. Paul Polak, 85, is working with the zeal and enthusiasm of a freshly-minted college graduate, but he combines his passion with decades of experience to create outcomes at scale. Polak’s first success was in delivering treadle pumps to farmers in India. Tens of millions of people have used the devices in the 30+ years since he organized a distribution channel around walk-up outdoor movies—think drive-in movies without cars. At a time when most poor Indians did not have televisions at home, an opportunity to watch a film in the evening was quite a novelty. The plot of the film revolved around a father seeking to come up with the dowry for his daughter to marry. It only became possible after he purchased a treadle pump to irrigate his tiny farm. Read the full Forbes article and watch the interview here: http://bit.ly/2WyoyTa. Be a hero! Join the elite group of supporters who ensure that stories like this can continue to be shared! Visit heroes4good.org to become a hero now.

23mins

1 Feb 2019

Rank #12

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Capital Campaign Expert Says ‘You’ve Got This!’ - #1072

Never miss another interview! Join Devin here: http://bit.ly/joindevin. Amy Eisenstein, the CEO of Capital Campaign Toolkit, says there are three keys to a successful campaign. One will surprise you. She says you don’t need a campaign consultant to reach your fundraising goal. Tip 1: You can raise major gifts without any "new" donors. Tip 2: You don't need a capital campaign consultant to lead a successful capital campaign. Tip 3: Capital campaigns are the most effective way to transform your organization. Click the following link to learn my insider secrets to media publicity for social impact: http://bit.ly/75offmedia.

16mins

21 Feb 2019

Rank #13

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A Little Fun Goes a Long Way Educating Girls in Morocco - #1056

Never miss another interview! Join Devin here: http://bit.ly/joindevin. Simo Elalj, based in Paris, wanted to help educate girls in his home country of Morocco. He found a way to have fun and impact at once, selling plastic toy goats to raise money for the nonprofit Education for All Morocco. Khadija Id Ahmed Ouali, one of the girls educated, in part, by the proceeds from Simo’s program, joined us from Morocco for a conversation about the impact of the program on her life. Be a hero! Join the elite group of supporters who ensure that stories like this can continue to be shared! Visit heroes4good.org to become a hero now.

21mins

24 Jan 2019

Rank #14

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The ‘Emprezz’ Is Having Fun And Doing Good - #1055

Never miss another interview! Join Devin here: http://bit.ly/joindevin. No one has more fun doing good than Gwen Allen. She is constantly in motion, running her coffee shop and her growing entertainment and media business. In her heart, she’s all about doing good. Be a hero! Join the elite group of supporters who ensure that stories like this can continue to be shared! Visit heroes4good.org to become a hero now.

15mins

23 Jan 2019

Rank #15

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Meet Beta Boom, A Seed-Stage VC Fund For Underserved Entrepreneurs - #1162

Raising capital is almost never easy for entrepreneurs but data suggests it can be more difficult for some than others. Minorities and women are much less likely to receive VC investments. People living outside California, New York and Boston are also much less likely to receive venture capital. Enter Beta Boom, with Managing Partner Kimmy Paluch, herself a minority, based in Salt Lake City and focused on investing in these underserved communities. Never miss another interview! Join Devin here: http://bit.ly/joindevin.

24mins

25 Sep 2019

Rank #16

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The GIIN Founder Provides Impact Investing Definition - #1115

Never miss another interview! Join Devin here: http://bit.ly/joindevin. Read the full Forbes article and watch the interview here: http://bit.ly/2F3EBS6, Increasingly, people want to be seen as making impact investments. Some in the socially responsible investing sphere, for instance, have started to describe their practice as a subset of a broader theme of impact investing. If there isn’t an agreed-upon definition, it is hard to measure its growth or much else about it. This makes the definition used by the nonprofit Global Impact Investing Network, almost always referred to simply as the GIIN (pronounced like the drink), important. Speaking with co-founder and CEO, Amit Bouri, I asked for his definition. (You can watch our full interview in the player at the top of this article.) “Impact investments are investments made into companies, organizations, and funds with the intention to generate social and environmental impact alongside a financial return. Impact investments can be made in both emerging and developed markets and target a range of returns from below market to market rate, depending upon investors’ objectives,” he said. Read the full Forbes article and watch the interview here: http://bit.ly/2F3EBS6. Click the following link to learn my insider secrets to media publicity for social impact: http://bit.ly/75offmedia.

24mins

12 Jun 2019

Rank #17

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Generous Teen Says His Dyslexia Helps Him Relate To Others’ Challenges - #1041

Never miss another interview! Join Devin here: http://bit.ly/joindevin. Noah Gainsburg has been volunteering at the St. Francis Neighborhood Center for years, mentoring and tutoring youth there. In recent years, he’s become a star fundraiser as well. Christi Green, the executive director at the Center, says Noah is an extraordinary young person who is making a big difference. She particularly admires the confident way he interacts with and tutors the younger kids who are so differently situated. Noah explains that he believes his experiencing the challenges of dyslexia helps him to relate to others, regardless of their trials. Be a hero! Join the elite group of supporters who ensure that stories like this can continue to be shared! Visit heroes4good.org to become a hero now.

23mins

20 Dec 2018

Rank #18

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Nonprofit Works With Individual on Autism Spectrum to Realize Potential and End Isolation - #1080

Never miss another interview! Join Devin here: http://bit.ly/joindevin. Dr. Heidi Stieglitz Ham, an expert in cognitive psychology with a focus on autism, is working to put adults on the autism spectrum in greater control of their lives. The nonprofit she founded, Spectrum Fusion, works to help provide meaningful, strategic connections to people who often feel isolated and alone. She calls the experience a Reactor Room. By working with an adult on the spectrum to identify a dream, goal, business idea or creative desire, the organization builds a team of reactors to hear and react to the idea. The reactors, as the audience members are called, then work to help the individual develop or refine a plan to bring the vision into reality. The exercise serves to transform lives both by helping the individual to realize their full potential and by connecting them with a community of support so they are no longer isolated. Click the following link to learn my insider secrets to media publicity for social impact: http://bit.ly/75offmedia.

19mins

7 Mar 2019

Rank #19

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This Tree Packs A Punch For Investors In Fight To Reverse Climate Change - #1152

Wendy Burton has been planting Empress Splendor trees for about two decades. With help from crowdfunded investors from Wefunder, along with accredited investors participating in a Regulation D 506(c) offering, her company, World Tree, will plant thousands of these carbon sucking trees across the western hemisphere. She says the tree is the fastest-growing hardwood tree on the planet. While it grows in a range of climates, its method of reproduction limits its threat as an invasive species. Because the tree grows so quickly, it sequesters more carbon than other trees. Investors typically buy an acre’s worth of trees—110 trees—but rather than receive the revenue from a particular acre of trees, investors get a pro-rata share of all the trees planted in the current year’s crop when harvested in ten years. Farmers who plant and care for the trees receive half the revenue; investors and World Tree split the other half of the revenue. The first harvest, she says, could produce a financial return of nine to ten times the initial investment. The Wefunder campaign raised almost $1 million; the investment proceeds from the Reg D offering are larger. #final50

19mins

3 Sep 2019

Rank #20