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The Future of Corporate Social Responsibility, with Rachel Hutchisson, Blackbaud

Rachel Hutchisson has spent more than 20 years working at the intersection of business and social good. Blackbaud is a technology company that powers the social good community. Rachel Hutchison is Blackbaud’s VP, Corporate Citizenship & Philanthropy, and a thought leader on corporate social responsibility. Rachel believes that “Good is for everyone.” She teaches companies to embrace what she calls Human Social Responsibility, putting people at the center of their strategies. Rachel was born into a family of college professors. “My grandfather, father, aunts, and uncles were all professors…and my mother was a teacher,” she describes. “That meant I also grew up around a lot of books, conversations, and ideas.”…

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These Intrapreneurs are Feeding the Hungry, with Megan Shea and Chip Heim, The Soulfull Project

The Soulfull Project is a certified BCorp. For every serving of cereal purchased, The Soulfull Project donates a serving to a food bank. The latest data from the Economic Research Service at the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) shows that 41 million people in the United States are living with food insecurity. 13 million of those are children. When children are hungry, it impacts their health. Poor health can make it difficult to learn. And a lack of education can trap another generation in poverty. According to Megan Shea, co-founder of The Soulfull Project, “Food insecurity is more than just a number. It affects every community.” In the past…

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Using Your Professional Skills to Volunteer, with Ann Herzog-Olson, Social Venture Partners, Minnesota

Social Venture Partners is a nonprofit that uses the venture capital model to help other nonprofits build capacity and grow. Sometimes you want to do more. It might feel satisfying at the moment to march and chant. But does the impact last? You can donate money to social causes, and that’s important. But sometimes, it feels like you want to do even more. One trend in philanthropy is engaged philanthropy. Engaged philanthropy recognizes that you have more than financial capital to give to a cause. You also have intellectual capital and social capital. You can use your skills and experience to help a nonprofit. You have a network of connections…

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132, Nina Smith, GoodWeave International | End Child Labor with a Market-Based Approach

Nina Smith has been thinking about social justice since she was eight years old. It’s natural that today she is working to end child labor. You might think that child labor is a thing of the past, relegated to black and white pictures from the 1940s. Unfortunate for millions of children around the world, that is not true. According to the Global Slavery Index, 45.8 million people are enslaved in the world today. In the handmade carpet industry alone there are nearly a quarter of a million children who are being exploited. Nina Smith grew up in a Jewish household, where her grandmother taught her the Jewish tradition of tzedakah,…

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A Company Powered by Purpose, with Krista Carroll, Latitude

Latitude is a for-profit creative agency, powered by purpose. In November 2009, Krista and her husband were in their 30s and, as she told me, “chasing the American dream really hard.” They were being financially successful but lacked a level of meaning and purpose. It was during a trip to Haiti that they witnessed extreme poverty for the first time. In response to this life-changing experience, they decided to form a social enterprise. In order to avoid debt, Krista, her husband, and two small children moved into her parents’ basement. Their company, Latitude is a for-profit, full-service creative agency. They do amazingly great work in brand design and experience design. What…

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034, Russ Stoddard, Oliver Russell | How to Build a Purpose-Driven Company

Russ Stoddard of Oliver Russell has been building purpose-driven brands for 25 years. Purpose matters. 90% of U.S. consumers say they would switch brands to one associated with a cause, given comparable price and quality, according to a study conducted by Cone Communications. In another study conducted by World Federation of Advertisers and Edelman, 60% of people said that they are actively seeking brands with a sense of purpose. And, according to Deloitte’s 2015 Millennial Survey, six out of 10 Millennials said a sense of purpose is part of the reason they chose to work for their current employer. Russ Stoddard of Oliver Russell builds brands for purpose-driven companies. He’s…

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034, Russ Stoddard, Oliver Russell | How to Build a Purpose-Driven Company

032, Liz Forkin Bohannon, Sseko Designs | Fashion that Educates Young Women

Liz Forkin Bohannon grew up in the Midwest. She attended the University of Missouri and studied journalism. There, she began to develop a passion for supporting women and girls living in extreme poverty, especially those living in conflict and post-conflict zones. After graduation, she worked for a couple of months in a large communications firm. One day, while working in a cubicle, she made a decision that would change the course of her life. She purchased a one-way ticket to Uganda. Once in Uganda, here’s what she found. There is a 9-month gap between high school and university. Because Uganda is a cash-based economy, it is expected that the student…

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032, Liz Forkin Bohannon, Sseko Designs | Fashion that Educates Young Women

030, Jeffrey Hollender, Sustain Natural | A Systems Thinking Approach to Greater Good

If Jeffrey Hollender’s name is familiar to you, it would not be surprising. As the cofounder of Seventh Generation, the author of a half dozen books, and a frequent speaker on using business to do good in the world, he’s a natural fit for a conversation with Social Entrepreneur. But he did not come on the podcast to talk about his past accomplishments. He’s busy taking a systemic approach to his latest business Sustain Natural. Through Sustain, Jeffrey is connecting the dots between condoms, hunger, health care, poverty, and climate change. Yes, that’s right. I said condoms…and lubricants and wipes. All of which are fair trade, organic and sustainably produced. And,…

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030, Jeffrey Hollender, Sustain Natural | A Systems Thinking Approach to Greater Good

018, Tom Dawkins, StartSomeGood | Building Platforms of Social Good

Special Announcement for this week: Because of all of the people who have subscribed, rated and reviewed Social Entrepreneur, we are trending in the iTunes store. We are New & Noteworthy in the following categories: Business Podcasts: #10 Career Podcasts: #6 Marketing & Management Podcasts: #5 Government & Organization Podcasts: #1 Thank you, thank you, thank you to all who have subscribed, rated and reviewed Social Entrepreneur. As a thank you gift, I’d like to send you a special report, 5 Key Traits of Successful Social Entrepreneurs. To receive the report, you can text the word SOCENT to 44222. This only works if you are in the US or Canada….

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018, Tom Dawkins, StartSomeGood | Building Platforms of Social Good

Leveraging the Strength of a Corporation, with Stefan Phang, Soap for Hope

Soap for Hope teaches at-risk communities to salvage hotel soap slivers and turn them into new soap bars. When you visit a hotel, do you ever wonder what happens to the small piece of soap you leave behind? The average hotel generates somewhere from three to six tons of solid soap waste per year. What if that soap could be diverted from the landfill and used to lift people out of extreme poverty and prevent sex trafficking? Well, that’s what Stefan Phang of Diversey’s Soap for Hope program is doing. Soap for Hope was piloted in Cambodia in October 2013. By September 2015, they have partnered with 300 hotel properties in…

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Leveraging the Strength of a Corporation, with Stefan Phang, Soap for Hope