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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

#BookExcerpt: Crowdfunding for Social Good: Financing Your Mark on the World #PromoBookTours

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Title: Crowdfunding for Social Good: Financing Your Mark on the World
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Author: Devin D. Thorpe
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition
Description: Crowdfunding for Social Good is both practical and inspiring, featuring the stories of real people who have successfully raised big money using crowdfunding and practical advice to help you do the same. Crowdfunding is the newest way for nonprofits and social entrepreneurs to raise money for their causes, projects and companies. By reading this book, you can join the thousands who have successfully raised money to change the world. Learn how to organize your friends, colleagues and volunteers to help you raise big money. Gain insight into creating a video that will help you spread your message via social media. Read how to "start before you start" so you can have 30% of your goal raised before you even launch your crowdfunding campaign. If the only thing preventing you from changing the world is the money you need to do it, you are out of excuses. You can raise the money you need to leave your mark on the world with Crowdfunding for Social Good.

Excerpt:
Crowdfunding Success Stories Include $35,000 For Sock Monkeys And $2,000 For A Dry Composting Toilet

This article appeared on Forbes.com on January 30, 2013. It is included in Crowdfunding for Social Good by Devin Thorpe and is reprinted here as an excerpt from the book.

Social entrepreneurs of all varieties are turning to crowdfunding to launch or expand their social efforts; recently I’ve connected with five who have shared their stories of how they raised up to $100,000 each.

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Do Good Bus Tour, Las Vegas Rescue Mission

Rebecca Pontius led the effort for an organization called the Do Good Bus to raise $100,000 on StartSomeGood to show people how to volunteer by taking them on a bus to volunteer all around the country. She said, “A friend and I had been volunteering in LA for the past ten years at a couple different organizations and consistently had friends ask, ‘How do you know where to volunteer? How do you get involved?’ So we decided to put all those questioning friends on a bus and SHOW them exactly how to volunteer.”

Martha Griffin raised $31,763 on Kickstarter to publish a children’s book called Sam’s Birthmark. “When our son Barron was born with a port wine stain on his face,” she says, she was inspired to write the book. “Every child in the world is unique and special in their own way, and certain special characteristics make them shine as an individual. We want to show this message through a book with the child having a birthmark.”

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SMAC! Sock Monkey

Jennifer Windrum raised $35,000 on StartSomeGood for SMAC—Sock Monkeys Against Cancer. “My Mom, Leslie Lehrman, is the inspiration behind the creation of SMAC! She lived more than 1,200 miles away, making her appointments, tests, scan results and treatments that much harder for both of us. I wanted to give her something she could have, hold and touch when I couldn't be with her. I created SMAC! to give Mom a “buddy” she could hug to remind her that I am with her,” she says.

Kristopher Young, head of PROViDE, which provides care for people in Haiti, raised over $2,000 on StartSomeGood for a dry composting toilet. “We reached our goal plus with very little effort,” he says.

Brad Hurvitz, founder of Trek to Teach, raised $2,910 on StartSomeGood. “I had an opportunity to teach in a boarding school in Rajasthan, India through a connection of my brother. The challenge of going to an extremely foreign country and the opportunity of giving back was a perfect combination for me to satisfy the desire I had within. While there, I taught English to grades 4, 5, and 6. I was the soccer coach, photography teacher, taught kids how to swim, trained students for a marathon, helped market the boarding school and I directed the school’s first play, Pygmalion. I will never forget the expressions upon the faces of my students and had never felt such true gratification in my life,” he says.

These successful social entrepreneurs have offered some insights from their successes that are relevant for anyone wishing to raise money through crowdfunding.

Jennifer Windrum, a PR/social media strategist (turned activist) created a full marketing strategy for her campaign. “As a one-man band,” she says, “I had to continually re-prioritize aspects of the strategy, as I couldn't possibly tackle all that I wanted to. I needed to build an army. So, part of that strategy included building a private group of ambassadors on Facebook who could follow, and be an active part of the campaign from the very beginning, such as watching the making of the prototypes, trying to find a manufacturer - all the details it took to bring the SMAC! monkeys and the campaign to launch. Once the campaign kicked-off, this group had a very vested interest, an emotional connection, to these little monkeys and worked to help make them a reality.”

She adds, “While this was primarily an online campaign, I also took it offline, where those who aren't plugged into the social media world could participate by holding SMAC!-downs. A SMAC!-down is basically a girl's night out with a social good twist. I livestreamed a SMAC!-down at my house to officially kick off the campaign. I set up laptops where people could pledge right then and there, while they ate, drank and mingled. I provided language and directions on how others across the country could host SMAC!-downs...and they did.”

Her strategy paid off, she says, “According to StartStomeGood, the SMAC! campaign opened with the highest-earning first day in the history of the crowdfunding platform, raising over $5,000 within 24 hours.”

Brad Hurvitz noted, “Alex (Budak of StartSomeGood) and I had a discussion about the most effective fundraising strategy using their crowdfunding platform. He told me that the video was the most important part. Organize it like an essay: intro, body and conclusion. He told me to clearly communicate my mission and ASK for support and not to make it longer than 3 minutes!” He then recruited a professional video editor to help with the video on a pro bono basis.

Kristopher Young advised, “In my experience, having specific goals, funding amounts, and a timeline are integral parts to crowdfunding successes.” He added, “Our entire campaign was focused on the Facebook community and a small list of donors in our email contact database. We set our goal amount, an ending date for the campaign, and posted reminders occasionally on Facebook and sent two emails to everyone in our database during a 3-week campaign.”

Rebecca Pontius says, “We raised just over $100,000 on StartSomeGood to take the Do Good Bus on tour with the band Foster The People.” She adds, “It took consistent monitoring, posts on Twitter and Facebook, personal begging emails to friends and support from the band to raise the money in time.” She also observed that choosing the right platform is key. She originally launched her campaign on Kickstarter but was “booted” because the project wasn’t a creative project; she quickly switched to StartSomeGood where she was successful.

Martha Griffin reported, “Our goal was $25,000 and we raised $31,763 on Kickstarter to publish a children's book called Sam's Birthmark. We sent numerous e-mail campaigns to our friends, family and our entire network. We also heavily targeted friends of friends and the Vascular Birthmark community through Facebook.”

Comparing notes across these efforts, it is fair to conclude that raising money for social entrepreneurship is like raising money for almost anything else. It is easy to raise a bit of money and an organized, concerted effort and a large existing network, community or fan base is required to raise a lot of money through crowdfunding.

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About Devin:


Devin D. Thorpe


Devin D. Thorpe thinks he is the luckiest person alive. After being “let go” from the best job he’d ever had—as the Chief Financial Officer of the multinational food and beverage company MonaVie—he and his wife ended up living in China for a year where he wrote Your Mark On The World and embarked on the career he’d always wanted yet hadn’t dared dream.

Now, as an author, a popular guest speaker and Forbes contributor, Devin is devoted full time to championing social good. His current life isn’t much like his past.

As an entrepreneur, Devin ran—at separate times—a boutique investment banking firm and a small mortgage company. He served as the Treasurer for the multinational vitamin manufacturer USANA Health Sciences years before becoming CFO for MonaVie. Over his career he led or advised on the successful completion of $500 million in transactions. Devin squeezed in two brief stints in government, including two years working for Jake Garn on the U.S. Senate Banking Committee Staff and another year working for an independent state agency called USTAR, where he helped foster technology entrepreneurship during Governor Jon Huntsman’s administration.

Devin is proud to have graduated from the University of Utah David Eccles School of Business, which recognized him as a Distinguished Alum in 2006. He also earned an MBA at Cornell University where he ran the student newspaper, Cornell Business.

Today, Devin channels the idealism of his youth with the loving support of his wife, Gail. Their son Dayton is a PhD candidate in Physics at UC Berkeley (and Devin rarely misses an opportunity to mention that).

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Monday, August 12, 2013

#BookTour: Crowdfunding for Social Good: Financing Your Mark on the World #PromoBookTour

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Crowdfunding for Social Good: Financing Your Mark on the World

by Devin D. Thorpe


Over the last year of writing my Forbes blog, I have had the opportunity to really dig deeply into the world of crowdfunding. I’ve just completed my first draft of my new book, Crowdfunding for Social Good: Financing Your Mark on the World.

The book is a guide to successful crowdfunding for people who want to change the world.

The book is not a sequel to my book, Your Mark On The World, but it is written in the same spirit. I’ve studied a dozens of successful crowdfunding campaigns, interviewing the people behind them to learn their secrets for success.

Devin's Book, Your Mark on the World, was downloaded over 75,000 times and reached the #19 spot on Amazon's free book list--among all free books. It remains on the top 50 free nonfiction books at Amazon.

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About Devin:


Devin D. Thorpe


Devin D. Thorpe thinks he is the luckiest person alive. After being “let go” from the best job he’d ever had—as the Chief Financial Officer of the multinational food and beverage company MonaVie—he and his wife ended up living in China for a year where he wrote Your Mark On The World and embarked on the career he’d always wanted yet hadn’t dared dream.

Now, as an author, a popular guest speaker and Forbes contributor, Devin is devoted full time to championing social good. His current life isn’t much like his past.

As an entrepreneur, Devin ran—at separate times—a boutique investment banking firm and a small mortgage company. He served as the Treasurer for the multinational vitamin manufacturer USANA Health Sciences years before becoming CFO for MonaVie. Over his career he led or advised on the successful completion of $500 million in transactions. Devin squeezed in two brief stints in government, including two years working for Jake Garn on the U.S. Senate Banking Committee Staff and another year working for an independent state agency called USTAR, where he helped foster technology entrepreneurship during Governor Jon Huntsman’s administration.

Devin is proud to have graduated from the University of Utah David Eccles School of Business, which recognized him as a Distinguished Alum in 2006. He also earned an MBA at Cornell University where he ran the student newspaper, Cornell Business.

Today, Devin channels the idealism of his youth with the loving support of his wife, Gail. Their son Dayton is a PhD candidate in Physics at UC Berkeley (and Devin rarely misses an opportunity to mention that).

Twitter: @devindthorpe
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Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Wordy Wednesday: Get Out of Debt and Retire A Millionaire So You Can Leave Your Mark on the World Excerpt #PromoBookTours

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Title: Get Out of Debt and Retire A Millionaire So You Can Leave Your Mark on the World
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Author: Devin D. Thorpe
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Description: Millionaire So You Can Leave Your Mark on the World 925 Ideas to Help You Save Money, Get Out of Debt and Retire A Millionaire So You Can Leave Your Mark on the World from the author of the highly acclaimed book, Your Mark on the World, is a collection of articles about family financial planning that originally appeared at FamilyHow.com.

925 Ideas… is an easy and readable guide to help your family find financial peace. Author Devin D. Thorpe explains:
1) how you and your spouse can find agreement on money matters,
2) how to teach your kids about money,
3) how to pay for your children’s college education,
4) how to live like a millionaire
5) how to come up with $25,000 in a crisis
6) how to make ends meet on one income
7) how to get out of debt and stay out of debt
8) why home ownership should be your family’s top financial priority
9) how to ask your boss for a raise
10) how to use your finances to do more good in the world.

Excerpt:

Excerpt from 925 Ideas to Help You Save Money, Get Out of Debt and Retire A Millionaire So You Can Leave Your Mark on the World by Devin D. Thorpe

How to invest your first $5,000 for retirement

So you’ve just accumulated $5,000 in your IRA and now you need to invest it. It is impractical, if not impossible to invest it directly into stocks and or bonds so you’ll want to invest in a mutual fund or ETF.

You could split your investment and invest in two or three funds, but if we presume that you will continue to make contributions to your retirement account and that those future investments can go into other funds, our goal for today is to help you choose your first mutual fund.

Let’s assess your situation.

Are you over or under 50 years old? If you are older, you have somewhat less time to invest, making the risk of a reversal greater for you so you’d want to invest more conservatively. If you are younger—or much younger—you can and should tolerate a bit more risk.

How do you feel about risk? Does the idea that you could check the value of your mutual fund at some point in the future and discover that its value has declined send you into a panic? Does the idea that it might be worth 20 percent more in a year excite you? Would knowing that your retirement savings is at risk prevent you from sleeping at night?

If you conclude that you can tolerate investment risk well, then you should be considering mutual funds that invest in stocks. Their values rise and fall more than funds that invest in bonds, but over the long haul you should expect to earn more in stocks than bonds. If you don’t tolerate risk well you may want to make your first investment in a bond fund.

If you feel panicked about risk, please consider that without taking some risk, it is almost impossible to save enough for retirement. Risk free returns don’t earn enough interest to keep up with the value eroding impact of inflation. Money in the bank is better than no money in the bank, but it will be worth less tomorrow than it is today. To retire comfortably you need to get comfortable with moderate risk.

Morningstar is a private company that rates and categorizes mutual funds. There are dozens of categories. Your first mutual fund investment in your IRA could come from one of the following three categories:

Large Blend: A large blend fund invests in the stocks of large companies with a balance of growth and value investments (growth stocks are those projected to grow faster than the market and usually do not pay dividends and value stocks are those that are perceived to be trading below some other measure of value).

Moderate Allocation: A moderate allocation fund invests in both stocks and bonds, with more money invested in stocks than bonds. A portion of the money may also be allocated to cash. These funds expect to achieve some appreciation as well as to generate returns through dividends.

Long-Term Government Bond: These funds invest in treasury bonds that mature more than ten years in the future. Such bonds have no credit risk, that is no risk of not being paid on schedule, but as interest rates change, the value of the bonds will fluctuate.

Each of these fund categories would make a good first fund for your retirement savings. They offer high expected returns—compared to what you can earn in a bank account. They are listed in order from most risky to least risky. You can decide which of these three best represents your risk tolerance based on your own situation.

Once you’ve decided upon a category, you’ll want to choose an individual fund based primarily on the expenses. Your broker should provide you with a list of mutual funds you can purchase with no transaction fees. You’ll also want to choose a fund that doesn’t charge a “load” or upfront fee. You’ll also want to avoid marketing and distribution fees called 12b-1 fees. Finally, you’ll want to look for funds with low expense ratios. All of these fees must be disclosed so you can figure out which fund is best for you.

Your broker should provide a screener to help you choose a mutual fund that meets your criteria. You may also want to try the Yahoo mutual fund screener.

With that, you’re all set to make your first mutual fund investment in your IRA.

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Monday, December 17, 2012

Get Out of Debt and Retire A Millionaire So You Can Leave Your Mark on the World Book Tour #PromoBookTours

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925 Ideas to Help You Save Money, Get Out of Debt and Retire A Millionaire So You Can Leave Your Mark on the World from the author of the highly acclaimed book, Your Mark on the World, is a collection of articles about family financial planning that originally appeared at FamilyHow.com.

925 Ideas... is an easy and readable guide to help your family find financial peace. Author Devin D. Thorpe explains:
1) how you and your spouse can find agreement on money matters,
2) how to teach your kids about money,
3) how to pay for your children's college education,
4) how to live like a millionaire
5) how to come up with $25,000 in a crisis
6) how to make ends meet on one income
7) how to get out of debt and stay out of debt
8) why home ownership should be your family's top financial priority
9) how to ask your boss for a raise
10) how to use your finances to do more good in the world.

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Thursday, October 11, 2012

Thursday Climax: Your Mark on the World Excerpt #PromoBookTours #yourmarkontheworld

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Title: Your Mark on the World
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Author: David D. Thorpe
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Desription: Your Mark On The World combines inspiring stories of ordinary people doing remarkable things to make the world a better place with practical advice to empower anyone to give more to a cause (charity, non-profit or social venture) without giving up a career or family.

The inspiring stories include:

Botevy’s life and death struggle through Pol Pot’s killing fields that led her ultimately to create an orphanage in Phnom Penh.

Rick’s personal crusade to cure cystic fibrosis to ensure that his two afflicted grandchildren will attend his funeral and not the other way around.

The eight-member Smith family’s world service tour.

David’s decision to walk away from a successful career as an international executive to volunteer to care for victims of leprosy in rural India.

These stories are combined with practical financial advice to empower you to give more to a cause without giving up your family or your career.

The book answers these questions:

How do I get out of debt and stay out of debt?

Which charity or cause do I choose to make my donation?

How do I decide where to volunteer?

How can our family plan a volunteer vacation?

How can I save money for retirement?

How much should I contribute to my 401k?

Can I use Mint to manage my budget?

How to retire early enough to devote healthy years to volunteering? This must-read book provides an overview of philanthropy in America and around the world, providing you with a clear picture of charity and its fruits. You’ll learn the ability to leave your mark on the world.

Book Excerpt:
Chapter 2
Finding Your Cause


You are an extraordinary person. You’ve proven that in a number of ways, I’m sure, but I can tell because you are still reading about how to organize your life and finances to be able to give more money away. That’s good karma.

I’m sure that you are the kind of person I’d like to meet, but more about that later.

If you have already chosen your cause and you know the organization to which you would like to devote your time and contribute your money, you can skip the first part of this chapter (or read it for sport and think about all the good people who may be joining you in your cause after you encourage them to read this book). Causes are social. We like to engage in causes with people we love. There is nothing wrong with choosing a cause based on what your friends are doing, especially if that will increase your commitment and passion for the cause. Your friends can also help you determine whether or not the cause is legitimate.

If your friends aren’t involved with something you would like to join, you may, of course, consider the causes mentioned in this book. Keep in mind, however, that these are a very small sample of the noble work being done in the world so don’t limit your search. There are more causes and organizations mentioned on my blog at YourMarkOnTheWorld.com, too.

One of the best sources of information I’ve found on the Internet is GuideStar (www.guidestar.com), which provides a searchable on-line directory of causes. It is an effective, cheap and easy way to check on the basic legitimacy of a cause before you invest your life in it.

Ultimately, choosing a cause should be about finding your passion. If you can’t get yourself truly excited about it today, it is unlikely that you’ll get more excited about it tomorrow. In writing this book, I hope to display an agnostic view toward causes. My goal is to help you do more for your cause, not to choose it for you.

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Monday, October 8, 2012

Your Mark on the World Book Tour Starts Today! #PromoBookTours

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Your Mark On The World combines inspiring stories of ordinary people doing remarkable things to make the world a better place with practical advice to empower anyone to give more to a cause (charity, non-profit or social venture) without giving up a career or family. The inspiring stories include:

Botevy's life and death struggle through Pol Pot's killing fields that led her ultimately to create an orphanage in Phnom Penh.

Rick's personal crusade to cure cystic fibrosis to ensure that his two afflicted grandchildren will attend his funeral and not the other way around.

The eight-member Smith family's world service tour.

David's decision to walk away from a successful career as an international executive to volunteer to care for victims of leprosy in rural India.

These stories are combined with practical financial advice to empower you to give more to a cause without giving up your family or your career.

The book answers these questions:

How do I get out of debt and stay out of debt?

Which charity or cause do I choose to make my donation?

How do I decide where to volunteer?

How can our family plan a volunteer vacation?

How can I save money for retirement?

How much should I contribute to my 401k?

Can I use Mint to manage my budget?

How to retire early enough to devote healthy years to volunteering?

This must-read book provides an overview of philanthropy in America and around the world, providing you with a clear picture of charity and its fruits. You'll learn the ability to leave your mark on the world.

Purchase on Kindle / Paperback / Nook / Smashwords
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