#GrowingGood 2013 – Who is Saving the World?

Written by on December 17, 2013 in Social Business, Strategy - No comments

One of the most fulfilling parts about being a social enterprise that supports other socially conscious organizations is this: the people you meet. This past year has been one of tremendous growth and exciting developments for our company. But nothing gets us more excited than realizing we are not alone. There are so many brilliant minds raising up worthy causes and fueling a new form of capitalism. So many exceptionally talented individuals who have abandoned cushy corner offices, fat paychecks and the typical corporate ladder in favor of new adventures that just might change the world. As we close out 2013, we thought it was appropriate to reflect on some of these modern day heroes.

Below is a list of 15 people who are saving the world, according to Good.Must.Grow. We chose this list based on individuals we’ve gotten to know personally over the past 18 months. We’ve had the privilege of connecting with lots of passionate “do gooders” and think they deserve some blog love for all they do.

With that, we give you the inaugural…

#GrowingGood List – 15 People Who Are Saving the World

 

Robert Egger

Founder

L.A. Kitchen

 

Robert is the Founder and President of L.A. Kitchen, which will open in early 2014. The L.A. Kitchen will professionally recover fresh food, and use it to fuel a culinary arts job training program for men and women coming out of foster care, or older men and women returning from incarceration. Robert pioneered this model during his 24-year tenure with DC Central Kitchen, the country’s first “community kitchen”. He is also the founder of CForward, an advocacy organization for nonprofits, and author of the book, Begging for Change: The Dollars and Sense of Making Nonprofits Responsive, Efficient and Rewarding For All.

 

Katya Andresen

CEO

ePals

 

Prior to joining ePals, Katya was COO and CSO of Network for Good and was the author of one of the nation’s most popular blogs on nonprofit marketing and fundraising. She’s also the author of “Robin Hood Marketing: Stealing Corporate Savvy for Just Causes.” She’s a leading voice in fundraising, cause marketing and nonprofit communications.

 

Jim Schorr

Adjunct Professor of Management

Vanderbilt University

 

Jim is one of the most accomplished social innovators around. He launched Net Impact, an organization that has impacted 200+ business schools on six continents, and later was CEO of Juma Ventures, which creates job opportunities for disadvantaged youth and helps them with a successful transition to adulthood. Jim is a speaker, consultant, educator, and ambassador for the greater good of social business. In addition to his role at Vanderbilt, Jim teaches Social Enterprise at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. He also serves as Chairman of the Board for the Social Enterprise Alliance.

 

Rob and Meredith Kendall

Co-Founders

Against the Grain

 

Rob and Meredith walked away from lucrative careers and a comfortable life to help mentor people who need a second chance. Whether overcoming addiction, incarceration or some other challenging situation, their ministry provides support to help them get back on their feet. Last year, Rob and Meredith bought a pizza joint to help fund their charitable cause. They also use it to provide on-the-job training for their program participants.

 

Michael Pirron

CEO

Impact Makers

 

Michael’s company was a founding B Corp member, and an early innovator in the social enterprise space among B2B organizations. He received a lot of attention when he announced that all after-tax profits from his IT management consulting firm would be given away to charity. That business model prevails today at Impact Makers and has inspired many other companies to follow along.

 

Kyle Berner

Founder

Feelgoodz

 

Kyle bought a pair of flip flops made from natural rubber while traveling in Bangkok. The shoes must have been really comfortable, because in 2008, Kyle founded a company called Feelgoodz, which produces comfortable, sustainable flip-flops.  Feelgoodz is a social enterprise and a Certified B Corp. The company continues to support farmers and artisan cooperatives in Thailand, Vietnam, and Guatemala. Meanwhile, Kyle has written a book called “From Backpacker to CEO” in order to share his inspirational story.

 

Dale Collie

Author and professional speaker

 Courage Builders

 

Dale uses the leadership skills of the US Army Rangers to help key people succeed in tough times. He’s turned around major nonprofits, been featured in Fast Company and his son is an accomplished “do gooder” as well, leading a successful social enterprise.

 

Jonathan Jackson

CEO and founder

Dimagi

 

Jonathan Jackson is a social entrepreneur and innovator with extensive mobile technology expertise in both low-income and high-income settings. He has co-founded multiple organizations focused on improvement healthcare and poverty alleviation globally. His current venture, Dimagi, makes open source software to improve healthcare in developing countries and for the underserved.

 

Sheryl Hill

Founder

Clear Cause Foundation

 

Sheryl turned the tragic loss of her son into a powerful nonprofit that helps keep kids safe when they travel abroad. She’s attacked a pressing and previously unaddressed issue and made miraculous strides in only a few short years.

 

Dawn Cornelius

Founder

1907 Apparel

 

Dawn uses her amazing story of being adopted by her biological grandmother (who didn’t know Dawn was her grandchild when she made the decision) to fuel the story of 1907. This social enterprise currently takes the form of two cause-based retail shops, but will quickly expand to attack education, poverty and sustainable agriculture from multiple angles.

 

Jay Cohen Gilbert

Co-Founder

B Lab

 

Jay is a co-founder of B Lab, the nonprofit organization behind the Certified B Corp movement. B Lab is dedicated to using the power of business to solve social and environmental problems.  Prior to B Lab, Jay co-founded and sold AND 1, a $250M basketball footwear and apparel company based outside Philadelphia. Jay led AND 1’s product and marketing and was AND 1’s CEO during its period of most rapid growth.

 

Jim Morgan

Founder and President

Meet the Need

 

Jim is a former Investment Banker on Wall Street, Legislative Aid to a U.S. Congressman on Capitol Hill, and spent 15 years as a Management Consultant to Fortune 500 companies. But as with most social entrepreneurs he was struggling with aligning his personal calling and his professional pursuits. Eventually, he used his expertise in eBusiness strategy to create Meet the Need, a technology platform that unites and mobilizes the Christian community to serve those in need of help and hope.

 

Onnie Kirk

Founder

Family Foundation Fund

 

Onnie is a pastor, author, entrepreneur and charitable force with a laser focus on healing the family by restoring fatherhood. His mentoring program, the Family Foundation Fund, nurtures fatherless boys from single-parent homes. FFF has served the Nashville area since 1993, dramatically changing the lives of every boy they help.

 

Scott Welch

Chairman

Musicians on Call

 

Scott has enjoyed a storied career in the music industry having managed a wide variety of artists including Alanis Morissette, LeAnn Rimes, Steve Perry, and many, many more.  He’s Chairman of the Board for Musicians on Call, a nonprofit that brings live and recorded music to the bedsides of patients in healthcare facilities. And he serves in a leadership role with MCNInteractive, a company that provides merchandizing, ecommerce and web support to entertainers and nonprofit causes.

 

Julia Cho

Development Director

One Day’s Wages

 

Having travelled to 16 countries, Julie has a large passion for learning about different cultures and experiencing firsthand the issues of global poverty. Julia is the development director for One Day’s Wages, a grassroots movement of people, stories, and actions to alleviate extreme global poverty.  She graduated from Western Washington University with a BA in Political Science and Government. She first came to ODW as the Donor and Community Relations intern, stayed on as volunteer staff, and has now come on staff as ODW’s Development Director.

 

We feel very blessed and fortunate to be in community with such a great group of change makers, and wish each of them continued success and massive impact in the year ahead!

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