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Why a two billion dollar nonprofit dramatically changed their most important program

Ivan Gomez, Head of Marketing, Innovation, and Research at World Vision

There is nothing scarier in this world than change, because what we are often most afraid of is the unknown. How do you summon the organizational courage to bring about change in light of this?

Today’s guest answers this question and explains why this $2 billion dollar nonprofit chose to dramatically change the most important program they had. Rob’s guest today is Ivan Gomez. Ivan is the Head of Marketing, Innovation, and Research at World Vision, a nonprofit organization that focuses on humanitarian aid, development, and advocacy. World Vision is active in nearly 100 countries with a total revenue of more than $2 billion. They recently decided to turn everything around in their successful child sponsorship program. Instead of sponsors choosing a child, the child now gets the opportunity to choose their sponsor. This emerged, in part, out of the desire World Vision had to further empower those in extreme poverty. Making a massive change like this comes with many challenges from a marketing standpoint and Ivan’s here to tell you how they are navigating those obstacles.

World Vision started out of the struggles of children and refugees that were impacted by the Korean War. Throughout the years, World Vision has been at the forefront of the largest crises around the world, from the Vietnam War to the AIDS crisis. Working alongside these shattered communities, they work to assist people in pulling themselves out of poverty. Their goal is to identify and address the sources of poverty within each community in order to stop these problems at the source.

Links to Resources:
Make a difference at: https://www.worldvision.org/
Keep up with World Vision on Instagram!

If you have questions or want to come on the show, email Rob at: rob@ccofpc.org

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How one well-known company has made social impact a part of their DNA

Unfortunately, cancer is something that impacts each and every one of us, whether it be through your parents, siblings, friends, etc. 

Lori Kun, Head of Social Impact at Qualtrics

Qualtrics is a company founded in the wake of a man discovering that he had cancer. What originally started in the basement of a home in Utah now is one of the most established tech companies today. Qualtrics is an experience management company that utilizes surveys and feedback software to close the experience gap in order to provide data-informed results. What’s really amazing about this company is that they have been able to make social impact a part of their DNA, specifically in the area of cancer research. When it comes to making an impact on the world, it is necessary to dream big dreams.

Rob’s guest today is Lori Morency Kun, the Head of Social Impact at Qualtrics. In her position, Lori has devoted her career to cancer research. People in today’s world want to have a positive impact on the world just as much as they want to make money. Laurie thinks it is important for people to be involved, especially as employees. That’s why at Qualtrics it is important to make sure that everyone has their opportunity to make a difference in what they are passionate about. Through this goal, they are able to measure and ultimately improve employee experience in order to make a positive cultural impact while also improving revenue. Many believe that cancer is the disease of our generation, and Qualtrics wants to make sure that we are the generation that finally cures it.

Links to Resources:
5 For The Fight

If you want to find out more about Qualtrics, go to https://www.qualtrics.com

Keep up with Lori on Twitter!

If you have questions or want to come on the show, email Rob at: rob@ccofpc.org

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How One Nonprofit Is Breaking The Cycle of Intergenerational Poverty

How can we as individuals and a society help break down the systemic barriers that keep different economic and social groups in a cycle of stress and poverty?

Laura Zumdahl, President and CEO of New Moms

Rob’s guest today, Laura Zumdahl, heads an organization that focuses on serving new moms. She is the president and CEO of New Moms, a Nonprofit in Chicago that helps young mothers and their children find safe and stable housing, paths to employment, and develop the parenting skills that they need to thrive and survive for both them and their children. New Moms’ ultimate goal is to interrupt the cycle of poverty and hardship in which many young mothers find themselves. These women often need mentors to help show them the dreams that they can’t perhaps see on their own.

There may be no more important group of people in our societies than mothers. They yield so much influence in our lives and help determine how so many of us turn out as human beings. Supporting young mothers in those critical childhood years can not only help mothers through a very stressful time but also helps young children develop in a healthy way. New Moms helps put these young mothers in the driver’s seat of their own lives, through goal setting and leadership training.

Links to Resources:

New Moms 

Bright Endeavors

If you have questions or want to come on the show, email Rob at: rob@ccofpc.org

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How One Person Has Made The World Better Through Connecting People and Ideas Together

Ami Dar, Founder and Executive Director of Idealist.org

Rob truly believes that inside each and every one of us, there is a desire to make the world a better place. The only question is, how do we make our impact?

Rob’s guest today, Ami Dar, didn’t stop at that question. He also sought to figure out a way to bring others together who also wanted to do good. Creating future leaders for positive change is Ami’s biggest mission. He has been influenced and shaped as a leader throughout his life by various people and experiences, such as his wonderful mother and his time in the military. Ami understands that in order to change this world and really make an impact, you have to connect to others with a similar mindset and you must be willing to take risks. 

Ami is the founder and executive director of Idealist.org, one of the most popular non-profit resources online. Idealist.org is a site that is focused on the interaction of those who want to make a difference from all over the world. He believes that by connecting people that want to do good with ideas and opportunities around the world, each individual can make their impact. Closing the gap between intention and action will change the world, one person at a time.

Links to Resources:
Doctors Without Borders
Ashoka Fellowship

To connect with other difference makers and make your impact, visit Idealist.org
If you have questions or want to come on the show, email Rob at: rob@ccofpc.org

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How do we overcome our growing divisiveness in today’s cultural context

There are so many challenges in our world today, whether they be economic, social, political, or otherwise. Additionally, there is a growing divisiveness in our own culture today. So what are we to do with our divisive environment?

My guest on the show believes it starts from within. My guest is Tim Shriver, who has been both CEO and Chairman of the Special Olympics for 25 years.

Tim Shriver, Chairman of Special Olympics, Inc.

He works to promote health, education, and a more unified world through the joy of sports. Tim’s mother Eunice Kennedy Shriver started the Special Olympics in 1968, and he will talk about what prompted her to first start the Special Olympics. He currently leads the International Board of Directors for the Special Olympics and serves together with over 5.6 million Special Olympics athletes in 172 countries. He serves on several well-known boards, has written a NY Times best selling book and produced 4 films.

The Special Olympics has created so many moments that bring people face-to-face with those with disabilities. These moments are not always quantifiable or measurable, but they have certainly changed millions of people’s lives for the better all over the world. In order to overcome this divisiveness in today’s culture, leaders must push for people to keep their hearts open. The ability to lead by example through showing acceptance is a superpower of all great leaders. With our hearts open, we can learn to accept anyone, no matter what their disability. There are beautiful things in all of us that are capable of shining a light of acceptance, and through that light, lead others to open up their hearts too and eventually change the world.

Links to Resources: Find out more about the Special Olympics at specialolympics.org

This show is sponsored by CCPC, a humanitarian, community resource center, helping to meet people at their point of need.

If you have questions or want to come on the show, email Rob at: rob@ccofpc.org

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