Category: Non Profits

Michael Franti on Going Barefoot

Incredible artist Michael Franti and I have a chat about how he walks around barefoot – which he has been doing for years – to be more connected to the earth.

Poet and Musician, Michael Franti Discusses Ubuntu

One of my favorite musicians and people, Michael Franti, was our guest musician at the 2013 Ubuntu Benefit gala. It was huge success thanks to Michael and actually the best benefit we have ever had. The next day I sat down to chat with him and here we talk about Ubuntu. Michael lives his life in the true spirit of Ubuntu.

Sasha Dichter: The Generosity Experiment

In this inspiring Ted Talk at the NextGen: Charity conference, Sasha Dichter of the Acumen Fund shares the results of his month-long “Generosity Experiment” where he said “yes” to every request for help.

Sasha Dichter is director of business development at Acumen Fund, a nonprofit VC for enterprises serving the poor. He is the author of the “Manifesto for Nonprofit CEOs” and a blogger on philanthropy and social change.

How We Can Eat Our Landscapes

What should a community do with its unused land? Plant food, of course. With energy and humor, Pam Warhurst tells at the TEDSalon the story of how she and a growing team of volunteers came together to turn plots of unused land into communal vegetable gardens, and to change the narrative of food in their community.

Pam Warhurst co-founded Incredible Edible, an initiative in Todmorden, England dedicated to growing food locally by planting on unused land throughout the community.

Ubuntu Education Fund

I am honored to be on the board and part of the Ubuntu Education Fund family (www.ubuntufund.org). This amazing organization transforms township children’s lives from cradle to career. We use our 12 years of grassroots experience and rigorous business practices to create a comprehensive, creative pathway out of poverty for each of the 2,000 children we serve. We are a community-based international organization in Zwide Township, South Africa. We are doing the simplest, most basic thing that people have always done in order to prosper: we are raising children.

Pinkwashing….
The Corporate Pink of Breast Cancer

I’m glad to see the mainstream media finally giving some attention to the question of whether all these pink ribbons are actually helping the breast cancer cause. The New York Times gave serious ink space to the issue, although largely missed the point, with “The Pinking of America” by Natasha Singer last month. And Friday, Forbes posted this comprehensive piece by Amy Westervelt, “The Pinkwashing Debate: Empty Criticism or Serious Liability?” Serious liability, I say!

Happy Martin Luther King Day!

On Martin Luther King day here in the United States, I thought it would be appropriate to post this moving speech by Qondakele Sompondo at our benefit here in NY last year with Hugh Masekela quietly playing his trumpet in the background:

It’s Working: 10 Years of Ubuntu Education Fund

Jacob Lief, Ubuntu Education Fund’s President and Co-Founder, reflects on 10 years of success helping the children of Port Elizabeth access higher education and quality health care. Jacob Lief, Ubuntu Education Fund’s President and Co-Founder, reflects on 10 years of success helping the children of Port Elizabeth access higher education and quality health care.