Archive for July, 2008

Free for the Asking

Wednesday, July 30th, 2008

Question MarkIn response to asking “what can we give” to help you with your business, we’re creating a regular “question of the month” post where I’ll answer your specific questions sent to this web site.

We’ll select the best question from those submitted each month (can be on any business or micro-fundraising related topic) and, if you benefit from the answer posted, we’re hoping you’ll send us your comments and consider making a micro-donation of $10, $25 or $40 on a future Final Friday Fundraising call. Think of it as the most cost-effective consulting you’ll ever purchase!

July 2008 Micro-Fundraising Call With Linda Lopeke

Friday, July 25th, 2008

Linda Lopeke

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Here We Grow Again

Sunday, July 13th, 2008

At SMARTSTART we’ve implemented philanthropy programs for donating services, support, and access to career and business success mentoring programs to new grads, new immigrants and entrepreneurs in the developing countries of the world.

Now I’d like to explore how we might expand further by doing something for the entrepreneurs who so generously support our work here at SMARTSTART|Giving.

What would be most meaningful for you?

Please send us your comments suggesting what would make the greatest difference to you (more…)

In Celebration of Past Giving

Thursday, July 3rd, 2008

KivaOn our June fundraising call I was excited to report that, thanks to the generosity of our SMARTSTART|Giving followers, we have funded the hopes and dreams of 135 entrepreneurs with 32 micro-loans through That’s more than 10x the number of loans made by the typical Kiva donor who, on average, makes 2.9 loans. And we’ve only needed 3 calls to do it!

What a show of faith. Thank you for making it all possible.

It started me thinking about what I could possibly give back to express my appreciation. Realizing many of you are pursuing your own entrepreneurial dreams while still working hard at a day job, I decided to offer (more…)