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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Philanthropy through the Pipeline


Recently something about the name “Pipeline Fellowship” caught my attention as I was surfing the net.

Well, in all honesty it brought to mind strains from the 60s Motown hit, “I heard it through the Grapevine.” I guess it was the rhyme of ‘pipeline’ and ‘grapevine’ that caught my musical ear – but that's where I thought any similarity between the two entities would end. Nevertheless, I’m glad my ear, rather than my eye, made me stop and read. For here is where I found out about a remarkable organization that combines the best of three elements: women, philanthropy, and for-profit social ventures.

Founder and CEO, Natalia Oberti Noguera, launched the Pipeline Fellowship to activate more women angel investors and create more capital directed to women-led for-profit social ventures. Her mission is to train women philanthropists through education, mentoring, and practice.

Each year, 20 Pipeline Fellows, selected from around the country, commit and learn how to invest in a women-led, for-profit enterprise in exchange for equity and a board seat at the end of the training. To my way of thinking, it seems a Pipeline Fellow’s experience heralds in the next phase of Women’s Giving Circles and Impact 100 groups. While these groups provide an educational forum and group of resources to expand women’s philanthropy, the Pipeline carries the process further to offer ownership in a for-profit venture.

Perhaps there is a grapevine connection after all. When the women entrepreneurs get entwined with women social-venture philanthropists, the result may just be a philanthropic hybrid variety, good for the soul and the senses.

To learn more, visit www.pipelinefellowship.com.
  
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Thursday, January 5, 2012

New Year, New Resolutions

It’s that time again. With the new year comes new resolutions.

I meet women of all ages when I’m traveling across the country presenting my “Three Principles of Abundance” lectures, and one commitment I hear loud and clear, and quite frequently, is their resolve to move from conspicuous consumption and commit to live a life centered around conspicuous compassion.

Such an experience helps us get back in touch with the values that shape our thoughts and drive our decisions. A person does not learn conspicuous compassion by doing, but rather by listening and observing – two virtues severely underutilized and too often forgotten in the hustle and bustle of today’s world. The practice of conspicuous compassion is proactive and deliberate in encouraging collaboration, creativity and respect of diversity in thought and tradition.

Conspicuous compassion is contagious – it spreads when an individual chooses to share in the building of a greater understanding of our common humanity – at work, at home, or in the community. The end result is more impactful and meaningful because of the giving of one’s unique time, talent and treasure. Contagious compassion can change the world one good deed at a time.

I challenge you to make a heartfelt effort to move from conspicuous consumption toward conspicuous compassion. I believe that this is a truly achievable resolution that will not only make you feel good, but it will have a positive effect on each and every life you touch.

Best wishes for a happy and healthy 2012!

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