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Speaking with people of purpose, those making the world a better place

People Inspired By Purpose - Purposely Podcast amplifies the stories of inspirational people from across the Globe, founders
and leader of nonprofits, charities, for purpose business leaders as well social entrepreneurs. They are often inspired by their own experiences.

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People Inspired By Purpose - Purposely Podcast Mark Longbottom

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Speaking with people of purpose, those making the world a better place

People Inspired By Purpose - Purposely Podcast amplifies the stories of inspirational people from across the Globe, founders
and leader of nonprofits, charities, for purpose business leaders as well social entrepreneurs. They are often inspired by their own experiences.

Join the Purposely team www.purposelypodcast.com

    #99 Acquiring a mission aligned business in America, Steven Zinsli founder and CEO of HealthNow

    #99 Acquiring a mission aligned business in America, Steven Zinsli founder and CEO of HealthNow

    New Zealander Steven Zinsli first featured on Purposely in 2021 (#59) and he returns to share the very latest on his fintech company HealthNow. They are focused on improving accessibility and equity in healthcare. We reflect briefly on his founder story and then dive into how he is growing and scaling his company across the Globe.  Despite never being to America (mainly because of travel restrictions caused by Covid) he has led the acquisition of a ‘mission aligned’ business in the United States therefore transforming their reach.

    HealthNow is a company that combines a focus on making profit alongside purpose and social impact. You could say a new kind of company measuring success in different 'better world' ways.

    HealthNow is a platform that allows customers distribute the cost of their healthcare and they  subscribe to their future health needs via self-insurance through their digital health wallets. In addition, employers make tangible financial contributions to their employees’ healthcare with the aim of ensuring a healthy work force.

    The platform breaks down healthcare costs into smaller bits, making those big health bills into smaller health bills, and making customers more amenable to the cost and out-of-pocket element.

    Steven realised that it would be extremely difficult to bring about transformation in the direct healthcare sector using the brick-and-mortar model he tried first. That is why he founded HealthNow and launched the platform to work with existing healthcare service providers and companies within the healthcare space without the need for him to own any clinic.

    In April 2022, HealthNow acquired CoverUs a prescription discount business that has a network relationship with 62,000 pharmacies across the United States of America. They grant patients prescription discount coupons to them and thereby removing the barrier of prescription cost.

    Steven shares the acquisition story and how the challenges were overcome mainly because ‘we were on the same page, two businesses aligned to the same mission of making healthcare more accessible by removing barriers. Described by Steven ‘as a relatively smooth business transaction’ that means Steven and his investors and advisors now have an American presence. Incredibly did not visit CoverUs’s Portland’s Headquarters at any time during the acquisition, in fact Steven has never been to the States not even as a tourist.

    https://healthnow.co.nz/


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    #98 How to lead in a crisis, Amy Carter founding CEO of The Christchurch Foundation

    #98 How to lead in a crisis, Amy Carter founding CEO of The Christchurch Foundation

    Amy Carter joins Purposely Podcast to share her founder story launching The Christchurch Foundation.

    Amy understands what it’s like to lead in a time of crisis. Amy shares the issues she dealt with and the emotions she experienced along the way. However, moments of doubt, sleepless nights did not knock her enthusiasm, she maintained her focus and sense of purpose to see her through the tough times.

    In 2011, Amy was a business owner when disaster struck.  The Christchurch earthquake killed 185 people and permanently changed the physical and social landscape of the city she lived in. It affected her view on philanthropy and shaped her focus on what the city needed. This eventually led her to set up the Christchurch Foundation in 2017. The foundation went on to play an instrumental role in raising $13 million to respond to the 2019 terrorist attack on two Mosques that killed 51 people. The worst terrorist atrocity ever in New Zealand and with hundreds of lives changed forever The Christchurch Foundation was under immense pressure to get it right. To facilitate the right kind of response that was ‘led by the victim’s needs’ and helping people both in the immediate aftermath and to this day and beyond.  Amy has also been at the centre of a media storm that criticised her salary and took issue with elements of the charity and how it has operated. Criticism that Amy points as unfair and based on a lack of understanding of the community foundation model and the role they play in facilitating and encouraging place-based giving.

    One of the most respected philanthropy leaders in New Zealand, Amy is bold in her approach, and is not afraid to disrupt the status quo and tread her own path. Her new focus is to tap into the generosity of Cantabrians (a term used to describe people from the Canterbury region of NZ) living abroad with the launch of a UK based entity.

    This move was about building on their core focus to make it easier for people to give to the causes within Christchurch that they care about whether they live locally or not. They are a donor-led organisation rather than cause-led. That means that they act on behalf of the generous person or business who wants to give, matching them to causes that share their ethics, values, and desired outcomes. They are one of 17 community foundations in New Zealand with a total endowment of over $200 million focused on doing good both today and in the future.

    Amy’s career has seen her working or volunteering for some of New Zealand's iconic charitable organisations including Surf Life Saving New Zealand, Swimming New Zealand, Banks Peninsula Conservation Trust, and St John.

    She has always been heavily involved in the Canterbury community and has sat on boards at University of Canterbury Students Association, The Canterbury Employers Chamber of Commerce and Sumner Lifeboat.


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    #97 How to start and scale a corporate foundation, Kathleen Owsley President Bosch Community Fund

    #97 How to start and scale a corporate foundation, Kathleen Owsley President Bosch Community Fund

    Kathleen Owsley joins Purposely to share her story starting the Bosch Community Fund.

    The fund has donated over $37 million since inception in 2011 and it is the corporate foundation for Bosch in North America.

    Kathleen was inspired by her sister whose life was tragically cut short at the age of 41. This experience made her determined to live her life to the full and get the most out of it ‘I felt like I was living my life for both of us’.

    Kathleen also talks about her Irish heritage influencing her desire to help others and want to make a positive impact to people’s lives, ‘one of our (cultural) attributes is to want to feed people, support people and be generous’

    In the 90’s Kathleen spent time in France and Ireland and rather dramatically she cashed in her 401K (pension) and went backpacking around Ireland. Kathleen also studied Irish history in Northern Ireland. It was at the end of this period of study that she ended up temping at Bosch not realising at the time that she was go on to lead their foundation in North America.

    A return to the United States and a random lunch led to Kathleen to the opportunity to launch the Bosch Community Fund as their founding Director.  We go into the start up phase of the fund and how those early decisions about structure, giving themes, approach to giving has led to its success and enduring effectiveness.

    The Fund is a grant maker and focuses on the enrichment of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education and advancing environmental sustainability initiatives. They partner with charitable organisations and educational institutions across the US to provide quality project-based learning hands-on learning opportunities for students and professional development for teachers.

    https://www.bosch.us/our-company/social-responsibility/


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    #96 Leaving one of the largest charities in the world to start his own, Hendrikus van Hensbergen

    #96 Leaving one of the largest charities in the world to start his own, Hendrikus van Hensbergen

    Hendrikus van Hensbergen joins Purposely to share his founder story and his passion for insipring  young people to protect the planet.

    In 2012, Hendrikus was working for the largest wildlife agency in the world, WWF, when he took two of his colleagues to his old secondary school to talk about their work. They really enjoyed the experience and caught a glimmer of what might be possible if more young people were inspired to fight for the planet.

    They decided to recruit their friends working in conservation to do the same, visit schools, talk about what they do and encourage involvement in local groups. There was a steady decline in UK wildlife, a conservation movement that felt stale and a lack of diversity in the sector, something had to change. Action for Conservation was born in 2016 with a vision that every young person in the UK is moved and empowered to protect the natural world.

    The organisation has grown into an influential, national environmental charity that inspires and empowers young people. In 2019 it built on this reputation by launching the world’s largest youth-led nature restoration initiative in the Brecon Beacons National Park in the United Kingdom.

    “We want to inspire today's young people to a long-term belief in the wonder of the natural world, that shapes their dreams and actions, however their life turns out. Our Mission is to bring the magic of nature into young people's lives, inspiring a youth movement committed to conservation and to the earth.”o conservation and to the earth.

    Hendrikus grew up in Southwest England and Central Spain, where he developed a love of nature and the outdoors. He is an author having been approached by Penguin Books in 2019 to write a book for young people about climate action. ‘How You Can Save The Planet’ was published in 2021 and is packed with step by step actions for young activists plus simple explanations, practical tips and stories from children across the world. Described as the ideal guide for young people who are worried about climate change and want to help. Sir Tim Smit, a past guest of Purposely and Founder of The Eden Project said that 'Every young person in the country should be given this book'.

    He has a BSc in Zoology from the University of Bristol, where he was awarded the Rose Bracher Memorial Prize for the highest First-Class Honours, and an MSc in Biodiversity, Conservation & Management from the University of Oxford.

    He has hands-on practical experience in conservation in both the UK and in Chile and has worked on global forest conservation initiatives at WWF-UK, as their Forest Policy Manager.


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    #95 Former New York Times journalist living off grid in Australia, Matt Siegel founder of Green Thumb Media

    #95 Former New York Times journalist living off grid in Australia, Matt Siegel founder of Green Thumb Media

    Matt Siegel joins Purposely to share his incredible career story, from war correspondent to documentary maker and sustainable business owner.

    Born in America, Matt grew up on the East Coast in New York City and studied History at University in Portland, Oregon. He now lives ‘off grid’ in the Southern Hemisphere with his Australian wife and two children, in a remote part of the Northern Beaches.

    Passionate about sustainability and protecting the environment, Matt founded Green Thumb Media in 2020. It combines his skills as a journalist and film maker, with his passion for a better world, he describes it as ‘a boutique commercial film and video production company, focused on ethical and sustainable brands, and not for profits’.  Talking with Matt, it is clear that Green Thumb has a dual focus - making a profit and delivering purpose to do their bit for a better world. They shine a light on social and environmental issues as well as working with people that share the same ethos and values.

    Prior to launching Green Thumb, Matt spent four years working for Australian politician, the Greens Leader Senator Richard Di Natale’s, as his media adviser. It was this work that helped open his eyes to the idea of creating a business that would work exclusively with those on the same mission.

    Matt’s not your typical American, not only has he spent decades living abroad he also speaks fluent Russian and has an in-depth understanding of the old Eastern-Bloc’s politics and culture. A former journalist with the New York Times he describes the changes that have happened in journalism, from the in depth reporting and storytelling to a more superficial journalism focused on grabbing attention and entertaining.

    Matt’s passion is to help others and to ensure a better environment for future generations, he wants to play his part in ‘sustainable solutions to the climate crisis, so that little people everywhere have a brighter and cleaner future’.


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    #94 Tech for good company disrupting the $400 billion philanthropy sector, Gauri Manglik founder & CEO Instrumentl

    #94 Tech for good company disrupting the $400 billion philanthropy sector, Gauri Manglik founder & CEO Instrumentl

    Gauri Manglik joins Purposely to share her founder story starting Instrumentl. 

    Every year Americans give over $400 million through philanthropy, in 2020 that amount rose to $470 million, largely because of the pandemic and the increased need. This is a  phenomenal amount of money that is crucial to the wellbeing of millions around the world.

    Gauri Manglik is someone focused on improving this industry and its effectiveness to ensure greater impact. In 2014 Gauri and her co founder Angela Braren launched Instrumentl, a web based software solution to help smooth the transfer of funds between institutions and the causes they want to support. It's like a matching service for institutional donors and nonprofits focused on making a positive difference to society and the environment.

    Instrumentl is a member of the highly regarded Y- Combinator start-up, winning funding and support soon after launch. It was built to help fundraisers make the best use of their valuable time and energy and their aim was to make the grant process faster, easier, and more efficient.

    Gauri and her team are headquartered in San Francisco, although their software is used in every US state and country around the world.

    'We think it's time for the lack of available funding to stop getting in the way. Our mission is to help you move the world forward, one project at a time'

    Gauri was also the founder of Fondu, a review site started in New York in 2010 using location data software, Gauri sold it to AirBNB going to work for the accommodation booking platform as a mobile product expert until she left to start Instrumentl. Prior to that Gauri was a developer for Blackrock, joining the investment firm in 2009.

    Gauri was born in Raipur, India, before moving in her early years to Palos Verdes, Calif., and then Briarcliff Manor, New York She comes from (and still practices) the Hindu faith, and hails from a family of doctors, business people and politicians.

    Key links related to this episode:


    The Ultimate Grant Writing Resources Collection
    Upcoming live, free grant writing classes
    14-day free trial at www.instrumentl.com, use PURPOSELYPOD50 for $50 off your annual or monthly subscription




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