Philanthropy Friday: Pioneers for Change

Each Friday, the another jennifer blog shares stories of those who incorporate philanthropy into their everyday lives – personally and professionally – in a creative and unique way. If you have a story you’d like to share, please contact Jennifer. You can view past posts from the series here.

This following article is a guest post from Alanna Ford


The world is full of pressing challenges that increasingly demand our attention.

From global hunger, to climate change, to inequitable education, there are so many places and ways in which to direct our efforts, it is hard to know where to begin.

If we are to create significant and sustainable change in our increasingly inter-connected and inter-dependent global society, how do we nurture a culture of open-minded, pioneering ideas and innovation as a necessary means to bridging the gap?

How can we select the issues where our experience and skill sets will create the biggest impact? How do we know that the charities we support are the most effective with our money? How can we engage with the causes we care about beyond simply writing a check? And what are the new, innovative ways of approaching these age-old problems?

These are the questions the team and I from Adessy Associates were grappling with when we decided to launch a new fellowship program for world-changers. Pioneers for Change has been born out of a desire to gather together an international cohort of remarkable people to examine how they can create and progress their social impact; to creatively explore, problem solve and harness their energy and influence to make the world a better place.

Pioneers for Change is a 6-month fellowship that will kick off in November with a 2-day residential in London followed by 6 months of individual, virtual executive coaching and mentoring. The highly interactive program combines the latest thinking, dynamic dialogue, and storytelling from renowned expert contributors. The small cohort of selected fellows will gain new perspective; a network of brilliant, likeminded people; tangible tools; and insight from international leaders on the forefront of their fields. In essence, Pioneers for Change will act as a catalyst for change, by inspiring and empowering those who want to do more than just write a check, to help address the greatest issues of our time.

Pioneers for Change is currently accepting applications for fellows. If it sounds like a program you would like to be apart of, please reach out to me at to arrange a chat or request an application.


Alanna Ford works at the intersection of women’s empowerment, international development and social entrepreneurship. She’s lived in three countries in the last three years. You can follow her on Twitter or connect with her on LinkedIn.


Philanthropy Friday: Shake the World and Provide Life-Saving Water in Ethiopia

Each Friday, the another jennifer blog shares stories of those who incorporate philanthropy into their everyday lives – personally and professionally – in a creative and unique way. If you have a story you’d like to share, please contact Jennifer. You can view past posts from the series here.


My good friends over at B1G1, a social enterprise initiative in Singapore, recently gave me the opportunity to check out their brand new app called Shake the World. It’s a simple and fun app that allows you to provide clean, safe, life-saving water to people in need in Ethiopia for a day. (Note: If you missed my post on B1G1, you can read it HERE.)

Like B1G1′s work with businesses and individuals, the Shake the World app provides another way to give back by completing a simple action. When you open up the free app, you shake your phone until the glass that appears fills with water. Once it’s filled, and your kids are entertained by the sounds it makes in the process, you can share what you’ve done with the in-app share buttons that then appear. From there, you’ll need to enlist a friend to help keep the “water shaking” going. You can create a “friendship ID” and send it along via email or text. And the process keeps repeating until more people shake and provide life-saving water!

Sharon Chan, Shake the World Project Leader, tells me the water is provided through the WellWishers Trust, one of the 48 Worthy Cause Partners at B1G1. Being a Worthy Cause Partner at B1G1 already means that WellWishers has met a series of stringent criteria, which includes having a transparent accounting and reporting system, as well as an efficient way of using their funds to benefit those who really need it most. 100% of the contributions from the app are channeled to WellWishers Trust for the construction of wells in Ethiopia.


In addition, the app allows you to ‘make wishes’ — a wish that, in and of itself, is consistent with the B1G1 philosophy. It might be something like ‘Every time I dine out, I wish that a child in need could have a nutritious meal’, or ‘every time I jump in my car, I wish that a child in need had access to a bicycle to get to school’.

You might wonder how the water is actually provided to those in Ethiopia via the WellWishers Trust. Each “water shake” is sponsored by a host of B1G1’s small business clients around the world.

To date, those clients using the B1G1 platform have made possible 44,700,000 giving impacts around the world. The Shake The World App will add many more.

Here’s a quick video that explains the app.

Find out more at

Are you ready to Shake the World?


Read and Make an Impact with Simplicity and Savings #ImpactEzine

At the end of May, I shared with you a guest post from fellow Global Team of 200 members, Lisa Van Engan and Amy Sullivan, for a Philanthropy Friday. They talked about how they joined their shared passion for making a difference by launching an Ezine called Impact.

I’m happy to share with you the hot off the press summer issue of Impact today. This issue is all about living simply and saving while also leaving space for giving back.

I was honored to be asked to contribute to this issue as well. You can find me talking about monthly giving on pages 12 and 13. As a contributor, I had the opportunity to read through the Ezine over the weekend. I can tell you that there are some great tips in there!

Read the summer 2014 issue of Impact with Simplicity and Savings

Cover photography by Mickie DeVries

Cover photography by Mickie DeVries

If you missed the guest post from Lisa and Amy, you can read it here.

Do you have any tips for simplicity and savings to add?

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