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Auren Kaplan
Auren Kaplan is a writer and humanitarian. Most of all he's a human being. He is the CEO of the charity Girl Justice, which supports educating girls in the developing world. When he's not spending his time thinking up new ways to empower women, he enjoys cooking, writing, golf, and traveling.

Entries by Auren Kaplan

Bringing Truth Back Into the Academic World

(0) Comments | Posted July 2, 2014 | 5:36 AM

The stamp of Truth is emblazoned across the emblems of major universities around the world. Top research institutions such as Harvard, The University of Michigan, Yale, and Brandeis espouse mottos such as "Truth", "Arts, Science, and Truth", "Light and Truth", and "Truth, Even Unto Its Innermost Parts". Indeed, Truth is...

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The Boko Haram Kidnappings: What You Can Do

(0) Comments | Posted May 12, 2014 | 7:29 PM

While the rest of the country was up in arms about the blatant racism of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, an atrocity occurred a world away. In Nigeria, an extremist anti-Western group called Boko Haram abducted roughly 275 girls age 16 to 18 from school. Boko Haram...

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How Charities Can Raise Millions With Mega-Events

(0) Comments | Posted May 2, 2014 | 6:03 PM

If you run a charity like I do, then you know that fundraising isn't just the name of the game -- it's the only game in town. Don't get me wrong, these days, charities will take the plunge into the business world to raise funds. Think T-shirt sales, other apparel,...

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Turning Life Into Art in Detroit

(2) Comments | Posted January 27, 2014 | 10:52 PM

The city of Detroit is one of the most talked-about cities in the country. There are more stories in the news about how Detroit is a wasteland than any other American city. But at the same time, there are also more stories nationwide about how Detroit is the new underdog,...

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A Powerful Method for Nonprofits to Raise More Money

(0) Comments | Posted October 23, 2013 | 8:54 PM

Are you looking for new revenue sources for your nonprofit? As nonprofits compete for a bigger slice of the pie, innovative and forward-thinking fundraising directors are turning to a strategy that has resulted in more donations, more donors and more engagement with the causes that matter to them most. How...

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The Surprising Answer to Haiti's Sanitation Needs

(2) Comments | Posted October 7, 2013 | 2:16 PM

The issue is sanitation. The numbers are numbingly staggering, so much so that my quoting them will not do service to the problem. Let's take a moment and forget that we're American. Let's take another moment and go back three thousand years, before there was any shred of advanced civilization...

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One Man Enriches The World Through Social Entrepreneurship

(3) Comments | Posted July 10, 2012 | 4:00 PM

What's your gift to the world? It's the question we all face, at some time between birth and death. Are we living our bliss, giving our gift to the world with as much courage and strength as we can muster? Or are we toiling away at the status quo, revving...

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A Palace of Trash and the World It's Changing

(17) Comments | Posted April 17, 2012 | 9:14 PM

The story of changing the world often starts this way. An ordinary man, with an extraordinary idea and the gumption to make it real, makes waves of change that ripple through the sea of humanity. It proves no different in the case of Harvey Lacey. Harvey is, first of all,...

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Changing the Culture of Capitalism

(5) Comments | Posted February 16, 2012 | 11:12 AM

As capitalism continues to evolve, what strikes me is that the changes we see have less to do with the fundamental building blocks of capitalism, and more to do with the culture of capitalism. Capitalism isn't going away. Indeed, it is the most powerful mechanism on the planet for moving...

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Causecast Makes It Easy for Companies to Give Back

(2) Comments | Posted February 2, 2012 | 9:17 AM

Gone are the days when employees passively donate to charities with no interaction from their companies. Gone even are the days when companies mindlessly match funds for employee donations. Just as consumers have come to expect brands to support causes, employees now expect their companies to engage them in serious...

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A Revolution of Attention

(2) Comments | Posted January 30, 2012 | 2:44 PM

A great percentage of the world is plagued by severe poverty and inequality. More than three billion human beings subsist on less than $3 per day. Clearly, the human economic system we have thus far created is not working. Perhaps a billion or so people can claim to...

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An Evolved Take on Psychology, Brands and Poverty

(10) Comments | Posted January 16, 2012 | 8:21 AM

I'm not an educator. But I do want to teach you one thing in this article, and that is the function of your reticular activation system. It is a mouthful, I know, but you can boil it down to the much simpler R.A.S. for the purpose of an...

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The Defining Role of Business in Ending Poverty

(7) Comments | Posted January 4, 2012 | 8:05 AM

Congratulations! The very fact that you are reading this article means that you are one of the luckiest billion people on the planet. Why? Simply put, you were born into a state of relative wealth, where even at the bottom of the American income distribution you are still wildly more...

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Your Power As a Citizen Consumer

(4) Comments | Posted December 19, 2011 | 2:22 PM

I recently highlighted a remarkable fact, that 94 percent of you would switch brands to support a cause, if the products were of equal quality. That blog post has received a lot of feedback, and I think it's testament to the power of a simple idea whose time...

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At Detroit Soup, A City Comes Alive

(2) Comments | Posted December 12, 2011 | 5:33 PM

Last night I had the privilege to attend Detroit Soup, a "collaborative situation" that micro-funds good community works while providing tasty delights and mingling with good, chill people -- Detroiters. I came expecting to have a good time. I've heard of events like this -- people bring $5...

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Capitalism You Can Fall in Love With

(0) Comments | Posted December 10, 2011 | 1:09 PM

Capitalism has changed as we know it, for good. Make that, for the good. You see, the big shift has occurred at multiple levels, with CSR departments getting serious and with consumers clamoring for change -- not like in 2008, when we voted for change -- but in 2011 and...

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94% of Consumers Would Switch Brands to Support a Cause

(20) Comments | Posted December 4, 2011 | 9:30 AM

If you're like the vast majority of people out there, you are a citizen consumer - you just might not know it yet.

Citizen consumers are empowered individuals who take control of their buying. In purchasing local, shopping organic, or buying products related to causes, citizen consumers...

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How to Solve the World Water Crisis Today

(2) Comments | Posted November 21, 2011 | 3:35 PM

In the world of social change, comprised of social entrepreneurs, innovative nonprofits, and traditional NGOs, much has been said about the problem of designing solutions at scale. So many initiatives find growth and reach millions of people, and yet the world remains plagued by problems that affect billions. 2.6 billion...

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How Cause-Integrated Businesses are Working to End Poverty

(9) Comments | Posted December 1, 2010 | 4:10 PM

Want to end poverty? There is a lot of work to be accomplished. According to, over 2.5 billion people live on just $2 per day -- more than one-third of all humanity. The vast majority of the population of the African continent is included in those statistics....

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Celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week By Starting a Cause-Integrated Company

(1) Comments | Posted November 18, 2010 | 1:31 PM

Global Entrepreneurship Week began on Monday, and individuals interested in entrepreneurship are gathering in more than 90 countries worldwide to celebrate the cause of the entrepreneur. Entrepreneurs are drivers of the American economy. Their innovations deliver new technologies that transform businesses, the flow of information, and the way human beings...

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