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DoGooder Spotlight: Cobbie's Sauce Gives Back Through a Family Recipe

Marc Ozburn | Posted 10.21.2012 | Impact
Marc Ozburn

Friends often joked that the Hulses should market Cobbie's special sauce. Billy and Betty laughed off the idea until the trajectory of their lives changed in an instant.

DoGooder Spotlight: Restoring Education and the New York Harbor Simultaneously

Marc Ozburn | Posted 10.03.2012 | Impact
Marc Ozburn

The son of former Peace Corp volunteer, Murray Fisher was born in the country his father volunteered in, Columbia. Surrounded by people who were different from him, the power to empathize was instilled in him from infancy.

DoGooder Spotlight: Buying Back Bombs to Restore Peace

Marc Ozburn | Posted 09.28.2012 | Impact
Marc Ozburn

In 2011, Project peaceBOMB sold enough jewelry to clear the equivalent of 10,000 square meters of bomb-littered land.

DoGooder Spotlight: Triumph Through Tragedy in Josh's Project

Marc Ozburn | Posted 09.18.2012 | Impact
Marc Ozburn

On August 6, 2006, Wanda Butts' life changed forever when she learned that her beloved Josh had drowned while rafting with friends in a Michigan lake. Josh didn't know how to swim and wasn't wearing a life jacket when their raft capsized.

DoGooder Spotlight: Transforming Haiti, One Job at a Time

Marc Ozburn | Posted 09.10.2012 | Impact
Marc Ozburn

Since 1000jobsHaiti essentially builds businesses in a foreign country, its aid strategy can be difficult to initially implement. However, the organization is making progress daily with patience and persistence.

Real-life Lessons From Real-life DoGooders: Look for the Win-Win

Marc Ozburn | Posted 08.11.2012 | Impact
Marc Ozburn

Too often, people get stuck in their own worlds and opportunities to connect and help others are wasted. Both Move for Hunger and Urban Roots are thriving because they re-engineered traditional practices with innovative solutions by embracing the "win-win."

Real Life Lessons from Real Life DoGooders: Don't Get Down, Get Organized

Marc Ozburn | Posted 07.24.2012 | Impact
Marc Ozburn

This could have just been my individual experience, but the interaction with Occupy Wall Street helped me identify the Occupy movement as a missed opportunity to channel real anger into significant and valuable change.

Real Life Lessons From Real Life DoGooders: Independence Breeds Empowerment

Marc Ozburn | Posted 07.17.2012 | Impact
Marc Ozburn

United Theater production is a completely student-run nonprofit. Founder Micaela Connery knows that fostering independence with real tangible rewards gives students the confidence to see what else they can achieve.

Real Life Lesson from Real Life DoGooders: Reject the Status Quo to Solve Critical Problems

Marc Ozburn | Posted 07.09.2012 | Impact
Marc Ozburn

The underlying theme to America's central struggles over recent years is that they're problems created over time and ignored as they grew in size and scale.

Real Life Lessons From Real Life DoGooders: Embrace Technology Today or Be Left Behind Tomorrow

Marc Ozburn | Posted 06.26.2012 | Impact
Marc Ozburn

Innovation and technology should be at the forefront of every organization, whether in the private or public sector, to remain relevant in an increasingly competitive and tech-savvy world.

Real Life Lesson From Real Life DoGooders: Find a Team and Find Yourself

Marc Ozburn | Posted 06.19.2012 | Impact
Marc Ozburn

Sports are great equalizers. A universal love for a game can make someone different completely relatable. Sports foster connections that provide a catalyst for a lasting bond.

Real Life Lessons From Real Life DoGooders: You, Not Your Circumstances, Hold the Power

Marc Ozburn | Posted 06.11.2012 | Impact
Marc Ozburn

Her beloved parents were immediately killed and over the course of the war, she and her son were the only members of her family to survive the camps. The only reason she and her son were saved was because her captors saw her talents as an opportunity for use in a Nazi propaganda video.

Real Life Lessons From Real Life DoGooders: If You See Injustice, Don't Ignore It

Marc Ozburn | Posted 05.15.2012 | Impact
Marc Ozburn

If you see a problem in the world or even in your personal life, it is important to address it head on. Too often, people choose to look the other way to live in denial about a problem with the hope it will magically disappear.

Real Life Lessons From Real Life DoGooders: Everyone Wants to Matter and Be Included

Marc Ozburn | Posted 05.07.2012 | Impact
Marc Ozburn

There is no quick fix to tackle the bullying problem because the causes are too inherent to our society, but a small amount of empathy can powerfully influence an individual and a school community.

Real Life Lessons From Real Life DoGooders: Start Small for a Big Impact

Marc Ozburn | Posted 04.30.2012 | Impact
Marc Ozburn

Kendra's impact is evident when she tells the story of how a little boy at a shelter received one of her packages. When he saw the tag on his new blanket, he asked specifically if it was new. She remembers how pleased he was when she confirmed it.