The Starfish Foundation's Beth Awalt

Thoughts from a Starfish

How Starting a Nonprofit Changed My Life
Thoughts from a Starfish

Description

We share the journey of creating a non-profit and the day-to-day operations of directing an international development organization. If you're a social entrepreneur, an international traveler, a social justice and service enthusiast, or passionate about non-profits, then this podcast is for you. Share your experience: www.thestarfishchange.org

Episodes

#14 - Now what?

May 2, 2017 37:50

Description:

In this episode, Starfish co-founder Beth Awalt and friend of Starfish Jane Lorenzi chat about how to be involved in service and justice opportunities in your community, with Starfish, and in the world -- and why all of this is so important.

 

Cool organizations discussed on the episode:

Our Daily Bread: www.catholiccharities-md.org/our-daily-bread  Refugee Youth Project: http://www.refugeeyouthproject.org/  Camp Umoja article in local news: http://www.wbaltv.com/article/camp-umoja-unites-baltimore-city-suburban-youth/7094732 

 

More about Starfish:

Podcast Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/thoughtsfromastarfish/  Starfish Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thestarfishchange  Starfish Instagram: www.instagram.com/starfishchange  Starfish website: www.thestarfishchange.org  Donate a book to our students: https://smile.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/2IN9SGUH3ODKW/ref=cm_wl_list_o_1  Visit Starfish this summer: http://www.thestarfishchange.org/volunteerintern 

#13 - Marketing, marketing, marketing!

Apr 25, 2017 54:12

Description:

In this episode, Starfish co-founder Beth Awalt and friend of Starfish Dr. Allison Poss of Girls With Ideas discuss marketing - specifically how to connect marketing to your business skills, the GOAT method (Goals, Objectives, Actions, and Tasks), the Agile method of management, and how to provide value to your social media posts -- among much, much more.

 

Marketing courses and resources:

Small Business Development Centers - here is a link to find an office near you. You can meet with them to get free marketing advice and talk to experts about any subject.

https://www.sba.gov/tools/local-assistance/sbdc

Skillshare: https://www.skillshare.com/  Gary Vee is a great person to follow for marketing ideas and content. Go to his website and search any topic! https://www.garyvaynerchuk.com 500 Startups Marketing Hell Week Videos - lots of great content fro experts. Here is the link to a past one. Allison's favorite video is 'One Metric That Matters': http://www.growth.500.co/previous-marketing-hell-week Sculpt: http://wearesculpt.com/  Nicholas Kristof article mentioned: http://www.nytimes.com/2007/05/10/opinion/10kristof.html 

 

Opportunities to research in your area re: entrepreneurship:

InnovateHER Accelerator programs

 

Ideas for Blog Content:

Answer The Public - http://answerthepublic.com/ Uber Suggest https://ubersuggest.io/ SEM Rush https://www.semrush.com/

 

Web and social media tools:

Add a pop-up for people to sign up for your newsletter with Privy: https://privy.com/ Buffer to schedule posts: buffer.com Hootsuite: www.hootsuite.com 

 

Project management tools:

Asana: https://asana.com/  Trello: https://trello.com/ 

 

More about Starfish:

An Evening for the Stars, April 29: http://www.501auctions.com/starfishchange - or register at this link to bid virtually! Podcast Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/thoughtsfromastarfish/  Starfish Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thestarfishchange  Starfish Instagram: www.instagram.com/starfishchange  Starfish website: www.thestarfishchange.org  Donate a book to our students: https://smile.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/2IN9SGUH3ODKW/ref=cm_wl_list_o_1  Visit Starfish this summer: http://www.thestarfishchange.org/volunteerintern 

A Surprise Message from Co-Founder Beth Awalt

Apr 20, 2017 03:40

Description:

Starfish's Co-Founder Beth, host of this podcast, shares a special message with you!

 

More about Starfish:

An Evening for the Stars, April 29: http://www.501auctions.com/starfishchange - or register at this link to bid virtually! Podcast Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/thoughtsfromastarfish/  Starfish Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thestarfishchange  Starfish Instagram: www.instagram.com/starfishchange  Starfish website: www.thestarfishchange.org  Donate a book to our students: https://smile.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/2IN9SGUH3ODKW/ref=cm_wl_list_o_1  Visit Starfish this summer: http://www.thestarfishchange.org/volunteerintern 

#12 - Gabriela, a Scholar Story

Apr 18, 2017 02:14

Description:

In Starfish's first book, When You Wish Upon a Starfish, Scholar Gabriela shares her passions and dreams.

 

Interested in learning more about our book, or in purchasing a copy? Visit here:

www.thestarfishchange.org/starfish-dream-book

They make great gifts for teachers, as they are bilingual in Spanish and English, as well as for folks who have lived abroad or have volunteered long-term!

#11 - Tips for leaders: operations, management, and strategy.

Apr 11, 2017 31:25

Description:

In this episode, Starfish co-founder Beth Awalt and friend of Starfish Anna Custer-Singh discuss some amazing resources for managing teams, overseeing operations (including how to Start / Stop / Study), and leading non-profits. 

 

Other resources discussed during the episode:

La Leche League International – llli.org La Leche League Connecticut – lllct.org Live Baltimore – livebaltimore.com The Greater Cumberland Committee – greatercc.org HOBY – hoby.org CT HOBY – cthoby.org We mentioned “Love Languages.” A quick Myers-Briggs can be helpful, too, as far as team dynamics and what makes people tick: http://www.personalitypathways.com/type_inventory.html 

 

More about Starfish:

Podcast Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/thoughtsfromastarfish/  Starfish Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thestarfishchange  Starfish Instagram: www.instagram.com/starfishchange  Starfish website: www.thestarfishchange.org  Donate a book to our students: https://smile.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/2IN9SGUH3ODKW/ref=cm_wl_list_o_1  Visit Starfish this summer: http://www.thestarfishchange.org/volunteerintern  Baltimore friends - An Evening for the Stars, April 29: http://www.thestarfishchange.org/an-evening-for-the-stars 

#10 - Eddy, a Scholar Story

Apr 7, 2017 03:38

Description:

In Starfish's first book, When You Wish Upon a Starfish, Eddy discusses his dreams, his challenges, and his motivation.

 

Interested in learning more about our book, or in purchasing a copy? Visit here:

www.thestarfishchange.org/starfish-dream-book

They make great gifts for teachers, as they are bilingual in Spanish and English, as well as for folks who have lived abroad or have volunteered long-term!

#9 - How to create a balance in your work-life fitness

Apr 4, 2017 57:39

Description:

In this episode, Starfish co-founder Beth Awalt and friend of Starfish MaryBeth Hyland of SparkVision discuss some amazing resources for creating work-life balance. MaryBeth defines the term work-life fitness, and she shares real-life examples of ways to take time for yourself, how to bounce back from working too much, resources for managing schedules, and how to ensure you can balance what drains you with things that fill you up. Thanks, MaryBeth!

 

Other resources discussed during the episode:

SparkVision: http://www.sparkvisionnow.com/  SparkVision blog post on Drain & Fill: http://www.sparkvisionnow.com/drain-fill-your-emotional-inventory/  Calendly resource for scheduling: https://calendly.com/  REI Opt Outside: https://www.rei.com/opt-outside 

 

More about Starfish:

Podcast Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/thoughtsfromastarfish/  Starfish Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thestarfishchange  Starfish Instagram: www.instagram.com/starfishchange  Starfish website: www.thestarfishchange.org  Donate a book to our students: https://smile.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/2IN9SGUH3ODKW/ref=cm_wl_list_o_1  Visit Starfish this summer: http://www.thestarfishchange.org/volunteerintern  Baltimore friends - An Evening for the Stars, April 29: http://www.thestarfishchange.org/an-evening-for-the-stars 

#8 - Fundraising: better said, relationship-building.

Mar 29, 2017 36:32

Description:

In this episode, Starfish co-founder Beth Awalt and friend of Starfish Megan Glynn discuss some amazing tips for fundraising, Board and volunteer engagement, friend-raising, and building relationships. You'll learn how to build a road map for potential donors, how to create an action plan for your Board or other volunteers, and what a diverse funding model looks like, among other tips and tricks of the trade.

 

Other amazing resources discussed during the episode:

HOBY: www.hoby.org HOBY's World Leadership Congress (WLC): http://www.hoby.org/programs/world-leadership-congress/  HOBY D12 (friend-raiser): http://www.hoby.org/d12/  WLC's GoFundMe, 10x10x10: https://www.gofundme.com/HOBYGlobalFund  Salesforce Nonprofit Starter Pack: http://www.salesforce.org/nonprofit/  Megan's contact info: email or LinkedIn

 

More about Starfish:

Podcast Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/thoughtsfromastarfish/  Starfish Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thestarfishchange  Starfish Instagram: www.instagram.com/starfishchange  Starfish website: www.thestarfishchange.org  Donate a book to our students: https://smile.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/2IN9SGUH3ODKW/ref=cm_wl_list_o_1  Visit Starfish this summer: http://www.thestarfishchange.org/volunteerintern  Baltimore friends - An Evening for the Stars, April 29: http://www.thestarfishchange.org/an-evening-for-the-stars 

#7 - Luiggi, a Scholar Story

Mar 25, 2017 02:22

Description:

In Starfish's first book, When You Wish Upon a Starfish, Luiggi shares his passion to conquer his dreams.

 

Interested in learning more about our book, or in purchasing a copy? Visit here:

www.thestarfishchange.org/starfish-dream-book

They make great gifts for teachers, as they are bilingual in Spanish and English, as well as for folks who have lived abroad or have volunteered long-term!

#6 - Pamela, a Scholar Story

Mar 7, 2017 03:10

Description:

In Starfish's first book, When You Wish Upon a Starfish, Pamela shares her incredible determination to achieve her dreams - and why it will be possible, despite the numerous challenges.

 

Interested in learning more about our book, or in purchasing a copy? Visit here:

www.thestarfishchange.org/starfish-dream-book

They make great gifts for teachers, as they are bilingual in Spanish and English, as well as for folks who have lived abroad or have volunteered long-term!

#5 - Challenges and joys of starting a business

Feb 28, 2017 46:10

Description:

In this episode, Starfish co-founder Beth Awalt and friend of Starfish Amanda Brown discuss the challenges, joys, and wisdom of starting a business. Amanda is the owner and founder of Sweet Lupine.

 

Other amazing resources discussed during the episode:

Personal Contacts Mom Blogger: Shannan, of Faithfully Beautiful,  @shannan_pan  BioTech: O-Ray Pharma Small Business Resources SCORE: www.score.org Bloguettes (webinars): www.bloguettes.com Canva: www.canva.com Being Boss: https://beingboss.club 5 Love Languages (Languages of Appreciation): http://www.5lovelanguages.com Ethical Fashion Resources Fashion Revolution: Who made my clothes? Great resources on ethical fashion and how you can get involved. (This group supports college chapters). World Fair Trade Organization: www.wfto.org Fair Trade Federation: http://www.fairtradefederation.org True Cost Documentary: http://truecostmovie.com  

#4 - Jean Carlos, a Scholar Story

Feb 27, 2017 01:54

Description:

In Starfish's first book, When You Wish Upon a Starfish, Jean Carlos tells his story about his dreams to become a psychologist, and what motivates him to continue on that journey.

 

Interested in learning more about our book, or in purchasing a copy? Visit here:

www.thestarfishchange.org/starfish-dream-book

They make great gifts for teachers, as they are bilingual in Spanish and English, as well as for folks who have lived abroad or have volunteered long-term!

#3 - Why help abroad vs. in the U.S.?

Feb 14, 2017 28:57

Description:

In this episode, Starfish co-founder Beth Awalt and friend of Starfish Dylan Waugh discuss why their organizations help in Ecuador and Nicaragua, respectively, and the challenges and joys that come with service abroad. Dylan is the founder of VISEDAL partnership, which you can learn more about here: http://www.visedal.org/ 

#2 - Mirka, a Scholar Story

Feb 7, 2017 01:56

Description:

In Starfish's first book, When You Wish Upon a Starfish, Mirka tells her story about her dreams to become a doctor -- and what else accompanies and motivates that dream. 

 

Interested in learning more about our book, or in purchasing a copy? Visit here:

www.thestarfishchange.org/starfish-dream-book

They make great gifts for teachers, as they are bilingual in Spanish and English, as well as for folks who have lived abroad or have volunteered long-term!

#1 - How it all began

Jan 30, 2017 57:13

Description:

Starfish co-founder Beth Awalt and Starfish Board member Anna Jordan discuss how Beth and co-founder Jenn Zocco started the nonprofit -- and how it's grown in the past five years. 

 

Podcast Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/thoughtsfromastarfish/ 

Starfish Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thestarfishchange 

Starfish Instagram: www.instagram.com/starfishchange 

Starfish website: www.thestarfishchange.org 

Donate a book in honor of Anna's grandmother: https://smile.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/2IN9SGUH3ODKW/ref=cm_wl_list_o_1 

Visit Starfish this summer: http://www.thestarfishchange.org/volunteerintern 

Baltimore friends - An Evening for the Stars, April 29: http://www.thestarfishchange.org/an-evening-for-the-stars 

Beth Kanter: http://www.bethkanter.org/ 

Joan Garry, Nonprofits are Messy: http://www.joangarry.com/ 

Dolly Parton's book donation campaign: https://imaginationlibrary.com/ 

Better World Books: http://www.betterworldbooks.com/

Acrobatiq: http://acrobatiq.com/ 

Get your own Captain Gratitude hat: https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B005922JUI/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o08_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1