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Liz Maw is the CEO of Net Impact, which has 300 chapters worldwide guiding students and professionals who aim to align their worklife with their values and make positive change.

A high school classmate of mine posted an article about her daughter’s nonprofit on Facebook recently, and since I’m interested in this sort of thing, I looked it up.

Net Impact is an organization of 100,000 members in 300 global chapters that “take on social challenges, protect the environment and orient businesses and products toward the greater good.” It provides students and professionals with guidance to align their jobs with their values.

From the website: “Liz Maw joined Net Impact as CEO in 2004. During her tenure, Net Impact has tripled its chapter network to more than 300, formed partnerships with over 50 global corporations, and developed multiple new programs that engage students and professionals in sustainability. …

“In 2011, Liz was named one of the 100 most influential people in business ethics by Ethisphere. Liz is also a Board Member of the World Environment Center.

“Prior to leading Net Impact, Liz’s professional experience included strategic consulting to nonprofits with the Bridgespan Group, as well as fundraising and direct marketing for nonprofit organizations.”

I liked this explanation of what the nonprofit is all about. Sounds good to me. “Net Impact mobilizes new generations to use their skills and careers to drive transformational social and environmental change.

“Many people want to make a difference, but turning good intentions into tangible impact can be hard.

“Net Impact is an accelerator. Our programs — delivered from our headquarters, as well as globally through our student and professional chapters — give our members the skills, experiences and connections that will allow them to have the greatest impact. …

“Our emerging leaders take on social challenges, protect the environment, invent new products and orient business toward the greater good. In short, we help our members turn their passions into a lifetime of world-changing action. …

“We believe that the business sector is a critical part of driving social and environmental change, and thus engage with a variety of big and small companies on our events and programs.”

Net Imapct’s next Path to Purpose conference is October 26-28 in Atlanta. More on that here.

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MilfordStreet is on WordPress, and we’ve been clicking “like” on each other’s posts for a while. His Boston-area photography has been especially noteworthy.

Recently he announced he was leaving his job to teach for several months in El Salvador, after which he would get a master’s that he hoped would enable him to find work teaching English as a second language back in the States.

Wow. I’m so impressed.

Now he is creating blog posts about El Salvador. In “Too Young,” he writes about the school children he teaches who have to work in markets and restaurants to help support their desperately poor families.

The post from MilfordStreet referenced Humanium.org (an international child sponsorship NGO dedicated to stopping violations of children’s rights throughout the world), which called to mind a children’s rights movement in the United States.

Michael Schmidt in Communities & Banking magazine describes increasing efforts to ensure that proposed governmental and other policies don’t inadvertently harm children. He provides these elements of a child-rights impact assessment:

A description of the proposed policy; a description of how it is likely to impact children; an indication of whether it is consistent with the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child; identification of any disagreements over the likely impact on children; where adverse impacts are predicted, how they might be avoided or mitigated; an indication of the report’s limitations; parents’ and children’s views; a description of what the measure could have done instead and what needs to be monitored and evaluated after the decision has been implemented; explanations of conflicts (that is, where the interests of children conflict with the interests of others); an analysis of the proposed legislation or policy that weighs the costs and benefits associated with children’s well-being.

Check it out.

Photo: Milford Street

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