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Previous: 12 years in charge of network expansion at National Christian Foundation
Family: Married to Jacqlyn with 3 kids
School: Duke University, undergrad. University of Texas, MBA.
CIO, General Counsel, co-founder
Previous: President of the largest affiliate of National Christian Foundation
Family: Married to Marshall with 3 children
School: Rockhurst University, undergrad in philosophy; University of Kansas, J.D. with honors
Ralph VEerman Managing director
Previous: National Director of YFC/Youth Guidance Chicago, Senior Vice President of Prison Fellowship USA.
Family: Married to Lynne with four children.
School: Bachelor's, Wheaton College. University of Illinois, Chicago, Master's in Social Work and Criminal Justice.
Previous: Executive with ExxonMobil
Family: Married to Kim with two children
School: University of Indiana, BS Accounting. University of South Carolina, Masters in International Business Studies.
Specialty: organizing chaos (e.g., keeping up with Jeff and Aimee)
Previous: Executive Assistant at National Christian Foundation
Family: 2 amazing, grown children
Specialty: tracking investment returns and impact reports
Previous: Complex Gift Services at National Christian Foundation
Family: Married with 3 young children
Specialty: investing in impact companies and mentoring entrepreneurs
Previous: Co-founder of Convergint Technologies
Family: Married to Marybeth, 3 children, increasing # of grandchildren
Specialty: strategy for growing Christian nonprofits
Day job: Executive with National Christian Foundation
Family: Married with 7 children
Specialty: helping families make an impact in their world at the intersection of philanthropy and entrepreneurship
Day job: financial planner
Family: married with 3 kids
Craig & April Chapman
Specialties: Technology, management, strategy, generosity
Previous: Executives with Microsoft; Craig co-founded INRIX
Family: 4 children
A new narrative for business and charity
It's time for a new narrative about the roles of business and philanthropy. It's no longer true enough to say business makes money and charity does good. Entrepreneurial donors are beginning to wonder if business with purpose can accomplish more good than charity alone.
Business plays a critical role, not just in creating financial value, but in adding to human flourishing (see advances in communication, technology, sanitation, and healthcare).
If business is meant for good, then it follows that charity may be meant for financial profitability as well.
The new narrative calls for bringing together the best of business and the best of charity to accomplish a mission, regardless of the legal form the entity takes (nonprofit, LLC, partnership, etc.). This is not just a moral imperative, but we see through case studies and recent benchmarking surveys that it’s good for business as well.
In our first 18 months, we have placed more than $30Million in 50+ Impact Companies. We don't claim this success as our own, though. Impact Foundation has its roots in the generosity movement. You see, our founding team met while working with the National Christian Foundation helping givers simplify and maximize their charitable gifts. Those roots mean we are committed to two key ideas.
First, God doesn't need our money, but in His kindness He allows us to participate in His work in the world. The means of our participation is generosity, simply another word for surrender. When we surrender ourselves--our finances, skills and talents, reputation, connections, indeed our very lives--to God for His work,
He infuses them with His grace and accomplishes through us immeasurably more than all we could ask think or imagine. It's a thrill and a gift. That's why we can confidently say 'it's better to give than to receive.'
Second, we want to see the Kingdom of God advance so that the lost are found, the hungry are fed, the orphan housed, justice carried out, and on and on. That means we as Christians are called to be smart, shrewd as a fox, in how we deploy our capital to accomplish good in the world. We need to research, measure, pray, learn what works and what doesn't, shift our methodologies, and pray some more. Philanthropy is fun, but it's also hard work.
The search for better ways to accomplish good in the world led us to the creation of the Impact Foundation.
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We can accomplish nothing of lasting worth in our own effort. Abiding in Christ, through classic spiritual disciplines regularly practiced alone and together, we can understand our work better, become better team members, and ultimately influence the world around us for His glory. John 15: 1-8
Duh. I feel like this shouldn't need an explanation. Doesn't every business exist to serve customers well? For us, focusing on our customers means (1) knowing who is and who is not our customer, (2) listening to their needs, (3) responding nimbly to solve problems and deliver results that our customers desire.
We believe God owns everything and we are stewards who will one day be called to account for how we've handled our relationships, talent, financial resources, and time. Consequently, we want to be open-handed with those things, sharing and partnering wherever possible.