120: Sustainability Isn’t Just a Buzzword — Vinay Nair with Lightful

There’s a big communication gap between where your money goes and who it actually helps.

Vinay Nair is the Co-Founder of Lightful, a suite of digital tools that help charities connect on a deeper level to their donors and show up more prominently in our digital world. Sustainability isn’t just a buzzword, it’s a vital part of how we can strategically use grant money to give those in need a hand up, not a hand out. Vinay discusses his mixed feelings about Kiva, showcases an example of how you can help the community in a sustainable way, and so much more, on this week’s episode.

Key Takeaways:

[4:55] Who is Vinay and how did he get started?

[13:10] Vinay’s trip overseas helped him discover that he wanted to work in the social sector and help others.

[18:40] Vinay discusses some of the struggles he had when trying to get government approval for the Clinton Foundation’s project in Mozambique.

[24:25] There was a lot of skepticism among the community on why Vinay and the group of volunteers were trying to help HIV+ women.

[28:00] It’s important to use grant money not as a hand out, but as a hand up.

[30:35] Vinay shares his experiences with Kiva.org and the mixed feelings he has about the organization.

[36:10] Rob wishes he received updates about the individual people he’s supporting on Kiva, instead of getting updates on payments.

[42:30] Vinay believes it’s important to close the communication gap between where the money goes and who it actually helps. This is why Lightful was created.

[51:20] Vinay believes more people are givers than takers. In fact, he’s willing to take chances on that belief.

[1:01:25] Lightful will be rolling out beta tests on their products in early 2017, so stay tuned and visit their website to support their platform!

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