About Impact Beacon
Mission: The mission of Impact Beacon is to share the stories and innovations of social entrepreneurs around the world in order to create a discovery hub for the social impact community.
Vision: Our vision is to grow into a social impact discovery hub, both for social entrepreneurs looking for opportunities to collaborate as well as for organizations—including incubators, investors, and more—seeking a new social enterprise to support.
Meet The Team
Chrissy Barnum, Founder
As the creator of Impact Beacon, Chrissy is very excited to continue promoting the innovative work of social entrepreneurs all over the world. She is passionate about creating a positive social impact, and maintains endless respect for entrepreneurs investing so much time and effort into their projects. When Chrissy is not chasing down social entrepreneurs and their supporters, she works as a management consultant for social sector organizations at Accenture. Prior to working in management consulting, she studied public policy and global health at Duke University. Chrissy is an avid traveler and loves to run, paint and explore new cultures.
Aaron Bartnick, Contributor and Social Entrepreneur Connoisseur
Aaron has worked at the intersection of politics, nonprofits, and entrepreneurship for the last five years. After helping build and scale multiple seven-figure organizations, he has developed an eye for promising mission-driven projects and a passion for helping them succeed. He most recently served as the Chief Operating Officer for The OpenGov Foundation, a nonprofit working to bridge the gap between citizens and government through technology. When he’s not advising nonprofits and political groups around the world, you can find him enjoying a piece of extremely dry nonfiction or a juicy Taylor Swift song in your local karaoke bar.
Sarah Rogers, Contributor and Innovation Seeker
Sarah is very excited to be part of the Impact Beacon team, as she loves meeting new social entrepreneurs and learning about their exciting innovations. Every day she finds herself motivated by individuals who are dedicating their lives to tackling the world’s most pressing social challenges. Sarah has always worked in the social sector, dabbling in education, health, youth development, and now mobile technology and ICT4D. Outside of Impact Beacon, Sarah works for the organization Human Network International as the Program Manager for Ghana and Burkina Faso. Before moving to Africa to work in international development, she earned a degree in public policy and child policy research from Duke University. Sarah enjoys playing all kinds of sports, traveling (with Africa being her current continent of exploration), cooking, and exploring new food cultures!
Help Us Find the Next Social Entrepreneur to Spotlight
Do you know a social entrepreneur working to bring an innovative product or service to the marketplace? Whether it is health, education, gender equality, water and sanitation, poverty alleviation, financial inclusion, or another focus area, we are excited to meet changemakers striving to make an impact. Interviews can be conducted in-person or virtually, so no geography is out of bounds, and in English, Spanish, or French. Visit the Nominate page to tell us about a social entrepreneur you think we should feature on Impact Beacon.
A few definitions:
If social enterprise or social entrepreneur are new terms for you, check out these definitions referenced below:
Social Enterprise: An entity that aims to fulfill a social mission while following a business model that helps it achieve financial viability, sustainability and scale (credit: World Bank)
Social Entrepreneur: An individual with innovative solutions to society’s most pressing social problems. They are often ambitious and persistent, tackling major social issues and offering new ideas for wide-scale change. Social entrepreneurs drive social innovation and transformation in various fields including education, health, environment and enterprise development. A social entrepreneur, similar to a business entrepreneur, builds strong and sustainable organizations, which are either set up as not-for-profits or companies. (credit: Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship; Ashoka)