3P SoundBite is a new series of short interviews to be featured here on Triple Pundit and written by Clara Kuo. Enjoy…
Who: Sean Stannard-Stockton, principal and director, Ensemble Capital: “I’ve always been fascinated by finance and by social change and philanthropy. I noticed that those two areas didn’t really mix…it’s been fun seeing that organizations are starting to recognize that (they can mix).”
What: Ensemble Capital is a wealth management firm empowering individuals and families who want to make positive contributions to society with the best social and financial ROI. “If someone says they are interested in dealing with homelessness, but doesn’t know where to dedicate their funds, we can guide the process and help set up a foundation.”
On philanthropy and web 2.0: It used to be big private foundations setting up libraries, hospitals…now it’s not something you do in a mahogany boardroom somewhere….(now) stuff like Kiva.org where you can actually see the person and know how the money is being used.
How individuals can create social change within companies:
Profit and social change were traditionally separate entities but now corporations and even consumers are realizing that we can restructure things so that there may be a change but not necessarily a sacrifice to the bottom line. Employees can say we could do this better and affect social change and still make more money.
Sean Stannard-Stockton’s blog: www.tacticalphilanthropy.com
More on Ensemble Capital: www.ensemblecapital.com
Clara Kuo is a marketing communications strategist with an MBA in international marketing from the Monterey Institute of International Studies. Her professional interests include social media, entrepreneurship/intrapreneurship and the triple bottom line. She blogs here and on her self-named blog (www.clarakuo.com).