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Positive Impact Philanthropy Podcast

Nov 17, 2021

Join Lori and her guest, Cara Belvin, as they talk about what it means to have a community that supports girls whose mothers have died. Cara wanted to create an organization that made sure that all these girls had what they needed in their grief. She shares the journey of how she has made an impact on countless women’s lives. Stay tuned!


Here are the things to expect in this episode:

  • No one really knows much about nonprofit management when they start a nonprofit of their own.
  • The value of joining forces with causes similar to your own.
  • Starting a nonprofit that is community-based, and not center-based. What does this mean?
  • What can people do if they’re not sure how to help?
  • What nonprofits need the most are time and talent.
  • How did her nonprofit scale?
  • And much more!


About Cara Belvin:

CARA BELVIN was desperate to meet another girl like her after her beautiful + brave mother died of breast cancer when she was just 9 years old.  Cara’s extended family and friends assisted in filling the void left behind by this profound loss and empowerHER was formed out the gratitude she felt for all the layers of support her family received growing up.  As a mother herself, she felt it would be as much for these mothers as it would be for these young girls.


Cara formed empowerHER around her dining room table as a grassroots organization and word quickly spread across the country about her work.  Thousands of inquiries came in from women who wished for an organization like empowerHER when they were growing up.  Today, Cara works with these Ambassadors to form new Chapters in communities all around the world in an effort to connect, support + empower girls everywhere.


Cara frequently presents on issues surrounding adversity, women’s empowerment, and social entrepreneurship.  As the founder of the only nonprofit in the world dedicated to girls of mother loss, Cara’s efforts have been featured on CNN, ABC,  PBS NewsHour with Judy Woodruff, and more.   Cara is the lead producer of HBO’s The Conversation: Stories that Matter and travels the country spreading awareness for empowerHER. 


Cara lives in a quaint coastal town outside Boston with her loving husband Shane, two beautiful children Murphy + Ava and their sweet dog Holly. 


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