"Inspired Giving Podcast" Community Foundation of Tampa Bay Eleanor Saunders ECHO
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Eleanor Saunders talks shifting mindsets from nonprofit to for-purpose business, social enterprise, and ECHO's work toward systemic change
On this episode of the Inspired Giving Podcast, host Wilma Norton welcomes Eleanor Saunders, executive director of ECHO of Brandon. Saunders shares her experiences building a social enterprise (ECHO Handmade) into an existing nonprofit and shifting the nonprofit mindset. In 2017, ECHO won the grand prize of $25,000 from the Social Venture Partners Fast Pitch Business Accelerator for its social enterprise. ECHO Handmade not only upcycles existing clothing donations into handmade purses, leather cuffs, and key chains, it also gives its clients, called artisans, professional training in sewing and metal work.