A Blueprint for DIY Humanitarianism: A Conversation with Dr. Chris Stout of Center for Global Initiatives

February 7, 2017 Jamie Serino

In this episode of the Champions for Social Good Podcast, Jamie Serino speaks with Dr. Chris Stout (@drchrisstout), Founding Director of Center for Global Initiatives. Chris shares how his purpose for helping others has evolved throughout his journey through graduate school, international travels and projects with the World Economic Forum, and how that led him to create his own global humanitarian organization.  The process of launching a 501(c)3 is also discussed, and Chris offers some advice from his own experience including where to find helpful tools and resources.  During the conversation, Chris emphasizes the importance of maintaining a network of strong connections, building cross-sector partnerships, being flexible and having a contextual understanding of the service regions. Throughout his story of founding the Center for Global Initiatives, Chris illuminates how his organization supports self-sustaining programs that advance healthcare in underserved communities by mentoring, collaborating with and educating aspiring humanitarians.

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Jamie Serino

Jamie Serino is Director of Marketing for Blackbaud’s Corporations & Foundations division. Bringing nearly two decades of leadership experience spanning the private and nonprofit sectors, Jamie oversees the strategy to communicate Blackbaud’s brand promise to grantmaking organizations and corporations, drive market leadership, and establish strategic partnerships that lift the philanthropic sector. Jamie also hosts the Champions for Social Good podcast. Prior to joining Blackbaud, Jamie developed and led transformational marketing and communication strategies in both B-to-B and B-to-C technology industries, including financial services, network security, CRM, Internet telephony and HR/Recruiting. He was instrumental in building the Vonage brand, growing the customer base from 10,000 to 2.5 million while helping the company through its IPO. He also led the centralization of communications and branding at SunGard in order to reposition the company for IPO/acquisition.

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