Meet Our Advisors: Clint O’Brien
Role models/heroes: “Rachel Carson, a marine biologist and nature writer whose works are credited with advancing the global environmental movement; Mahatma Gandhi; Martin Luther King Jr.; Thomas Clarkson; Al Gore; Bill Moyers; Jimmy Carter; Bob Woodward; Carl Bernstein; and my parents.”
Favorite quote: “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” — Mahatma Gandhi.
Best advice you ever received: “From my dad, about the secret to a successful marriage — but I can’t share it, in case my wife is reading this. I’m also partial to what comedian Steve Martin advised, which is to ‘Be so good they can’t ignore you.’”
Care2 is not a nonprofit, but it partners with nonprofits. How does it work?: “Care2 is one of an increasing number of companies proving that for-profit organizations can make a better world, especially if they team up with nonprofit organizations to achieve shared missions. We do this by aligning as closely as possible our own success with that of our nonprofit clients and partners. Our basic model is to promote nonprofits’ causes to Care2’s millions of amazing, civically active members, who thirst for new ways to make a difference every day of their lives.
“In doing this, we help the nonprofits recruit new members, donors and advocacy supporters from among our own large membership — and this in turn benefits our members by mobilizing their passions and personal networks to serve good causes and produce actual, meaningful change in the world.
“This thrills our members, who tell their friends about Care2, further expanding Care2’s membership and the impact our community has by working collectively as a positive social force. So in every way, our effort to serve the interests of our nonprofit partners is enriching to the experience that our members have in being part of the Care2 community. It’s a self-reinforcing model, a virtuous circle, if you will.”