Value Added: The Nonprofit Entrepreneur
He wooed prospective donors in Washington, where he slept on friends' couches and knocked on non-profit doors. It was a crazy lifestyle. He took his phone calls, whether he was in Bogota or D.C., on a 202-area code telephone link through Vonage.
But the craziness paid off. Beale got $80,000 from Ebay founder Pierre Omidyar and $20,000 from DuPont Corp. to get off the ground.
"I am just like a business entrepreneur, but instead of making a big paycheck I try to make a big impact," he said.
His competitive advantage lies in his certification from the State Department, allowing him to bring in experienced non-profit managers.
At last check, 500 people were applying for this year's 12 positions.