We're on a mission to get humanitarian supplies to those in need quickly and efficiently. In 2015, we began building an e-procurement marketplace for aid & development products that meet humanity's needs. Just as e-commerce has transformed every other industry, the aid world needs to be brought into the 21st century with the power of a new platform! When disaster after disaster took place in 2017 from Hurricane Harvey to Puerto Rico, there were millions in need of supplies and millions wanting to help in a concrete way. Team TLM was frustrated, infuriated and felt a bit helpless. And then we had our ah-ha moment.
With our ecommerce platform loaded up with relief supplies, why not allow nonprofits to post the supplies they've determined they need to help people in the form of crowdfunding campaigns. Whether the supplies are for a preparedness program, a development initiative to help those in poverty or for disaster response, crowd funding can quickly help get them deployed in a transparent and cost effective way. So we built Level Giving.
By launching these campaigns on a central platform, donors can see exactly what products are being purchased, for whom, and where they're being sent. Nonprofits are able to raise the money they need to deploy the supplies, and the donors are involved in the entire process and see their donations making a difference.Unfortunately, the rate of natural disasters is increasing, poverty is still prevalent and man-made crises are on the rise. Thankfully, humanitarian engineering and technology innovation is also on the rise as embodied in The Level Market's bustling marketplace.
During our time on the ground in more than 30 countries, including conflict zones and impoverished nations, we experienced the difficulties of sourcing and purchasing quality aid supplies. As a custom e-procurement marketplace and crowdfunding platform, we offer everything from tents to reusable sanitary pads that will bring any relief effort or entrepreneurial program to life.
The team behind The Level Market
Board of Advisors
Susan N. Dorsey
Sue Dorsey currently serves as the Vice President of Finance and Administration for the Gates Family Foundation, which she joined in 2016. She has over 20 years of experience in nonprofit management, international development and finance. Prior to her current role, Sue served for seven years as the Chief Financial Officer for Water for People, an NGO focused on sustainable, market-based solutions to global water and sanitation challenges. Prior to joining Water for People, Sue spent 12 years as the Executive Director of Friendship Bridge, a microfinance and education organization operating in Vietnam and Guatemala. Sue served as a Peace Corps volunteer in rural Costa Rica from 1990-92, working in small business development. Prior to the Peace Corps, Sue worked for several years in banking and finance with the First National Bank of Maryland.
Sue is an adjunct professor at the University of Denver’s Josef Korbel School for International Studies. She has an MBA from the Yale School of Management and a Bachelor’s degree in Business and Finance from the University of Vermont. Sue has served on the Board of InsideNGO since 2013 and as Treasurer since 2015.
Stefan’s passion for solutions building started at an early age, and was solidified through a management consulting position with American Management Systems (now CGI). He headed to Düsseldorf, Germany for three years to help design and develop a large Telecom ERP and Billing System for a major Telecom in Germany. It was here that Stefan developed his understanding of how to take a big solution vision from ideation to implementation. After his time in Germany, Stefan headed to Denver, Colorado and has never looked back. Upon landing in Colorado, he left the corporate consulting world to co-found 303 Software, a successful software consultancy. During his time at 303 Software, Stefan pursued several product opportunities. With a successful exit from side project MyRounding behind him, Stefan is advising on and helping to grow multiple technology-driven businesses.
Stefan has a dual degree in Marketing and Information Technology from the College of William and Mary. He serves on a number of boards in Colorado and is active in the Denver startup and digital health communities.
Steve provides practical, thorough advice to entrepreneurs based on his experiences as an impact investor, CEO of a cleantech company that won NREL’s National Best Venture Award, business and legal advisor to numerous startups, and deep involvement in government and public policy. Steve was formerly a partner in two Denver law firms where his practice focused on impact investing, representation of early stage companies, and public policy.
Steve has contributed to the impact investment industry from every angle - entrepreneur, financial and strategic advisor, attorney, and advocate. In each of these roles he has been a leader and continues to help expand the space and to help entrepreneurs succeed while working to ensure there is a strong ecosystem supporting the space and providing insightful commentary on the industry.
In addition to his direct work with entrepreneurs, Steve is active in the Colorado and national impact communities. He is Chair of the Public Policy Committee of the Colorado Cleantech Industry Association and is on the advisory board of several companies; including Cornerstone Capital Group, a leader in sustainable investing and finance. Outside of the impact space, Steve is an active member of the Colorado community where he has been engaged in and led numerous civic initiatives and has been a close advisor of many political leaders in Colorado and nationally. Before relocating to Denver, Steve’s Washington, DC career included service in the White House and the US Department of the Treasury under President Bill Clinton. Steve is a certified Wilderness First Responder who enjoys the outdoors in all seasons and a music fan who plays the mandolin with far more enthusiasm than talent.
Kurt is currently President of Hoeven Inc, and was formerly Chief Executive Officer of Blue Ocean Holdings, LLC, an affiliate of Blue Ocean Enterprises. Kurt focuses on building businesses, identifying business leaders and start-up firms for potential investment, and strategically investing in commercial real estate. He has decades of experience managing businesses in every stage of development. His extensive corporate management experience includes eight years at Hewlett-Packard and the May Company, after which he focused his consultation on emerging companies undergoing significant transformation and/or growth. Kurt began advising technology case manufacturer OtterBox in 2001 and served as its Chief Financial Officer during a period of rapid growth. In 2011, he became OtterBox’s Global Finance Officer and board director and was instrumental that year in creating Blue Ocean Holdings, LLC and Blue Ocean Enterprises Inc.
Kurt received an MBA from the Harvard Business School and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of California at Berkeley with a BA in Economics. Kurt has been involved in the acquisition and management of numerous companies in a variety of industries and has played an active role in the formation and management of many startup companies. He is passionate about working with business leaders, assisting them in building their companies, and advising them to successfully navigate all phases of the business cycle.
Adam Michaels is the vice president of global ecommerce for Crocs, where he oversees ecommerce strategy & operations, digital marketing, merchandising, customer service, web analytics, mobile, and omni-channel efforts. Prior to joining Crocs, Michaels led the ecommerce business for Reebok, including the YourReebok customization business. Before going to Reebok, Michaels co-founded Cloud 9 Living, which he helped grow from a startup into a multimillion-dollar company, recognized in the Inc. 500 list as one of the 500 fastest-growing companies in the U.S.
Adam received his B.A. from Colgate University, and resides in Boulder, Colorado.
Kevin M. Peach
Kevin M. Peach is a management consultant with over ten years of experience in emergency management and public health. Kevin has been recognized for his ability to effectively lead programs that address preparedness, protection, security, response, recovery, and mitigation. Having served in numerous capacities for various local, state, and federal agencies, Kevin possesses extensive and diverse professional experience managing government organizations, which includes writing grants and winning federal and private funding for complex disaster projects and emergency management programs.
Kevin possesses comprehensive knowledge of the principles, practices, and organizations that affect public health, preparedness, emergency management, and private sector activities in the United States. He has a proven ability to exercise leadership and manage a diverse and complex organization to protect the Nation from all hazards, including natural disasters, public health crises, terrorism, and other man-made disasters through a risk-based, comprehensive emergency management system of preparedness, protection, security, response, recovery, and mitigation.
Susan N. Dorsey
Kevin M. Peach
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