I believe change happens when women get involved in their community.
I’m Kirsten Bunch and I get my kicks helping other people realize their dreams. I created this program for empathetic, imaginative and gritty women entrepreneurs like you who want to act on their desire to give back.
As well as starting and managing projects in the social change sector for over 20 years, I've helped people set up organizations and bring their artistic projects into being.
I started a women's design center in Kabul, Afghanistan. I developed a start up plan for a global collaborative music program for children living in low income communities. And I helped a for profit consulting firm convert to a nonprofit think tank.
So I know exactly how this field works - all its ins and outs and quirks - and I can share what I’ve learnt with you.
I’ve got firsthand experience of how difficult it can be to get projects off the ground and keep them going. I can help you avoid potential setbacks by letting know what works well, and what it’s best to steer clear of.
AND I’ve got a little black book crammed with knowledgeable changemakers who can give you pointers to shape your idea and make it real.
What people say about me
I quit my career as a fundraiser and started this program because I desired a different life purpose.
I have been a staff person, volunteer, consultant, donor and board member.
I've worked with game-changing non-profits and social businesses like VisionSpring, Rainforest Alliance, Aid to Artisans, Trickle Up, Dining for Women and Criterion Institute.
I’ve raised more than $20 million to support social and environmental causes.
I have a Master of Public Administration with a specialization in nonprofit management and a Master of Arts in Latin American and Caribbean Studies, both from NYU.
In 2015, I launched StoriedGlobal to help people connect with each other through their personal stories.
it isn't all about work
I learned Spanish while living on the beach in Costa Rica in the 1990s, making and selling jewelry to tourists to earn money.
I've been to over 50 countries.
When the Powerball gets really high, I buy a ticket and dream about becoming a big time philanthropist.
At the age of 46, I decided to learn to play roller derby, including learning how to skate.
I am inspired by the unrelentingly, powerful women who I meet all over the world.
I live in northern New Jersey on top of a mountain with my wife, dogs, cats, horses, deer, bear and a turtle named Henrietta.
The bottom line is I believe YOU can find purpose in working to make a better world
I don’t think you have to quit your job or come out of retirement (unless you want to) to make change happen.
But I do think (rather, I know) that you have to take the first few steps.