Why RAISE: A word from CEO, Carol McKown
Whenever someone asks me why I started RAISE, I go straight to the heart for the explanation. For 30 years, I focused on building businesses as a serial entrepreneur and having the two kids, the dog, the yard, and the ‘white picket fence.’ I can honestly say that even though there were times I had it all in the world’s eyes, I was not content. It seemed like there must be something more. I can remember specifically one day in my early 30’s, sitting on the large front porch of my 9,000 square foot plantation style home, overlooking 3 1/2 acres and two tennis courts thinking, “What am I here for?” “What is my purpose?” To the outside world, I was very successful, but on the inside I knew I was not living a life of significance.
For 20 more years I continued down that path of success. I had the vacations, the vacation homes, the jewelry, the fur coats, the cars, the country club, the charity event – you know the drill. But for some reason, all these things were never enough. I was self-absorbed, so I pursued even more career goals to try and fulfill the longing in my heart.
I burned out after a series of natural disasters affected my properties, relationships were broken, and the recession began. These things shattered the false world I had become accustomed to. I was broken spiritually, emotionally, and fiscally. I wept. For two years I literally wrestled with God and like Jacob of the Old Testament I fought Him and hung on to Him. Like Jacob, I proclaimed that I would not let go of Him until He blessed me.
Well God did bless me – with dreams. Three months of dreams that were so vivid that I could get up each night and write a business plan. The business plan for RAISE (Responsible Alliance In Social Enterprise) is a model that both shareholders and stakeholders can be proud of. For two years I studied everything in the field of Social Innovation, Social Entrepreneurship, Social Enterprise, Cause Marketing, and Corporate Social Responsibility. I have found my purpose, my sweet spot, my significance. I have gathered experts around me to perfect the model. RAISE is prepared to lead any corporate team, no matter how large, to excellence in these areas. We have established partnerships in the government, for-profit, and non-profit sectors to build substantial strategic alliances that will together make a significant difference.
RAISE, as a business model, is unique and relatively new in the industry. We offer a suite of services to your corporation and its executive team. RAISE has a team with the skills to handle the top role of Chief Solutions Officer in your organization. There are consultants in this space, but they are all limited in scope. None offer a full range of services and tools that can be customized to meet your business needs in a turnkey way. RAISE focuses on adding revenues to your bottom line and elevating your brand, its stakeholders and shareholders.
The question is – are you going to leverage your success and the success of your organization and become significant? If so, join our movement! You will be glad you did.