Our parent company, VillageCreed, was established to help nonprofit organizations better manage volunteers and clients in a physical location while creating local awareness of their resources. Out of our own experience, we feel passionately about creating human-centered community engagement platforms that meet needs, solve problems, and help organizations care better for their clients and patrons. We believe that it is both possible and practical to bridge the gaps between the corporate and non-profit sectors in positive ways that truly benefit the public.
In the spring of 2020, we all faced the difficult challenges of a global pandemic. Most of us were forced to reimagine and redesign our remote organizational management and operations. This shift was especially hard on non-profits. Our founder imagined an online “remote engagement toolkit” that could complement the physical engagement of non-profits.
This is what gave birth to the idea of Paths. Paths was initially designed to be a powerful and user-friendly remote suite of services that would help nonprofits get organized and remain viable throughout the pandemic.
During this journey, our founder’s wife was diagnosed with Stomach Cancer. Her disease led to removing most of her stomach. Infections, and chronic complications led to 11 hospital admissions, all extraordinarily difficult for her and her loved ones. Our founder found himself in the role of caregiver, and he and his wife realized just how difficult it can be to navigate our healthcare system. She passed away at home in hospice care in February of 2022. She was 51.
As a caregiver, our founder envisioned an added dimension for the Paths structure. He realized that patient and caregiver engagement and education are essentially the same as they have been for more than 40 years. The same tools that can help non-profits engage remotely can also be used by doctors and their teams to engage patients and their caregivers in compassionate ongoing remote care management.
In our experience, we have begun to discover that our powerful and easy-to-use and manage Paths engine can have an impact in many aspects of community life. At this point we have developed out three of these areas of need: PurposePaths for non-profit organizations, CarePaths for medical providers, and FaithPaths for churches.
And… we have many more plans for developing out the Paths product further for the future.
Why is VillagePaths a Public Benefit Corporation and not a Nonprofit?
Every day more and more nonprofits come into being. It's easy to raise funds through various social media accounts for NEW initiatives. With every new nonprofit, money is stripped and siphoned away from other nonprofits. Our Village Path founder thinks we have "chopping down the giving tree" in the nonprofit space. Everyone is battling for the same finite resources We don't think "more" 501c3's is the answer.
We think better maximizing the existing resources is best for all. Village Paths is a Public Benefit Corporation, a for-profit institution that provides a benefit to the environment or public. This allows us to generate shareholder profit without making it our primary goal. Instead, we are free to focus on connecting and strengthening local communities. We help bridge the gaps between nonprofits and for-profits. We aim to leverage businesses to better align with community causes. Public and private sectors need to work together to accomplish big goals. Our purpose includes creating value for customers, employees, and communities, in a nod to the concept of "stakeholder capitalism."
Public Benefit Corporations (PBCs) are known as benefit corporations, are for-profit companies that balance maximizing value to shareholders with a legally binding commitment to a social or environmental mission. In contrast with other for-profit entities, which by law must focus exclusively on increasing investor returns, a PBC is required to consider other factors. A PBC’s charter identifies a public benefit, namely a positive effect or reduction of negative effects flowing to stakeholders, that is “artistic, charitable, cultural, economic, educational, environmental, literary, medical, religious, scientific, or technological” in character. When making business decisions, in addition to considering the value to shareholders, PBCs also must consider other stakeholder interests, which may include employees, customers, certain communities, or the environment.
The Public Benefit Corporation business model benefits both shareholders and society.
The purpose of Village Paths PBC is stated in our company’s formation documents in Delaware, as the structure of PBCs is designed to increase transparency and accountability regarding their social and environmental impact. We are required to measure the social and environmental performance of our company and share those findings in an annual benefit report to shareholders, the state, and the public.
GW has a 20+ year career track-record of building, branding, funding, and launching leading consumer products, technologies, and service-oriented startups. In 2003, he co-founded, started, and led: a clinical provider network specializing in pediatric neurology/psychiatry - a nationally recognized clinical research organization.
Megan figures things out. She loves doing research and learning new skills. Her heart for helping others directs all that Megan does. She works best behind the scenes. Megan is the anchor to the vision and leadership of Village Paths.
Former Alzheimer's Director. Former Children's Cancer Center Development Director. Results-driven, sales oriented, and management expertise with extensive experience in leadership, account management, relationship building, budget creation/management, and revenue generation. Steve has a personal commitment to making a difference in the lives of others by helping to lift people and organizations to their next level of their mission.
Passionate about design and how it affects people’s lives. His main goal is to help our society by creating a great comprehensive digital experience. His building blocks to the user experience are - defining the problem, empathy, ideate, prototype, test, learn, and iterate. These elements are crucial to go from an idea... to a prototype... to a successful product.
Theory leads our product innovation through an iterative process of research, design and prototyping. Theory's "creation toolkit" has given us flexibility to make incremental investments in our product with a focus on building towards measurable outcomes. Paths is built with a combination of proven technologies, tools and frameworks to bring the product to life. The Path's founder has made many mistakes. Aligning with Theory has not been one of them.
Founder / Chief Ethos Officer
No relation to the frog, Kermit thinks 90% of problems can be solved locally but we spend too much time and energy talking about national problems. He believes if a community has itemized knowledge of resources and needs, with a way to mobilize people to do something about it, communities will grow and thrive past the political gridlock that hurts us all.