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Erik Schultz

Erik Schultz

Erik Schultz is the CEO and co-founder of Thriive, a nonprofit providing innovative pay-it-forward loans to support developing world entrepreneurs and vulnerable communities. Like Thriive, Erik’s focus is promoting a more compassionate brand of grassroots capitalism that harnesses the energy of the free market while coupling it with social and environmental responsibility. His background in family philanthropy with the Arthur B. Schultz Foundation includes international grants creating new opportunities for people with disabilities and disadvantaged women, which in turn colors Thriive’s efforts to inject social and environmental returns into their small business financing. Both charities are beginning concerted efforts to align 100% of their resources with their missions and other progressive social and environmental initiatives. Erik was named a White House Champion of Change by President Obama in 2012 for Thriive’s global work with smallholder farmers and contributions to enhancing food security. He is also the recipient of Wheels for Humanity’s Freedom of Mobility Award for efforts supporting developing world wheelchair mobility solutions. Erik makes his home in the mountains of Sun Valley, Idaho, spending his free time nordic skiing in winter and rafting the Salmon River in the summer.