Risk Of Inauthenticity.

“Impact Venture Capitalists!”

Hello Team…

I’m occasionally asked by new members, often real estate agents, insurance agents, etc., and sellers of multi-level marketing products that if, at the Impact Club events, they should hand out business cards, pens, and so forth?

My answer: No!

Impact Club, as I’ve said before, is not some shitty networking event. Impact Club is about massive Impact on the local community. Strong communities first and foremost, care about others. The charities. The kids. The families. They put all of that first. They don’t try to commandeer the charity event, by making it a branding move, strategically posing with their company’s logo. Handing out business cards. Or try talking people’s ears off at the event, about their dealings, products, services, because they have an alternate agenda fundamentally different than Impact Club.


When you try to commandeer a charity function, it positions you horribly, as someone who puts themself first. And trust me. When we see it, we all know exactly what I mean. It’s a visceral thing. It’s a gut-level thing. And maybe you don’t mean to judge that person, but we do it anyhow.

I was at the airport the other day.

As I was standing in line to checkout, buying a bottle of water, there was this little 2-year old girl. No one was watching her. So I watched her. When the little girl started running out of the store, “Mommy, mommy,” panicked, looking for her mother. I finally said the lady in front of me, “Excuse me, do you have a little girl?”

“Yes” she said.

I replied, “Well, she’s looking all over for you.”

When I stepped up to the register, two seconds later, the cashier and I just looked at each other. Neither of us said a word. Because remember, it’s visceral. It’s gut-level. The judgement had been made. We both knew exactly what the other was thinking. “No Mom of the year award for that lady.”

So be careful in how you unconsciously position yourself.

Like it or not…

People are always judging you.

And trying to commandeer Impact Club or any charity event or function, is a fast path to appearing wholly inauthentic to folks. Not to mention, as someone who cares more about themself than others.

Just be a philanthropist!

True Impact Venture Capitalists understand the power of that reputation.


One of the reasons Impact Club has been the viral phenomenon it has in each local market, is because people always wanted “to do good” and make Impact, they just didn’t know how. Impact Club became that vehicle.

For a meager $100, you could buy your ticket on the Impact Train, and suddenly belong to a community of Impact Venture Capitalists, whose collective Impact is far larger than any one person individually.

The concept has proven to work. With the 3rd Impact Club set to launch on February 28th, in less than 90 days, together we’ve secured over $175,000 in committed donations to help fund our local charities.

But what if Impact Club could do more?

Not necessarily for the local charities, but for Impact Club members?

And what if by doing more for Impact Club members; mind, body, business, relationships – Impact Club could not just increase contributions to local charities, but multiply that level many folds over?

In his autobiography, Nicola Tesla described how he worked:

“My method is different. I do not rush into actual work. When I get an idea I start at once building it up in my imagination. I change the construction. Make improvements and operate the device in my mind. It is absolutely immaterial to me whether I run my turbine in thought or test it in my shop. I even note if it is out of balance. There is no difference whatsoever, the results are the same. In this way I am able to rapidly develop and perfect a conception without touching anything.

When I have gone so far as to embody in the invention every possible improvement I can think of and see no fault anywhere, I put into concrete form this final product of my brain. Invariably my device works as I conceived that it should, and the experiment comes out exactly as I planned it. In twenty years there has not been a single exception.”

To be clear, I’m no Nikola Tesla.

But for the design and execution of Impact Club, so far, so good. We’re right on schedule, perhaps even better than we imagined. My development team continues to work on the back-end tech infrastructure.

Stay tuned…


Impact Venture Capitalism is rooted in venture capitalism. That is to say, to win the funding, you must present the best Story-Engine. From the Temecula Impact Club, here are mini-docs from our three presenters:

Christian Youth Theater: https://youtu.be/lzAMFArNjYY

Hope’s Community Closet: https://youtu.be/aMms67T7jSg

Project TOUCH: https://youtu.be/OXdOoOAErQg

For as long as I’m capable, I’ll continue to produce these videos and document the growth of Impact Club using the resources of my in-house video team. These videos are powerful assets for future fundraising.


By the end of 2017, we will have raised millions to fund local charities.

-Ryan Fletcher

Co-Founder, Impact Club – forever Grateful.

PS: Encourage everyone you know to learn the Language of Story. If they do, life, business, fundraising, relationships, the attraction of opportunity, clients, money, love, etc. will be much easier for them.

About IC

Impact Club® is Crossfit® for those who want to make a difference. We are Impact Venture Capitalists. There are local and national leaderboards. We compete. We use our intelligence, connections, propensity to solve problems, committed hearts, and unrelenting conviction to turn small donations into huge impact.