Marta Belcher

Marta Belcher

Marta Belcher is a juris doctorate candidate at Stanford Law School concentrating on intellectual property and technology law. She also serves as the executive director of No Worries Now, a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit that organizes proms for teens with life-threatening illnesses. Marta was honored as the “Huffington Post Greatest Person of the Day” in 2011 for her work with No Worries Now and as an activist for public umbilical cord blood banking. Marta holds a bachelor’s degree in rhetoric from the University of California, Berkeley, and has also studied at Freie Universität Berlin. Marta was honored by the president of Ireland for her paper, “Social Media and the Revolutionary Economy of Mass Collaboration,” as a highly commended international entrant of the Undergraduate Awards of Ireland. As part of her advocacy for public umbilical cord blood banking, Marta has worked in the California State Assembly and for the National Marrow Donor Program. She was previously a reporter and columnist for "The Daily Californian" as well as a copy editor and staff writer for "The Outlook Newspaper." Marta enjoys reading about quantum physics and queer theory, spending quality time with her cat and husky, and sending art through the mail. She spends most of her free time geocaching -- participating in a world-wide, high-tech treasure hunt.

Recent Posts

Cord Blood Offers a Cure for Cancer and HIV, but Who Pays?

Jordy Serwin, 23, at the No Worries Now Prom for teens with life-threatening illnesses in Los Angeles. At age 6, Jordy received one of the first umbilical cord blood transplants ever performed. The procedure cured her leukemia and saved her life; Source: Jordy Serwin

Umbilical cord blood transplants cure more than 70 serious diseases, but public cord blood banking requires funding. Governments and nonprofits are increasingly addressing the issue, but thousands of patients still die every year while waiting to find a match in the public registry. Social enterprises—which hybridize for-profit business with charitable missions—are known for the type of innovative business models that could be game-changers for cord blood banking.

Why We Should Fight Back Against Nonprofits That ‘Fight Obesity’

Table For Two uses images like this one in its promotional materials to demonstrate its "calorie transfer program."

In what is known as the “obesity paradox,” studies are increasingly demonstrating that, compared to thin people, fat people are just as healthy, live just as long, and are actually more likely to survive certain diseases. Meanwhile, dieting itself is shown to lead to serious health issues. Nonprofits and social enterprises that equate thinness with health thrive by exploiting socially acceptable prejudice, spreading bad science, and stigmatizing those they claim to help. How do you fight world hunger? Fight obesity, says Table For Two (TFT), an international nonprofit that health and fat activists are calling misguided and offensive.

For Inveneo, Addressing the Global Digital Divide Calls for Business, Not Charity

Photo Courtesy of Inveneo_Children in Maasai Mara

Children in Maasai Mara, Kenya use technology deployed by Inveneo, a nonprofit social enterprise. Photo courtesy of Inveneo. A rumor that the FCC released a proposal last month for nation-wide, free, public Wi-Fi was quickly dismissed as wishful thinking, but sparked a much-needed national conversation about the digital divide. Kristin Peterson, co-founder and CEO of Inveneo, has been preoccupied with disparities in technology access at a global level since 2004. Inveneo, a nonprofit social enterprise, delivers affordable (but not free), reliable, and sustainable broadband to communities in developing countries.