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July 6th, 2022

Global Leadership Network Interview with Chris Lesner

The Global Leadership Network hosted its annual Global Leadership Summit (GLS) and featured Chris Lesner, who explains his connection to the event and inspiration to apply this knowledge in growing PWI.

GLS Article


December 17, 2017

Chris Lesner interview on IdeaMensch

Chris is interviewed on the popular entrepreneur community site, IdeaMensch. He answers questions like: "What advice would you give your younger self?"; "Tell us something that's true that almost nobody agrees with you on."; "What is the one thing you do over and over and recommend everyone else do?"; and "What is the one book that you recommend our community should read and why?".

IdeaMensch Interview


July 5, 2017

Project World Impact, LLC Receives 2017 Best of Winfield Award

Project World Impact, LLC has been selected for the 2017 Best of Winfield Award in the Information Technology Services category by the Winfield Award Program.


May 15, 2017

Chris Lesner is Featured on The Blind Entrepreneur

Chris is interviewed on the The Blind Entrepreneur Podcast. He’s asked wide-ranging questions about his entrepreneurship journey, stumbles along the way, personal habits, and lessons learned.

The Blind Entrepreneur Podcast


March 27, 2017

Ministry in the Marketplace: Bill and Chris Lesner

Bill and Chris are featured in a blog series by The Barnabas Group—concerning marketplace leaders “who inspire us to live and work with more Kingdom purpose.”

Barnabas Group Blog


November 25, 2016

Read Business Ledger Article: “Impacting the World’s Most Fundamental Needs in a Practical Way”

In this Special Edition, “2016 Guide to Business Philanthropy and Social Responsibility”, Chris Lesner, PWI Founder and CEO, outlines why PWI was formed—and how it supports nonprofits to change the world.

Daily Herald Article


August 27, 2016

Live Radio Interview - AM1160 Hope for Your Life Radio

In this live radio interview, Chris Lesner, PWI Founder and CEO covers a wide range of subjects— the challenges faced by nonprofits, the mission and work of PWI, the ups and downs of launching a startup, and more.


AM1160 Radio Interview


August 18, 2016

Daily Herald Announces the Honorees for the 17th Annual Entrepreneurial Excellence Awards. 

The Daily Herald’s Business Ledger, the leading provider of business news and information in suburban Chicago, announced their selection of Chris Lesner, Project World Impact, LLC, to receive an Entrepreneurial Excellence Award.  This award honors entrepreneurs who “demonstrate the best traits of entrepreneurship, including a willingness to take risk, drive, perseverance, and business creativity.”


August 12, 2016

Read about PWI CEO & Founder, Chris Lesner, “Barnabas Group Profile: Meet Chris”

Chris Lesner is featured in an article on The Barnabas Group website. The Barnabas Group is: “Where Marketplace Leaders Meet Ministry Opportunities”.

The Barnabas Group Article


August 10, 2016

Podcast Interview - Sweet Fish Media

Chris Lesner, Founder and CEO at Project World Impact, shares a unique approach to leveraging software as a lead generation tool. Sweet Fish Media produces podcasts for B2B Growth and Executive Leadership.

Sweet Fish Podcast


December 20, 2015

Radio Interview AM560 The Answer

Chris Lesner, PWI Founder and CEO is interviewed on “Playmakers Spotlight”, a radio program that highlights leaders in the entrepreneurship space.

Playmakers Interview


September 15, 2015


WHEATON, Ill. -, an internet startup, is an online hub where visitors can search for nonprofits, fair trade and cause-related organizations by cause and location, then support them through donating, crowdfunding or volunteering. One of the biggest reasons Americans don't give to charity is because people struggle to find causes they are passionate about, according to a study by SEI. Project World Impact (PWI) is looking to change this. The website launches to the public on September 15.

"We're giving people the chance to tangibly impact the world around them. We are changing the way people engage with nonprofits and fair trade companies," says Chris Lesner, the founder and CEO of PWI, who got the idea for PWI after working with nonprofits at his previous marketing agency. "I noticed there were thousands of nonprofits, both global and local, who all needed the same things: more funding, volunteers and exposure. I also realized that there were over 100 million people looking online for ways to get involved in a variety of causes. PWI was created to do both - meet the needs of cause-minded people and cause-minded organizations."

It's free to build a profile on, where nonprofit and fair trade organizations can get in front of millions of people. Visitors can click on countries they're interested in and browse a list of needs in that country. Once visitors select a country and cause of interest, they're matched with nonprofits, fair trade and cause-related organizations working in that particular niche.

Each nonprofit and fair trade profile is designed to spark interaction with visitors, featuring pictures, videos, crowdfunding projects, products and more. Visitors can also find volunteer opportunities and donate directly to a cause. PWI is committed to taking no percentage of donations or crowdfunding projects. In many cases when money is given through PWI, the nonprofit will receive more of every dollar than if someone donated to them on their own site.

"We know 87% of millennials express interest in giving to charity," says Lesner. "But the key to engaging them is finding what they're passionate about and offering a fun, tangible way to support that cause. That's what we're doing with PWI." 

Project World Impact expects over a million unique visitors to the site in the next year. Currently, thousands of nonprofits, fair trade and cause-related organizations are featured on, with more added every day.

For more information or media requests, contact Click here for a video walkthrough of the site. Click here for an overview of PWI.

Press Release


June 3, 2015

Watch an interview with Anna Morris, Content Development Lead, as she explains what PWI is all about.

Watch The Interview


July 28, 2014

The Chicago Tribune highlights the relationship between Project World Impact and a local university.

Chicago Tribune Article