Carly is the founder and CEO of Baby Give Back, a charity that gives families the essentials they need to give their children a safe start in life.
Five years ago, while tending to her two children, Carly noticed a surplus of baby products and items in the corner of her house that her then two-year-old son had grown out of.
She sat in gratitude as she considered how lucky and well-supported she was that she was able to provide her children with whatever they needed. Day-to-day challenges of parenting aside, Carly's attention was on families who did not have access to the basic support and resources that many others are afforded. This prompted Carly to start looking for ways to pass these items on to families in need.
but she soon discovered how vast this need was and that there was no avenue in Queensland where this need was tended to.
Fast forward five years, Carly has filled this gap in the community and is now running a beautiful and successful charity that supplies material aid and empowerment to new parents and families.
Carly shares how she transitioned from a legal career into entrepreneurship and how the charity has grown over time. Her main message: EVERY contribution is valuable. Even the smallest actions have an immense impact.
In this episode, we cover:
Identifying a gap or need that ignites the passion for making an impact
The steps it took to run a charity full-time
How to transition from an established career into the entrepreneurial space and mindset
Acknowledging the value and benefits of being an entrepreneur
The importance of people sustainability, ensuring the well-being of your staff and team
The ripple effect, and how small actions can create a huge impact
How a business extends further than just its products or services to its mission and values
How anyone can make an impact and ways to contribute
What steps did you take to enable to run Baby Give back full-time?
It was about the next thing and the next thing.
I have a tendency towards intensity. At that point, I was still working part-time, and I didn’t anticipate or see the clear path to taking over a full-time paid role as CEO of a charity.
I was juggling an intense paid job, a very intense volunteer job, and two young children, which put a lot of pressure on my family. I was so close to not seeing a way to do it all. But I told my husband, however our family survives financially, I have to give up something. And for me it has to be my legal career, it can’t be Baby Give Back.
“It was about driving growth and that growth was being driven by need. Never let any ego or shiny things attract you toward that growth path” Carley Fradgley, Founder of Baby Give Back
“I had a vision. It wasn't anything clear but I let myself latch onto that vision that I can do something more” Carley Fradgley, Founder of Baby Give Back
“It is very powerful to show kids you can make a difference. What you have to contribute is really valuable.” Carley Fradgley, Founder of Baby Give Back
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