If you have a small business, gift certificates or promotional coupons can be useful marketing tools. This is another printable gift certificate like the one above, but with a more formal style. Each of the gift certificate templates above contains a place to record the Certificate Number. It is vital that you keep a record of the gift certificates that you issue, including the Recipient's Name, Date Issued, the Amount, Expiration Date, and the unique Certificate Number.
Another technique to help discourage copying is to always print your gift certificates in color. If you choose to print a number of blank gift certificates, you only need to edit the company information and the fine print and maybe add a logo to the template. If you are filling out pre-printed blank gift certificate by hand, use a non-washable pen (like the ones made by Uniball that you would use to write checks with). It is probably not a good idea to edit your tracking log in front of a customer, because they would be able to see the other names, amounts, and numbers on the sheet. These gift certificate templates are designed to be edited and then printed in large quantities. Sasha leads Acumen Fund’s Business Development team, which is responsible for raising capital for Acumen Fund globally and for creating an engaged, vibrant, and connected community of Acumen Fund Partners and supporters around the world. On July 29, the Organization of Pakistani Entrepreneurs (OPEN) and the global nonprofit venture fund Acumen will kick off a new alliance to promote and empower Pakistani entrepreneurs creating impact around the world. Despite massive gains in global access to electricity, nearly 1.2 million people, mostly across developing countries in Asia and Africa, live with limited or no access to electricity.
The Acumen Global Fellowship is an intensive and immersive one-year journey that deepens participants’ understanding of poverty, exposes them to new models of social change—and enhances their capabilities as leaders to take on some of society’s greatest challenges. On Thursday, Forbes hosted its fifth annual Forbes 400 Summit on Philanthropy under the theme “Moonshots—Big Bets for Social Change.”  The exclusive event brought together 200 of the world’s leading philanthropists, social entrepreneurs and business leaders for a critical discussion on how to apply wealth and resources to solve today’s most intractable problems. On May 26, six renowned Bay Area chefs and more than 100 guests came together for a night of food and social impact in honor of Acumen and our investee, BURN, a producer and distributor of highly-efficient, affordable cookstoves in East Africa. There is article after article about why businesses and investors should seek new ways to be more inclusive of women in their business models. New York, NY – Acumen, the nonprofit global venture fund, announced today the launch of Acumen America, a portfolio of American social enterprises focused on tackling poverty within the United States. On April 12th, Acumen and the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship hosted a workshop in Oxford, England with representatives from large corporations and smaller social businesses from around the globe. We are excited to announce our partnership with IKEA Foundation to expand our work in bringing off-grid energy solutions to the world’s poor. By investing charitable money, we’re able to take bigger risks to support innovation, going where more commercial investors won't or even can’t. Join a community of over 300 individuals, corporations, and foundations who believe there's a better way and are helping us challenge the status quo. Take a free course that will introduce you to Acumen's approach to leadership, and the values and principles underpinning our approach. Here’s the truth: Any dry-grinder can remove the temper from your tools and soften the steel.


Hand-cranked grinders are widely available, fairly inexpensive and they accept modern grinding wheels.
Chris is a contributing editor to Popular Woodworking Magazine and the publisher at Lost Art Press. The Norton wheels (and others) come with plastic rings that shim the wheel in a variety of sizes.
You could cut a wood ring to fit the inside diameter of the wheel with a hole drilled for the diameter of the shaft–this would be used instead of the plastic ring. And then I proceeded to use the grinder for the first time and as Chris suggested – burn the chisel.
I started using one of these (and a treadle version too) while volunteering at a period museum this past summer.
I guess you don’t subscribe to the approach Deneb Puchalski suggests in some articles? Grinders are fairly easy to find with a bit of dedicated looking a flea markets, garage sales and estate sales. I wonder if anyone has tried to use re-positionable spray adhesive with sandpaper instead of the expensive sandpaper?
I still use sand paper on a granite tile for plane blades because I have a tough time free handing a consistent bevel on the grinder. No Kidding, glad I bought mine BEFORE it got Schwarz pricing, wishin I would have bought several. Christopher Schwarz has helped many of us solve some pretty frustrating problems over the years. Jeff Miller and Popular Woodworking show you in this DVD how the chisel is a simple tool, but is essential in any shop. If you are looking for a Gift Certificate Template, you might not realize that you also need a way to record issued gift certificates and track when they are redeemed. The idea is to print multiple blank gift certificates and then let the customer choose what color they want.
This number must be unique to prevent someone from duplicating the gift certificate and redeeming it more than once.
This won't prevent the really determined criminals from making copies, but it will help prevent the casual not-so-criminally-minded individuals from making simple photocopies. You might want to consider using carbon paper or creating a quick photocopy of the gift certificate so that you have a copy for yourself that you add to the tracking log later.
Each fall, the selected Fellows come to New York for a rigorous seven-week leadership training before joining social enterprises in Acumen’s ecosystem.
Forbes turned the lens on the audacious thinkers, entrepreneurs, inventors and scholars who are proposing and initiating these radical ideas, creating philanthropic solutions to change our world. But what we’ve learned at Acumen, where we invest in business that solve problems of poverty, is that leaders of social-purpose businesses are already doing this, and perhaps there’s something we can learn from them. Since its founding in 2001, Acumen has invested $101 million to build nearly 100 innovative enterprises addressing the problems of poverty in Africa, South Asia and Latin America.
At the workshop, entitled “Beyond Dialogue,” we asked: How can we build business models that truly serve the poor through collaboration among corporations and social enterprises?


Over the last decade, Acumen has invested more than $17 million in 15 companies across East Africa, India and Pakistan to build the largest portfolio of off-grid energy companies serving the poor. Other woodworkers spend hundreds of dollars on fancy tool rests or other grinding jigs to ensure that the tool will not catch fire, steal their spouse then go on a tri-state killing spree. And now, thanks to woodworker Bill Anderson, I have a nice hand-cranked grinder as well, which will be great for home. His recommendation is to regrind using 80-120 grit sandpaper on a reference plate with a honing guide. Lots of dealers are set up inside, but the real action is in the parking lot, starting about 6 AM.
In addition to the various free gift certificate templates that we offer below, you can download the Excel spreadsheet which contains a Gift Certificate Tracking Log.
Larger businesses will generally have a system for printing certificates with bar codes so that they can be scanned and tracked in their database. If you like these templates, you are welcome to link to this page from your blog or website.
This is not only a slow process plagued by corruption and bureaucratic delays but also prohibitively expensive in terms of economic and environmental costs.
Royal Bank of Canada was a presenting sponsor, and McKinsey & Company was the Knowledge Partner. We wanted to see what large corporations and social enterprises could learn from each other to build businesses that are not only scalable and financially viable but also inclusive of poor and marginalized communities and environmentally sustainable.
Working across every rung of the energy ladder, these social enterprises have provided tens of millions of people with access to energy and helped them to save more than $1.7 billion in energy-related expenses while offsetting more than four million tons of CO2. If you can grind on a machine, picking up the skills to use a hand-cranked grinder are cake.
Sadly my experience around here is all you find is junk or people that think their #5 is a rare collectors item and want a fortune for it…. At Acumen, we believe that providing the poor with innovative energy solutions is critical and connected to the addressing the broader challenge of global poverty.
Other woodworkers use a water-cooled grinding system, which is entirely too slow for the way I work. OK kidding of course but I am looking and really am having trouble finding one that is in good working order…. With the support of Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Barclays and The Hitachi Foundation, Acumen is building a portfolio of U.S. Yes the steel is softer and yes, it won’t hold an edge as well, but it is still a workable tool. They’re not as fast as a 3,450 rpm electric grinder, but they are much faster than a water-cooled grinder.
Only time I need to grind is to reestablish the primary bevel when honing begins to take forever.



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