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Pacific Standard

Brendan Seibel

15 April 2019

Portland, Oregon, United States

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In East Portland, Oregon, a new Community Investment Trust is working to ensure that low-income residents have the opportunity to build equity by investing in their real estate. The program is limited to four zip code...

Desert News

Emily Hoeven

8 February 2019

Salt Lake City, Utah, United States

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Utah played a key role in passing federal legislation that set aside $100 million for underserved communities — without the government having to pay a dollar upfront. In this model, the government doesn’t pay for ...

The Christian Science Monitor

Jessica Mendoza

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19 December 2018

Jefferson, Iowa, United States

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An interesting advocate for spreading tech jobs into small towns comes in the form of Silicon Valley’s congressman. Representative Ro Khanna hopes that investing in small towns will stimulate local economies as well a...

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Emily Feng

6 December 2018

Lagos, Nigeria

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In Nigeria, entrepreneurs are overcoming the hurdles of an underdeveloped tech ecosystem to solve problems at the bottom of the pyramid, from health to education to access to money. It’s attracting the attention of in...

Yes! Magazine

Chris Winters

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27 November 2018

New York, New York, United States

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Traditionally, private foundations have been required to give away only 5% of their wealth each year. Beyond that, the majority of funds have typically been invested in Wall Street funds, sometimes funds that fundamen...

The Christian Science Monitor

Simon Montlake

26 October 2018

Hudson, Massachusetts, United States

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ROC USA, a New Hampshire nonprofit, has helped almost 15,000 mobile homes become part of cooperative ownership setups across the country. The need for this is clear. Many mobile home residents do not own the land on w...

FastCompany

Eillie Anzilotti

24 September 2018

Williamson, West Virginia, United States

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Impact Experience is an organization that bridges the gap between impact investors and the communities in which they want to invest, from West Virginia to Houston and more. These “experiences” occur during retreats in...

Next City

Oscar Perry Abello

14 August 2018

Portland, Oregon, United States

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A unique financial set up in Portland has led to the creation of the East Portland Community Investment Trust, in which residents in four local zip codes can invest small amounts of money into local projects, specific...

The New York Times

Courtney E. Martin

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31 July 2018

Baltimore, Maryland, United States

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The Business Alliance for Local Living Economies, known as Balle, encourages a “localism” approach to decrease wealth disparities. By hosting a fellowship program to share best practices as well as encouraging philant...

FastCompany

Ben Paynter

19 June 2018

San Francisco, California, United States

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Newday Investing is a an app that allows people to begin impact investing with as little as $5. While attempting to engage millennials in socially-conscious investing, the investment firm is hoping small investments w...

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Laurie Mazur

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25 May 2018

Washington, D.C., United States

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Environmental impact bonds (EIBs) are a relatively new form of financing that combine private investment with government funding in a “pay for success” model. They are different than municipal bonds in that they are i...

Wall Street Journal

Emily B. Hager

Clara Ritger

11 April 2018

Medford, Oregon, United States

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Oregon is helping its residents save for retirement by automatically enrolling those eligible for the Roth IRA retirement savings program. Employees can choose to contribute or opt out, and thus far the participation ...

The New York Times

Elizabeth Olson

17 November 2017

Portland, Oregon, United States

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More than half of Americans struggle - especially in recent years with considerable economic and political changes to systems like Social Security - to save for retirement, and it costs states millions in public assis...

Clean Energy Finance Forum

Abhilasha Purwar

3 July 2017

United States

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Barriers, such as lack of standardization and information dispersion, are preventing market development for global financing of energy-efficient projects. The Inter-American Development Bank's Energy Savings Insurance...

Barron's

Dyan Machan

17 June 2017

Pokuase, Ghana

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Microfinance was widely lauded for decades as a surefire and promising way to break the cycle of poverty and uplift the economies of the developing world, especially when targeted for women. But hard data has shown th...

Triple Pundit

Leon Kaye

15 June 2017

Success, New Hampshire, United States

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U-Haul and supermarket supplier C&S Wholesale Grocers are striving to help offset their wood use by increasing donations to The Conservation Fund. This partnership has led to the promotion of the conservation of the S...

FastCompany

Ben Paynter

5 June 2017

Redwood City, California, United States

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The resources needed to tackle some of the world's most pressing social and environmental problems - from poverty to climate change to inequality - are generally far beyond the reach of governments and traditional phi...

Locavesting

Sarah Trent

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2 June 2017

Cincinnatti, United States

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Existing services and resources for entrepreneurs disproportionately do not help minorities and women, making it difficult for them to become successful. Programs such as MORTAR aim to help these under served entrepre...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

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9 May 2017

Kenya

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Building on the widespread use of mobile phones in Kenya, applications have been developed to provide people with financial services. Through these applications people can securely receive money, save money, and mak...

Metromode

Patrick Dunn

21 December 2016

Detroit, Michigan, United States

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Michigan's roads have been in disrepair for years. Now with increased private sector funding and partnerships between companies and the government, the state could start to see improvements in its infrastructure.

Detroit Free Press

Kristen Jordan Shamus

13 December 2016

Peterborough, United Kingdom

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A project launched in the United Kingdom uses social-impact bonds to reduce recidivism among prisoners, bringing together public and private resources to implement more effective and cost efficient social programs. Th...

Forbes

Kerry A. Dolan

30 November 2016

San Francisco, California, United States

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For the superrich and the biggest U.S. charitable foundations, donating to universities, hospitals and cultural institutions is the norm. Less common are donations targeted at "social change" such as alleviating pover...

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Abigail Klein Leichman

7 November 2016

Israel

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Business people are beginning to see failure as a necessary way to learn. Entrepreneurs in Israel use their mistakes to learn from them and help guide them in the future.

Edible Baja Arizona Magazine

Megan Kimble

9 September 2016

Tucson, Arizona, United States

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While it's simple enough for the vast majority of Americans to raise money for charity, investing in a business is much more prohibitive, as most lack the financial resources to qualify as an accredited investor. The ...

Forbes

Nish Acharya

3 May 2016

Mumbai, India

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There is a substantial argument for increased involvement of private companies in venture philanthropy. Unlike large government bodies and NGOs, private companies are more nimble and experienced when it comes to strat...

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