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Morgan Stanley Welcomes Department of Labor Announcement

Strong Step Forward for Investors Seeking to Pursue Sustainable Investing
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NEW YORK, October 22, 2015 /3BL Media/ Morgan Stanley today announced its support of the Department of Labor’s decision to enhance the ability of ERISA fiduciaries to consider environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors as part of their investment process.  This new direction from the Department of Labor provides a major boost for s

Grants, Matches, Impact!

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In the ramp-up to the Fall giving season, one way that progressive CSR teams are creating more impact in their employee programs is by using their grant budgets. Here’s how: 

"De-silo" your philanthropic budget to maximize impact

Parkour and Ninja Athletes Team Up With Global Water Challenge and H2O for Life to Raise Awareness of Global Water Crisis Among Youth

Know Obstacles, in partnership with Rockethub, and Ovation Network, to launch with film, iKnowObstacles: Water Crisis
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ARLINGTON, VA, October 19, 2015 /3BL Media/ – Around the world, 884 million people lack access to safe drinking water, and 2.6 billion have inadequate sanitation. Every 20 seconds, a child dies of preventable water-borne disease. These water-related challenges stunt international development and economic growth around the world. In response, Know Obstacles, Global Water Challenge and H2O for Life are teaming up to bring awareness of these challenges.

Walking Off Wall Street

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by Don Shaffer

I have read the Wall Street Journal cover-to-cover nearly every business day for the last 20 years. It’s been a central part of my financial education, and has allowed me to research a myriad of topics that I did not immediately understand. Steadily, I have increased my knowledge of highly specialized financial structures and concepts.

Reducing Recidivism with Ecological Stewardship

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The Garden Project works to transform low-income communities by employing and training ex-offenders and at-risk youth in communities disproportionately affected by crime. RSF Social Finance, which provided The Garden Project with a grant through its Small Planet Fund, recently interviewed Cathrine Sneed about the project’s origins, evolution, and current challenges.

by Ellie Lanphier

RSF Social Finance Fall Quarterly: Are We What We Grow?

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In this latest issue of the RSF Quarterly, we highlight farmers and food entrepreneurs who are dedicated to building a healthy food system. Rachel and Steffen Schneider of Hawthorne Valley Farm share insights on farming that is values-based and rooted in culture.

RSF Supports Microfinance with Loan to MCE Social Capital

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SAN FRANCISCO, October 12, 2015  /3BL Media/ ­– Maria Ramos operates a small roadside flower shop outside of the Ecuadorian capital of Quito. A mother of two, Maria recently used a loan originated by a MCE Social Capital (MCE) client to purchase new plant pots, which have helped her increase sales.

How Bigger Data and Better Analysis Supports Financial Access

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Presented by MetLife Foundation in collaboration with WSJ. Custom Studios, Multipliers of Prosperity takes a look globally at the challenges we face in confronting the issues of financial inclusion. The program dives deep into what’s working, questions what isn’t and finds the possible fixes. Most importantly, the program chronicles the triumphs of people who have taken the steps toward financial stability and the providers who have helped them reach those goals.

Using Nature’s Design Principles to Feed Nine Billion

Finalists announced for the world’s first food system focused biomimicry innovation accelerator
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September 30, 2015 /3BL Media/ - Earlier this year, hundreds of people from around the world took on a challenge to fix our global food system by looking to nature for design solutions. Now, eight finalist teams have been invited to prototype their solutions in an accelerator program that will award $100,000 to the top contender in an effort to increase speed to market for biomimetic solutions to global problems.

Millions Loaned to Small Business Owners Around the World Through Matter to a Million

by Lisa Conover, Senior Manager, Living Progress
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$9.5 million. That’s how much has been loaned to small business owners around the world in two years through Matter to a Million, a five-year, global partnership between the HP Company Foundation and non-profit, micro-lending platform Kiva.  Kiva’s vision is to support the working poor as they create opportunity for themselves and their families.

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