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CSR Investment Summit in NYC to Evaluate ESG Investing Trends - The Minute

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Sustainable investments are on the rise in the U.S. and are recording solid profits. From 2012 through 2014, assets in sustainable, responsible, and impact investments reported a growth of 76 percent, from $3.74 trillion to $6.57, according to the Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment. And a recent “Sustainable Reality” report from Morgan Stanley shows that sustainable investments have met or exceeded the performance of traditional investments.

BNY Mellon and The Forbes Funds Announce Social Innovation Challenge Finalists

UpPrize Competitors Helping Pittsburgh’s Nonprofits Address Critical Needs
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PITTSBURGH, June 15, 2015 /3BL Media/ - UpPrize, the BNY Mellon Social Innovation Challenge, has selected eight finalists, who will pitch their ideas to a panel of nationally-recognized judges for an opportunity to win $800,000 in a competition that will ultimately award $1 million in grants, investments and technical assistance as part of BNY Mellon's strategic effort to address critical community and societal issues. UpPrize is a unique partnership between BNY Mellon, the BNY Mellon Foundation of Southwestern Pennsylvania and The Forbes Funds.

Morgan Stanley Extends Commitment to Sustainable Investing with Its Inaugural Green Bond

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NEW YORK, June 9, 2015 /3BL Media/ – Morgan Stanley announced today that it has closed on the issuance of a $500 million green bond, the Firm’s inaugural green bond and the latest step in the Firm’s ongoing strategy to advance market-based solutions to social and environmental challenges. Since 2006, the Firm has facilitated over $61 billion of capital for clean tech and renewable energy businesses.

The Second Immersion: BALLE-RSF Community Foundation Circle

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by Catherine Covington

“Such big solutions surely would help, and a number of times I have tramped the streets to promote them, but just as surely they would fail if not accompanied by small solutions.”- Wendell Berry

Gift Catalyzes a For-Profit

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This article was originally published in the Spring 2015 RSF Quarterly.

by Alex Haber

The Ray C. Anderson Foundation Funds Fellowship to Accelerate Climate Solutions via Paul Hawken’s Project Drawdown

The Ray C. Anderson Foundation has awarded $100,000 to Project Drawdown
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June 4, 2015 /3BL Media/ - The Ray C. Anderson Foundation has awarded $100,000 to Project Drawdown to fund the Ray C. Anderson Fellowship.  The Fellowship is designed to foster the development of a new cohort of global leaders (scholars, scientists, entrepreneurs, and advocates) who will analyze the best available research on one hundred of the most substantive and readily available climate mitigation solutions.

RSF Social Finance Clients in Conversation

Money & Spirit
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This article was originally published in the Spring 2015 RSF Quarterly. This dialogue is with John Bloom, Vice President, Organizational Culture at RSF Social Finance and RSF clients Rose Feerick and Barbara Sargent.

The Next 25 Social Enterprise Stars: Ecological Stewardship

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As part of RSF Social Finance's campaign to add 25 social enterprise stars to our loan portfolio over the next year, we’re looking for new borrowers in all three of our focus areas: Food & Agriculture, Education & the Arts, and Ecological Stewardship. Because it’s not always obvious whether an enterprise is a fit for us, we’re delving into what we look for in each area.

Here’s How to Take the First Steps Toward Impact Investing

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Originally published on ImpactAlpha

by Don Shaffer

The movement toward investing in what’s good instead of just screening out what’s bad is growing, spurred by a new generation of investors.

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