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Open Source Software Tool Helps Governments Monitor COVID-19

Adapting the SORMAS outbreak response software to the novel coronavirus pandemic.
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To combat COVID-19’s impact on communities now, and prevent and prepare for similar outbreaks in the future, America’s Charities has partnered with Feeding America and PATH. This guest post from PATH (originally published here) demonstrates some of the ways PATH is responding to COVID-19 and learning from it to prevent similar outbreaks from happening again. Learn more about PATH’s work at www.PATH.org.

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To combat COVID-19’s impact on communities now, and prevent and prepare for similar outbreaks in the future, America’s Charities has partnered with Feeding America and PATH. This guest post from PATH (originally published here) demonstrates some of the ways PATH is responding to COVID-19 and learning from it to prevent similar outbreaks from happening again. Learn more about PATH’s work at www.PATH.org.

Stacy’s Pita Chips is Funding Microbusinesses through Whole Planet Foundation

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Stacy’s Pita Chips is a repeat annual donor to Whole Planet Foundation in order to make a difference for the world’s poorest people who are ready to lift up themselves and their families through microcredit and the chance to start or expand a business. Stacy’s Pita Chips was founded by a woman entrepreneur, so the brand is inspired to provide opportunities for other women in the United States and around the globe. Eighty-eight percent of microcredit clients supported by Whole Planet Foundation are women, since women are the most marginalized from traditional financial systems.

Investment Support for Communities Hit by COVID-19 Pandemic

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​Investors are being encouraged to support communities in the developing world who have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Alquity, a London-based investment manager, has launched its 40-40 campaign to improve the lives of 40,000 people at risk from coronavirus due to weak public health systems and overcrowded living conditions.

Social distancing, hand washing and staying at home are all privileges few in the developing world can afford and therefore, COVID-19 will impact on those living in cramped conditions, with poor healthcare and no social safety net.

"I Have Never Seen a Moment So Rich in Collaboration, Ingenuity and Acts of Bravery": Johnson & Johnson Announces It Has Identified a Lead Covid-19 Vaccine Candidate

Chairman & CEO Alex Gorsky shares that the company could have the first batches of a Covid-19 vaccine available for emergency-use authorization in early 2021—a substantially accelerated time frame in comparison to the typical vaccine development process.
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By Alex Gorsky, Chairman & CEO, 

The Covid-19 pandemic is one of the greatest challenges to our society in living memory.

Yet even as we are heartbroken by the lives lost and the strain on our institutions and communities, countless people have been working tirelessly to offer the world a reason to feel pride, inspiration and hope.

Fifth Third's Jeff Korzenik Offers Economic Outlook on COVID-19 Pandemic

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Jeff Korzenik, Chief Investment Strategist for Fifth Third Bank, recently appeared on Fox Business News with Neil Cavuto on to discuss the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the economy and the markets.

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World Health Day 2020: Recognizing Nurses, Midwives, and Health Workers at the Frontlines of COVID-19 Response

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World Health Day takes place on April 7th each year, marking the anniversary of when the World Health Organization (WHO) was founded. WHO selects a different theme each year, focusing on one of the topics from their 6-point agenda and highlighting a priority area of concern.

Seventh Generation Is Funding Microbusinesses Through Whole Planet Foundation

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Seventh Generation donates to Whole Planet Foundation to fund microloans for the world’s poorest people - mostly women - living in communities where Whole Foods Market sources products. How does it work?

Hilton and American Express to Donate Up to 1 Million Rooms to Frontline Medical Professionals During COVID-19 Crisis

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Hilton (NYSE:HLT) and American Express (NYSE:AXP) today announced that the companies, in partnership with Hilton’s ownership community, will donate up to 1 million hotel room nights across the United States to frontline medical professionals leading the fight against COVID-19.

Beginning next week, Hilton and American Express will make rooms available without charge to doctors, nurses, EMTs, paramedics and other frontline medical staff who need a place to sleep, recharge or isolate from their families through the end of May.

Gender Equality and Climate Change: The Synergies

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by Julie Gorte, Senior Vice President for Sustainable Investing, Impax Asset Management LLC and Pax World Funds

Climate change is a story that encompasses everyone — believer, denier, rich, poor, black, brown, white, majority, minority, male or female. It’s an equal opportunity wolf at the door. But, as is the case with diversity in almost every pursuit, more diverse groups bring more to the table, and considering that climate change is the most important problem humans must solve, diversity has a contribution to make to climate change.

Gender Lens As a Winning Strategy in Impact Investing

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By Tami Kesselman, LOHAS Advisors and Aligned Investing Global 

Within the impact investing community, the value of gender diversity as an investment evaluation screen is rarely questioned because we know a secret that mainstream private equity and venture capital investors have failed to identify. What’s that? We’ve discovered that investing in women-led companies is not only exceptionally impactful, but it is also an excellent alpha strategy!

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