SosteNica

September 2020 - Untours Foundation

SosteNica

SosteNica, a non-profit financial institute, integrates environmental and educational projects with financial services, creating a holistic and long-term approach to the alleviation of poverty in Nicaragua. It’s a trail blazer in its vision and actions to live gently on this planet, truly a model of green development. In addition to an Untours Foundation loan that

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Native Energy

Native Energy sells carbon offsets, renewable energy credits, and carbon tracking services, using its proceeds to invest in projects that restore the earth’s resources while serving communities in need. Untours offers their “green tags” to customers to offset the carbon footprint of their European travels and purchases its own carbon offsets for office energy usage

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NaturallySweet Desserts

NaturallySweet Desserts is a Philadelphia-based sweets company that creates what they say are “the most amazing vegan desserts you have ever tasted.” Their plant-based desserts are handcrafted with locally grown fruits and vegetables, Fair Trade Cacao, and “healing herbs and spices.” They are soy and GMO-free. When founder Sherimane Johnson developed Type 2 Diabetes, she

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Keep Media Green

At the Untours Foundation, we have called Media, PA home since our founding. We are grateful to Keep Media Green for their work to protect natural spaces and stand up for environmental causes in our own backyard. Media is the county seat and has seen healthy growth of retail and housing. This advocacy nonprofit organization

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Philadelphia Public School Notebook/Chalkbeat

We don’t normally fund nonprofits, but we recently had an opportunity to provide a bridge loan to the Chalkbeat, formerly known as the Philadelphia Public School Notebook (PPSN), an advocacy journalism organization that reports on the public school system of Philadelphia. This independent, nonprofit news organization focuses on topics and themes of vital importance to

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South Philly Food Co-op

The South Philly Food Co-op is a community grocer owned by members of its racially, ethnically, and economically diverse South Philadelphia community. As they state on their website, “Our mission is to use food as a force for good—at our tables, in our community and for our planet. The Co-op offers fresh, local foods at

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Relevée

Fine jewelry, and diamonds in particular, can come with some unwelcome baggage. But Relevée sells fine jewelry made from ethically sourced materials and designed and crafted through a supply chain that empowers women. Their pieces include stylish gold bangles, diamond pendants, and simple statement earrings. All are designed by women, and they have partnered with

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Comon Yaj Noptic

Comon Yaj Noptic is a cooperative of organic coffee farmers in Chiapas, Mexico founded in 1995. They work closely with our friends at Equal Exchange and some of their beans are used in Equal Exchange coffees. The farmers not only grow organically, but they participate in wildlife and ecological monitoring, particularly of the local birds.

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Accelerating Appalachia

Accelerating Appalachia is a business accelerator, an organization that connects young businesses with funding, education, and support to help their ventures succeed. Accelerating Appalachia is a “regenerative economy accelerator” to support businesses that are beyond sustainable and actually help to regenerate the soil, the water, the landscape, and the economy. Founder Sara Day Evans, a

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Witness to Innocence

Witness to Innocence (WTI) is the only national organization in the United States composed of and led by exonerated death row survivors and their family members. The mission of WTI is to abolish the death penalty by empowering exonerated death row inmates and their loved ones to become effective leaders in the abolition movement. They

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