Capturing this moment in art: Chester artists respond to George Floyd’s death with a mural for their community

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Capturing this moment in art: Chester artists respond to George Floyd’s death with a mural for their community

Let’s build something impossible together. – Devon Walls In the aftermath of the brutal killing of George Floyd, the public outcries for racial justice have swept the nation and the globe. In Chester, a group of local artists, led by Devon Walls, moved quickly to turn a proactively boarded up storefront into a vivid rallying

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Help Us Support Our Small Businesses

To Our Untours Foundation Family, For the past several weeks the Coronavirus has caused disruption in our communities, our businesses, the economy, and our lives. These are certainly unprecedented times! Our thoughts are with all of you, as well as those who are sick from the virus, the brave healthcare workers who are on the

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To Whom Chester Matters

Forgotten by many, abandoned by some, treasured by those who live in it. Artist and entrepreneur Devon Wall lives and believes in Chester and takes us on a “tour” of a special, collaborative effort to bring new life into his city. Art and culture have historically defined the character of the city of Chester. And

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Sustainably Bold. It’s So UF!

  Investment decisions are not taken lightly here at the Untours Foundation. With limited resources and so many organizations in need of funding, it isn’t easy for the UF investment committee to make their choices. Sometimes though, the concept is just so compelling that it becomes a natural match. That’s certainly the case for one

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At Untours Foundation, we literally “support” our investees, and we’ve got the photo to prove it!

After a summer heavy rain got Lor Holmes’s flight canceled, she finally made it to sunny Philadelphia. And, lucky me [Olga], I got to host her at my very own home in Chestnut Hill, along with Untours Foundation Director Elizabeth Killough and Board President Heather Van Dusen.  Lor leads venture development and capitalization strategies at

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The GREEN Program

  The GREEN Program offers short-term, experiential education on some of our world’s most interesting and pressing issues. This Philadelphia-based organization offers college students the chance to travel to destinations like Iceland, Peru, Japan, and Nepal for 10-day in-depth educational trips and receive college credit. Travelers learn about local ecological efforts, green energy, natural and

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Rende Progress Capital: Opportunity for All

Michigan based Rende Progress Capital is the recipient of the foundation’s most recent loan. Rende is a Community Development Financial Institute or CDFI, a mouthful either way! CDFIs include a variety of banking institutions that provide credit and financial services to low-wealth communities. They are a great place to put savings, receive interest on that

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The Lessons of Mister Rogers

I never appreciated Mister Rogers all these years aside from the very cheap thrill I’d get walking through his actual neighborhood on my way to grad school. That changed after seeing the documentary, “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” I keep coming back to this film in my mind. Columnist David Brooks wrote in The New

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Our new joint brochure!

It’s been quite a few years since Untours Travel and the Foundation created a brochure together, but we figured it was about time. We are, after all, two sides of the same coin, and we support each other in innumerable ways. We’re excited to give you a preview here in digital form…but more importantly, if

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Town and Country Investees

Our investees span the globe, from Indonesia to Africa, California to Philadelphia. Our work has often focused on urban redevelopment, but we value rural communities and their vital role in growing food, tending the earth and providing so many goods which we all depend upon. Many of our investees have more than one place  where

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