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

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

Posted on Jul 26, 2019 in Blog, Investees | 0 comments

Lor Holmes from CERO visits with Untours Foundation staff members Elizabeth and Olga and Board President Heather Van Dusen. Baby Bruce is along for the ride. 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...

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The GREEN Program

Posted on Jun 13, 2019 in Blog, Fair Trade, Investees | 0 comments

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...

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Rende Progress Capital: Opportunity for All

Rende Progress Capital: Opportunity for All

Posted on Feb 8, 2019 in Blog, Investees, Models | 1 comment

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...

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The Lessons of Mister Rogers

The Lessons of Mister Rogers

Posted on Dec 27, 2018 in Blog, Investees | 1 comment

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 York Times that we film-goers were moved to...

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South Philly Food Co-op

South Philly Food Co-op

Posted on Oct 4, 2018 in Investees, Uncategorized | 0 comments

When Catherine first moved to Philly, having access to healthy, local food was already a priority for her. She was enamored with her new community on the southern edge of the city where people from all walks of life seemed to converge, with over 40 languages spoken among them! She wanted to be intentional about spending her money locally so that she could...

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Town and Country Investees

Posted on Mar 6, 2018 in Blog, Investees, Models | 0 comments

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 they do business — for...

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