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The Seriously Superior Shopping Guide

Posted on Dec 9, 2015 in Fair Trade, Investees, Models | 0 comments

There are so many shopping guides out there for the holidays. Why is ours superior, seriously? Because these companies don’t just create wonderful products, they create good jobs, they care for the environment and create the positive changes we need in the world. And, finally, they are all “Investees” — the Untours Foundation has...

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Remembering Norma Taussig

Remembering Norma Taussig

Posted on Jul 23, 2015 in Blog, Models | 2 comments

Norma Lee Black Taussig, our dear friend and co-founder of the foundation, died yesterday at 92. I think Norma would have said she wasn’t 92 years “young,” but 92 years “old.” She lived through much hardship including the death of her beloved brother when she was young to living with the effects of a serious stroke in the last...

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An “Ace” Company

An “Ace” Company

Posted on Jul 22, 2015 in Investees, Models | 0 comments

The photograph above is a section of the foundation’s bookshelf, a historic tour in itself. For ten years, our foundation had a British connection through our loan to Belu, a water bottling company that modeled itself after Untours by giving its profits away. Hal couldn’t resist such a flattering business pitch: “We want to be just like you!” Read a...

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How business in Haiti is tackling poverty

Posted on Apr 20, 2015 in Models | 0 comments

This nifty radio piece investigates how a new business model is trying to help people in Haiti. While they don’t exactly quote Hal’s phrase “A hand up, not a handout,” there is a similar mindset — that business might have some answers to problems that charity alone can’t solve. (Just for full disclosure, we have no...

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Green businesses hatching everywhere!

Green businesses hatching everywhere!

Posted on Mar 10, 2015 in Blog, Models | 0 comments

T​here’s a new crop of business incubators and ​​​shared work spaces ​around the US ​that are housing some of our current and potential loan recipients,​ among others​. Myself and Jon Blum, our fantastic pro bono consultant, just visited on​e​ such space, The Pipeline,​ in Philadelphia. The view from one of its meeting rooms is Philadelphia City Hall...

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