Witness to Innocence is celebrating its 15th year of fighting for an end to the death penalty. For those who may not be familiar with their work, Witness to Innocence was founded by SIster Helen Prejean and Ray Krone; she is an internationally renowned anti-death penalty activist and he is the 100th person exonerated from
Our 2018 UnGala was an unbridled success. We were thrilled to have Untourists, investees, investors, supporters and Foundation family all in one room. The energy was amazing. Thank you to Jay and Randi Coen Gilbert for opening their home to all of us. Our 2018 UnDreamed Of Award winner was Yve-Car Momperousse of Kreyol Essence.
That’s right, The 2018 UnGala, a celebration of the Untours Foundation family, is soon upon us! The theme this year is “The House of Untours” — despite our low-key and frugal ways, we want to show off some fantastic ethical fashion from our investee wearwell. This year will feature Melissa Lee, an Untours Foundation
Enjoy short videos of two presentations at our recent UnGala event celebrating the Foundation’s 25th Anniversary: Rachel Faller, founder of the Fair Trade clothing business, tonlé, who won our UnDreamed of Award for social vision, economic justice, and environmental transformation in business; and Devon Walls of New Day Chester, a Foundation investee who is leading an arts
On October 3rd, Untours -- the foundation and business together -- hosted the first-ever Ungala, in celebration of 40 years of Untours and 23 years of the foundation. We brought together staff, board members, Untourists and donors, investees and community partners into a board member's home for a cozy evening of socializing. We've always been about blurring the lines between business and philanthropy (a word Hal disliked), but bringing all these folks together was perhaps the first time we had literally mixed it ALL up in person.
Today is Hal’s 90th birthday — we wish the founder of Untours and the Untours Foundation a wonderful day. We are so grateful for all he has brought to the world, and how he inspires us. Hal, you’re one of a kind! [hal]
Yes, it’s that time again — but do it differently! It’s time to think of gifts again. While we support giving homemade gifts, as well as gifts of special time and attention, sometimes, for some folks, we do want to give some thing. This holiday season, why not try shopping from an Untours Foundation
This Saturday is World Fair Trade Day! There are multitudes of ways to celebrate and get involved. Find an event near you — here and here! According to Elizabeth, Hal had the seemingly crazy idea to make our hometown of Media America’s First Fair Trade Town back in 2005, and now — we can browse Fair Trade
I have the best job in the world. I truly love it! Writing this annual letter, however, is a challenge. This is when I’d like to go on an Untour until someone else comes up with what to write. Why would anyone believe my superlatives about the Untours Foundation? I wouldn’t, if I weren’t a
In late November, Hal celebrated his 89th birthday with the Untours staff. While he is slowing down and only comes into the office occasionally, he sure loves being here! He enjoyed visiting with staff and Foundation board members, all dear friends. He even blew out the candles in one try!