Our Impact

Our Impact

We have invested over $8 million to help small business solve pressing social issues

INVESTMENT
Since our 1992 founding, we have invested over $8 million dollars through more than 300 loans and equity investments to world enhancing businesses. Our investees are helping create jobs and build a sustainable economy. 

FAIR TRADE
We helped launch the Fair Trade movement in the US through many loans to Fair Trade businesses and an early loan to Fair Trade USA, a Fair Trade certifier in the US.

We made our hometown of Media, PA, the “First Fair Trade Town in the US” and blazed a trail for dozens of other towns and cities to follow. We have helped seed Fair Trade Campaigns in other towns, universities, schools, and houses of worship.

B CORPS
Our founder inspired Jay Coen Gilbert, who launched the B Corp movement. There are now over 2,500 B Corps in more than 50 countries. Untours, the travel company we own, was the first certified B Corp in the world!

MISSION ALIGNED INVESTING
We have led other foundations to move their endowments into investments that match their missions. We have been 100% “mission aligned” since our founding. Now we are trying to unleash the trillions of endowment dollars to help make the world a better place.

We support businesses that are going a step beyond, creating new standards in sustainability, community involvement, job creation, and economic justice.

Since our founding, we have

  • Made over 300 investments, adding up to over $8,000,000
  • Made our hometown, Media, PA, the first Fair Trade town in the US, educating and inspiring others to support fair trade
  • Inspired the establishment of B Corp to certify Benefit Corporations
  • Funded projects that offer real solutions to the climate crisis
  • Supported replicable projects that directly address social or economic problems
  • Helped businesses that hire from vulnerable populations
  • Invested in businesses that have raised the bar within their fields
  • Helped foundations to align their endowments with their missions