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The IPCC Climate Change and Land Report: Three Things Every Investor Should Know

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Resource scarcity in our globalized economy jeopardizes the abundance of countless goods, but one resource — as spotlighted by the recent coverage of the fires in the Amazon — underpins them all: land.

As investors look at land-based portfolio risks, the agriculture sector is at the center of their attention. This focus makes sense. As outlined in the IPCC’s special report on climate change and land use, agricultural commodities will be hit hard if harmful land use practices are not stopped.

Deeds Must Follow the Words of the Business Roundtable

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By Mindy Lubber, CEO and President, Ceres

Words are empty unless they are followed by deeds. We need to keep this in mind as investors, business leaders and other stakeholders parse a much-ballyhooed “The Purpose of a Corporation” statement released last week by more than 180 chief executive officers of major U.S. corporations.

Data-Driven Outcomes Move Non-Profits to the Head of the Class

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Non-profits know that producing outcomes is key to securing meaningful partner support and funding.  Even when the non-profit gets results, many struggle to provide a clear picture of the positive impact they create. 

Limited data expertise, staff resources and inadequate data management tools are primary challenges to valid and clear outcomes reporting.  Another more vexing challenge is the fact that most non-profit professionals, along with their boards, partners and funders, are not trained in interpreting program data.

Knapp Community Care Foundation Selects Northern Trust to Provide Investment Management and Social Impact Advisory Services

Northern Trust announced that its Foundation & Institutional Advisors (FIA) practice has been selected to provide investment management and social impact advisory services for the Knapp Community Care Foundation and the Knapp Medical Center Foundation.
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CHICAGO, IL /3BL Media/ – Northern Trust announced that its Foundation & Institutional Advisors (FIA) practice has been selected to provide investment management and social impact advisory services for the Knapp Community Care Foundation and the Knapp Medical Center Foundation. Knapp Community Care Foundation is responsible for helping improve access to healthcare, wellness, nutritional services and education for underserved communities in the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas.

Wells Fargo Donates $300,000 to Greater Orlando for Revitalization Efforts

NeighborhoodLIFT® program awards local initiative grants to four nonprofits, three grants to support the Parramore community
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ORLANDO, Fla., August 29, 2019 /3BL Media/–Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) today announced $300,000 in donations to four local nonprofits that will help revitalize Orlando neighborhoods through the Wells Fargo NeighborhoodLIFT® program. Three of the grants will focus on strengthening the Parramore neighborhood, and the fourth grant will support affordable housing initiatives in Kissimmee.

Duke Energy Invests Over $3.6 Million to Build Diverse Workforce of the Future

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  • 54 organizations across six states to receive grants supporting innovative workforce education and training programs
  • Initiatives include efforts to grow pipeline of women, veteran and minority engineers
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  • 54 organizations across six states to receive grants supporting innovative workforce education and training programs
  • Initiatives include efforts to grow pipeline of women, veteran and minority engineers

Costa Crociere Foundation and Sahara Forest Project Join Forces for Sustainable Farming in the Desert of Jordan

For the first time guests onboard Costa Cruises and AIDA Cruises ships calling at Aqaba, Jordan, will taste vegetables produced by using saltwater and solar power in the desert. The initiative contributes to the revegetation of desert areas in Jordan.
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For the first time guests onboard Costa Cruises and AIDA Cruises ships calling at Aqaba, Jordan, will taste vegetables produced by using saltwater and solar power in the desert. The initiative contributes to the revegetation of desert areas in Jordan.

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For the first time guests onboard Costa Cruises and AIDA Cruises ships calling at Aqaba, Jordan, will taste vegetables produced by using saltwater and solar power in the desert. The initiative contributes to the revegetation of desert areas in Jordan.

Moody's Supports Latin America Launch of Village Capital's Finance Forward Global Initiative

Multi-year coalition will provide targeted business development support, grants, and equity to more than 100 financial health entrepreneurs on five continents.
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Washington, DC /3BL Media/ - Village Capital announced the launch of Finance Forward — a global coalition created with MetLife Foundation, PayPal, and local partners to support more than 100 early-stage entrepreneurs building tech-enabled solutions around financial health in the United States, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East and India.

Village Capital, MetLife Foundation, and PayPal Launch Finance Forward

Summary: 

Multi-year coalition will provide targeted business development support, grants, and equity to more than 100 financial health entrepreneurs on five continents

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Multi-year coalition will provide targeted business development support, grants, and equity to more than 100 financial health entrepreneurs on five continents

New Mobile Phone Services Empower Rural Businesses in Cote D’Ivoire

by Brian Doe, Regional Director for West Africa and the Middle East
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Last month I went Cote D’Ivoire to visit Whole Planet Foundation long-time microfinance partner Premiere Agence de Microfinance (PAMF), who administers group microloans to rural entrepreneurs and farmers. This visit allowed me to observe the initial roll-out of a new mobile phone-based platform that Whole Planet Foundation provided grant funding to help build. The platform will allow anyone with a cell phone to repay loans or deposit savings into PAMF accounts without having to travel to a PAMF branch office.

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