10 Places to Park Your Cash, Earn Interest and Do Good

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<p><span style="color: #008000; font-size: small;"><span style="font-size: x-small;">Here are&nbsp;10 places to park your cash and savings nationwide - a selection of the most innovative banks, credit unions and&nbsp;newer financial firms - that can deliver strong, positive human, social&nbsp;and environmental benefits while also&nbsp;creating profit &ndash; for&nbsp;your bank<span style="font-style: italic"> and</span> your portfolio.&nbsp; Human Impact AND Profit, now that's "HIP".</span></span></p>
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<div><span style="font-size: x-small;"><span style="font-family: georgia">1. </span><span style="font-family: georgia">The</span><span style="font-weight: bold; font-family: georgia"> Green Bank</span><span style="font-family: georgia"> in Texas embraces innovative technology and old fashioned customer care while consciously promoting environmental responsibility.&nbsp; (<a href="http://www.greenbank.com/">www.greenbank.com</a>).</span></span></div>
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<div><span style="font-size: x-small;"><span style="font-family: georgia">2. <span style="font-weight: bold">Chittenden</span> in Vermont has</span><span style="font-family: georgia"> built an impressive</span><br /> <span style="font-family: georgia">Socially Responsible Banking program (SRB), the</span><span style="font-family: georgia"> centerpiece of their comprehensive community</span><span style="font-family: georgia"> development initiatives </span><span style="font-family: georgia">(<a href="http://www.chittenden.com/">www.chittenden.com</a>).</span></span></div>
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<div><span style="font-size: x-small;"><span style="font-family: georgia">3. <span style="font-weight: bold">ShoreBank</span></span><span style="font-family: georgia"><span style="font-weight: bold"> Pacific</span>, in</span><span style="font-family: georgia"> Washington</span><span style="font-family: georgia"> and Oregon, operates on a &ldquo;triple bottom line"</span><span style="font-family: georgia"> philosophy, and expects customers to do the</span><span style="font-family: georgia"> same </span><span style="font-family: georgia">(<a href="http://www.eco-bank.com/">www.eco-bank.com</a>).&nbsp;</span></span></div>
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<div style="font-family: georgia"><span style="font-size: x-small;">4. As a local customer-owned community bank, <span style="font-weight: bold">Home Savings Bank</span> in Dane County, Wisconsin is committed to<br /> being a positive influence on the local economy and the environment. They offer a full suite of green financial products (<a href="http://www.homesavings.com/">www.homesavings.com</a>).</span></div>
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<div style="font-family: georgia"><span style="font-size: x-small;">5. <span style="font-weight: bold">Wainwright Bank</span> in Massachusetts (and publicly listed on NASDAQ: WAIN) operates on a progressive social agenda based on the 1960s civil rights movement (<a href="http://www.wainwrightbank.com/">www.wainwrightbank.com</a>).</span></div>
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<div style="font-family: georgia"><span style="font-size: x-small;">6. The non-profit <span style="font-weight: bold">Center for Community Self-Help</span> in<br /> North Carolina provides financing, technical support and advocacy for those outside the economic mainstream (<a href="http://www.self-help.org/">www.self-help.org</a>).</span></div>
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<div style="font-family: georgia"><span style="font-size: x-small;">7. <span style="font-weight: bold">Charter Oak Bank</span> in Northern California, is only in its fourth year and has surpassed $100 million in assets. This<br /> community bank in Napa Valley focuses on providing products and services to meet local needs (<a href="http://www.charteroakbank.com/">www.charteroakbank.com</a>).&nbsp;</span></div>
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<p><span style="font-size: x-small;">8. Founded by renowned entrepreneurs, business leaders and highly experienced bankers, the <span style="font-weight: bold">New Resource Bank</span> in Northern California focuses on how banking can empower businesses, organizations and individuals to have greater impact - they also&nbsp;provide loans for solar panels and renewable energy &nbsp;(<a href="http://www.newresourcebank.com/">www.newresourcebank.com</a>).&nbsp;</span></p>
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<div style="font-family: georgia"><span style="font-size: x-small;">9. <span style="font-weight: bold">Zopa</span> is a global social-finance company with operations in the United States, the UK and Italy - open up&nbsp;an attractive interest-rate Certificate of Deposit &nbsp;(<a href="http://www.zopa.com/">www.zopa.com</a>).&nbsp;</span></div>
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<div><span style="font-size: x-small;">10.&nbsp; <span style="font-weight: bold">Old Hickory Credit Union</span> in Tennessee offers a green checking option which includes E-statements only, recycled checks,unlimited reimbursment of ATM fees, free online bill payment, and more, all to minimize paper use (<a href="http://www.ohcu.org/">www.ohcu.org</a>).</span> Similar options are cropping up everywhere - ask your banker what they offer!</div>
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