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ETHO Launches a Fossil-free Exchange-Traded Fund (ETF)

Yesterday Etho Capital, in partnership with Factor Advisors, a subsidiary of ETF Managers Group, successfully launched the world’s first diversified, socially responsible and fossil-free exchange-traded fund (ETF) on the New York Stock Exchange. The ETHO ETF is based on the Etho Climate Leadership Index (ECLI), an index of 400 companies announced in October that is completely […]

November 20th

Sustainable Investment is Better for the Planet– and Your Portfolio!

As it becomes increasingly clear that traditional investments and holdings in fossil fuel companies are going nowhere fast, smart investors and companies are divesting from fossil fuels and putting their money into more sustainable investments. In a recent post on Grist, author Ben Adler explains that while divestment is often thought of in feel-good, sustainability […]

October 29th

Indiegogo Life: Crowdfunding Platform Opens to Personal Fundraising

Indiegogo now offers free crowdfunding campaigns for personal online fundraising: Indiegogo Life. The bigger crowdfunding platforms have traditionally been used for campaigns centered around a single product, project, or venture, and not those that are open-ended or personal in nature. That type of crowdfunding campaign offers its backers the right level of rewards, or perks, […]

December 15th

Crowdfunding a Road Legal Solar Car: Sunswift eVe 2.0

With everyone and their brother planning their own crowdfunding campaigns, in the hopes of raising enough cash to fund the further development or production run of their big idea, the crowdfunding environment is getting more and more crowded every day. Between wishful thinking, vaporware, and downright silly projects that get funded (or not), it’s easy […]

December 3rd

Crowdfunding Not Working For You? Try This Alternative

The success that some people and projects have achieved through the booming crowdfunding industry can be a bit misleading, and might be responsible for some projects being launched way before they’re ready for primetime, because the allure of possibly becoming the next big thing may get in the way of doing the work necessary for […]

November 20th

Crowdfunding Solar Power for the World’s Poorest People

In the developing world, finding a light in the darkness is not always easy or affordable. Sometimes the only available options are unhealthy and dangerous, such as burning kerosene, wood or coal. Other times, the only option is darkness. But you can’t fight Ebola in the dark. That’s where WakaWaka steps in. WakaWaka, which means […]

November 11th

Fundovino: A Crowdfunding Site for Wine & Vine

As a method for both raising money and pre-selling products, crowdfunding has been a very successful avenue for many different kinds of projects, and promises to remain a relevant financing option for the future. But while tech products seem to be well-suited to the general crowdfunding sites, such as Indiegogo and Kickstarter, other types of […]

October 21st

Social Venture Seeks Crowdfunding to Support Beekeeping in Rural Tanzania

According to the social enterprise Tanganyika Apicultural, beekeeping is the fastest and most affordable way to double household earnings in rural Tanzania in a way that is socially and environmentally sustainable, and for every dollar invested into an East African honey enterprise, it yields an estimated $15.48 in social impact returns. The country has more […]

October 7th

Interactive Guide to Crowdfunding Platforms (Infographic)

Crowdfunding is the darling of everyone who’s ever had a great idea for a product or project, and with the massive crowdfunding success of some big campaigns, plus the modest success of many smaller campaigns, it seems like a sure thing for launching a business. After all, what better way to start a new venture […]

July 31st

Upcycled Soda Can Watch Has Social Component

Designing products that incorporate upcycled components is a great way to reduce waste and raw material demands, and when combined with a social mission, can be the core of a great model for eco and social entrepreneurs. That’s what Alchemist Creations is doing, and their previous products, the Can Carry series, is a really neat […]

June 10th