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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 divested of fossil fuel companies, rigorously screened for sustainability criteria, and constructed of the most climate-efficient companies in each sector, offering investors a product with…

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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 terms– fossil fuels are bad for climate change and thus we should not support them– it turns out that fossil fuels are actually just a…

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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, to make it worth the backers’ support, in order to raise the money to fully develop or launch the product, and can essentially function as…

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Crowdfunding Tool Uses Big Data for Campaign Research and Optimization

Crowdfunding is the new fundraising darling of inventors, creators, entrepreneurs, and startups, and with good reason, as it can offer a viable way of bridging the funding gap for some products and companies. However, if all you see in the media are stories about the huge successes made possible with crowdfunding, but not highlighting the background and hard work that went into them, and you never read about the many many crowdfunding campaigns that get nowhere close to their goals,…

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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, downright silly projects that get funded (or not), it’s easy to feel skeptical about this funding option, but as the crowdfunding industry begins to mature, we’re starting to some great reasons for using crowdfunding to bring a…

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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 “Shine Bright” in Swahili, is a social enterprise that provides sustainable power sources for families with limited access to affordable or healthy alternatives.  Not only…

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