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Calvert Foundation

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Calvert Foundation’s goal is to maximize the flow of capital to disadvantaged communities in order to create a more equitable and sustainable society. Through the creation of innovative financial products and services, we have made it possible for everyday people, not only institutions, to engage in financial projects that directly serve the communities.

 

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Today, Calvert Foundation has almost $200 million invested in 250 community organizations in over 100 countries. Missions cover a range of causes and innovations. Examples include affordable housing, microfinance, fair trade coffee, small business development, and the establishment of charter schools, day care centers, and rehabilitation facilities.

One of their initiatives, Women Investing in Women Initiative (WIN-WIN), enables supports to invest in women around the world through healthcare, microfinance, and education. WIN-WIN launched in March of 2012 and has very recently surpassed $20 million in lending to organizations that empower women.

As the first women-focused impact investment made ready to everyday investors, WIN-WIN is a milestone for impact investing. In 2014, WIN-WIN plans to launch a new initiative that centralizes around women and clean energy in the developing world. 

We are professional women 55+.  Most of us were active in the Women’s Movement.  We have traveled extensively in developing countries.  On the ground we’ve seen compelling evidence of the truth of the research, the profound difference it makes to society if mothers have food security for their children and sustainable futures for their families. We’ve been awed by the transformation of women who found opportunities to emerge from poverty and taken control of their own lives.  We’ve walked beside them and heard their stories.  We’ve seen their self-esteem grow, their leadership skills emerge and their voices heard.  We can help change the world for these women for decades to come by investing the same passion we summoned for our own battle for women’s equality.  

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