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Charitable foundations look towards impact investing

Dec 28, 2012
Most charitable foundations take a big pot of money, usually bequeathed by a rich guy, and invest it for profit -- then take those profits and donate to charity. Great system … unless you aren't actually earning a profit.

Amtrak asks for subsidies in wake of Hurricane Sandy

Dec 13, 2012
On Capitol Hill today, fiscal conservatives are likely to argue against the hundreds of millions of dollars in subsidies that go to Amtrak each year. But Hurricane Sandy showed you need to spend if you want to save.

Rental cars scarce in NYC for Thanksgiving

Nov 22, 2012
Hurricane Sandy damaged hundreds of thousands of cars, so it's been tough to find a rental in time for holiday travel.

Social enterprises use morality to attract investors

Oct 8, 2012
Social enterprises increasingly use morality and fair trading claims to attract investors rather than customers. Runa Tea is one.

Making housing more affordable in Mexico

Sep 3, 2012
New initiatives aim to make home ownership and house building more affordable for millions more Mexicans.

Mexico experiments with the 'branchless' bank

Jul 25, 2012
With costs to open rural bank branches prohibitive, tech companies look to turn payphones into virtual banks.

JOBS Act boosts startups through 'crowdfunding'

Apr 5, 2012
With the JOBS Act, small companies can now get off the ground by selling stock on the Internet to everyday people -- without going through the hassle of a stock exchange.

Haiti marks earthquake’s second anniversary

Jan 12, 2012
Though billions of dollars of aid was promised after the 7.0 earthquake in Haiti two years ago, much reconstruction work remains to be done.

Entrepreneurs crowd into social ventures

Nov 7, 2011
A new crop of MBA graduates bring idealism and business discipline to social-good ventures once reserved for nonprofit groups.

Car shares may double as an extended test drive

Oct 14, 2011
On the fence about what car to buy? New car-sharing services like RelayRides and Zipcar are making it easier for people to rent out automobiles and test drive them.