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Summit For Head and Heart Philanthropy 2017 Heads to Cuba




125 plus philanthropic and social impact investors met on Martha’s Vineyard for a two and half day convention with a special focus on communities of colour.

The event – Philanthropy on the Vineyard – is the premier gathering designed to bring together philanthropists, entrepreneurs, investors and social change champions each committed to communities of colour. Many of those same social impact champions will take sail to Cuba for the 2017 gathering hosted by Head and Heart Philanthropy aboard the Fathom cruise line from July 23 to 29, 2017.

The Fifth annual 2016 Philanthropy on the Vineyard took place August 13 to 15, 2016 on Martha’s Vineyard. Legendary Grammy Winning Artist India.Arie, MC Lyte, Congresswoman Barbara Lee and Mayor Betsy Hodges headlined. Arie announced, Shelectricty, a new philanthropic endeavor designed to help others to achieve personal empowerment and a more purposeful life.

“This year was my first Head and Heart Summit. I came away inspired, motivated, and more knowledgeable about all of the exceptional things happening across the country”, said Greg Shell, managing director at Bain Capital. At Bain, Shell works alongside Deval Patrick focusing on mission-driven investments to companies that have both a financial return and social mission.

Head and Heart Philanthropy is unapologetic about creating that space specifically for people of colour.

Lisa Nutter, president of Philadelphia Academies, Inc., a nonprofit youth development organisation that works in Philadelphia said: “Our communities desperately need us to be thinking and acting together with a sense of urgency, bringing together ideas and capital to make them happen.”

Hosted by Head and Heart Philanthropy, the Philanthropy on the Vineyard gathering convened dozens of leaders and champions in communities of color in an intimate setting. This year’s conference included a dynamic slate of speakers: Mitch and Freada Kapor of Kapor Capital, Earl Robinson of Consequent Capital Management, Deborah Elam of the GE Foundation and GE, Vanessa Deluca from Essence Magazine, Charisse R. Lillie from the Comcast Corporation, Derek Dingle from Black Enterprise, Jessica Matthews from Uncharted Play, entrepreneur Paula Madison and more.

Conference attendees explored new models of giving, how to maximize dollars, increase opportunity for communities of color, how impact investing is a leading tool for social change, and promising trends impacting diverse communities during two-and-a-half days of deep learning.

“As our country faces a defining moment, Head and Heart Philanthropy is building the kind of collaborative leadership we need,” said Vikki Spruill, president of the Council on Foundations. “By bringing people together around some of our toughest challenges, they are making hope possible for communities nationwide.”

Featured sessions at the gathering included:

  • The Culture of Black Leadership and Black Giving
  • Communities of Color and New Models of Sustainability
  • The New Frontier featuring Tech Entrepreneurs and Tech Executives
  • Doing Good and Doing Well – The Intersection of Wealth Building and Social Impact
  • The Changing Face of Urban Cities – A Conversation with Mayors and Policy Makers
  • Making Big Bets – Venture Philanthropy and Social Entrepreneurship
  • Brown & Black Unity: Opportunities and Barriers
  • A Conversation on #StateofWomen and Girls of Color
  • The Secret Sauce to Corporate Giving-Learn from Corporate Foundation Presidents
  • Education Equity – A Viable Pathway to Success and Community Development

Head and Heart Philanthropy will launch a parallel track for the Latin community in winter of 2016 and spearhead a formal impact investing working group in January 2017 focused on scaling social impact ventures and investing in entrepreneurs of colour.

“Philanthropy is only one-half of the conversation,” said Head and Heart founder Christal Jackson who launched the Philanthropy on the Vineyard gathering in 2011. “Impact has to be the central focus and providing resources and access is a great place to start levelling the playing field.”

Philanthropy on the Vineyard is by invitation only. To request an invitation to attend the Cuba cruise taking place July 23-29, 2017 or for a media interview please email:


Consumers Investing in Eco-Friendly Cars with the UK Green Revolution



Eco-Friendly Cars

The UK public appears to be embracing the electric car UK Green Revolution, as recent statistics reveal that more and more consumers are making the switch from petrol and diesel to electric or alternatively fuelled vehicles. The demand for diesel fell by almost a third in October compared to last year, whilst hybrid and electric cars rose by a staggering 36.9%.

Time for UK Green Revolution Change

So, what is the reason for this sudden change? This comes down to the current situation in the UK, which has led to people embracing eco-friendly technologies and automobiles. One of the main reasons is the Government’s clean air plans, which includes the impending 2040 ban on petrol and diesel automobiles. There is then the rollout of the T-Charge in London, the city of Oxford announcing that they will be banning petrol and diesel from the city centre by 2020 and various other big announcements which take up a lot of space and time in the UK press.

h2>Diesel’s Reputation

In addition to this, the negative publicity against diesel has had a huge impact on the UK public. This has led to a lot of confusion over emissions, but actually, the newest low emission diesel automobiles will not face restrictions and are not as bad to drive as many believe. Most notably, German brand Volkswagen has been affected due to the emissions scandal in recent times. It was discovered that some emissions controls for VW’s turbocharged direct injection diesel engines were only activated during laboratory testing, so these automobiles were emitting 40 times more NO in real-world driving. As a result of this and all the negative publicity, the manufacturer has made adaptations and amended their vehicles in Europe. Additionally, they have made movements to improve the emissions from their cars, meaning that they are now one of the cleaner manufacturers. Their impressive range includes the Polo, Golf and Up, all of which can be found for affordable prices from places like Unbeatable Car.

The Current Market

The confusion over the Government’s current stance on diesel has clearly had a huge impact on the public. So much so that the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has called on the Government to use the Autumn Budget to restore stability in the market and encourage the public to invest in the latest low emission automobiles. SMMT believes that this is the fastest and most effective way to address the serious air quality concerns in this country.


One way that the Government has encouraged the public to make the switch is by making incentives. Motorists can benefit from a grant when they purchase a new plug-in vehicle, plus there are benefits like no road tax for electric vehicles and no congestion charge. When these are combined with the low running costs, it makes owning an electric automobile an appealing prospect and especially because there are so many great models available and a type to suit every motorist. One of the main reasons holding motorists back is the perceived lack of charging points. However, there are currently over 13,000 up and down the country with this number rapidly increasing each month. It is thought that the amount of charging points will outnumber petrol stations by 2020, so it is easy to see more and more motorists start to invest in electric cars way ahead of the 2040 ban.

It is an interesting time in the UK as people are now embracing the electric car revolution. The Government’s clean air plans seem to have accelerated this revolution, plus the poor publicity that diesel has received has only strengthened the case for making the switch sooner rather than later.

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7 Benefits You Should Consider Giving Your Energy Employees



As an energy startup, you’re always looking to offer the most competitive packages to entice top-tier talent. This can be tough, especially when trying to put something together that’s both affordable but also has perks that employees are after.

After all, this is an incredibly competitive field and one that’s constantly doing what it can to stay ahead. However, that’s why I’m bringing you a few helpful benefits that could be what bolsters you ahead of your competition. Check them out below:

Financial Advising

One benefit commonly overlooked by companies is offering your employees financial advising services, which could help them tremendously in planning for their long-term goals with your firm. This includes anything from budgeting and savings plans to recommendations for credit repair services and investments. Try to take a look at if your energy company could bring on an extra person or two specifically for this role, as it will pay off tremendously regarding retention and employee happiness.

Life Insurance

While often included in a lot of health benefits packages, offering your employees life insurance could be an excellent addition to your current perks. Although seldom used, life insurance is a small sign that shows you care about the life of their family beyond just office hours. Additionally, at such a low cost, this is a pretty simple aspect to add to your packages. Try contacting some brokers or insurance agents to see if you can find a policy that’s right for your firm.

Dedicated Time To Enjoy Their Hobbies

Although something seen more often in startups in Silicon Valley, having dedicated office time for employees to enjoy their passions is something that has shown great results. Whether it be learning the piano or taking on building a video game, having your team spend some time on the things they truly enjoy can translate to increased productivity. Why? Because giving them the ability to better themselves, they’ll in turn bring that to their work as well.

The Ability To Work Remotely

It’s no secret that a lot of employers despise the idea of letting their employees work remotely. However, it’s actually proven to hold some amazing benefits. According to Global Workplace Analytics, 95% of employers that allow their employees to telework reported an increased rate of retention, saving on both turnover and sick days. Depending on the needs of each individual role, this can be a strategy to implement either whenever your team wants or on assigned days. Either way, this is one perk almost everyone will love.

Health Insurance

Even though it’s mandated for companies with over 50 employees, offering health insurance regardless is arguably a benefit well received across the board. In fact, as noted in research compiled by KFF, 28.6% of employers with less than 50 people still offered health care. Why is that the case? Because it shows you care about their well-being, and know that a healthy employee is one that doesn’t have to worry about astronomical medical bills.

Unlimited Time Off

This is a perk that almost no employer offers but should be regarded as something to consider. According to The Washington Post, only 1-2% of companies offer unlimited vacation, which it’s easy to see why. A true “unlimited vacation” program could be a firm’s worse nightmare, with employees skipping out every other week to enjoy themselves. However, with the right model in place that rewards hard work with days off, your employees will absolutely adore this policy.

A Full Pantry

Finally, having a pantry full of food can be one perk that’s not only relatively inexpensive but also adds to the value of the workplace. As noted by USA Today, when surveying employees who had snacks versus those who didn’t, 67% of those who did reported they were “very happy” with their work life. You’d be surprised at how much of a difference this could make, especially when considering the price point. Consider adding a kitchen to your office if you haven’t already, and always keep the snacks and drinks everyone wants fully stocked. Doing so will increase morale tremendously.

Final Thoughts

Compiling a great package for your energy company is going to take some time in looking at what you can afford versus what’s the most you can offer. While it might mean cutting back in other areas, having a workforce that feels like you genuinely want to take care of them can take you far. And with so many different benefits to include in your energy company’s package, which one is your favorite? Comment with your answers below!

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