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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:


Responsible Energy Investments Could Solve Retirement Funding Crisis




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Retiring baby-boomers are facing a retirement cliff, at the same time as mother nature unleashes her fury with devastating storms tied to the impact of global warming. There could be a unique solution to the challenges associated with climate change – investments in clean energy from retirement funds.

Financial savings play a very important role in everyone’s life and one must start planning for it as soon as possible. It’s shocking how quickly seniors can burn through their nest egg – leaving many wondering, “How long your retirement savings will last?

Let’s take a closer look at how seniors can take baby steps on the path to retiring with dignity, while helping to clean up our environment.

Tip #1: Focus & Determination

Like in other work, it is very important to focus and be determined. If retirement is around the corner, then make sure to start putting some money away for retirement. No one can ever achieve anything without dedication and focus – whether it’s saving the planet, or saving for retirement.

Tip #2: Minimize Spending

One of the most important things that you need to do is to minimize your expenditures. Reducing consumption is good for the planet too!

Tip #3: Visualize Your Goal

You can achieve more if you have a clearly defined goal in life. This about how your money can be used to better the planet – imagine cleaner air, water and a healthier environment to leave to your grandchildren.

Investing in Clean Energy

One of the hottest and most popular industries for investment today is the energy market – the trading of energy commodities. Clean energy commodities are traded alongside dirty energy supplies. You might be surprised to learn that clean energy is becoming much more competitive.

With green biz becoming more popular, it is quickly becoming a powerful tool for diversified retirement investing.

The Future of Green Biz

As far as the future is concerned, energy businesses are going to continue getting bigger and better. There are many leading energy companies in the market that already have very high stock prices, yet people are continuing to investing in them.

Green initiatives are impacting every industry. Go Green campaigns are a PR staple of every modern brand. For the energy-sector in the US, solar energy investments are considered to be the most accessible form of clean energy investment. Though investing in any energy business comes with some risks, the demand for energy isn’t going anywhere.

In conclusion, if you want to start saving for your retirement, then clean energy stocks and commodity trading are some of the best options for wallets and the planet. Investing in clean energy products, like solar power, is a more long-term investment. It’s quite stable and comes with a significant profit margin. And it’s amazing for the planet!

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How to make a sustainable living out of Forex Trading?




sustainable forex trading
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There are two different types of forex trading in general: the profitable one and the not so profitable one. Everyone wants good profits at the end of the day, but unfortunately a good number of traders are burdened with the huge losses at the end of their forex careers. Many newbies run the other way around when they hear about forex trading due to heavy losses in their initial period. Of course, you would have heard about all those success stories, in your friends’ circle or on the internet. However, if you are looking forward to replicate those success stories, you need get yourself ready before that.

In this article, we will discuss the six essential skills that are needed to earn some profits from trading foreign currencies and make a sustainable living out of it.

1. Limit your risk ceiling

When you start with forex, you should try to define limits. Try to create a balanced scorecard that defines your personality with regards to various parameters such as your strengths, weaknesses, behaviors, and ability to take risks. It is essential that you list your financial goals before you start with forex trading.

2. Learn about leverage ratio and account type

When you start, brokers will suggest different forex trading accounts that might take you for a whirl if you aren’t prepared. Each forex trading account has its own pros and cons. It is essential that you engage with your broker to create a mini trading account so that you will be able to warm up on your forex trading skills in a low risk environment.

3. Start small

While starting out, some investors rush to have multiple currency pairs without doing proper research on them beforehand. It is very important have you understand the nature and volatility of a currency before you start trading a pair. Every single foreign currency is like a market onto itself. It is therefore important that you take the time to study about the country before forming pairs to understand the volatility of the currency. By using forex trading platforms such as ETX Capital, you can take informed decisions easily.

4. Learn to control emotions

A forex trader should never take any decisions on the spur of the moment based on emotions and should be as rational as he can. Controlling your impulses is the key to becoming a great forex trader.

5. Automate your processes

I am not suggesting you to rely completely on forex robots and trade copiers, but make use of the latest automation tech to execute transactions faster than ever before. Make use of automation features such as stop loss, price options etc. to make the most out of the exciting opportunities.

6. Keep it simple.

Not everyone can be a genius economist, mathematician and a trader, bundled into one. Forex trading is not a complex subject, you only need to arm yourself with positive thinking, and set yourself clear and realistic goals.


I hope this article was useful for you to learn about the key reasons why online forex trading is a good investment and how you can earn money through it. If you have any doubts with regards to this, let us know through the comments and we will be glad to help you out. If you have any suggestions regarding how we can improve the article, let us know them through the comments as well for us to improve.

Though it’s a reliable source of income, you will have to educate yourself properly before you start investing. It is important that you take the time to understand why things are the way they are before you jump all in and start making your first big bucks. All the best for your future ventures and keep coming for more interesting and useful articles.

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