It would be an understatement to say that there are many challenges abroad and in our own backyards: homelessness, hunger, deforestation, the list goes on. Most of these challenges we will be unable to influence directly, and many of us here in the U.S. have never experienced those challenges personally.
So, for someone who wants to do something good for the world, it can be tough to know where to start. Here’s a suggestion: look at where you save and invest your money.
Investing intentionally, to create positive social outcomes, is an increasingly popular way to do something good in the world.
Our Vested.org platform is a good place to start if you’re looking for investments that matter to you. We pool investments made on Vested.org to make loans to nonprofits and social enterprises worldwide. Even a $20 investment can make a difference!
The enterprises we fund are thriving operations like:
- Global Communities, who sponsored clean burial teams in countries affected by the Ebola epidemic such as Liberia and Sierra Leone
- Cashpor Micro Credit, who is constructing 10,000 clean sanitation systems in rural India
- Affordable Homes of South Texas, a developer that provides affordable housing for a predominately Latino population in Texas
We kicked off 2016 by making Vested.org a more engaging and informative experience. Alongside a fresh look, Vested.org now offers more than 70 investments, reflecting the outstanding work of our portfolio enterprises. Check out these options on the new investments page, where you can search with key terms like affordable housing, education, health and microfinance.
As you think about your small role in making the world a better place, consider the role of the dollars in your bank account. Now put them to work. Check out Vested.org, register and make an investment for social good.
This post was originally published on CalvertFoundation.org
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