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Foundation Fridays: A Royal Flush

on Fri, 05/24/2013 - 09:27

On the eve of World Water Day in March, the UN announced that there are more cell phones on this planet than toilets. Over one third of the world’s people have no toilets. Many of those who do, live where their sanitation "systems" go directly into rivers and oceans. When Philadelphia has large amounts of rain, its system overflows into the Delaware River. Did you know that the average US American flushes a toilet 2,500 times a year?!

To the rescue comes Alan Wright, founder and President of SosteNica, one of this foundation’s loan recipients and the home of our Charitable Remainder Trust.

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Foundation Fridays: A Side of Pickles, Please

on Fri, 05/17/2013 - 09:32
Victor, Bill, & the pickles!

We keep our Untours Foundation board members busy in an effort to keep them out of trouble! Victor Mallet and Bill Wiedmann are working hard on our behalf selling pickles. The Philadelphia Inquirer found this all quite interesting.

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Foundation Fridays: Look Who's 90!

on Fri, 05/10/2013 - 10:05
Happy 90th, Norma!

When I met Norma Taussig 17 years ago, we bonded over Women Who Run With the Wolves, a powerful book about the female psyche written by Clarissa Pinkola Estes. That connection led to the title of a poem I wrote for Norma's 75th birthday. And here we are, about to celebrate Norma's 90th birthday on June 2nd!

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Foundation Fridays: Kickstarter

on Fri, 05/03/2013 - 16:40
Elizabeth with her Tosheka bag

One of our Untours Foundation loan recipients, Tosheka Designs, is hoping to raise funds this month through Kickstarter, a website that has helped raise over $500 million for 40,000 projects. Kickstarter accepts – or not – your request to fund your art, technology, or perhaps social justice project. It then posts the request for all to see. A funding goal and time limit are included. If the financial goal is not met within that time, none of the pledgers give their money. It’s not a PBS fundraising drive; it’s all of nothing.

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Foundation Fridays: Partying On!

on Fri, 04/26/2013 - 11:05
Hal receiving the first annual B Corp Hal Taussig Award

April 22nd, the actual 20th anniversary of the Untours Foundation, was another great day at the office. How perfect for the foundation and Hal that the anniversary was also Earth Day.

My day began with a call from the SosteNica staff singing “Happy Birthday, Untours Foundation” to me. And I get paid for this!!

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Happy 20th, Untours Foundation!

on Mon, 04/22/2013 - 10:27
Norma and Hal - the hearts and brains behind all this

Today, as much of the world celebrates Earth Day, we here in Media, PA, are also celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Untours Foundation. Hooray!

As you may know, the Untours Foundation was founded by Hal & Norma Taussig, with the goal of creating "change, not charity." They took the after-tax profits of Untours and funneled them to the Foundation. Not only was this business practice revolutionary (much like the idea of Untours was - and still is today!), but so was the Foundation itself.

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Foundation Fridays: More 20th Anniversary Gifts!

on Fri, 04/19/2013 - 10:20
Sometimes hugs are the best gifts!

As we approach the 20th anniversary of the feisty Untours Foundation, we have more anniversary gifts to showcase. These gifts arrived in response to our question:

If the Untours Foundation was your best friend, what would you give it for its 20th anniversary (this Monday, April 22nd)?

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Foundation Fridays: 20th Anniversary Gifts!

on Thu, 04/11/2013 - 16:57
Norma and Hal would love a covered wagon!
Photo by Doug Wertman cc

Here is a question we posed to you along with some of your answers.

If the Untours Foundation was your best friend, what would you give it for it's 20th anniversary (this April 22nd)?

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Foundation Fridays: Happy Anniversary to Us!

on Fri, 04/05/2013 - 09:33
Untours Foundation founder Hal Taussig and Untours Foundation manager Elizabeth Killough

It’s the Untours Foundation’s 20th anniversary on April 22nd. Yeah!!

You didn’t hear about our 1st or 10th anniversaries not because we didn’t have a Blog then, but because Hal kept the foundation a secret. Well, sort of. He just didn’t think you’d necessarily be interested.

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Foundation Fridays: Who said vanilla is plain?!

on Fri, 03/29/2013 - 11:20
Here's Bill with his kids

When foundation board member Bill Wiedmann isn’t working on our behalf or eating tons of veggies from his garden with his family, (his lovely wife, Claire, took this photo), he’s co-directing his Fair Trade company, Singing Dog Vanilla.