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President of Giving Strong, Inc. Christen advises businesses, foundations and families for how to make a greater social impact.

Running a purpose-driven business #LikeaGirl – or a guy – would

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Always, the maker of feminine hygiene products owned by P&G, has a great culture change campaign under way: #LikeaGirl. You’ve probably seen it, since it’s logged over 28 million views. But if not, you can watch the video here and cheer for the tween and teen girls who realize how insidious the phrase has become. Run […]

What else to include in your Corporate Social Responsibility practice

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In my Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) career I have worked with companies that are or wish to be more responsible sourcers. They care about what is in their products, the ethics of the supply chain and manufacturing practices. That’s a side of CSR that many forget- that CSR is about more than community donations. It’s […]

Financial Advisors Bust Five Common College Planning Myths

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As Maine’s professional financial advisor community informs clients about Maine’s NextGen College Investing Plan®, they often find that they are busting some common myths about the state’s 529 plan too. Here, two financial representatives set the record straight. Myth: NextGen is just for babies. “Most people with whom I speak think that NextGen® is only […]

Top college planning advice; Information on grants from experienced Maine counselor

It was a full house on June 13 in Bath for Morse High School graduation.

Today we are in the midst of a full on effort for Maine’s next generation to 1) aspire to attend college and 2) have the means to make it happen. In Bath, Morse High School Counselor Leslie Trundy is on the front lines of this kind of dream building. The population of that city is […]

Investing now for college: A Q&A with FAME on NextGen grants

Maine is one of 30 states collaborating with the College Savings Plans Network to declare May 29th “529 Day” in an effort to encourage families to start preparing for college costs early. I spoke with the Finance Authority of Maine’s (FAME) Elizabeth Vanderweide about Maine’s NextGen College Investing Plan® and the thousands of dollars in […]

Attention Maine! Over $1,000 in NextGen Grants for Maine Children

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Did you know that the NextGen College Investing Plan® (NextGen) offers over $1,000 in matching grants for eligible Maine accounts? During May the Change Up blog will publish a series of interviews with financial advisors and college counselors and get their advice on getting started with college savings. Columns will feature the Finance Authority of […]

Manufacturers and Retailers: Did you know Dodd-Frank may apply to you? How to prepare for upcoming conflict mineral rules

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When the Dodd-Frank Act became law in 2010 most considered it as regulations exclusive to the financial services industry- regulating financial markets, instituting consumer protections and realigning federal agencies. So, many in the manufacturing and retail space are surprised to learn that Dodd-Frank applies to them too, with a ban on using Conflict Minerals. They […]

Great news from shoes

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On occasion, business competitors will transcend their rivalries to unite for a common purpose and Corporate Social Responsibility is elevated to an industry standard. Coming up in April, the footwear industry will mark such an effort with Footwear Cares®, an industry‐wide community service program led by the Two Ten Footwear Foundation and the event’s title […]

What’s Impact Investing? Good question.

I’ll bet you don’t know about Impact Investing. That’s ok. According to a recent poll conducted by the CFA Institute not even financial advisors are clear on what it is – only 14 percent said hey know. That jibes with the audience that attended the Impact Investing conference in Boston this fall, part of a […]

In managing a workplace crisis, the best defense is a strong offense

When something goes wrong in business, by accident or by design, a company will have a better chance to positively emerge from crisis if it has the benefit of the doubt from its stakeholders. If a company is recognized as an upstanding corporate citizen because of how it treats its employees, contributes to the community […]