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Leading Groups Urge Congress for Tax Solutions to Curtail Obesity Epidemic
The Campaign to End Obesity Action Fund spearheaded a crusade leading 22 groups that urge Congress to embrace tax policy solutions that target obesity prevention. The Campaign advocates for...more



Verizon to Roll Out Millions to Social Impact Startups
Verizon returns its Powerful Answers award, a competition for startups that present $1 million in prizes. It has already added a new startup category, which is transportation. With four...more

Philadelphia Foundation Awards $25,000 Social Enterprise Grant to Good Samaritan Shelter
The Philadelphia Foundation awards $25,000 grant to Good Samaritan Shelter (GSS) in Phoenixville to support its social enterprise program. The grant will be used to employ the services of a...more

Sebelius Savors 45-Day Stretch Run to Sell Health Care Law
Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius is excited and ready for the 45-day stretch run to the opening of health care exchanges on October 1. Sebelius looked back at what the...more

Governor Corbett Announces $250,000 Grant to Support Housing Modifications for People with Disabilities
Pennsylvania Governor Corbett and his administration offer a $250,000 Keystone Communities Accessible Housing grant to the Redevelopment Authority of Allegheny County (RAAC) to fund home...more

Pregnancy Smoking Linked with Conduct Problems in Children
A research conducted by University of Leicester digs into relationship between maternal smoking during pregnancy conduct problems among children. The study appears in the JAMA Network publication,...more

2013 Update: Social Security and Medicare Taxes, Benefits
No major Social Security policy changes have shown since the last update. However, there's a slower growth in Medicare's total benefits. The numbers documented in the Urban Institute's report...more

State, Federal Partnership Launches IDEA Initiative
The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development has teamed up with the United States Department of Agriculture and the Appalachian Regional Commission to launch the "IDEA...more

Greer STEP To Break Ground In Helping Homeless Families
To help homeless families, Greer STEP will be launched in n October and be operational by February, which will be run by Daily Bread Ministries. Daily Bread Ministries has managed he Greer Soup...more

A Different Response to Tackling Homelessness and Alcohol Use
Shelter House, which opened a MAP (the Kwae Kii Win Centre) in Thunder Bay, Ontario in 2012, has approached a different style in helping the chronic homeless and people with alcohol...more






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Exeter Sees Growth in Social Enterprise Sector


A partner at The Fruit Tree for Business LLP and co-founder of ESSENCE, Lorna Turner, discusses why Social Enterprise Day is a good time to celebrate Exeter’s thriving social enterprise scene.




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