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Pandemic Response

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Isles’ 39th Anniversary Message

Friday, April 10th was Isles’ 39th Anniversary! Watch the message Isles’ Founder and CEO Marty Johnson sent to the Isles team in recognition of this important milestone.

Reflecting on 39 years

On this very day 39 years ago, a fellow student and I borrowed a car from a Princeton classmate and drove to Trenton to officially incorporate Isles, a new kind of nonprofit development organization.  Motivated by my family experience with poverty in Akron, Ohio and my Anthropology thesis, I grappled with a presumptuous notion – …

A Message from the CEO

Dear Friend, First, we hope that this message finds you healthy and safe. These are unusual times– to say the least! We take pride in Isles’ culture. It pushes us to ask hard questions about our mission, and to continually learn. But now we must react to COVID-19, an unprecedented threat to the health and …

COVID-19 Resources

Isles offices are currently closed to the public. Staff are working remotely and are available to assist you in a variety of areas. See below, as well as our Isles’ Pandemic Response page, for resources and additional information regarding how Isles is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. Emergency Food Access Isles, in partnership with Trenton …

COVID-19 Update

ISLES STATEMENT REGARDING COVID-19 In Effect – Wednesday, March 17, 2020 Dear Isles staff, customers, community partners, neighbors and supporters, The well-being of everyone in our community is our top priority.  We want to protect our community’s health and safety by following the advisement of leaders in the public sector and the CDC and have …

A Solution Towards Saving

Isles Financial Solutions is a customer-centered financial capability service that supports improved financial knowledge and the ability to put that knowledge into everyday practice.  The key element is the on-going direction and support from a financial coach, who helps the customer build skills and keeps them motivated and focused on their goals.    “Gail” was …

January 2020 Update

To keep Isles’ friends in the loop regarding my transition, here is an update.  A national search and consulting firm, Raffa-Marcum from Washington D.C. is supporting Isles’ CEO Search Committee.  Response has been excellent.  Our goal is to have a final decision by late spring. At that point, I will stay on in a strategy, …

On the Passing of Paul Volcker

Yesterday, a generation’s torch was extinguished. Paul Volcker is being remembered as courageous in the face of awesome pressures. He was a smart, badass, fair-minded financier. Those attributes ring true, but I remember him as a powerful friend who cared a lot about fairness and who felt an unusual, sober connection to those who lacked …

2019 Year End Appeal

Dear Friend, Years before the term “sustainable development” was coined, we created Isles to foster it where it was needed most.  How?  By providing tools, ideas and organizing help to community-based groups (or “islands”) that wanted to develop their economy and restore their environment.    We started by helping neighborhoods build affordable homes, grow organic …