Updates

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 for resources and additional information regarding how Isles is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. Emergency Food Access Isles, in partnership with Trenton Health Team, is maintaining a map of food …

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 …

Happy Thanksgiving

Dear Friend,   Last Saturday, Isles’ Legacy Celebration brought over 300 people to our new Social Profit Center for a big party.  Folks from all walks of my life turned out.  That diverse room reminded all of us of what it takes to impact the world – not just a village, but multiple villages across old …

September 2019 Update

For 5 years, I’ve been half-time at Isles, and half-time faculty, teaching Social Entrepreneurship, and sharing Isles’ lessons with Princeton students – next generation leaders. In my absence, COO John Hart provided essential leadership. We maintained audacious goals, and I’m proud of what we’ve achieved.   So after 38 years, I’ve decided to step down …

2019 Camp Carrot Highlights

This month, Isles hosted 17 students at Camp Carrot—a 3-week camp where kids explored the outdoors, cooked healthy meals, went on field trips and discovered more about the environment and gardening through fun and educational activities.  Students learned about the importance of nutrition and exercise as they grew fresh produce, created tasty meals and practiced …

A Birthday of Service

Carol Haag has been a volunteer, donor, and advocate for many local organizations over the years. For her 80th birthday, she asked her friends to give a day of service and join her in volunteering at these organizations.  On July 11, Carol and a group of friends volunteered with Isles to work at the Tucker …