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Black Friday Turns Altruistic – Patagonia’s plans to donate 100 percent of sales on this day of retail inhumanity.

Upon learning of the passing of North Face founder Douglas Tompkins, I felt inspired to speak out about corporate philanthropy and some of the great work being done by companies with a conscience. However, it’s a genuinely tricky endeavor because the altruistic behavior of a business often originates from the moral compass of the founder(s).  And sadly, it can die with the founder as the company is passed on to children, restructured, or and acquired by those with deep pockets […]

Where would we be without Corporate Philanthropists?

I am in mourning for a man I never met, nor ever will. A man I know little to nothing about, in fact, but a man that I respect. I don’t know his policies nor much about his politics, but I know through his actions he provided the world with a legacy that will outlast my time on this earth. That man is Douglas Tompkins, co-founder of The North Face, or #TNF as the youngsters may refer to the outdoor-oriented […]

Scars of Irene Feature Story Conway Daily Sun

Feature Story, Scars of Irene, Conway Daily Sun

Feature Story in Print and Online Edition of The Conway Daily Sun, Conway NH. An exploration of the damage that remains from Hurricane Irene in our Rivers and Streams in the Mount Washington Valley, New Hampshire. 1/16/2016. Irene graced us with her presence in August of 2011. According to, the ninth named storm and first hurricane of the season pushed her way north through New York to New England, where massive flooding took place, over 3 million people lost […]