08 December 2008

Last Week in Numbers

70% reduction in deforestation over the next 10 years is announced by Brazilian government

$5.99 to 6.99 a bottle for Green Earth Technologies' Motor Oil made from animal fat. This isn't new, back in April, Tyson Foods announced plans to produce up to 250 million gallons of renewable fuel a year from animal fat

4.6% annual growth expected in green packaging

1.4% increase in US greenhouse gas emissions in 2007, after a 2006 increase

1/3 of toys tested found to have medium to high levels of toxic chemicals. Not a problem for Bratz anymore...

0 financing - Bank of America takes a stance against companies that extract coal through mountain top removal!

01 December 2008

Internship Opportunity :: Community Development Group Internship

Strategic Development Solutions

Company Description

Company Description

SDS creates innovative business and investment strategies that foster economic opportunity in low-income communities and promote positive environmental impacts.  At the investment level, we create and manage Double and Triple Bottom Line private and public equity funds, in our pursuit of market-based social and environmental solutions.  At the community level, we provide capacity building and funding strategies to community and economic development entities serving low-income communities.

Through its Community Development Group services, SDS seeks to empower community and economic development entities serving low-income communities to be more innovative, effective, and sustainable agents of social and environmental change.  Financially, we seek to help our clients become self-sustaining by strategically identifying and pursuing needed funding.   Operationally, we help clients incorporate business strategies that improve their effectiveness and efficiency.  For more information about our work, visit our website at www.SDSgroup.com.


Position Descriptions

Organizationally, SDS is comprised of three distinct, yet complementary, divisions to achieve our underlying social mission: Fund Development, New Markets Tax Credits, and Community Development Group. Currently, SDS has a unique and rewarding internship position in its Community Development Group division. The intern will work as part of a team on active client projects, which may include:

§       Researching public and private funding prospects

§       Writing grants

§       Evaluation and impact reporting

§       Creating outreach/marketing documents

§       Editing and drafting various project documents, attending meetings, or other relevant research projects

SDS' internship program provides exposure to the breadth of its services.  We aim to create a mutually beneficial experience via applied projects and challenging work that will add value to our clients, our company, and to the career paths of young professionals.  SDS is committed to giving its interns an opportunity to learn and work on substantive projects and to providing resources and tools for interns to enhance their career knowledge base and professional development skills in and outside of the work environment.  Stipends may be available to top performers only after the first three months of the internship period.  Work experience with SDS can also be used to obtain course credit.



SDS is seeking an individual to assist with its Community Development Group client projects.  Qualifications for the internship program include the following:

§       Highly-motivated

§       Efficient, organized, and responsible

§       In the process of acquiring an undergraduate degree, at a minimum

§       Interest in the social and human services, underserved/low-income communities and populations, community and/or economic development, philanthropy, grantwriting, public policy, or urban planning

§       Strong research, analytical, writing, and computer (esp. Excel) skills

§       Able to work in a professional and dynamic work environment

§       A commitment to a minimum three-month internship (15-30 hrs per week)


How to apply

Please e-mail resume with a cover letter and a writing sample (no more than 10 pages) to Julia Elrick at jelrick@SDSgroup.com.


Contact Information

Julia Elrick

Strategic Development Solutions

11150 W. Olympic Blvd., Suite 910

Los Angeles, CA 90064

Phone: (310) 914-5333 ext. 218

Email: jelrick@SDSgroup.com

Website: www.SDSgroup.com

*sorry, I have no idea why everything in this post is underlined!