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What We Do!

The Ripple Center Fellowship is on a mission to find 15 or more impact-driven fellows from all over NJ and visit various social impact-focused companies. Social impact entrepreneurship is all about using business to help both people and the planet, while also making a profit. If you're a young adult looking to start a social business, apply for the Fellowship. And if you're a donor looking to support the next wave of entrepreneurs, look no further than The Ripple Center.

Sustainable Haus Mercantile

Sustainable Haus Mercantile in Summit, NJ hosted our Small Impact Business speaker’s panel. The event was catered by Soul Child. They talked about their small business startup journeys and gave advice to the Fellows about running a sustainable enterprise. Panelists included (left to right): Mary Spinelli, Founder/Owner Hyssop Beauty Apothecary Janette Spiezio, Owner of Sustainable Haus Mercantile Victoria Murray, Founder of Soul Child Meliodas Montalvo, Owner of Sirenity Garments


Hackensack Riverkeeper &
Circle Line Cruise

Captain Bill Sheehan and Captain Hugh Carola of the Hackensack Riverkeeper shares how they defend the Public Trust resources of the Hackensack River Watershed through a fourfold strategy of environmental action, advocacy, education and litigation.

Tony's Chocolonely

Noel Davidson from Tony’s Chocolonely teaches the Fellows about their mission to end forced childhood labor in the cocoa industry in West Africa.

Team Building
w/ John Grund

John Grund from Full Value Communities facilitates icebreakers and conversations with the 2023-2024 Fellowship cohort in Newark. Team building activities focused on trust, collaboration, vulnerability and communication. Mindfulness and self-care were incorporated throughout the sessions.


Amalgamated Bank: At Amalgamated Bank, Fellows met with with Aifuwa Ehigiator, First Vice President & Commercial Banker in Community Development Finance. They discussed the social and environmental mission and impacts the bank has made in its 100 year history. Allbirds: Fellows learned about the mission and sustainable design of Allbirds products. The group poses with Jovan Fontaine, store manager at the 5th Avenue location. The Ripple Center founder Mike Chodroff smiles with Joey Zwillinger, CEO of Allbirds. The Marshall: Chef Charlie Marshal serves up a farm-to-table meal cooked in a wood burning oven. Local ingredients highlights the sustainability mission of The Marshall restaurant. The Willow School: The joy of learning and the wonder of the natural world inform every aspect of The Willow School, an independent school for students in preschool through eighth grade located in Gladstone, NJ. The Health, Wellness & Nutrition Center runs on 100% renewable energy, and all rainwater is captured, treated and utilized. Willow students monitor the building’s energy usage and can trace the entire water recycling system in precise detail.

Amalgamated Bank
allbirds Group Photo
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The Marshal Menu
Willow School
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