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Walking Off Wall Street

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by Don Shaffer

I have read the Wall Street Journal cover-to-cover nearly every business day for the last 20 years. It’s been a central part of my financial education, and has allowed me to research a myriad of topics that I did not immediately understand. Steadily, I have increased my knowledge of highly specialized financial structures and concepts.

Reducing Recidivism with Ecological Stewardship

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The Garden Project works to transform low-income communities by employing and training ex-offenders and at-risk youth in communities disproportionately affected by crime. RSF Social Finance, which provided The Garden Project with a grant through its Small Planet Fund, recently interviewed Cathrine Sneed about the project’s origins, evolution, and current challenges.

by Ellie Lanphier

RSF Social Finance Fall Quarterly: Are We What We Grow?

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In this latest issue of the RSF Quarterly, we highlight farmers and food entrepreneurs who are dedicated to building a healthy food system. Rachel and Steffen Schneider of Hawthorne Valley Farm share insights on farming that is values-based and rooted in culture.

RSF Supports Microfinance with Loan to MCE Social Capital

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SAN FRANCISCO, October 12, 2015  /3BL Media/ ­– Maria Ramos operates a small roadside flower shop outside of the Ecuadorian capital of Quito. A mother of two, Maria recently used a loan originated by a MCE Social Capital (MCE) client to purchase new plant pots, which have helped her increase sales.

From Transactions to Relationships: Thich Nhat Hanh & the Principle of Interbeing

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Dear Friends,

We see clear signs that more people want their values and money to be aligned. They are beginning to shift what they purchase, where they bank, and how they invest. They yearn to connect directly with the producers of their food, for example, and seek to know that their financial decisions are beneficial, not harmful, for both people and the Earth.

Seattle Historic Arts District Refinances for Future Success

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SAN FRANCISCO, September 17, 2015 /3BL Media/ ­– The walls of Seattle’s Pioneer Square Historic District have long featured canvases splashed with elevating colors and dramatic shapes. Yet this neighborhood’s rich artistic and cultural tradition experienced a slump in the 1990s when market forces drove artists out of the area at an alarming rate.

Seattle Historic Arts District Refinances for Future Success

Press Release

SAN FRANCISCO, September 17, 2015 /3BL Media/ ­– The walls of Seattle’s Pioneer Square Historic District have long featured canvases splashed with elevating colors and dramatic shapes. Yet this neighborhood’s rich artistic and cultural tradition experienced a slump in the 1990s when market forces drove artists out of the area at an alarming rate.

A New Path for Social Enterprises Through the “Valley of Death”

Providing a tailored mix of different types of capital and reestablishing a more human-centered sense of accountability is helping social enterprises traverse the proverbial funding gap.
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Originally published on the Stanford Social Innovation Review

by Don Shaffer

RSF Social Finance Makes a Loan to Hudson Valley Harvest

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SAN FRANCISCO, August 14, 2015 /3BL Media/ - RSF Social Finance (RSF) is pleased to announce a new PRI loan to Hudson Valley Harvest (HVH), a food hub providing timely and efficient distribution services that connect small and medium sized farmers in upstate New York with wholesale food buyers in New York City. RSF provided a line of credit to HVH to support their rapid sales growth and related inventory growth.

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