RSF Social Finance

The Next 25 Social Enterprise Stars: Ecological Stewardship

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As part of RSF Social Finance's campaign to add 25 social enterprise stars to our loan portfolio over the next year, we’re looking for new borrowers in all three of our focus areas: Food & Agriculture, Education & the Arts, and Ecological Stewardship. Because it’s not always obvious whether an enterprise is a fit for us, we’re delving into what we look for in each area.

Here’s How to Take the First Steps Toward Impact Investing

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Originally published on ImpactAlpha

by Don Shaffer

The movement toward investing in what’s good instead of just screening out what’s bad is growing, spurred by a new generation of investors.

RSF Social Finance Seed Fund Grantee Highlight: Cooperative Fermentation

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by Alex Haber

Food and agriculture is one of the primary focus areas of RSF Social Finance's work. We believe that by investing and giving within food systems, we can also support economic resilience, community health, and thriving ecosystems. Although the Local Initiatives Fund is our primary vehicle for supporting the linkages between sustainable local economies and food systems, many of our other partners focus on this intersection as well.

Exploring the Purpose of Gift

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This article was originally published in the Spring 2015 RSF Quarterly.

by Kelley Buhles

RSF Social Finance Extends Additional Financing to GREEN CREATIVE

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SAN FRANCISCO, April 24, 2015 /3BL Media/ -  RSF Social Finance (RSF) is pleased to announce a new loan to GREEN CREATIVE, a San Francisco Bay Area-based developer and manufacturer of commercial and specification grade LED lighting solutions.

The Next 25 Social Enterprise Stars: Food & Agriculture

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As part of our campaign to add 25 social enterprise stars to our loan portfolio over the next year, we’re looking for new borrowers in all three of our focus areas: Food & Agriculture, Education & the Arts, and Ecological Stewardship. These are broad categories, but because it’s not always obvious whether an enterprise is a fit for us, we’re delving into what we look for in each area. Last month we covered Education & the Arts.

RSF Social Finance Makes a Loan to Harmless Harvest

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SAN FRANCISCO, April 21, 2015 /3BL Media/ -  RSF Social Finance (RSF) is pleased to announce a new loan to Harmless Harvest, a San Francisco-based social enterprise that sells 100% Raw & Organic Coconut Water, which is sourced and bottled in Thailand from the harvest of a specific species of coconuts called Nam Hom.

Innovative Meal Delivery Program Heals More Than Just Bodies

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Cathryn Couch traces the start of her non-profit, the Ceres Community Project, to one irritating phone call. She was living in Sonoma County in 2006 and working as a chef at a retreat center, when an acquaintance called, asking Couch to hire her daughter. The catch? The teen couldn’t cook.

RSF Social Finance Spring Quarterly: Can Giving Go Deeper?

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In the latest issue of the RSF Quarterly we explore the power of gift. RSF community members share stories of the most transformational gifts they have given and received. Kelley Buhles offers insights into what’s happening on the cutting edge of philanthropy.

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