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The Next 25 Social Enterprise Stars: Ecological Stewardship


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


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


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


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

by Kelley Buhles

Breaking News: Semi-annual Changes to the NASDAQ OMX CRD Global Sustainability Index

The Governance & Accountability Institute Would Like to Call Your Attention to Its Long Term Strategic Partner - CRD Analytics and the Semi-Annual Re-Balancing of the NASDAQ CRD Global Sustainability Index, Effective May 18, 2015.
Press Release

NEW YORK, May 18, 2015 /3BL Media/ — The NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:NDAQ), and CRD Analytics today announced the results of the semi-annual re-ranking of the NASDAQ OMX CRD Global Sustainability Index (NASDAQ:QCRD), which will become effective prior to market open on Monday, May 18, 2015.

SROI Canada Network Launches National Training Program

Press Release

CALGARY, AB, May 13, 2015 /3BL Media/ - The SROI Canada Network is excited to announce the launch of its national training program. SROI Canada will be offering two types of training, an introductory course and an accreditation course that has been developed by The SROI Network (International). Both courses will be available in various Canadian locations this spring and fall.

BNY Mellon Presents Inaugural Social Finance Prize at Aspen Institute Competition


John Buckley, global head of corporate social responsibility (CSR) at BNY Mellon, presented the first ever BNY Mellon Social Finance Prize to a team of Rutgers MBA students at recent breakfast event at the NYC Yale Club for the Aspen Institute’s recent annual Business & Society International MBA Case Competition. Created in partnership with the Aspen Institute, the prize encourages innovation in social finance, a field that encompasses investment activities with both financial returns and significant social impact.

Nepal Earthquake Update Coordination Call on April 29

The Nepal earthquake has devastated communities and affected countless lives. The Nepal Earthquake Coordination Call at 1:00 p.m. ET on April 29 will provide updated information on response efforts and ways stakeholders can support the recovery process.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Corporate Citizenship Center (CCC) will host a conference call on Wednesday, April 29 at 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time to discuss relief efforts after the earthquake in Nepal.

RSF Social Finance Extends Additional Financing to GREEN CREATIVE

Press Release

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.

Turning Up the Volume on Climate Change

Multimedia with summary

In the wake of our hottest year on record, polar caps melting faster than predicted and even California in the midst of an historic drought, #GlobalCitizenEarthDay turned up the volume on climate change with a star studded free concert featuring Mary J. Blige, Gwen Stefani, Train and Usher.

On this episode of Conscious Living®, we captured highlights from the event including a backstage roundtable during the concert featuring some of the top minds across many industries who met to elevate the dialogue on climate change.


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