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.
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.
London, April 20, 2015 /3BL Media/ – An investment vehicle that aims to alleviate drought and reduce forest fire risk while seeking market-rate returns for investors has won first prize in the 2015 Morgan Stanley Sustainable Investing Challenge. Blue Forest Conservation Notes, a team of students from the Haas School of Business at the University of California Berkeley, presented the investment strategy last week at Morgan Stanley’s London headquarters. The Blue Forest Conservation Notes proposal outlines a proactive and strategic forest thinning program that works to monetize the value fo
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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.
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.
Social entrepreneurs seeking growth funding often get caught up in the culture of venture capital--they position their enterprise as a rocket business, look for a miracle angel investor, and start giving away equity. They're not thinking about how the investors will get their money back, or whether other options might better support their goals.
NEW YORK, March 24, 2015 /3BL Media/ – Although some investors may believe sustainable investing requires a financial sacrifice, a new report from the Morgan Stanley Institute for Sustainable Investing finds that investing in sustainability has usually met and often exceeded the performance of comparable traditional investments, both on an absolute and risk-adjusted basis, across asset classes and over time.