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The Next 25 Social Enterprise Stars: Food & Agriculture


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.

Blue Forest Conservation Notes Wins Morgan Stanley Sustainable Investing Challenge

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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

Last Week to Register for the 2015 Sustainability Forum!

There's just one week left to register for the annual Sustainability Forum on May 6-7! Sign up today to explore how circular economy opportunities can unleash new business value, generate cost savings, and drive positive environmental impacts.

Don't miss your opportunity to attend The Circular Economy: Unleashing New Business Value, and join influential leaders and experts committed to a more sustainable future for business.

This annual forum will explore ways your business can adopt a circular economy approach to improve bottom lines, create jobs, and restore ecosystems.

Innovative Meal Delivery Program Heals More Than Just Bodies


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?


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.

5 Ways Social Enterprises Can Finance Growth


by Don Shaffer

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.

Learn How Business Transforms Community Health at the Health & Wellness Forum 2015!

Experts will convene in Washington, D.C. on April 7 to explore how the private sector can impact local health initiatives. Don't miss your opportunity to attend!

See the full agenda and register to attend here.

Business Transforming Community Health

New Morgan Stanley Report Challenges Misperceptions Regarding Sustainable Investing and Performance

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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. 


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