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ABOUT RSF Social Finance
RSF Social Finance is a financial services organization dedicated to transforming the way the world works with money. RSF offers investing, lending, and giving services that generate positive social and environmental impact while fostering community and collaboration among participants. Our growing community of clients is furthering the work of social entrepreneurs in the fields of Food Agriculture, Education the Arts, and Ecological Stewardship. Building the field of social finance through community-based economic practices and a productive ecosystem of social finance partners is part of our work toward a human centered culture of finance. Since 1984, RSF has made over $275 million in loans and over $100 million in grants to non-profit and for-profit social enterprises.
Reimagine Money: September 2012
Guayakí Pioneers Market-Driven Restoration Business Model
Building the Next Economy
“We had this incredible product—yerba mate—that gives you the strength of coffee, the health benefits of green tea and the euphoria of chocolate. We thought if we work with people on forest projects we can make the mate be the driver for reforestation, and inspire other companies to do similar work,” says Guayakí founding partner Chris Mann, describing the genesis of the company’s pioneering “market-driven restoration” business model.
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New Job and Fellowship Opportunities
RSF is accepting applications for a Program Assistant, Client Development and for our Regional Social Impact Fellow program.
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Waste Not, Want Not
In stark contrast to our wastefulness, in nature there is no such thing as waste. Waste is a design inefficiency of human creation. In nature, one organism’s waste is another’s nutrient. It’s a closed-loop self-rejuvenating system. Manufacturing is a linear non-restorative system where raw materials are used to create goods which are eventually disposed of. This linear system isn’t sustainable in the long run for the planet, people or business.
Read the full story here or download the Summer 2012 issue of the RSF Quarterly.
Reimagine Money Podcast: Episode 3
RSF clients Mark Reed (major force behind Corbin Hill Farm) and Kristin Hull (president of Hull Family Foundation) are on the leading edge of social finance. Taryn Goodman, Director of Impact Investing at RSF, sat down with them to learn about what motivates them, what challenges them, and what change they hope to support through their investing and grantmaking activities. Listen on our website or subscribe via iTunes.
September 9-5 -- Web of Change, Cortes Island, BC
September 18 -- Impact Assets DAF Webinar (co-hosted by RSF)
October 1-3 -- Social Capital Markets, San Francisco, CA
October 3 -- B Corp Champions Retreat, Half Moon Bay, CA
October 5 -- Pipeline Fellowship Conference, San Francisco, CA
October 17-20 -- Natural Products Expo East, Baltimore, MD
October 19-21 -- Bioneers, San Rafael, CA
October 24-25 -- Investors' Circle 2012, New York, NY Discount available
October 26-28 -- Connecting for Change, New Bedford, MA
November 1 -- Sustainable Industries Forum, San Francisco, CA
November 8-9 -- Slow Money Earthworm Angels Meeting, Sausalito, CA
November 11-12 -- Green Festival, San Francisco, CA
November 15-18 -- Biodynamics Conference, Madison, WI