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In this blog, follow the work of our borrowers and grantees, learn more about our community of investors and donors, and hear from RSF staff and partners on our journey to transform the way the world works with money.

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Sustainable Finance & Socially Responsible Investment

RSF Social Finance Fellows Follow-up: Nakul Kadaba
The RSF Social Impact Fellowship is missioned with growing the field of social finance, one cohort of thought leaders at a time. During their time at RSF, fellows work closely with the lending team to identify prospective borrowers, conduct due diligence, and structure loans.


Bushwick’s Black, Brown Youth Enriched by Composting Project
BK ROT, one of RSF Social Finance’s 2015 Seed Fund grantees, received a small gift in support of their efforts to establish a sustainable grassroots composting service in Brooklyn, New York. In this blog post, co-facilitator Renée Peperone tells us more about BK ROT’s work and what the funds have made possible.

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Deb Nelson Joins RSF Social Finance
Deb Nelson, formerly the executive director of Social Venture Network (SVN), will join RSF Social Finance in late January as the new Vice President of Client and Community Engagement.

Responsible Production & Consumption

Native Species for an Indigenous City
Arc of Greater New Orleans has evolved much since its inception in 1953. Today, the organization is a culmination of decades of work by devoted individuals whose ultimate goal is to integrate people with intellectual disabilities into their communities. Arc serves some 900 children, adults and their families in Jefferson, Orleans, St. Bernard, and St. Tammany Parishes by providing various services such as child care, family service coordination, and supported living assistance.

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RSF Social Finance Reflects on NC’s Shared Gifting
What is the best way to distribute money amongst a group a non-profits? This is a question that foundations and donors struggle with on a regular basis.

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Prepare for the Day You Step Away

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If We Want Social Enterprises to Thrive, We Need a New Funding Approach
What will it take to build a thriving social enterprise sector that can lead the way to the next economy?

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Play BIG: From Isolation Towards Integration
For six years, RSF Social Finance has been the primary organizational partner for Play BIG, an intimate annual convening I lead that espouses the idea of activating one’s “whole portfolio” to mission. Play BIG emerged from pioneering work that Carol Newell funded in British Columbia. It is designed for aspiring and experienced investor/ philanthropists who have many millions in discretionary wealth, recognize the dire planetary situation, and want to direct their money toward solutions.


A Conversation with Amy Bird, Lending Manager for the Education Portfolio at RSF Social Finance
Amy Bird joined RSF Social Finance in June of this year, and is responsible for cultivating strong relationships with education borrowers. RSF’s communications manager, Enrique Perez, recently interviewed Amy about her journey from student to globetrotter to move-and-shaker in the Waldorf education movement.

Sustainable Finance & Socially Responsible Investment

Announcing the 2015-2016 RSF Social Impact Fellows
RSF Social Finance is pleased to announce the 2015-2016 Social Impact Fellows. This cohort marks RSF’s sixth year of the fellowship program. The fellowship is designed to support the development of the next generation of inspiring leaders in the social finance field. RSF also seeks to bring a fresh perspective to the organization’s business development activities.

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