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. RSF's 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 RSF's 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.
RSF’s mission is to transform the way the world works with money through investing, lending, and giving services that generate positive social and environmental impact while fostering community and collaboration among participants. In partnership with its investors and donors, RSF provides capital to innovative non-profit and for-profit social enterprises addressing key issues in the areas of Food & Agriculture, Education & the Arts, and Ecological Stewardship. With clients, RSF cultivates environmental, social and financial sustainability, and provides access to capital for organizations committed to fair practices and improving economic conditions. It was instrumental in introducing microfinance to Citi Private Bank. The company has supported early-stage fair-trade companies unable to access loans from traditional banking sector. The organization upholds transparency in lending: annually, borrowers are sent a list of those who made their loan possible, and lenders are sent the complete list of those to whom loans have been given.
According to Co-op America and the Social Investment Forum Foundation, RSF is one of the top 10 organizations which "best exemplify the building of economic opportunity and hope for individuals through community investing."
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John Bloom, Slow Investing: How Your Money Can Transform the World, ISBN 9780985482138
Siegfried E. Finser, Footprints of an Angel, ISBN 1584201231
Siegfried E. Finser, Money Can Heal: Evolving Our Consciousness. The Story of RSF and Its Innovations in Social Finance, ISBN 0-88010-573-9
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- Green Money Journal
- San Diego Earth Times