Finding Your Alternative to Big Banking
November 9, 2011
For years, we at RSF Social Finance have been saying that today’s financial system is complex, opaque, and anonymous, based on short-term outcomes. Today, more than ever, we see that many people are in agreement with this analysis. There is incredible momentum building at a grassroots level, as more and more people publicly question this dominant financial system – from the encampments of Occupy Wall Street to last week’s Bank Transfer Day – people everywhere are looking for ways to voice their discontent, hold those responsible accountable, and, most importantly, find a new way.
At RSF, we create transactions that are direct, transparent, and personal, built on long-term relationships. Out of reverence for the planet, our communities, and our future we have built a strong community of investors, donors, and social entrepreneurs each working to create a new economy, one that values more than financial profits.
We all play a role in the system as we know it. By changing where/how we invest, we can align our money with our values and catalyze critical resources for positive impact.
I encourage you to take a moment to evaluate where your money is at work. If you are unhappy with what you find, make a change.
Find Your Alternative to Big Banking:
Invest in the RSF Social Investment Fund as an alternative to bank CDs or money market accounts – a great place for your savings – minimum investment: $1,000.
Find a Community Bank or Credit Union in your area as an alternative for your checking account.
Don Shaffer is President & CEO at RSF Social Finance.