Relationships and innovations

By questioning assumptions about how money works and collaborating with our partners and clients, we’re creating new models of working together, new products, and fresh ways of engaging with finance.

We believe that inquiry and dialogue are essential to transforming people’s relationship with money and moving the economy toward greater equity. We enable the investors, donors and entrepreneurs in our community to explore the role of money in their lives and engage with it in more meaningful ways.

Our deeply entrepreneurial culture and unique approach to our work enable us to generate breakthrough ideas at the intersection of social change and finance. Since 1984, we have focused on developing innovative social finance tools that serve the unmet needs of our clients and partners.

Integrated Capital

RSF takes a holistic approach to financing social entrepreneurs. We provide both the capital and connections you need to reach your goals.

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Community Pricing Gatherings Community Pricing Gatherings

Starting in Spring 2009, RSF began hosting periodic gatherings to create greater transparency and connection between investors and borrowers in our social enterprise loan program. Now these meetings are officially part of our process to determine the quarterly interest rate.

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Shared Gifting Circles Shared Gifting Circles

Shared Gifting Circles give participants distribution and allocation authority over grant funds. By moving control of funds from donors to organizations, we create the trust, accountability, reciprocity and community that are absent from traditional philanthropy models.

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Money Conversations Money Conversations

We recognize and invite discussions of how money impacts our lives, not just the economy. Based on our experience, RSF believes that financial relationships are one avenue into better understanding of how we practice our values and make choices.

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Partnerships Partnerships

We collaborate with a variety of pioneering organizations through board engagements, advisory positions, joint ventures, event sponsorship and other affiliations to transform the way the people relate to money

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Impact Assessment Impact Assessment

We are evaluating the impact our community is having with each other and the economy. Through surveys, field audits, portfolio reviews and third-party financial assessments, we ensure our transformational approach is effective.

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Diverse offerings for a diverse community

RSF has a set of offerings uniquely designed to bring different people together, to encourage relationships and to build a community driven by shared values.

  • Investors
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Donors
Core Offerings
  • Social Investment Fund

    Investors in the Social Investment Fund know exactly what organizations their money supports. And borrowers know that their loan comes from values-aligned individuals who want to see them succeed.

    All participants have an opportunity to meet other RSF investors and borrowers and have a say in the setting of our interest rate via quarterly, community pricing gatherings.

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  • Donor Advised Fund

    Donor Advised Fund clients see giving as a core part of their identity and place in the world. By opening a DAF, you become a member of a dynamic, values-aligned community of donors, investors and social entrepreneurs.

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Additional Offerings
  • Collaboratives

    Through our Collaboratives, donors join RSF in supporting social entrepreneurs in a variety of ways and ensure they’re best positioned to solve complex social and ecological problems.

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  • Food System Transformation Fund

    With the Food System Fund, foundations can participate in a program-related investment (PRI), which allows them to support a wider range of projects than would be possible on their own.

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  • Seed Fund

    This small but impactful fund provides people leading new and potentially transformative projects an opportunity to become part of the RSF community.

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Gatherings
  • Community Pricing Gatherings

    Our investors and borrowers come together each quarter to meet one another, discuss and determine interest rates and share their experiences.

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  • Shared Gifting Circle

    RSF connects entrepreneurs in our community through Shared Gifting Circles and gives them a powerful say in how gift money is distributed and allocated.

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Join the RSF community
Invest your values Invest your values

RSF offers an easy way to invest in what’s important to you. Start your fund today with $1,000.

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Open a giving account Open a giving account

With a Donor Advised Fund, you can give when the timing is right for you and be part of an active community of donors and partners who share your passions.

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Get funding Get funding

If you’re an entrepreneur creating social or ecological change, apply for a loan to help you further your mission.

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