Ecological Stewardship

RSF supports organizations and initiatives committed to regenerating and preserving the earth’s ecosystems. Understanding that natural resources are the source of economic life, we seek those practicing integrated, systems-based, and culturally sensi­tive approaches to stewardship. We will consider supporting those projects and leaders who recognize and are working to reduce the gap between the seemingly endless demand for natural resources and the alarming stress already evident in ecosystems.

Borrower Criteria

RSF provides mortgage loans, construction loans, equipment loans and lines of credit. Loans range from $200,000 to $5 million. Successful applicants to the Social Enterprise Lending Program will demonstrate the following:

  • 3 or more years of operating history;
  • Enterprise is profitable, or can demonstrate a clear path to profitability in 12 months;
  • Annual revenue of $1 million or greater preferred.

Apply for a Loan

If you are interested in a loan and your social enterprise meets these criteria, please fill out our online loan pre-application.

Once we have received and approved your pre-application, a Lending Program representative will contact you to determine a fit and, if appropriate, invite you to submit a full loan application. This will require additional documentation, which generally includes historical and projected financial statements, board officer and management resumes, and a narrative business plan.

Learn More

Contact Mike Gabriel at mike.gabriel@rsfsocialfinance.org or 415.561.6192

Featured Borrowers

Click on the photos below to learn more about some of the enterprises we support.

EcoScraps

Established in 2010, EcoScraps is an organic soil manufacturer that recycles food waste into a nutrient-rich soil conditioner that helps plants grow healthier, and in the most environmentally friendly way possible. Through this process they are able to reduce landfill waste and methane emissions by diverting more than 120 tons of produce waste daily. RSF financing has helped fund EcoScraps’ rapid growth as it continues to expand its network of waste management partnerships and exposure in retail outlets across the country. www.ecoscraps.com

RecycleForce

Based in Indianapolis, IN, RecycleForce is a social enterprise offering comprehensive, innovative and responsible recycling services while providing life-changing workforce training to formerly incarcerated individuals. Taking the electronic waste and other recyclables provided by residents and corporate partners, RecycleForce deconstructs these items, recycles the materials and disposes of the waste safely and cleanly. The scrap metals and other reusable materials collected in this process are then sold to help pay for job training programs for formerly incarcerated men and women in order to support their re-entry back into society. RSF financing allowed RecycleForce to purchase an industrial shredder which has dramatically increased their capacity for recycling materials. www.recycleforce.org

EcoLogic Solutions

Based in Brooklyn, NY, EcoLogic Solutions (ELS) is a leading clean tech manufacturer and distributor of environmentally preferable cleaning products and technologies for restaurants, offices, hospitals, schools, and other institutional customers. Since its founding in 2003, ELS has helped more than 1,000 businesses and institutional users “green” their cleaning operations, improve employee health, and cut costs with solutions that outperform standard cleaning products. RSF’s line of credit will help the company meet growing demand for its products. www.ecologicsolutions.com

 

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