Education

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RSF maintains a core commitment to education as central to the renewal of culture. The intellectual, emotional, aesthetic, and social needs of children and adults guide us in supporting learning opportunities from academic endeavors to practical expression in entrepreneurship.

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.

In addition, the enterprise should be working in one of the following areas:

  • Teacher training
  • Student enrichment
  • Jobs training
  • Waldorf education
  • Charter schools that promote holistic education

Apply for a Loan

If you are interested in a loan and your social enterprise meets these criteria, please fill out our out one of 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 Ted Levinson at ted.levinson@rsfsocialfinance.org or 415.561.6179

Featured Borrowers

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

Seattle Waldorf School

Seattle Waldorf School provides Waldorf Education to students kindergarten through grade 12 and offers weekly parent & tot classes. It was founded in 1980, with 17 kindergarten children and a trained Waldorf teacher in central Seattle. RSF financing has helped Seattle Waldorf School expand and “green” its facilities including a rain water catchment system, high-efficiency mechanical and electrical systems, and solar panels. www.seattlewaldorf.org

Playworks

Playworks is a national non-profit that sends trained, full-time coaches to provide safe, healthy, inclusive play and physical activity for school children. Playworks currently serves more than 130,000 children in 300 low-income schools in 23 cities throughout the country every school day. RSF’s loan will be used to help bridge the gap between school payments, grant receipts, and expense payments, as well as to support the organization through its expansion. www.playworks.org

Equal Access International

Equal Access creates positive social change for millions of underserved people in the developing world by delivering critically needed information and education through innovative media, appropriate technology, and direct community engagement. These customized communication strategies and outreach solutions address major challenges such as women’s and girl’s empowerment, human rights, and democracy and governance. RSF’s loan has helped Equal Access grow by giving them added financial capacity to bid for more contracts and in turn, deliver more high-impact programming. www.equalaccess.org

 

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