Support RSF's Social Enterprise Crisis Response Fund

Our current crisis has made visible both the challenges and strengths of our global and national systems and illustrates our profound economic interdependence.

Given the critical and timely need for emergency relief funding for social enterprises impacted by the COVID-19 crisis, RSF has developed a program to provide rapid response support to RSF borrowers. Throughout this crisis we have been in close contact with all our entrepreneurs to find out how they are affected and how we can support them through this challenging time. Many of them are providing mission-critical services and goods to their respective communities and cannot continue to operate effectively without immediate resources to offset the losses caused by the coronavirus and attendant economic consequences.

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Who the Crisis Response Fund supports

After assessing the needs of each of the social enterprises in our community, RSF is providing loan payment relief and/or small grants. This loan relief includes deferred payments and interest-only payments for a period of time. The grants can be used for general operating needs or to cover a specific need related to the COVID-19 crisis. We are currently providing support to dozens of social enterprises serving diverse populations and plan to support many more in the coming weeks and months.

The Crisis Response Fund provides support to social enterprises working in the following areas:

Sustainable Food and Agriculture
Arts and Education
Climate and the Environment
Economic Justice

Our goal is to raise $3 million for the Crisis Response Fund, which would enable us to support all RSF borrowers facing serious challenges due to the COVID-19 crisis.

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Your donation is tax-deductible and will allow RSF to provide rapid response support to social enterprises.

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Who we've supported
Ceres Community Project
Drive Change
The Runway Project
DC Central Kitchen
GEOS Institute
Growing Gardens
FireFly Farms
Alabama Waldorf School
Common Market Philadelphia
Waldorf School of Dupage
Appreciation from our community

“Thank you so much for this incredible generosity!! Our partnership with RSF continues to demonstrate what real and timely support looks like. Thank you for being by our side in so many ways!” –Konda Mason, Strategic Director, Runway Project

“I don’t think I realized how much strain I was carrying around this whole situation until your message came in. It brought tears to my eyes. Thank you, and everyone else at RSF, so much for all you are doing to help us through this financial crisis. It is so much more than we would have ever been able to expect from a conventional lender and it is incredibly helpful… Thank you again for the incredible support RSF is offering us during this difficult time.” –Tonya Graham, CEO, GEOS Institute

RSF's Social Enterprise Crisis Response Fund Overview

For more information please download.

  • Crisis Response Fund Overview

Contact Deb Nelson

Vice President, Client and Community Engagement