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.
RSF envisions an economy rooted in equity, healing, and interconnectedness. Our mission is to catalyze transformation by circulating capital to social enterprises for a more just, regenerative, and compassionate world.
We stand against racism, sexism, and any other form of discrimination within our organization and work with clients. We are committed to being an inclusive and antiracist organization across all levels of our work environment, strategy, and funding of social enterprises. We bring a sincere desire to listen, learn, and continuously hold ourselves accountable.
RSF recognizes that racism and patriarchy have shaped the American financial system. We see justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (JEDI) as fundamental to a regenerative financial system, and are examining our role in perpetuating and combatting social, economic, and institutional inequities.
The associative economic principles that inspired the formation of RSF Social Finance and several of RSF’s stakeholder-based practices today came from the teachings of Rudolf Steiner (1861–1925). Steiner’s work also includes racist and white supremacist theories about the hierarchies of race and human evolution. We find Steiner’s comments and characterizations of race offensive, hurtful, and indefensible. We acknowledge the pain caused by not acknowledging and denouncing Steiner’s racism sooner and more forcefully. Our staff and board reject all racism. We engaged in an honest examination to acknowledge and confront Steiner’s statements on race and commit to the ongoing work of opposing racism and white supremacy in our time.
Read the full JEDI statement here.
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.Learn more
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.Learn more