RSF Social Finance (RSF) is a non-profit financial services organization dedicated to transforming the way the world works with money. In partnership with a community of investors and donors, RSF provides capital to non-profit and for-profit social enterprises addressing key issues in the areas of Food & Agriculture, Education & the Arts, and Ecological Stewardship.
Since 1984, RSF has made over $275 million in loans and over $130 million in grants. Their risk management practices have resulted in an extremely low default rate and leverage ratio. For 30 years, they have consistently provided a positive return on investment for their clients. RSF offers investing, lending, and giving services to individuals and enterprises committed to improving society and the environment. They currently have over 1,600 clients who are creating enormous positive impact by helping them redirect the flow of money from global capital markets to local ones.
Inspired by the work of Rudolf Steiner, they believe that money has a deeply spiritual dimension. Money is a form of energy that connects one person to another and strengthens the bonds of community. Their innovative financial products not only meet the constantly shifting needs of the market, but also encourage meaningful and direct relationships among investors and social entrepreneurs, donors and grantees.
Food & Agriculture
RSF is dedicated to exploring new economic models that support sustainable food and agriculture, while raising public awareness of the value of organic and Biodynamic farming. In particular, they seek projects that are characterized by the following values:
Diversification, including on-farm diversity, diverse crops and animals, and diversity of food systems infrastructure, from value-added processing to distribution to retail;
Region-first approaches, such as food systems that support the needs of a region before looking at export opportunities, regional applications and entities rather than global or national, and fair trade of place-based products between regions;
Sustainable, as defined by social justice, ecological practices, and financial viability within all aspects of production, distribution, and retail.
Education & the Arts
RSF helps fund education and arts projects that are holistic and therapeutic, including the following:
Education initiatives that address the intellectual, emotional, aesthetic, and social needs of children and adults, including therapeutic communities and integrative health practices;
Fine arts and performing arts, especially those that foster spiritual awareness or increase access to learning and the arts for all communities;
Entrepreneurship, job training, consumer education, and other awareness-building programs;
Handicrafts produced and distributed according to fair trade principles.
RSF provides funding to organizations and projects devoted to sustaining, regenerating, and preserving the earth’s ecosystems, especially integrated, systems-based, and culturally-relevant approaches such as:
Biomimicry, energy- and eco-efficiency;
Green building materials and green consumer products;
Ecological remediation and restoration, land conservation, and land trusts;
Environmental legal defense, including projects supporting rights, indigenous cultures, and Commons.
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