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Mission Driven Finance submark

Getting capital to flow where it doesn’t but should

Mission Driven Finance submark

Getting capital to flow where it doesn’t but should

What we do

Using finance as a tool for change

Good businesses often don’t have sufficient, affordable access to capital. That’s why Mission Driven Finance was built with a single purpose—to make it easy to invest in your community.

All the funds and structured products you will find here are designed to close financial gaps in order to close opportunity gaps: impact investment opportunities that are simple, transformative, and aligned.

$1 M

assets into the community

Mobilizing capital that will increase inclusive and equitable access to education, health, and wealth

small businesses & nonprofits supported

"I am beyond grateful to you and the entire Mission Driven Finance team for believing in us. Without your support and willingness to work with us, we wouldn’t be here today."
Marlayna Bollinger
Executive Director, Skinny Gene Project (portfolio company)
Marlayna Bollinger, Skinny Gene Project
“This loan and another that Mission Driven Finance facilitated with Alliance Healthcare Foundation and Union Bank were integral to San Diego Health Connect moving into 2021. Thanks in large part to the bridge funding...We were profitable in 2021 and are now in a sustainable place. It felt like the Mission Driven Finance team wanted us to get through the finish line and they were partners in the process.”
Stephanie Renick
Director of Operations, San Diego Health Connect (portfolio company)
Stephanie Renick, San Diego Health Connect
"Mission Driven Finance was very helpful; their team understood what was important for ChargeNet Stations as a startup. We were happy with the interest rate, and found the loan structure, payment terms, and covenants very easy."
Michael Zimmerman
Chief Financial Officer, ChargeNet Stations (portfolio company)
Michael Zimmerman, ChargeNet Stations
“It was a dream come true to get a loan with Mission Driven Finance. Getting the funding felt like a feather in our cap because it validated our mission—the special sauce that adds meaning to what we do. It made it that much more real.”
Kristopher Schlesser
Founder, LuckyBolt (portfolio company)
Kris Schlesser, LuckyBolt
"The process of working with Mission Driven Finance gave us a chance to look at every component of the business so we can be in the strongest position to serve our students."
Bethany Chaffin, Friends of Willow Tree
“We initially approached a regular bank for our pre-development loan because of a lower interest rate, but time was running out for us to close a deal. The lending system is not designed for newer developers like us; there are too many requirements that all cost too much time and money to fulfill. We approached Mission Driven Finance and soon realized the interest rate is well worth it. Their team is very responsive, and the loan process was fast and fluid.”
Cyrus Rapinan
Managing Partner & Principal Broker, Tower 999 / Cyrus & Emilia Investments, LLC (portfolio company)
Cyrus Rapinan
"Mission Driven Finance created opportunities for Moniker Group to get healthy debt that we weren't able to get otherwise. The team took a chance on us. The capital put us in a healthier position—we started with 25 employees and are now at 120 (45 of whom are full-time). We are here and still around, having survived COVID and expanding thanks in part to this partnership. We are super grateful for Mission Driven Finance and are looking to the team for another round of funding."
Ryan Sisson
Founder & CEO, Moniker Group (portfolio company)
Ryan Sisson, Moniker
“Our loan from Mission Driven Finance provided bridge funding for us to continue our food distribution work and other projects during state budget cuts. Because this was our first loan as an organization, the Mission Driven Finance team was very helpful in answering questions from our board. The process was easy and straightforward.”
Dr. Teresa Smith
CEO & Founder, Dreams for Change (portfolio company)
Teresa Smith, Dreams for Change
"We started out with $1 million in revenue in 2019 and now report $5 million in revenue just two years later. We started out with eight employees and now employ 34. This tremendous growth couldn't have happened without the support of partners like Mission Driven Finance. While we are now in a better position to work with banks and other traditional lenders, we would still love to continue to work with Mission Driven Finance for our path of growth and success."
Tri Le
Co-founder & CEO, Microtek (portfolio company)
Tri Le, Microtek
"Their team took the time to understand our needs and build relationships, and they were open and transparent throughout the whole loan process. I loved that they involved the Community Finance Fellows in the work, which aligns with our own focus on mentorship."
Kerri Leslie
Founder & CEO, Verity Packaging (portfolio company)
Kerri Leslie, Verity Packaging
"The loan from the LACI Cleantech Debt Fund enabled us to develop our technology and set the stage for our company to grow. With the capital, we were able to buy equipment and make payroll for the 10 people on our team—all while awaiting a reimbursement from a grant. We are thankful to the fund for being there at our greatest time of need."
Wilson Hago, Hago Energetics
“Mission Driven Finance asked good questions. The collaboration is very clear—It was more than just a loan; the relationship continues to bring about positive ripple effects.”
Jeff Wiemann, Angels Foster Family Network
"Your team’s commitment to community and doing good is really inspiring. You stuck with us to make this happen—thankful for your partnership."
Karen Begin
Director of Development, San Diego Habitat for Humanity (portfolio company)
Karen Begin, San Diego Habitat for Humanity
The figures above are accurate as of March 31, 2024.

Advance Strategy portfolio makeup

Advancing an inclusive economy




Owned or led by women


Owned or led by people of color

The figures above are accurate as of March 31, 2024.
All information is reported since the inception of the Advance Strategy.
Letters from Lauren: April 2024

Letters from Lauren: April 2024

Across recent projects, our goal remains the same: Getting capital into the hands of social impact-minded businesses, nonprofits, and initiatives that don’t usually qualify for conventional capital. In other words—flowing capital where it doesn’t, but should.