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We use finance as a tool for change.

 
 
 
Mission Driven Finance submark

We use finance as a tool for change.

What We’re About

Getting good capital to good business

Mission Driven Finance is an impact investment firm dedicated to building a financial system that ensures good businesses have sufficient affordable access to capital. Built from the ground up with a single purpose—to make it easy to invest in your community—all our funds and structured products are designed to close financial gaps in order to close opportunity gaps. We actively develop impact investment opportunities that are simple, transformative, and aligned.

$1 M

assets into the community

Our mission is to mobilize capital that will increase inclusive and equitable access to education, health, and wealth.

1

small businesses & nonprofits supported

{"The process of connecting with your team and figuring out if we are the right fit was quite refreshing. Mission Driven Finance not only has some really good people but also I just feel like my company matters rather than just some numbers on a spreadsheet.”
Ryan Sisson
CEO and Founder, Moniker Group (portfolio company)
{"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)
{"Working with Mission Driven Finance is unlike working with traditional lenders. The process transcended customer service and was more about relationship building; they take more time to get to know the people and figure out possibilities to have a positive transformational experience."
Dr. Corey Pahanish
Former Executive Director, Bayside Community Center (portfolio company)
{"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)
{“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)
{“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.”
{"Unlike other lending institutions that appear fixated on the bottom line, Mission Driven Finance seemed driven to propel our mission forward. Because of them, that’s exactly what we’ll do."
Marlayna Bollinger
Executive Director, Skinny Gene Project (portfolio company)
{"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."
{“Working with Mission Driven Finance feels like it’s more of a partnership than a typical lender-borrower relationship. It goes beyond the money. If I had to score how this relationship went, I would score it 10/10.”
Darren Solomon
Co-founder & CEO, Kid Ventures (portfolio company)
{"Once I heard about Mission Driven Finance’s mission, I knew it matched our core beliefs. I believe in doing good and doing well at the same time. And the technical assistance that Mission Driven Finance provided alone is worth the interest."
Chris Thomas
Executive Director, The Way Back (portfolio company)

Our Advance Portfolio

Advancing an inclusive economy

35%

Nonprofits

59%

Owned or led by women

52%

Owned or led by people of color

The figures above are accurate as of June 30, 2021.

MDF Blog

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Ownership Matters highlights Mission Driven Finance

Ownership Matters highlights Mission Driven Finance

This conversation took place between Elias Crim of Ownership Mattars—a biweekly newsletter for the founders and funders of the emerging solidarity economy—and Mission Driven Finance’s co-founder and CEO, David Lynn, and Lauren Grattan, co-founder and Chief Community Officer.

Fifty by Fifty Employee Ownership News: Employee Ownership Catalyst Fund Preserves Local Businesses and Jobs

Fifty by Fifty Employee Ownership News: Employee Ownership Catalyst Fund Preserves Local Businesses and Jobs

Project Equity and Mission Driven Finance announced on Labor Day the launch of the Employee Ownership Catalyst Fund, an evergreen debt fund that will offer flexible financing to businesses preparing for—or executing—an employee ownership transition. The fund targets businesses across the U.S. with 25 to 100-plus employees, particularly those employing frontline, low-wage workers and workers of color.

Project Equity launches new financing option to help local businesses build for the future

Project Equity launches new financing option to help local businesses build for the future

Project Equity, a national leader in the movement to expand employee ownership has launched a new initiative to provide flexible capital to companies on the path to employee ownership. The Employee Ownership Catalyst Fund provides working capital and transaction financing to businesses with 25+ employees. Mission Driven Finance co-manages the fund with Project Equity.

Ownership Matters highlights Mission Driven Finance

Ownership Matters highlights Mission Driven Finance

This conversation took place between Elias Crim of Ownership Mattars—a biweekly newsletter for the founders and funders of the emerging solidarity economy—and Mission Driven Finance’s co-founder and CEO, David Lynn, and Lauren Grattan, co-founder and Chief Community Officer.

Fifty by Fifty Employee Ownership News: Employee Ownership Catalyst Fund Preserves Local Businesses and Jobs

Fifty by Fifty Employee Ownership News: Employee Ownership Catalyst Fund Preserves Local Businesses and Jobs

Project Equity and Mission Driven Finance announced on Labor Day the launch of the Employee Ownership Catalyst Fund, an evergreen debt fund that will offer flexible financing to businesses preparing for—or executing—an employee ownership transition. The fund targets businesses across the U.S. with 25 to 100-plus employees, particularly those employing frontline, low-wage workers and workers of color.

Project Equity launches new financing option to help local businesses build for the future

Project Equity launches new financing option to help local businesses build for the future

Project Equity, a national leader in the movement to expand employee ownership has launched a new initiative to provide flexible capital to companies on the path to employee ownership. The Employee Ownership Catalyst Fund provides working capital and transaction financing to businesses with 25+ employees. Mission Driven Finance co-manages the fund with Project Equity.

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