Mission Driven Finance Co-founder Lauren Grattan reflects on building an inclusive, expansive economy after attending SOCAP’s SPECTRUM conference.
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Thoughts from the road: Small business drives strong communities across the country
David and Lauren spent National Small Business Week on the road in New York; Columbus, Ohio; and Baton Rouge, Louisiana. They spoke with stakeholders from different walks of life who all recognize the transformative power of small business from varied angles.
Optimistic about Opportunity Zones in San Diego
While Opportunity Zones have the potential for the biggest wave of gentrification and displacement we’ve ever seen, we’re optimistic about San Diego.
Collaborative approach unlocks $12M project transforming youth lives
Mission Driven Finance, Civic San Diego, and a local foundation unlock $12MM for nonprofit Access Youth Academy’s facility in Southeast San Diego.
How to align with Islamic financing principles to create economic opportunity
Mission Driven Finance provides culturally sensitive bridge financing to Somali Family Service of San Diego in accordance with Islamic financing principles.
Legacy Arts: Intentional impact investing
We were delighted to share with Legacy Arts Magazine how impact investing can support wealth managers, financial planners, and advisors to offer their clients new strategies to craft a legacy with meaning.
Our thoughts on San Diego’s Business Incentive Program
Yesterday, colleagues from Business For Good San Diego and I gave public testimony at the Economic Development & Intergovernmental Relations Committee (ED&IR) of the San Diego City Council as they reviewed proposed updates to the City's Business Incentive...
What’s happening with Opportunity Zones?
An interesting piece of legislation included in 2017's Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is the Opportunity Zones program. We've been digging in with colleagues across the country on how this can drive investment into neighborhoods that need it. So what's the scoop? The...
Announcing: Inner City Capital Connections SD kickoff breakfast
We are partnering with Kaiser Permanente San Diego to help introduce the Inner City Capital Connections (ICCC) national program to San Diego! When: Wednesday, April 25, 2018 | 7:30 am to 9:30 am 7:30 am breakfast 8 am program Where: Jacobs Center for Neighborhood...
San Diego Business Journal: Firm’s impact investing puts community in lending equation
Read the full article from the San Diego Business Journal on Mission Driven Finance and our community-based approach to impact investing and lending.
Mission Driven Finance announces first $1M in impact investments
San Diego startup led by proven industry leaders is making strides to $10M goal SAN DIEGO, CA—January 31, 2018—Mission Driven Finance today announced that Lucky Bolt, a local food kitchen and healthy meal delivery company, All Across Africa, a fair trade home goods...
Borrower Spotlight: LuckyBolt
The $250,000 loan from Mission Driven Finance enables LuckyBolt to expand from a shared commissary kitchen to their own commercial kitchen and storefront.
Borrower Spotlight: All Across Africa
All Across Africa’s unique supply chain model includes training and employing over 3,000 artisans in five countries in Africa, primarily women.
Borrower Spotlight: Thrive Public Schools
Meet our borrowers: Thrive Public Schools and see how they are preparing students to be college-ready, career-informed, and community-minded.
Debt vs. Equity Financing
When looking for capital for your business, consider the ins and outs of debt versus equity financing before deciding which way to go.