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Inclusive Place-Based Strategies

Investing in building communities

Why We Invest

Inclusive place-based strategies

Small businesses and nonprofits are the lifeblood of local economies. But too many are either ignored or preyed upon by the current financial system. Unfortunately, these are often the organizations that are delivering critical services, creating paths to quality jobs, and leading inclusive economic development.

Mission Driven Finance works with partners around the country to design and deploy funds that deliver accessible capital and put their community first.

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San Diego small businesses and nonprofits

Our flagship place-based fund, Advance is an evergreen revolving private credit portfolio in our hometown of San Diego. Advance provides debt financing up to $500k to tenacious small businesses, social enterprises, and nonprofits that are committed to advancing local economic opportunity.

Somali Family Service

San Diego nonprofit COVID-19 response

The San Diego County COVID-19 Small Business & Nonprofit Loan Program (SBNLP) is designed to provide low-to-no-interest loans to small businesses and nonprofit organizations and aid in the region’s economic recovery from the coronavirus.

In partnership with The San Diego Foundation, we are actively deploying over $5M of 0%-interest loans to local nonprofits.


St. Louis Black & Latinx accelerator fund

The Elevate/Elevar Accelerator bridges the racial wealth gap by elevating Black and Latinx founders in North St. Louis, who are too often overlooked and underestimated.

In partnership with WEPOWER St. Louis, we are building their first $1.5M revenue-based investment fund Elevate/Elevar Capital to support Black and Latinx entrepreneurs.

Baton Rouge bridge

Baton Rouge small businesses and nonprofits

In partnership with Execute Now!, we are replicating our Advance portfolio strategy to invest in amazing Black enterprises and entrepreneurs in Baton Rouge, LA, and the surrounding areas.

Habitat for Humanity

Affordable homeownership in San Diego

In partnership with San Diego Habitat for Humanity, we mobilized over $2M of impact investments and grants to build more homes more quickly, providing affordable homeownership to an anticipated thirty-seven families.

Downtown Akron, photo by Shane Wynn

Akron small business COVID-19 relief

In summer 2020, we supported the City of Akron, Community Reinvestment Fund, and local CDFI partners in designing a revolving loan fund for small businesses to bounce back from pandemic-related economic effects.


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