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New Financing Model Unlocks Millions to Build Affordable Homes

Investors in non-traditional fund address San Diego’s housing crisis FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Press Contact: Shannon Sneade | 702-540-8108 | (San Diego)–May 15, 2019–Today, Mission Driven Finance announces that investors have contributed more than $1 million to a revolutionary fund that will support the construction of affordable homes for low-income families. Investors concerned about the […]

Women Build the Future

This month, we had the honor of hanging out with inspiring women leading change in our community during our Women Build the Future breakfast, co-hosted with San Diego Habitat for Humanity. It was an uncharacteristically cold and rainy morning for sunny San Diego, but that didn’t temper the enthusiasm of the women who turned out. […]

Supporting African artisans at work and beyond

In honor of the one-year anniversary of our official launch party, we’re catching up with one of our very first borrowers, All Across Africa. Since our investment in late 2017, All Across Africa has: Employed 400 new artisans. Provided solar lights to their artisans in Rwanda on a lease-to-own model, 37% below market price. This […]

MAAC Creates Pathways to Healthier San Diego Families

This month I sat down with Shreya Shah Sasaki, our COO and resident social determinants of health nerd, to discuss her work with local nonprofit MAAC. Shreya has a Masters in Public Health and provides invaluable insight into improving health outcomes through social change. She joined the board of MAAC in November of last year […]

NPR: Breaking The Cycle Of Disinvestment In Lower-Income Communities

Recently, our co-founder and Director of Community Engagement Lauren Grattan sat down with NPR to talk about discrepancies in access to capital for lower-income communities and how we can level the playing field. We’re delighted that national media is looking for bright spots of what’s working so we can scale inclusive community growth with sensible […]

Milken Opportunity Zone Takeaways

This last week of February I was lucky enough to be able to participate in two days of Milken Institute convenings in Oakland. Our conversations centered around affordable housing, opportunity zones, and how local and statewide policies in California can be structured to influence positive outcomes. Milken’s Financial Innovation Lab discussions are held under confidential […]