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Through a combination of impact-first finance, a coalition of dedicated philanthropic and impact investors, and an incredible organization advocating for immigrant dignity, 100 people are now free from immigrant prison.
Apis & Heritage Capital Partners Announces Initial Close of $30 Million to Turn Businesses with Workforces of Color into Employee-Owned Firms
Mission Driven Finance is delighted to support our client-partners at Apis & Heritage on their first fund to build wealth for workers of color through employee ownership.
Sandhya Nakhasi of Community Credit Lab, Eric Horvath of Common Future, and Lauren Grattan of Mission Driven Finance discuss how they are using impact investing to build inclusive financial systems by centering communities.
Mission Driven Finance partners with The San Diego Foundation to empower communities through new models of investing in social change.
Fund managers from Fair Food Network, Homestake Venture Partners, Flexible Capital Fund, Kachuwa Impact Fund, and Mission Driven Finance engage in a lively discussion about creative financing and integrated capital strategies. Moderated by Esther Park, CEO of Cienega Capital.
Catalyst’s Impact Investing Series: Strategic investments in small businesses to sustain resilient communities
Hear from peer funders and investors on lessons learned in providing entrepreneurship funding and technical assistance for small businesses. Leave with practical strategies that you can explore and implement in your post-COVID resiliency funding.
The San Diego Business Journal’s Fred Grier recently highlighted Kay Olmstead and Nano PharmaSolutions, Inc., which Realize Impact invested in through the Mission Driven Finance fund based on donor/investor recommendations.
In honor of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, the San Diego Business Journal and Asian Business Association San Diego presented Asian Pacific Islander Businesses of the Year Awards and a panel discussion that included our Chief Investment Officer Louie Nguyen. Congratulations to portfolio company Microtek took home the “Most Innovative” Business of the Year Award.
There’s a lot of talk about what doesn’t work for Black businesses to help them grow and scale, but what about what is working? A new report from Path to 15|55 and San Francisco Foundation highlights three bright spots: Flexible underwriting; supportive partnership and blended capital.
Hear how impact investing differs from traditional grantmaking, and how this philanthropic tool leverages financial capital and human resources to get important community projects off the ground. Learn how Mission Driven Finance, Social Finance, and Silicon Valley Community Foundation use this model to support especially underserved communities and address inequities in affordable housing, education, and more.
James Benedict (Left Tackle Capital), Deborah Frieze (Boston Impact Initiative), and Lauren Grattan (Mission Driven Finance) discuss different approaches to develop and empower more representative talent in the investment industry in this ASBC-SVC Spring 2021 session.
It’s so exciting when you get a commitment letter for a loan offer. But how do you know that these terms match the day-to-day needs of your organization?
In this session, Mission Driven Finance CEO David Lynn spoke about potential financing structures for community land trusts and similar affordable housing ventures.
Our Senior Portfolio Advisor David Cooper joined co-founder and CEO of Sown to Grow, Rupa Gupta, to share their knowledge of financing alternatives for social impact companies from both the investor’s and entrepreneur’s perspectives.
[En español] Andrew Moncada les comparte unas prácticas esenciales para conseguir una aprobación en su próxima solicitud de préstamo para su negocio.
We are proud to announce that the first cohort of the Community Finance Fellowship—Louise Jordan, Benson Ochira, Andrew Moncada, Essence Rodriguez, and Crystal Sevilla—is graduating.
Reaching a five-year milestone was not only an accomplishment we can be proud of, but also a good time to evaluate how we present ourselves to the world. We wanted to refresh the colors of our logo to better reflect our bold and optimistic approach to finance.
We need more individuals thinking and acting in ways that take into account the dynamics of intersectionality—a framework that civil rights activist and lawyer Kimberlé Crenshaw coined—to provide a lens through which you can see where power comes and collides, where it interlocks and intersects.