RSF Social Finance’s Social Enterprise Lending Program

By Cathy Clark and Jorge Soriano

RSF Social Finance (RSF) is an innovative public benefit financial services organization dedicated to transforming the way the world works with money. RSF offers investing, lending, and giving services to individuals and enterprises committed to improving society and the environment. Since 1984, RSF has given out more than $285 million in loans and more than $100 million in grants. RSF is both philosophically and functionally unique in the investment marketplace. Philosophically, RSF acts as not just a financial services organization, but as a thought leader and field builder. Inspired by the work of the famed economist and scientist Rudolf Steiner, RSF is dedicated to exploring how money can connect people and their values and strengthen the bonds of community. Functionally, RSF is quite innovative. Through its mix of eight legal entities comprising both investment and grant vehicles, RSF offers its 1,500 clients the possibility to leverage grants, loans, and investments in order to create significant positive impact by working to align their money with their values.

Pacific Community Ventures, Inc., ImpactAssets and Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, 2014