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Q&A with an investor and a borrower on how impact investing makes their communities stronger. What to know about getting impact-based loans. 
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Mission Driven Finance
community news | august 2019


We’re joining students across the country and heading back to school with Advance borrower Friends of Willow Tree. Hear how director Bethany used flexible capital from Mission Driven Finance to provide access to education, arts, and nature.

For those whose summer vacation doesn’t end with a trip to the classroom, we also unpack everything you need to know about getting an impact-based loan for your business and how one philanthropist uses impact investing to create the future she wants to see.

5 things to know about getting an impact-based loan for your business
Impact-based loans: what you need to know
Are you a hardworking small business owner or nonprofit leader doing good in your community and ready to grow to the next level? Curious about what makes the impact lending process different? 

Here's a simple guide to the financing options available for growing organizations, what we do differently, and how you have the potential to create more impact in your community than you realize.
Back to school with borrower Bethany Chaffin
Friends of Willow Tree students in nature

As students head back to school, we caught up with one of our favorite educators: Bethany Chaffin, director of the Waldorf-inspired education enrichment center Friends of Willow Tree.

In 2018, we made a $100,000 bridge loan to them.

Now, we’re excited to announce a second loan to support Friends of Willow Tree’s long-term stability and growth as they build a dedicated campus.

Find out why Bethany launched Friends of Willow Tree after working in public schools for 20 years, and her plans for the new campus.
How Kara Ballester invests for the future she wants
Kara and Andy Ballester discuss impact investing with Beth Sirull and Jess Yuen
As San Diego philanthropist Kara Ballester and her husband Andy built their foundation, they knew impact investing would be a key part of realizing their vision for a green way of living and housing that families can afford. She shared three key steps they took to integrate impact investing to advance their mission, and why investing in her local community matters.
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