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February 2021

February may be shorter than the others, but this month comes in strong with the holidays. Not only was it Black History Month; our team also celebrated Lunar New Year, Valentine’s Day, Presidents’ Day, Mardi Gras...all in one whopping (long) weekend.

A woman standing in a field looks into the camera> We do have a lot to celebrate. As we continue closing capital gaps in order to close opportunity gaps, we're honored to work with the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart (MSSH) to launch a “people on the move” portfolio.

This program will provide loans and financing to small businesses and nonprofits that empower immigrants, refugees, asylees, low-income economic migrants, and survivors of trafficking across the United States. This pilot will help fill a challenging gap in access to capital which we hope will make it easier for organizations to support people on the move with training, jobs, and access to critical services.

If you know a growing organization supporting immigrants, please share this program with them! 
Learn More About People on the Move Financing
Sign Up — Info Session on Friday 3/12
To close these gaps and reconnect capital and community, we believe it's critical to change the face of finance. That was the impetus for the Community Finance Fellowship. And it's working. In their year with us, this first cohort of five thoughtful, intelligent, and adaptable emerging professionals helped accelerate the flow of capital into community—when it's really been needed. We can't believe they graduate in a few short weeks. We are now actively fundraising for cohort 2! Reach out to me or Heather to learn more.
I’m also excited to announce that we’ve recently been included in not one, but TWO esteemed lists of incredible impact fund managers! IA 50 2021 emerging impact manager badge
  • The Impact Assets IA 50 is the first publicly available database of impact investment firms for investors and their financial advisors, showing the breadth of impact fund managers that are creating positive impact.
  • The Integrated Capital Investing’s Transformative 25 List by founder Jen Astone spotlights twenty-five “myth-busters and courageous innovations” transforming finance for people and the planet.
Last but not least, please join us on social media in March in celebrating milestones and highlights from our first five years.

We are grateful for the progress we've made with the support of our community of investors, portfolio companies, and champions like you—and look forward to creating even more impact together.
Stay well and take care of each other,
Lauren Grattan
Lauren Grattan
Co-Founder & Chief Community Officer

New Loan Program for Small Businesses & Nonprofits

The People on the Move program serves organizations that better the lives of immigrants, refugees, and other New Americans. Learn more and take the next steps for a loan here.

COVID-19 Loans for Nonprofits

Interest-free nonprofit loans from the San Diego County COVID-19 Small Business & Nonprofit Loan Program are still available. Please share with San Diego leaders you know!

The Abrams familyNew Investment

Congratulations to Rebuilding Together San Diego (RTSD), the latest portfolio company to join our place-based strategy Advance. RTSD brings volunteers and communities together, living out their “neighbors helping neighbors” motto with their home rehabilitation efforts throughout San Diego County for homeowners who are low-income families, seniors, people with disabilities, and veterans.

Rachel visiting with familyWhy I Invest:
Rachel Lozano Castro

Meet one of our youngest supporters and her family, and see why they embraced our place-based Advance Strategy and philanthropic investing together.

Read more here.

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