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July 2021 recap

The Mission Driven Finance teamThis month our team gathered in person for the first time since March 2020. We reviewed progress and shared goals in our quarterly business review, a fulfilling day of reflection on how our work is evolving and deeper connection. For about a third of the team, this was the first time they met their colleagues in person!

I say “they” because I’ve been caring for my family in Hawaii this month and joined by Zoom. This amazing team made it possible for me to prioritize family and personal needs—and see the company continue creating incredible impact.
 

Some Q2 highlights:

  • Opened recruitment for cohort 2 of the Community Finance Fellowship. Candidates applied from 12 states and DC. We look forward to finalizing our cohort next month. Thank you to all who shared this opportunity with people you know!
  • Supported our client-partners at Apis & Heritage in the $30M first close of their fund
  • Formalized two departments making magic behind the scenes: fund operations and talent & organizational operations
BridgedeckThis month, we closed a $2M investment in affordable housing and transit-oriented development, an exciting collaboration with Bridgedeck Partners, The San Diego Foundation, and Alliance Healthcare Foundation.

Also this month, our dear friends behind the Path to 15|55 initiative to build Black wealth spotlighted our investment in Carter Transportation Group in national press.

I look forward to seeing what we accomplish together next.
Stay well and take care of each other,
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Lauren Grattan
Co-founder & Chief Community Officer
P.S. The MDF team is growing even more in 2021. Check our jobs page and follow us on social media for the latest openings.
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Welcome to new portfolio companies

Creating Coding Careers is a Black-founded and led organization that offers apprenticeship and reskilling opportunities to people looking to gain the hands-on skills necessary to pursue high-wage technology careers otherwise beyond their reach.
Bridgedeck Partners LLC is a meaningful partnership between Naturally Affordable Housing and The Hampstead Companies with the united goal of bringing affordable housing to San Diego’s Normal Heights neighborhood.
Hilltop Encanto, LLC is an initiative of longtime San Diego developers Ito Girard & Associates and La Jolla MJ Management to bring 47 homes in the Hilltop Crossing project on the northeastern corner of Hilltop Drive and Euclid Avenue in the Encanto community of San Diego.

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Mission Driven Finance supports funds across the U.S. that increase access to education, health, and wealth. The programs below currently have capital available for businesses and nonprofits. With different investor interests, each program has a unique profile. 

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