November/December 2021 recap

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As we come to the end of another turbulent year, and an exceptionally tough one for me personally, I find the exercise of celebrating things we're grateful for renews our purpose. I spent much-needed time reconnecting with family recently. I hope this season can be a restorative one for you too.
In November—or as we like to call it—Closevemberwe made six investments (with more investments slated to close this month):
  • We made second investments in Advance portfolio companies 1️⃣ Verity Packaging, 2️⃣ CareCar, and 3️⃣ Creating Coding Careers.

    Verity nearly tripled their team in sustainable beauty and personal care packaging since our first investment in 2020, while CareCar saw a 2.4x increase in health plan clients served since our first investment in 2019. Over the past year, Creating Coding Careers has enrolled 28 students in their training program. Eleven students have finished the program and 100% of them have been converted to full-time employees at partner companies. 

  • We invested in 4️⃣ Infusion Innovations, which manufactures medical device connectors that protect health workers from toxic spills or vapors while administering chemotherapy and other drugs to patients.
We’ve been spinning up new strategies with partners across the country, and many of them have now made first investments into their priority communities!
  • The Employee Ownership Catalyst Fund, in partnership with national partner Project Equity, closed an investment in Berkeley-based 5️⃣ The Local Butcher Shop. The funding will support them in their transition to an employee-owned business.
  • The People on the Move loan program, in partnership with the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart, supports small businesses and organizations that serve immigrants and refugees. 

    We are proud to support St. Paul, MN-based licensed healthcare provider 6️⃣ Ace Home Health in an Islamic-compliant investment! Approximately 60% of their clients identify as immigrants and refugees.
In addition to the above, I am also grateful for the teamwork behind these accomplishments: We are still expanding our team—currently recruiting a senior associate of knowledge systems and a real estate strategist (see below). Help us spread the word!
Wishing you the best for this holiday season and new year,
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Lauren Grattan
Co-founder & Chief Community Officer
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