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Recycling our first $105,336 ROI

Back in May, at the start of the pandemic, the U.S. SBA rolled out the Paycheck Protection Program (a.k.a. the PPP). It was big news. What we also learned then was that most of this money wasn’t going into the hands of the small, Main Street businesses due to a host of systemic issues. One unspoken issue was that lenders could only lend the money they had in their reserves. The government...

#5: Denkyem Coop

Denkyem provides access to affordable loans for black-owned businesses in the Puget Sound region (a.k.a. the Seattle Metropolitan Area). The loan terms are simple and unique: This is a black-owned business serving black-owned businesses, started in partnership with one of Seattle’s most active early-stage investors: Realize Impact provided a recoverable grant to Denkyem, providing them some...

#4: Colorado Lending Source

Three months ago Realize Impact lent $105,804 to the Colorado Lending Source to provide them capital for the SBA’s Payroll Protection Plan loans (the “PPP”). Late last month, we were paid back, with interest. You’ve most likely read about the PPP loans in the news. This is a fund to make those loans possible to more Main Street businesses. What the news stories...

$1.1 million of Impact Investments

Realize Impact launched its Philanthropic Investment Grant service in the last few days of February, 2020. The purpose was to make it easy for anyone with a donor advised fund, private foundation, or any donor to turn philanthropic giving into impact investments. $1,100,000+ Donors love that simplicity. In its first three months, over $1,100,000 of new impact investments have been made, into five...

#3: Africa Eats

The coronavirus pandemic brings more than a healthcare crisis to Africa, it brings disruptions to the food supply chain that will likely cause widespread hunger and starvation. The food system is already far from ideal, with (at least) 40% of that food never being eaten due to post-harvest losses (Rockefeller Foundation studies). Adding to these issues are the friction of closed borders...

#2: Truss Fund

The Truss Fund is provides emergency, 0% interest loansof up to $100,000 to market-driven social enterprisesaiming to end global poverty and protect the planet. The Fund is designed for enterprises that have beenespecially hard-hit by the pandemic, and who are graduatesof the GBSI Accelerator at Miller Center. The Truss Fund is managed by Beneficial Returns, an impact investment debt fund that...

#1: Fledge

Fledge is a global network of conscious company accelerators and investment funds, helping entrepreneurs create impactful companies and co-ops at scale through intense, short programs filled with education, guidance, and a massive amount of mentorship. Each city runs (up to) one session per year. Each city’s program is a bit different from the others’, but all are focused on mission-driven for...

Simplifying Impact Investing

Realize Impact makes impact investing simple, at least when done with philanthropic dollars. For that we use a Philanthropic Investment Grant (PHIG). Click below to download the form. In short, you recommend an investment, tell us what impact you think it’ll have, and then donate the matching capital. If the opportunity is open to others, we’ll share it with every investor we know, to...

Not dealflow, but investorflow

The problem in scaling impact investing is threefold: Impact investors are spread around the world, investing all around the globe. This makes it incredibly difficult for those seeking funding to find these investors. It also means that investors tend not to know each other. If they do, they tend only to meet once or twice per year at impact investing events. Impact investors have...

A 501(c)3 Public Charity

Realize Impact, EIN 46-3594732, was granted tax exempt status by the IRS under Section 501(c)3 in June 2014 for its charitable mission: Realize Impact is organized and operated exclusively for the charitable proposes within the meaning of Section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code, specifically to provide financial support, mentorship, and other assistance to early-stage socially...

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