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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...

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