Resources, Education, and Access
An emerging group of investors are spearheading the practice of capital deployment for real transformative social change. How can we help them accomplish that goal? The Transform Finance Investor Network is a community of funds, foundations, and family offices seeking to invest with a community-centered, social justice approach. Over $550 million has been committed to invest utilizing the Transform Finance principles. In addition to deal flow, the investors receive educational resources on businesses structure, hybrid organizations, alternative financing models, community ownership and engagement, and shared governance practices.
Social entrepreneurs face a significant challenge to balance the needs of their stakeholders and provide maximum value to the communities they serve. Transform Finance provides mission-driven organizations with educational trainings, feedback sessions, and pitching opportunities for leaders interested in deep community engagement. We have developed an accelerator curriculum aimed at making an enterprise transformative, looking beyond product and service to employment practices, community engagement, and supply chain principles. In addition, the organizations we work with receive access to investors and mentors interested in community empowerment through social entrepreneurship.
Social change organizations have historically had little overlap with the world of capital. As they say, if you are not at the table, you are on the menu. We help organizations understand how capital affects their work, both positively and negatively, create revenue-generating projects, and hold investors accountable. We work together to develop a model of finance as a powerful tool in a social justice toolbox. In addition, we offer an educational curriculum tailored to the needs of organizations seeking to engage with capital flows for real transformative social change.
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Provided training content for Unreasonable Institute participants on how social entrepreneurs can incorporate a social equity and racial justice lens into their business.
Assisted in structuring a fund that will invest into cooperative enterprises, building on The Working World's track record of 600 loans with a 98% repayment rate over the past 8 years.
Advised Maya Mountain Cacao and Liberty & Justice on community ownership and engagement strategies.
Provided Ashoka Fellows a 2 day training in community-centered models, in partnership with the Siemens Foundation’s Community Interest Development Group (CIDG).