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Mastercard deposits $20 million through CNote’s network of community development financial institutions

ImpactAlpha, October 26 – Mastercard’s has made a $20 million deposit with Oakland-based CNote to boost the lending power of community development financial institutions, or CDFIs, across the U.S.  The financial services giant’s cash was invested in a CNote “Promise” account and will be deposited in $250,000 slugs across CNote’s network of CDFIs.  CNote has

Natural Order Acquisition Corp. readies a SPAC to invest in alternative proteins

ImpactAlpha, October 26 – Beyond Meat made a splash last year as the first of the “plant-based meat” companies to go public. Another one may soon hit the public markets via a special purpose acquisition company, or SPAC.  Natural Order Acquisition Corp. is looking to raise $250 million to invest in “technologies and products related

Humana backs a ‘health outcomes fund’ to expand addiction treatment and support services

ImpactAlpha, October 22 – Healthcare network Humana is investing $5 million to enable nonprofit Volunteers of America to boost capacity and extend critical funding to local affiliates helping families cope with addiction.  Community organizations are struggling to meet demand for their services as the pandemic strains social safety nets and families face added financial and

Path to 15|55 has $100 million in commitments to grow Black businesses

Business ownership and entrepreneurship are some of the best tools we have to grow the wealth of Black communities. “The median net worth for Black business owners is 12 times higher than Black nonbusiness owners,” regardless of their level of wealth before beginning a business, according to an AEO report. If Black businesses were fully

Pay-for-success funds in San Francisco and Colorado raise $10 million for nonprofits

ImpactAlpha, October 20 – Two new funds aim to streamline pay-for-success (sometimes called social impact bonds) and make it easier for nonprofits to raise impact capital to run and expand their programs.  Impact investing advisor NPX structured place-based funds for the San Francisco Bay Area and Colorado to be payors to nonprofit organizations once their