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Digging deeper to root out racism in investment portfolios

Investors need to build a broader toolbox for advancing racial justice.  To do that, we need to experiment with strategies that demonstrate what a total racial justice approach looks like.  Since the murder of George Floyd and the subsequent demonstrations, many investors are considering the ways in which they can mitigate racial justice. However, they

RSF Social Finance backs loans for Native-owned agriculture businesses

ImpactAlpha, September 9 – Akiptan, a community development financial institution in South Dakota, launched last year to support Native-owned agriculture businesses that are shut out of most traditional commercial lending. The Native-owned CDFI, has originated nearly $3 million in loans in 13 tribal nations. RSF Social Finance is providing Akiptan with a seven-year, $250,000 loan

Oakland Black Business Fund launches with COVID relief funding

ImpactAlpha, September 2 – Oakland Black Business Fund, a new nonprofit investment fund, aims to help Black-owned businesses weather and recover from the COVID economic storm. Its broader vision is to seed economic opportunity and wealth creation for Oakland’s Black residents through business advice, grants, investment and real estate. OBBF has raised $150,000 to start

California Rebuilding Fund strengthens regional community development financing infrastructure

ImpactAlpha, Aug. 31 – Small business relief funding efforts are bogged down in Washington. But a growing network of state governments and private funders are backing community-based lenders to provide critical capital for small businesses trying to recover from the COVID crisis.  The California Rebuilding Fund, greenlighted by state officials last week, boosts the lending