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Funds for everyone:

Organization Name

Eligibility

Minimum Investment

Minimum Term

Description

RSF Social Finance (RSF): Social Investment Fund*

Everyone

$1,000

90 days

Offers the everyday investor a secure vehicle for financing social enterprises while earning returns similar to online cialis sales those of a bank CD (Nationwide)

http://rsfsocialfinance.org/services/investing/overview/

Equal Exchange CD

Everyone

$1000

3 years

A hybrid CD/investment where you can tell the bank to put your savings to work directly for small farmers, Fair Trade, and worker and farmer co-ops.

http://www.equalexchange.coop/eecd

Equity Trust, Inc.

Everyone

$1,000

1 year

Makes low-interest loans for community development, education or agricultural projects (Nationwide)

http://www.equitytrust.org/Invest.html

FORGE (Financing Ozarks Rural Growth and Economy)

Everyone

None ($500 preferred)

None

Provides loans to sustain the rural communities in the Ozarks and preserve the Ozark environment of Northwest Arkansas

http://forgeonline.com/investors.htm

MOFGA: Organic Farmer Loan Fund

Everyone

Varies

Varies

Helps Maine farmers by providing loans for working capital or farm equipment

Learn more at the MOFGA website

Montana CDC

Everyone

$5,000

2 years

Partners with socially responsible investors who seek a modest financial return to deliver a significant community impact in Montana

http://www.mtcdc.org/howtoinvest.html

New Spirit Ventures, LLC

Everyone

No Minimum

5 years

Helps Mid-Western farmers (Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, Minnesota, N. Dakota, Wisconsin) committed to organic and sustainable agriculture start, maintain and grow their operations by linking them with socially motivated investors

http://newspiritfp.com

ShoreBank Enterprise Cascadia

Everyone

$5,000

3 years

Relies on donations, grants and www.wowgraphicdesigns.com loans from religious, business, banking and philanthropic institutions to support community development in Oregon and Washington

http://www.sbpac.com/bins/site/templates/splash.asp

The Carrot Project

Everyone

Varies (Usually $10,000 or $25,000)

5 years

Collaborates with private investors, lenders and farm support organizations to usa generic cialis meet needs of small and mid-sized farms in the Northeast region

http://www.thecarrotproject.org/for_investors

The Cooperative Fund of New England

Everyone

$1,000

1 year

35 years investing in New England's food systems, supporting cooperatives, worker ownership, and community nonprofits without one investor losing a penny

http://cooperativefund.org/

The Reinvestment Fund (TRF)

Everyone

$1,000

3 years

Builds wealth and opportunity for low-income communities in the Mid Atlantic region (Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland and Washington, DC) through the levitra free sample promotion of socially and levitra online fed express environmentally responsible development

http://www.trfund.com/investors/howtoinvest.html

Conservation Fund: Natural Capital Investment Fund Everyone $50,000 Varies

Provides debt and equity financing to small businesses in West Virginia, Virginia, North Carolina, and Tennessee

http://www.ncifund.org/

Funds for Accredited Investors:

Organization Name

Eligibility

Minimum Investment

Minimum Term

Description

RSF Social Finance (RSF): Mezzanine Fund*

Accredited investors

$500,000

7 years

Provides growth capital as a complement or alternative to pure equity financing, giving social enterprises the financial flexibility to stay mission-focused as they expand (Nationwide)

http://rsfsocialfinance.org/services/investing/overview/

RSF Social Finance (RSF): PRI Funds*

Accredited investors

$100,000

5 years

Offers a streamlined means of recycling program payouts through low-interest loans to fully charitable projects (Nationwide)

http://rsfsocialfinance.org/services/investing/overview/

Trillium's Community Investment Portfolio*

Accredited investors

$25,000
(with $2 million Trillium client minimum)

None

Invests directly in community development institutions to assist under-served communities.  

http://trilliuminvest.com/our-approach-to-sri/community-investing/

The Sustainability Group Impact Portfolio*

 
Accredited investors $500,000 5 years

Tailored portfolio for individuals seeking higher impact.

http://www.sustainabilitygroup.com/contact-us

Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund: Flexible Capital Fund*

Accredited investors

$100,000 (Institutional) $50,000 (Individual)

10 years

Providing “near equity” royalty financing to growth companies in Vermont’s natural resource sectors.

http://www.vsjf.org/what-we-do/flexible-capital-fund

Cape Cod Fisheries Trust**

Accredited investors

$250,000

3 years revolving

(5-10 years preferred)

Protects depleted fisheries resources to reinvigorate fishing businesses and revitalize coastal fishing communities on Cape Cod

http://www.ccchfa.org/trust/

Ecotrust: Forests LLC**

Accredited investors

$500,000

7 years

Makes investments in key sectors, businesses and projects which significantly enhance the capacity for appropriate development and conservation in the coastal temperate rain forest region along the West Coast

http://www.ecotrust.org/ncf/

Coastal Enterprises, Inc. (CEI)

Accredited investors

$5,000

3 years

Financing for micro, small and medium enterprises, natural resource-based ventures, affordable housing and community facilities that meet triple bottom line criteria, primarily rural regions of generic cialis overnight Maine.

http://www.ceimaine.org/content/view/58/99/

Farmland LP**

Accredited investors

$50,000

3 years

Acquires conventional farmland and converts it to high-value organic farmland (Nationwide)

http://www.farmlandlp.com/ContactUs.html

 

*These funds are Slow Money Founding Members and have provided sponsorship to Slow Money's National Gathering in addition to it's cool membership.
**These funds are Slow Money Founding Members

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