RSF Social Finance Monthly -- September 2011

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RSF Social Finance Monthly -- September 2011

Highlights from RSF Social Finance


In partnership with Leslie Christian and Portfolio 21 Investments, we have released a white paper questioning the foundations of current investment practice and proposing new principles for investing in the 21st century. We're presenting this paper at a special session at SOCAP, which kicks off a busy fall full of conferences and events.  Speaking of events, we are beside ourselves with anticipation of Celebrating Rudolf Steiner, a festival we are hosting to honor Steiner's legacy, 150 years after his birth.   In addition, check out some of our new borrowers, grantees and job opportunities at RSF!

Monday, September 26, 2011 - 1:41pm

RSF Social Finance Releases Innovative Investment White Paper at SOCAP11
On September 8th, at a special session of the SOCAP conference in San Francisco, we will be releasing a recently published white paper, “A New Foundation for Portfolio Management.” This paper, authored by Leslie Christian, CEO of Portfolio 21 Investments with support from Don Shaffer, President and CEO of RSF, challenges current assumptions about risk, growth and utility, and proposes new principles to bring portfolio theory into the 21st century.  

California Benefit Corporation Bill on Governer Brown's Desk

Assembly Bill 361, the bill that would authorize and regulate the formation and governance of a new form of corporate entity known as a benefit corporation, passed the California Assembly and is now on Governor Jerry Brown’s desk. The governor has 12 days to sign the bill into law or to veto it....Read the full post on the Reimagine Money Blog.

Fall Events Line Up

We are hosting, sponsoring, and participating in over a dozen events this fall! Check out this blog post for more details.

September 14 – Social Venture Institute Hollyhock, Cortes Island, BC
September 21 - Natural Products Expo East – Baltimore, MD
September 25 - Rudolf Steiner Festival - San Francisco, CA
September 29 – B Lab Webinar: A New Foundation for Portfolio Management
October 2 - SRI in the Rockies - New Orleans, LA
October 12 - Slow Money 2011 - San Francisco, CA
October 14 - Bioneers - San Rafael, CA
October 24 – Spirit in Money – Chestnut Ridge, NY
October 25 – B Corps Champions Retreat – Philadelphia, PA
October 26 - Investors' Circle - Philadelphia, PA
October 27 - SVN Fall 2011 - Philadelphia, PA
October 31 – Social Enterprise Summit – Chicago, IL
November 3 - Making Money Make Change - Reiterstown, MD
November 10 - Opportunity Green - Los Angeles, CA
November 12 – Green Festival – San Francisco, CA

Come Celebrate Rudolf Steiner's 150th With RSF!

In honor of Rudolf Steiner’s Sesquicentennial, we are hosting a festival at San Francisco’s Golden Gate Club to commemorate his life and legacy.  The event is free and open to the public, with a number of interactive workshops, panel discussions, Eurythmy performances, a Marionette show, organic and biodynamic food and wine tastings and more!  To read more about the event and to RSVP, please visit Celebrating Rudolf Steiner.

New Lending Activity

We are pleased to announce two new  members to the RSF Community - The Summerfield Waldorf School & Farm, and Corbin Hill Road Farms. Follow the links below to read more in the RSF newsroom.

Summerfield Waldorf School & Farm
Corbin Hill Road Farm

June & July Grantmaking Activity

Hidden Villa is a non-profit education organization that stretches over 1600 beautiful acres of open space in the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains about 40 miles south of San Francisco. With a mission to inspire a just and sustainable future through its programs, lands and legacy, it uses an organic farm, wilderness, and community to teach and provide opportunities to learn about the environment and social justice...Read the full post on the Reimagine Money blog.

What's So Funny About Administration?

The philanthropic world has increasingly demanded more impact assessment and outcome tracking from non-profits. I have seen this at every Grants Manager Network conference I have attended in the last three years. Complex matrixes and measurement tools are shared and then implemented in the non-profit world.  It always seemed strange to me that a funder would be directing the outcomes, rather than the non-profits, or even the communities being served...Read the full post on the Reimagine Money blog.

RSF Staff at Work in the Community

It’s 2pm on a Thursday afternoon, and RSF staff members have their hands wrist-deep in dirt—soil, that is!  August 4th marked RSF’s second annual service day, where RSF staff members vacate their desks for an afternoon to spend time working with projects that give back to the community.  This year, staff members selected two local organizations to work with: the Community Garden Project of the San Francisco Waldorf School, and the Marin Headlands Nursery....Read the full post on the Reimagine Money blog.

Employment & Fellowship Opportunities at RSF!

We are currently looking for talented people to fill a number of roles here at RSF. Please follow the links below to see if you or someone you may know would a be a good fit.

Job Opportunities at RSF
Social Impact Fellowship for Graduate Students2


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