RSF Social Finance Releases Report on Financing a Sustainable Food System

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RSF Social Finance Releases Report on Financing a Sustainable Food System
Friday, August 3, 2012 - 11:30am

CONTENT: Press Release

(3BL Media) San Francisco, CA - August 2, 2012 - RSF Social Finance (RSF), a leading financial services organization providing capital to innovative social enterprises, has released a new report titled “Bridging the Gaps: Funding and Social Equity Across the Food System Supply Chain.”

The report, produced with the support of the Rockefeller Foundation, examines the current state of funding allocated to building a just and sustainable food system. Specifically, it looks at where capital is flowing, where it is not flowing, and the approaches needed to increase the movement and effectiveness of capital where gaps exist.

There is an ever-increasing dialogue on building and financing a sustainable food system. RSF adds to the conversation by looking more broadly at these gaps in funding across the entire supply chain and explores how they impact social justice issues.

“Our goals with this paper are two-fold. First, we want to help funders build a foundation of greater knowledge to encourage collaboration among peers and with entrepreneurs. Second, we want to propose solutions for designing targeted, high-impact, and effective funding strategies to increase the flow of capital,” says Taryn Goodman, RSF’s Director of Impact Investing and author of the report. “Just as the creation of a healthier food system will require creativity and innovative solutions, so will the capital needed to support it.”

To download a copy of the report, visit:

About RSF Social Finance

RSF Social Finance is a financial services organization dedicated to transforming the way the world works with money. RSF offers investing, lending, and giving services that generate positive social and environmental impact. RSF’s growing community of investors and donors are furthering the work of social entrepreneurs and social enterprises in the fields of Food & Agriculture, Education & the Arts, and Ecological Stewardship. As a non-profit, building the field of social finance through community-based economic practices and a productive ecosystem of social finance partners is part of our work toward a human centered culture of finance. Since 1984, RSF has provided over $250 million in loans and $100 million in grants to for-profit and non-profits and social enterprises.


Taryn Goodman

Director, Impact Investing