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Mission-related investing – the practice of aligning a foundation’s endowment with its philanthropic goals – has the potential to substantially increase the amount of capital available to address social and environmental challenges.  That’s because only 5% of a foundation’s endowment must be paid out each year as grants or “program-related investments.”   /continue reading

In the wake of escalating climate change concerns and the rising demand for local and organically grown food, smaller farm and food ventures are looking to grow. Unfortunately for farmers and other food entrepreneurs, growth requires capital, and the typical forms of debt and equity financing may not be a good match for their businesses. Thankfully, investors and entrepreneurs are turning to more innovative forms of financing.  One example is revenue- or royalty-based financing (“RBF”) — a hybrid of debt and equity financing that can offer the flexibility farm and food ventures need to fuel their businesses.   /continue reading