Social Impact Investing 101

I’ve been watching the social impact investing space for awhile now. From knowing people working on companies in this space, to running my own startup that invests in affordable housing (if you have a startup that’s working on affordable housing email me), I’ve had the chance to take stock of how this space is developing. As an accredited investor, in the past you really had two options; invest in a traditional startup (that happens to be doing good with their mission) by being an Angel investor or simply make a donation in a traditional 501c3 (that is doing good work). However thanks to my friends at TechSoup, and a new technology platform, you can now invest in a nonprofit and get returns.

Using the innovative SVX impact investment platform, TechSoup intends to raise $11.5 million through a Direct Public Offering (DPO). TechSoup connects civil society organizations and changemakers around the world to the resources they need to design and implement technology solutions for a more equitable planet.

The TechSoup DPO, which includes three tiers of debt securities investments, marks the first time the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has qualified a nonprofit to raise funds nationally through a Regulation A+ / Tier 2 offering.

With investment minimums as low as $50, it is uniquely structured to engage with TechSoup’s community, including the nonprofits they serve, the technology companies they support, and those who have supported TechSoup for 30 years.

I put in $500.00 (wish I could do more) and intend to get a 2% return on my investment. I don’t intent to stop donating, but I love that they have this an option. I’ll keep everyone in this space up to date on what my returns look like and if you have a social impact company that’s working on affordable housing, please email me.

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