RSF Social Finance

RSF Social Finance (RSF) is a pioneering non-profit financial services organization dedicated to transforming the way the world works with money. In partnership with a community of investors and donors, RSF provides capital to non-profit and for-profit social enterprises addressing key issues in the areas of Food & Agriculture, Education & the Arts, and Ecological Stewardship. Founded in 1936 as the Rudolf Steiner Foundation, RSF Social Finance began making loans to Steiner-inspired organizations in 1984. In the late 1990s, RSF’s mission expanded to serve a broader range of clients whose intentions and values are compatible with Steiner’s insights on associative economics and social renewal. Since 1984, RSF has made over $275 million in loans and over $100 million in grants, placing us in the top tier of social finance organizations worldwide. Today, RSF offers investing, lending, and giving services to individuals and enterprises committed to improving society and the environment. We currently have over 1,600 clients who are creating enormous positive impact by helping us redirect the flow of money from global capital markets to local ones. Together, we’re creating a shift from financial transactions that are complex, opaque, and anonymous to those that are direct, transparent, and personal. Every decision we make is based on long-term relationships, not short-term outcomes.

 
Collaborating members of RSF Social Finance
John Bloom – Vice President, Organizational Culture

John guides the organizational culture at RSF. The purpose of organizational culture is to tend to the reflective capacities of RSF, including how we articulate and practice our values in internal relationships and with our clients, how we learn as an organization, and how we manifest those values and practices through our public voice. John has worked with over 100 non-profits over the last several years in the areas of capacity building and culture change. He has led many workshops, lectured, and written about aspects of money and governance for non-profits. John has founded two non-profits, served as a trustee on several (including Yggdrasil Land Foundation), and worked as the administrator at an independent school before joining RSF. He has written extensively on many aspects of charitable organizations, associative economics,  life as an active member of a 29 year old biodynamic CSA, and on the topics of money and philanthropy, including The Genius of Money—Essays and Interviews Reimagining the Financial World. He lives in San Francisco.

 

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