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Ethical Apparel Africa

At the end of 2020 with the recommendation of one couple, Realize Impact made a $50,000 loan to Ethical Apparel Africa, an apparel sourcing company that provides expert technical guidance, independent quality control, sourcing, logistics, and compliance assurance in West Africa. We didn’t blog about this loan at the time as $50,000 was all the company needed to deal with a pandemic-related...

Investment #25 – Truss Fund II

Truss Fund makes loans to social enterprises addressing poverty in the developing world.  The fund focuses exclusively on graduates of the GSBI Accelerator, a program of Miller Center at Santa Clara University. In just the past thirty days Truss Fund has approved a loan to Doselva, a spice business connecting Nicaraguan smallholder farmers to export markets, a loan to All Across Africa, a social...

Investment #24 – Gigawatt Global

Gigawatt Global is a Jerusalem-based, Dutch-registered company backed by American investors creating a platform to provide renewable electricity to some of the most challenging countries in Africa — geared to offering strong potential returns on investment while supporting humanitarian and social causes including clean energy, women’s empowerment, health, education, access to clean...

Investment #23 – Nano PharmaSolutions

The Problem Most drug candidates (>70%) are poorly soluble resulting in poor bioavailability. Many technologies (e.g. spray dry dispersion, hot melt extrusion, liposomal, nano emulsion, nano crystals, etc.) have been developed to address this solubility concerns in NCE. However, all of these methods use chemicals that become a part of the drug. This can lead to potential drug product toxicity...

Another $1.5 million so far in 2021

2021 continues the rapid pace of donations, recommendations, and investments through Realize Impact’s philanthropic investment service. $1.5 million so far, not yet five months into the new year. We announced the 100th investor only 45 days ago, barely a year after launching the service. Where is all this money going? Either directly into impactful companies or indirectly to them via impact...

Update from the 86Fund

“The Sunday Family and I are forever grateful for the 86Fund, the work they do, and the opportunity they’ve given us. With their grant money, our team has been able to keep regular working hours and we were even able to bring two team members back to work. In these difficult times, it is grant and emergency fund programs like the 86Fund that are helping keep restaurants like ours alive, and we...

100 Unique Investors

One year and a few weeks after launching our philanthropic investment service, the 100th investor has made a donation and recommended an investment. And before we could tout that milestone, the 101st donation arrived as a gift of appreciated shares. The 100th investor recommended an opportunity managed by Mission Driven Finance, to be invested in Nano PharmaSolutions. The 99th investor...

COVIDWA.com

What can a few dozen Microsoft alumni do over a weekend to help end the pandemic? They can and did create a website to track where residents of Washington State can schedule their vaccine appointments, www.COVIDWA.com From their FAQ: We are a rapidly-growing volunteer group with over 70 members from WA State and around the world. We were frustrated at how long it took to try each vaccination...

It Works!

February 2020, just before the pandemic was daily news, Realize Impact launched it’s philanthropic investment service. At the time we had just one signed partner, Seattle Foundation. In February we quietly launched, informing just a few people in the impact investing industry. By June, over $1.1 million of capital had flowed through the service from a few dozen donor/investors into five...

#6: Community Credit Lab

Ada Developers Academy and Community Credit Lab partnered to focus on increasing equity in tech. Ada Developers Academy is a non-profit, tuition-free coding school for women and gender diverse adults. Ada focuses on serving low income people, underrepresented minorities, and members of the LGBTQIA+ community in Seattle and the surrounding region. Community Credit Lab provides community-funded, 0%...

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