The Beanstalk Fund offers a portfolio of investments in select Colorado nonprofit social enterprises.
Social Enterprise is an essential component of the future economy.
Like the quality leaders we’ve sought for the Beanstalk Foundation, all Beanstalk Fund recipients demonstrate skill, dedication, community focus, compassion, and strong leadership.
The Beanstalk Fund provides advice and funding to Colorado nonprofits that are bridging the gap between business sustainability and social impact.
The gap is wide and is not being filled with traditional philanthropy or traditional investment.
Bridging the gap requires:
A Viable Business Model
Risk tolerant, flexible funding
The Beanstalk Fund partners with these nonprofits to build those bridges.
The Fund “invests” up to $50,000 each in Colorado-based social enterprises
The Beanstalk Fund invests in Colorado nonprofit social enterprises to help them move to financial sustainability, and contribute to community wealth building.
The Beanstalk Fund applies an evergreen philosophy that recycles investment dollars from one nonprofit social enterprise to the next.
How we fund:
What makes Beanstalk so unique is their interest and aptitude to meet social enterprise leaders on the front line, and equip them with the resources to maximize their positive impact on Colorado. I’ve had the good fortune to be a Beanstalk Foundation leader since 2012, and since that time Beanstalk Foundation has become an integral part of our social enterprise.
– Bill Morris, Blue Star Recyclers
I have worked with Ted, Margaret and the Beanstalk staff for the last 18 months developing a sustainable business model for a start-up, nonprofit law firm. The support and expertise I have received at Beanstalk has been extraordinary. Their staff has been supportive in so many ways — from talking me through the day-to-day stresses of leading a start-up social enterprise to the more “big picture” issues of strategic planning, board management and donor development. They have also provided significant financial support to our agency. However, unlike many other funders, their support is not limited to writing a check. They genuinely care about the individuals in whom they invest and in fostering an environment of creative problem-solving to address difficult societal problems.
– Bruce Wiener, Bridge to Justice