Entries by deborah

Solidarity Philanthropy

In Solidarity Philanthropy: Reparations, Democracy and Power, Aaron Tanaka explores the question, “What does it take to transition American capitalism from a system for the 1% to an economy for all?” This article discusses philanthropy’s role in building true alternatives to our dominant economic regime. (Medium, 2018)

TC’s Repair Service

TC’s Repair Service specializes in repairing commercial coffee brewers, grinders, espresso machines, hot water towers and juice dispensers. The company serves coffee chain shops, cafes, restaurants and coffee machine manufacturers. Husband-and-wife team Mario and Rachel Rodrigues decided to acquire the company based on Mario’s experience as a customer of TC’s Repair when he worked at […]

COHIF

Coalition of Occupied Homes in Foreclosure (COHIF) works to stabilize the Greater Four Corners neighborhood of Dorchester by helping residents of foreclosed homes to stay in their homes, developing permanently affordable housing, and helping extend these efforts in other neighborhoods. The organization intends to place its homes into a community land trust. In 2018, BII Fund […]

Mobile Cuts

Mobile Cuts is a mobile barbershop that brings salon services right to your doorstep. The company is capitalizing on the growing trend of corporations and universities to offer services through vendors that stop by one day a week or for a couple hours at a time. In 2018, BII Fund provided a loan for working capital […]

Urban Farming Institute

The Urban Farming Institute of Boston, located at the historic Fowler Clark Epstein Farm in Mattapan, provides farmer training, creates green collar jobs and engages urban communities in building a healthy, local food system. The non-profit organization reclaims and restores vacant lots, transforming them into functioning urban farms.  In 2018, BII Fund provided bridge finance to […]

Fresh Food Generation

Fresh Food Generation is a cafe, food truck and catering business serving on-the-go real foods. The company sources ingredients from local farms and prepares meals inspired by Latin American and Caribbean cuisine. After three years of operating, the company is now becoming a competitive city-wide catering business. In 2018, BII Fund provided a line of credit and convertible debt coupled with an […]

Capitalism is Not the Only Choice

Capitalism is Not the Only Choice, by Penn Loh in YES! Magazine. When everything that we label “economic” is assumed to be capitalist—transactional and market-driven—then it is no wonder that we run short on imagination. What if, instead, economy is all the ways that we meet our material needs and care for each other? Beneath the official […]

The Road to Zero Wealth

The Road to Zero Wealth, by Prosperity Now and the Institute for Policy Studies, examines Federal Reserve data over a 30-year period (1983-2013) to understand the growing racial wealth divide facing Black and Latino households at the median, and explores the ways that accelerating declines in wealth for these communities are impacting the American middle class.