How We Invest

 
 

Propel Capital invests in organizations at critical junctures in their development with flexible, patient capital. We place significant trust in our partners and operate with a high risk tolerance for new approaches and big bets at catalytic moments. 

 
 
Light blue square.png

Leverageable Capital

While Propel is not the largest pool of socially responsible capital, we creatively structure our investment to leverage additional resources. We work to connect other investors to smart, impact-focused businesses and social enterprises, often by taking a first-loss position or providing other financing incentives. With select partners, our team will take a high-touch approach – taking a board seat, providing hands-on support, or actively connecting to our network.

Dark blue squre.png

Trust-based

Propel uses diligence and reporting practices that enable our partners – and potential partners – to stay focused on their work. Our team strives to minimize the time and effort spent on application and reporting requirements – accepting reports prepared for other funders, using a streamlined and simple application process and, in most cases, providing multi-year, general operating support. We learn from experts in the field, borrow from the due diligence of respected colleagues, and operate with a high degree of trust in the leaders and teams we invest in.

Light blue square.png

100% for Impact

Propel makes grants and impact investments through Propel Capital Network, LLC as well as the Propel Capital Fund, a donor-advised fund powered by ImpactAssets. We believe our resources have the most impact in the hands of those closest to the work, so we are committed to keeping overhead low. We work with impact vendors and service partners – such as ImpactAssets – to support operations and use 100% of our invested assets to advance our mission.