Support the Fund
Put your money where your passion is…
In a time where credit is tight, global markets are in chaos, and we’re in bailout mode, there still lies great opportunity. There is a strong case for the benefits of “going local” in our investments, and our food and energy consumption. Investors have a great opportunity to play a critical role in catalyzing the growth of some of the fastest growing markets in Vermont – natural resources and renewable energy.
At the VSJF, we are seeing a shift in investor demand - a new appetite for investments that provide financial returns, and achieve social and environmental benefit, often within newly defined risk-return paradigms. So after 13 years of successful grant making and technical assistance, the VSJF has created the next generation of cutting edge tools for market building. In an exciting new initiative, the VSJF has launched the first Vermont-based near equity or “royalty” fund that is focused on strategically deploying flexible risk capital - at a Vermont scale - to growth companies in our green economy.
Vermont is home to many innovative businesses in the natural resource and renewable energy sectors that have strong growth plans, positive cash flow and add value to the Vermont economy by providing quality jobs, innovative products or services and non-financial returns to the community. With the right kind of capital, technical assistance and support, these are the companies that can help move Vermont and the region closer towards energy independence, healthy food systems and stronger communities.
To learn more, contact Janice St. Onge, President and Fund Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (802) 828-0398.
For those interested in supporting the VSJF Flexible Capital Fund efforts, tax-deductible contributions of any amount will be accepted by the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation. Your contribution to the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund will be immediately put to work to support the capitalization of the Flexible Capital Fund, L3C, and provide technical assistance through the Peer to Peer Collaborative program.
Contributions to the VSJF will help ensure that innovative Vermont growth companies in our agricultural, forest products and renewable energy sectors have the right match of capital to grow and stay in Vermont - creating quality jobs, preserving working landscapes, building healthy food systems, and ensuring a renewable energy future for all Vermonters.
You can make a gift to the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund in any of the following ways:
- Mail your contribution to: Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund, 3 Pitkin Court, Suite 301E, Montpelier, VT 05602
- Have us contact you about a charitable contribution (cash, gifts of stock)
The Flex Fund offers many ways to get involved in the mission of growing Vermont’s green economy – as a Peer to Peer Collaborative Advisor, a portfolio company mentor, or through volunteering your technical expertise to the Flex Cap Fund or portfolio companies. Not only will you be helping a fellow entrepreneur, but you may actually learn something yourself!
We are selective in who we work with, looking for advisors and mentors that match the skills and expertise needed of our companies, as well as those who have a demonstrated passion for our mission and work. If you’d like to learn more about how to get involved, contact us at email@example.com or (802) 828-0398.