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The Beanstalk Fund offers a portfolio of investments in select Colorado nonprofit social enterprises.

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.

Bridging the gap requires:

Quality Leadership
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

How we fund:

Loans
Recoverable Grants
Royalty Participations

 The Beanstalk Fund applies an evergreen philosophy that recycles investment dollars from one nonprofit social enterprise to the next.

The Beanstalk Fund applies an evergreen philosophy that recycles investment dollars from one nonprofit social enterprise to the next.

 There is a lack of funding, and capital structure positioning available to Colorado social enterprises. The Beanstalk Fun d  fills that vacuum, enabling growth for organizations that fall between available funders.

There is a lack of funding, and capital structure positioning available to Colorado social enterprises. The Beanstalk Fund fills that vacuum, enabling growth for organizations that fall between available funders.


Our Investments

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Blue Star Recyclers

Leader: Bill Morris

Mission: Recycling electronics and other materials to create local jobs for people with autism and other disAbilities. In 2015, Blue Star partnered with PCs for People to bridge the digital divide.

Investment: $75,000 Loan

Life Cycle Stage: Growth

Impact: Acquired certifications that enabled Blue Star to receive government e-waste recycling contracts. Allowed hiring of business development director to head expansion efforts.

Annual Budget: < $1M

Year Established: 2009


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PCs for People & Blue Star Recyclers

Leaders: Bill Morris / Casey Sorensen

Mission: To bridge the digital divide by providing the necessary tools to put a functional computer into the hands of low-income individuals and families and get them online. In 2015, PCs for People partnered with Blue Star Recyclers.

Investment: $22,607 Grant

Life Cycle Stage: Mature

Impact: Provides subsidy funding of refurbished computers to be distributed to qualifying students in Denver schools.

Annual Budget: < $1M

Year Established: 1998


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Colorado Cross-Disability Coalition Probate Power

Leader: Julie Reiskin and Chris Brock

Mission: CCDC advocates for Social Justice for people with all types of disabilities.

Investment: $50,000 Recoverable Grant

Life Cycle Stage: Mature creating Startup

Impact: Funded creation of social enterprise law firm, Probate Power, under CCDC to focus on helping families in the establishment of special needs trusts, handling legal services and preparing wills.

Annual Budget: $0 – $500K

Year Established: 1990

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Bridge to Justice

Leader: Bruce Wiener

Mission: As an impact-oriented social enterprise, their mission is to bridge the gap between legal needs and legal access with affordable, high quality legal services.

Investment: $40,000 Recoverable Grant

Life Cycle Stage: Growth

Impact: Enables Bridge to Justice to hire a second senior attorney who will expand case load and allow Executive Director to focus on fundraising, marketing, and potential expansion to Denver.

Annual Budget: $0 – $500K

Year Established: 2013


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Shambhala Mountain Center

Leader: Michael Gayner

Mission: Shambhala Mountain Center is an educational nonprofit organization whose mission is to serve as a contemplative center for the exploration of individual and societal wisdom.

Investment: $40,000 Grant

Life Cycle Stage: Mature

Impact: Enables development and implementation of online social enterprise platform. Allows SMC to connect with global community.

Annual Budget: > $1M

Year Established: 1971

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Prodigy Coffeehouse

Leader: Stephanie Frances

Mission: Through high-caliber professional development and hands-on learning in a Prodigy enterprise, youth from low-income communities in Denver build skills, social capital and understanding for success in the new economy.

Investment: $10,000 Grant

Life Cycle Stage: Startup

Impact: Enables Prodigy to engage other funders, and establish relationship with Allegro Coffee Company. Funds startup costs for physical coffeehouse location.

Annual Budget: $0 – $500K

Year Established: 2015


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Belay Enterprises

Leader: Jim Reiner

Mission: Belay Enterprises is a faith-based nonprofit organization that creates businesses to employ and job train individuals rebuilding lives from addiction, homelessness and prison.

Investment: $100,000 Loan

Life Cycle Stage: Mature

Impact: Enables purchase of new headquarters for Belay and Bud’s Warehouse. Build out and business expansion funding.

Annual Budget: > $1M

Year Established: 1994


We have over three decades of leader-first investment experience.

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