Director, Foundation & Corporate Relations
Root Capital (formerly Ecologic Finance) is a nonprofit social enterprise that works at the critical nexus of international development and environmental stewardship. As a development finance institution, Root Capital provides affordable credit and financial education to environmentally, sustainable grassroots enterprises in the developing world. By working with small and medium enterprises (SME) such as organic coffee cooperatives and ecotourism enterprises, Root Capital aims to fill the “missing middle” of finance – the underserved gap between microfinance and mainstream finance. We target the rural poor, who account for 75% of extreme poverty in developing countries, by opening up global markets to very remote people who are generating wealth by creating jobs, building assets and increasing household incomes. Our support provides economic incentives to stay on the land (not migrate to over crowded cities), encourages sustainable production and farming practices; and helps to preserve valuable environments and ecosystems.
The Director of Foundation and Corporate Relations will manage Root Capital’s investor relations programs and working closely with and reporting directly to the Managing Director for Philanthropic Investments. Our strategic plan has established an ambitious fundraising program with an emphasis on building relationships with key partners including financial institutions, corporations, foundations, and high net-worth individuals. The goal is to increase our lending capital from $19 million in 2007 to over $57 million by 2011.