|DENVER – CoPeace, PBC, a diversified impact holding company, has announced an investment in Social Venture ConneXion, LLC (“SVX US”), a financial services firm that operates an innovative online impact investment platform. CoPeace will be a co-owner in the venture with SVX Inc., a Toronto-based nonprofit that is registered as an Exempt Market Dealer (EMD) in Ontario, Quebec, Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba, and Cutting Edge Holdings, an affiliate of mission-driven law firm Cutting Edge Counsel.|
Through its online impact investment platform, SVX US provides campaign preparation support, detailed profiles, automated transaction and subscription document processing, and capacity to deploy investments across multiple security, investor, and offering types, from direct public offerings to Reg D to nonprofit and co-op offerings. The platform allows investors to make debt and equity investments across a range of impact areas including climate, food, health, equity, housing, and community real estate.
“We are thrilled that CoPeace is joining SVX US as a partner,” said Kevin Taylor, Associate Director, SVX Canada. “They have the right skills, experience and vision to advance our shared mission to make it easy for impact investors to find and make investments with positive local and global impact.”
SVX US simplifies the process of investing in alternative securities offerings that deliver meaningful change alongside the potential for financial returns. The investment platform’s vision is to make impact investing accessible to all investors who are increasingly interested in aligning their investments with their values.
CoPeace, through its unique holding company structure, is building a portfolio of carefully selected for-profit companies with measurable social and environmental impact. The company is working to democratize the investment world by allowing everyone, not just wealthy investors, to invest in private impact companies. In addition, CoPeace provides a variety of marketing, finance and sports consulting services to organizations demonstrating positive social or environmental impact.
“We are excited about our investment in the SVX platform, for multiple reasons, but foremost are the shared impact mission alignment and the seamless ease of use of technology for investors to participate,” said Craig Jonas, CoPeace founder and CEO. “We will be bringing our marketing services to the SVX US investment platform, and our co-ownership gives us another way to help current and future impactful companies grow.”
Co-owner Cutting Edge Holdings is an investment affiliate of Cutting Edge Counsel, a California-based law firm that delivers legal and financial services that help mission-driven organizations raise capital in alignment with their values and goals so these organizations can build a more just, equitable and sustainable economy.
“As a new partner, CoPeace will add an incredible depth of marketing expertise to SVX US, which will strengthen our ability to achieve our mission and expose our listers to a broader reach of impact investors,” said Cutting Edge Principal Kim Arnone. “The CoPeace team’s marketing and branding skills will help our listers focus their pitch materials to reach mission-aligned investors. In addition, the CoPeace team brings deep experience in impact analysis and impact investing. We couldn’t be more excited about CoPeace becoming a co-owner of the SVX US platform.”
CoPeace, SVX US and Cutting Edge share a common vision: a world where all investments have a positive impact. All three organizations are working to help organizations and investors match money with meaning.
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CoPeace helps impactful companies grow. As an impact-driven holding company, CoPeace is building a portfolio of carefully selected businesses with measurable social and environmental impact. Additionally, CoPeace provides a variety of consulting services to organizations demonstrating positive social or environmental impact. As a fully certified B Corp and public-benefit corporation (PBC), CoPeace is committed to acting morally, ethically and responsibly in regard to society and the environment. Equity, inclusion and justice are not just valued at CoPeace – they are pillars supporting our mission. CoPeace was recently selected as an Emerging Impact Manager (EIM) for the ImpactAssets 50™ 2023 (IA 50). The EIM list represents firms with unique strategies, under-represented impact themes or diversity in leadership in view of the full IA 50 application pool.To learn more, visit
SVX US manages an investment platform to host impact investing opportunities and make it easier for impact investors to find and invest in deals aligned with their impact and financial goals. The organization helps social enterprises, including private issuers, CDFIs, nonprofit organizations, and funds, to best showcase their offerings and simplify the transaction process. The SVX US platform is a partnership of Cutting Edge, SVX Canada and CoPeace.
Cutting Edge Counsel is a law firm working to build an economy that works for everyone and provides opportunities for everyone to participate, thrive, and build wealth. Recognized widely for its capital-raising practice known as “Cutting Edge Capital,” the firm designs and implements community capital offerings and helps clients raise capital from their own communities in alignment with their values and goals.
Cutting Edge is a proud recipient of the City of Chicago Community Wealth Building and Technical Assistance Grant, as awarded by Chicago Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot, the Office of Equity and Racial Justice (OERJ), and the Department of Planning and Development (DPD).
The grant is part of ongoing efforts by the City of Chicago and Community Wealth Building Planning & Pre-Development program to provide critical funding to move community wealth building projects further down the pipeline, many of which face systemic barriers to accessing capital and are stymied by a lack of resources.
Cutting Edge is one of 17 local and national technical assistance organizations selected from 47 applicants to design and implement specialized services. Finalists were selected based on organizational experience & values; program design & implementation strategy; and organizational capacity & budget justification:
- Research & Advocacy
- Education & Outreach
- Business Development
- Financing & Fundraising
- Legal & Governance
- Assets & Operations
Organizations will receive grants ranging from $150,000 to $380,000 to support the design and implementation of two-year technical assistance programs. Cutting Edge was selected to provide Legal and Governance technical assistance primarily focused on legal guidance on worker-ownership and community investment vehicles such as community investment funds.
“Through these grants and technical assistance programs, the Department of Planning & Development is excited to build the pipeline of community wealth building projects that meet community priorities,” says DPD Commissioner Maurice Cox.
To learn more about the Community Wealth Building initiative, visit the City of Chicago Community Wealth Building page.
To read the full press release, visit the City of Chicago Mayor’s Office.
Community Investment Funds (CIFs) can be powerful tools for empowering communities and supporting economic democracy. They do so by investing in new or growing businesses, real estate revitalization projects or other mission driven enterprises within their defined communities. CIFs are community-centered and community-managed (through community leaders, supporting nonprofits or collectively by the larger community). CIFs help build vibrant communities through a cycle of investment, growth, impact, return (to community), and reinvestment.
Community Investment Funds are typically much smaller than mutual funds and are focused narrowly on their impact missions. CIFs are responsive to community challenges and needs and are designed not to extract resources away from the community. CIFs are designed to be exempt from the burdensome and costly regulations to which mutual funds are subject. CIFs can be conceptualized, controlled or housed in nonprofit organizations or they can be set up and managed as for-profit impact funds. Capital can flow into the funds through private or public capital raise strategies. Depending on the exemptions and capital raise strategies employed by the funds, some CIFs can offer investment broadly to the public and allow investors of all means to participate, which in turn can allow for direct community control of the fund.
Cutting Edge has served as legal counsel to many community-centered investment funds, assisting the funds on legal strategy, structure, and capital raise document preparation. We believe that CIFs are an important tool as we move to create a more just and equitable economy. Some of our representative fund clients are listed below along with a short description of their mission and impact.
Black Farmer Fund – The mission of Black Farmer Fund is to nurture Black community wealth and health by investing in Black agricultural systems in the Northeast.
WePower – This for-profit impact fund is structured to invest in Black & Latinx founders and entrepreneurs who participated in an accelerator program offered by the fund’s partner nonprofit.
Community Vision – This charitable loan fund provides capital and technical assistance for communities that have been systematically disadvantaged to ensure fairness in opportunities, resources, and rights for everyone.
Shared Capital Cooperative – This is a national cooperative lending and investment fund for co-ops of all types and sizes.
REAL People’s Fund – This community capital fund offers equitable access to finance for small businesses in the historically disinvested communities of the San Francisco East Bay.
ESO Ventures – This loan fund and incubator program provides Black and Brown communities with the confidence, competence, and capital to take their early-stage business idea to the next level.
LENDonate – This marketplace lending fund and platform assists nonprofits to efficiently receive the capital they need to grow.
PV Grows – This charitable loan fund offers opportunities for individuals, institutions and foundations to invest in building a healthier food system in the Pioneer Valley of Massachusetts.
CoPeace – This impact holding company fund focuses on investing in climate solutions, cleantech innovation, economic equality and social justice enterprises.
Foodshed Capital – This charitable loan fund supports regenerative farmers and food entrepreneurs who have historically faced barriers to traditional capital.
Sarah Kaplan has joined the partnership at Cutting Edge Counsel. Sarah first affiliated with the firm in 2015 and joined as an Associate in 2021. Sarah has 10 years of experience serving a wide range of cooperatives, including worker, consumer, agricultural, platform, investment, and multi-stakeholder cooperatives, including limited cooperative associations. Her focus also includes securities law, helping clients raise capital from their private networks, their stakeholders, or the public. Sarah also regularly handles legal structuring issues for businesses, general small business matters, and trademarks.
“We are thrilled that Sarah has accepted Cutting Edge’s partnership invitation. She is a key member of our leadership team and demonstrates the commitment to impact and innovation we so highly value in our attorneys,” said Kim Arnone, managing partner. “Adding her as partner strengthens our firm and reinforces our commitment to providing exceptional legal services to cooperatives and other impact enterprises.”
Sarah has been a Fellow of the Sustainable Economies Law Center since 2013. Sarah graduated magna cum laude from Chicago Kent College of Law. Sarah has her A.B. from Princeton University. She has previously lived in Chicago and the East Bay Area of California, and now lives and gardens in St. Louis, Missouri. She is licensed to practice law in Illinois and California.
Summary of our Firm
Our law firm and consulting practice help mission-driven organizations raise capital in alignment with their values and goals. We use our experience, legal knowledge, and passion to assist businesses, cooperatives, and nonprofits with innovative and successful capital raising campaigns. We believe that community-centered offerings help social enterprises maintain control, stay mission-aligned and build a more just, equitable and sustainable economy. Our services include strategic and capital raise consulting and related legal services.
What We are Looking For
- You are a mission focused individual dedicated to a more resilient, sustainable, and equitable economy
- You are actively engaged in your community, offering support to initiatives that align with your values
- You are a strategic thinker that can look at complex problems and offer straightforward solutions
- You are a generalist that is excited to roll up your sleeves and learn about all aspects of our business operations including front line client communications, organizational management and bookkeeping
- You are organized, efficient, and self-disciplined
Summary of the Position
You will act as the operational and organizational guru for our law firm and consulting practice. Your primary responsibilities include driving the company’s day-to-day activities, increasing the firm’s organization and efficiency, managing firm software and technology, supporting client experience (including client management and light bookkeeping) and working with the principals on strategic initiatives.
- Respond to potential client inquiries and schedule consultations
- Manage client pipeline and follow up communications
- Onboard clients including finalizing agreements and recordkeeping
- Document and streamline company policies and procedures
- Manage firm systems and software including GSuite, Salesforce, Zoom conferencing and webinars, Bill.com, and Gusto, among others
- Assist with bookkeeping functions in conjunction with the firm’s accountant:
- Accounts receivable management in Bill.com and communication with clients regarding payments
- Accounts Payable management in Bill.com and communication with vendors
- Process payroll on semi-monthly schedule
- Assist with human resources, marketing, and operations tasks
- Troubleshoot minor IT and software issues; work with vendors to resolve as needed
- Provide administrative support to attorneys and consultants
- Handle insurance renewals and other compliance matters
- Assist with special projects as requested
- Relevant associate or bachelor’s degree preferred
- Two years of related operations and/or bookkeeping experience
- Ability to adapt to a changing environment and handle multiple priorities
- Experience with GSuite, Microsoft products, Salesforce, Zoom, Bill.com, Adobe Acrobat, Docusign preferred
- Strong writing and communication skills
- Ability to prioritize projects effectively
- Self-starter and able to work well without constant direction
- Well-organized and possessing excellent attention to detail
Compensation, time and location: $26 per hour; 18-22 hours per week (flexible number of hours per week; 4-5 days per week); we are based in Oakland, CA and would prefer a person located in the Bay Area in order to be in the office once per week but we will consider a remote placement.
Please send a resume with a cover letter and references describing why you are interested in the position to firstname.lastname@example.org.