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Lessons learned from Democratizing Impact Investing through a Direct Public Offering

deniz firat July 13, 2022

After launching a three-year Growth Capital Campaign to engage its community and fund its own strategic transformation, nonprofit social enterprise, TechSoup, was able to successfully conclude its campaign and raised just over $11.5 million relying on an integrated capital raising strategy—which included both donations and investments in debt securities. Nearly half of that capital was raised through a direct public offering (DPO) structure, relying upon the SEC’s Regulation A / Tier II exemption, and the remaining capital was raised through a combination of sources, including a direct loan, recoverable grants , and individual donations.

This session will focus on lessons learned from this integrated capital raising strategy and TechSoup’s goal of engaging its diverse community of stakeholders. The panel will also share what’s next for the TechSoup Global Network which supports more than 1.44 million organizations globally. Delivered as a fireside chat, it follows up to the April 2022 Stanford Social Innovation Review article How a Nonprofit Raised Growth Capital from Public Markets:



Fireside Chat (3 speakers maximum)

Meta Themes

  • Power and Capital

  • Deliver Equity and Inclusion


Purpose and Desired Outcome

Provide the SOCAP community lessons learned for success in raising debt equity from public markets for investing in strategic growth. The SOCAP community has been engaged since the launch in 2018 of TechSoup's effort to democratize impact investing through a first of its kind Direct Public Offering. Desired outcome is replication of the process for other social enterprises and more executive corporation education and application of the value of investing for impact.


  • Intermediaries (Financial Advisers, Investment Bankers)

  • Corporate & SME

  • Government


  • NameKen Tsunoda
  • TitleVP Development and Network
  • OrganizationTechSoup Global
  • StatusConfirmed
  • NameJessamine Chin
  • TitleSr. Director, Social Impact & Innovation
  • OrganizationVMWare
  • StatusConfirmed
  • NameJohn Katovich
  • TitleCutting Edge Counsel/ Cutting Edge Capital.
  • OrganizationCutting Edge Capital
  • StatusConfirmed
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