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Raising Creative Capital

How to raise funding for social impact non-profits, for-profits, and everything in between.

About this Course

This course is designed to give social entrepreneurs (for-profit, nonprofit, and cooperative) the confidence and savvy to create a blueprint and navigate the legal landscape of capital raising for social enterprise.

Recent changes in federal law have made starting, maintaining and sustaining social enterprises more complex. In this course, Jenny Kassan, CEO of Cutting Edge Capital, expertly advises on how to approach investors, make a direct public offering, and create a blueprint for raising creative capital.

Major concepts: fundraising, creative capital, direct public offering, social enterprise, JOBS Act, crowdfunding, debt vs. equity, governance

Course Details

Video Lessons: 29

Total Video Length: 2:00

Estimated Activity Time: 1:10

Total Course Length: 3:10


Jenny Kassan
Jenny Kassan

Jenny has over nineteen years of experience as an attorney for and creator of social enterprises.  She is the CEO of Cutting Edge Capital, a consulting firm that helps social ventures raise capital in alignment with their goals and values.  Jenny is also an attorney at Cutting Edge Counsel, a law firm that serves social enterprise.  Her legal practice areas include small business start-up and financing, securities regulation, nonprofit law, and cooperatives.

Jenny earned a masters degree in City and Regional Planning from the University of California at Berkeley and earned her J.D. from Yale Law School. She worked for eleven years at the Unity Council, a nonprofit community development corporation in Oakland, where she served as staff attorney and managed community economic development projects including the formation and management of several social ventures designed to employ and create business ownership opportunities for low-income community residents.

Jenny is the President of Community Ventures, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the economic and social development of communities. She also co-founded the Sustainable Economies Law Center, a nonprofit that provides legal information to support sustainable economies. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Post Carbon Institute.

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