About us

Who we are

Mission

We aim to lead the development of social impact lending in Australia using innovative solutions to build a stronger and more dynamic social enterprise sector. We are committed to fostering positive community, indigenous and environmental impact whilst achieving financial returns.

History

SEFA was established in August 2011 when it was selected by the Australian Government to receive funding from its Social Enterprise Development and Investment Fund (SEDIF). On top of the $10 million grant, an additional $10 million was raised via equity investors and lenders.

Team

SEFA is a team of experience, dedicated and committed professionals all of whom have a genuine interest in social enterprise and impact investment.
Find out more about who our team members are in the Our team section.

Partners

SEFA brings together Australian and international organisations with genuine community commitment, extensive business expertise and proven track records in financing the social sector.
Find our more about who our partners in the Partners section.

Governance

SEFA’s oversight and development is governed by a Board of seven highly experienced members, and brings together a mix of finance industry and social enterprise expertise.
Find out more about our Board in the Governance section.

B Corp certified

SEFA joined the growing community of B Corp certified companies in August 2015. B Corps use the power of business to solve social and environmental problems, and are certified by not-for-profit B Lab to meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency. SEFA aims to create positive social, cultural and environmental impact whilst generating financial return for its investors. We became a B Corp because of the match with our own mission to accelerate growth of social entrepreneurship and impact investing.
Find out more about B Corp and certification requirements on the B Corp website.

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Snapshot: Sandbag

The Garden Gate, a retail nursery and organic café, will give Sandbag a sustainable funding source for the future

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