I have a confession. For as much as I talk about it, I've never actually made a social investment. So, I decided to own up and finally do it. After much deliberation, I chose the Village Enterprise Fund to support.
I chronicled how I came to VEF for Yes! Magazine. I laid it out as a simple three-step guide to social investment, so if you have never done it before, or if you are a casual donor interested in taking the next step with your donations, check it out. I hope my example can help.
Frequent readers of this blog will notice I don't use the same language in the article as I do here. I don't actually even mention the word "investing" once. Some people are uncomfortable with business-y terminology and I didn't want to exclude through word choice. As long as people are doing it, it doesn't matter what they call it.
Personal thanks to Holden at GiveWell for talking through this process with me.