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Dan Levinson RI Fund
By Jean Cohoon / March 26, 2015 /   Loading Disqus...
“This is a real place with real people. You have to go somewhere else to see all that Providence has to offer. I especially like the entrepreneurial air here,” says Dan Levinson.

Born and raised in New York City, Dan is a graduate of Brown University and the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He has been in the private equity business since 1998 when he founded Westport, CT-based Main Street Resources. Initially, the company focused on growing smaller New England companies. In the past five years, it has “morphed” into nonprofit work.

“If you’re good and trying to do good, we might be a good fit. It’s all about personal fit, style, and the ability for us to quickly become a game changer. I like to be the funder who really empowers an organization,” Dan explains.

Dan’s nonprofit work includes co-founding and chairing the Green Village Initiative, a Fairfield County (CT) organization that, through its urban farm, school gardens, and internship program, “creates social, economic, and environmental change through local action”; chairing the Schumacher Center for a New Economics in Great Barrington, MA; and serving as a venture partner for the Fairfield County Community Foundation’s Center for Nonprofit Excellence. In Rhode Island, he is on the board of the Social Enterprise Greenhouse.

He soon will launch Rhode Island Impact Capital, investing in companies striving both to create financial success and address a social need. “This is fertile ground and there’s consensus here that it’s about economics. Through this local impact fund, we’ll partner with businesses driving innovation,” Dan states, noting that his areas of investment interest include sustainable food and energy, environmentally friendly products and services, health and wellness, and education.

He became familiar with the Foundation through our Initiative for Nonprofit Excellence, and tries to link programs and experimentation between it and the Center for Nonprofit Excellence at Fairfield County Community Foundation.

“I believe it will only be through enlightening our economic system that we will address our core social, economic, and environmental challenges. The best way to achieve this is through experimenting and modeling nonprofit and socially responsible business projects,” Dan concludes.
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