Every year, thousands of U.S. entrepreneurs look for responsible new ways to put our natural resources to work. They create jobs while sustaining the forests and open space that preserve clean air and water for all of us. New jobs in communities that depend on these working lands help ensure we’ll have green forests, ranches and farms in the future.

But many conservation-conscious innovators have a hard time finding the money they need to grow their enterprise. With limited personal resources and banks reluctant to lend,  it can be hard for these small businesses to flourish -- no matter how bright their future may be.

That’s where ShadeFund comes in. Using the positive power of business and markets, we provide loans across America to small businesses that conserve land and water resources.  

ShadeFund is a program of Natural Capital Investment Fund, a nonprofit Community Development Financial Institution affiliated with The Conservation Fund that has helped small businesses leverage $44 million in critical growth capital since 2001.

Additional Contact Information North Carolina Office:

  • Mailing 
    • P.O. Box 271
    • Chapel Hill, NC 27514  
  • Street Address
    • 410 Market Street, Suite 360
    • Chapel Hill, NC 27516  
    • Phone 919-967-2223  
    • Fax 919-967-9702

Contact ShadeFund

Marten Jenkins
1098 Turner Road
Shepherdstown, West Virginia  25443
Phone: (304) 876-2815 ext 207
Fax: (304) 870-2205


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