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Social Capital Advisors our team​​​​​​​​

​​Raffa Social Capital Advisors’ team has already coached more than 500 of the world’s leading change agents, including conducting America’s first statewide social entrepreneur competitions, and sourced more than $20M in investments. 

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Our team includes the engine of Raffa, P.C., which has provided financial and back office services to more than 6,000 social enterprises and nonprofits over the past 30 years making it the nation’s leading financial service organization in the social change arena.

tom raffa.jpgTom Raffa is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Raffa, PC, the company he established specifically to service the needs of the nonprofit community. During his more than 39-year career, Tom has provided accounting, auditing, tax services and business consulting to the nonprofit sector, conducting studies on management structure, internal and operational controls, and management information systems. Many Raffa clients have also enlisted Tom’s assistance in assembling compensation and fringe benefits packages, executive compensation and retirement plans, indirect cost negotiations, fundraising efforts, investment policies, financial projections and matters of governance.

Tom is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in the District of Columbia and is an active member of AICPA. He is also a founding board member of the Alliance for Nonprofit Management and the Alliance for Nonprofit Insurance and has served on the board of the Nonprofit Roundtable of Greater Washington and Sister Cities of Montgomery County. He is a Board member of Social Impact 360 and the Park City Community Foundation. He is also on the Advisory Board of Aspire. Tom is the Vice Chair, the Treasurer and on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the Catalogue for Philanthropy. Tom is also a member of the board of the United Way of the National Capital Area where he serves on the Strategy Committee and the Audit Committee.

Tom is the Treasurer and on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra. A graduate of Georgetown University, a member of the Georgetown University Alumni Admissions Program and has served as a mentor at the Georgetown University McDonough School of Business for more than 20 years. He often speaks at Georgetown for various classes and seminars and is currently involved with the Entrepreneurship Fellowship.

Tom is a pioneer in social enterprise. In 2016, Raffa Social Capital Advisors was formed to accelerate and scale those groups and individuals with solid social enterprises programs that could change the world. Tom was named Business CEO of the Year for Social Value Leadership by Greater DC Cares and one of the Top 50 CEOs in DC by CEO Magazine in 2009. He was also named the Georgetown Alumni Entrepreneur of the Year in 2016..To serve Raffa’s clients more fully, Tom founded two affiliate organizations, Raffa Financial Services, Inc. (RFSI) and Raffa Wealth Management (RWM). RFSI, formed in 1999, provides insurance and investment products and services, while RWM , formed in 2005, provides investment consulting and financial planning to private foundations and high-wealth individuals who support the nonprofit sector.

His professional and volunteer support of nonprofits has garnered him several other awards, including the 2016 Individual Making a Difference Award from The Nonprofit Village, the Volunteer Achievement Award from the Accountants for the Public Interest and the 2008 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Alliance for Nonprofit Management. Raffa, PC was recognized as the 19th Top Corporate Philanthropist in the Region in 2012. Tom was recognized for the creation of Companies for Causes and his commitment to improving education outcomes for students by the Pearl and Ivy Educational Foundation at the 2014 P.E.A.R.L.S. Awards with the Innovation in Philanthropy Award. Recently, he was named the Italian Man of the Year by the Italian American Association (Lido Civic Club) in 2016.

Tom shares his expertise through articles in national publications such as The Nonprofit Quarterly, The Nonprofit Times and The Chronicle of Philanthropy, which cover issues affecting the nonprofit sector. He also has been an instructor and speaker for many nonprofit training programs and conferences for various federal agencies. He often speaks at various corporate functions on matters of corporate social responsibility.


rich tafel.JPGRich Tafel is the Managing Director of Raffa Social Capital Advisors.

Rich has over twenty-five years of experience as a champion for human rights and social change. In 2016, he joined Raffa Social Capital Advisors where he works with impact investors to match them up with appropriate social entrepreneurs. He provides coaching, back office and public policy strategies to ventures on behalf of investors.

Tafel launched the nation’s first statewide social entrepreneur competition in the nation in Michigan in 2013. Over the past fifteen years, he has personally provided coaching to over two hundred social change leaders. He is a co-founder of the Workplace Wellness Council of Mexico and helped provide strategic advice to the PEPFAR program delivering AIDS drugs to Africa. He is the founder of Log Cabin Republicans where he played key leadership roles in the battle for gay marriage and aided in ending America’s AIDS crisis. In 1999, he authored “Party Crasher” where he called for a more inclusive American politics (published by Simon & Schuster).

Tafel is the pastor of the Church of the Holy City in Washington DC where he hopes to launch the first Spiritual Entrepreneur Incubator. He is ordained in the Swedenborgian Church.

He’s the director of the American Project out of Pepperdine School of Public Policy focused on the future of the conservative movement in American politics launched in January 2017 with support from the Democracy Fund.

Tafel serves on the Governing Board of the National Council of Churches. He is a founder of ConsejoSano, the nation’s first Spanish-language telehealth company.

Rich is a graduate of Harvard Divinity School and served as Assistant Minister at Harvard’s Memorial Church.

The combined resources and knowledge of the Raffa team and Public Squared make this new model the most likely to transform social enterprise investing in America from a good story to a world-changing success.​

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