The Ventures Fund is a nonprofit 501©(3) loan fund capitalized with loans and grants from foundations, religious organizations, corporations and government sources. It manages Self-Help’s higher-risk business loans, real estate development and home loan secondary market programs. Why a Loan Fund? We created the loan fund in 1984 to expand our financing capabilities beyond more conventional lending standards. Self-Help Ventures provides a platform beyond our credit unions to take on new risks such as larger business loans, charter school loans, our secondary mortgage market lending and expansive real estate development projects.