Our Team

Beneficial Venture's transformation from a grand idea to a brand with a purpose came together over much synchronicity. BV's diverse level of experience from all it's partners includes development, Benefit Corporation affiliation, urban planning, portfolio management, marketing and leasing, market research, financing, government affairs and community relations.

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Ben Kaufman

Co-Founder, Real Estate Broker

Ben's real estate transactions are guided by his passion and commitment to strengthening livability and sustainability of our communities. Completing $125 million in transactions with 15 years professional experience, his knowledge includes a broad range of commercial and residential real estate applications with specialties in environmentally certified properties, income producing properties including resource lands, and low impact land development.  He has an urban planning degree and commercial real estate certificate from University of Washington, two permaculture design certificates, and is currently enrolled in the CCIM Commercial Designation. He has served as President of the Northwest Eco-Building Guild, Chair of King/Snohomish County Built Green and board member of Master Builder's Association. Ben is an active Snohomish County Planning Commissioner and on the National Association of Realtor's Green Advisory Board. In his free time, Ben loves to ski and adventure in the PNW with his family and community.

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Matt Cone


Matt spent many years in the “Unconscious” business world, helping large banks implement online banking services. In the mid 2000’s he began a search for more meaningful work and joined the management team of Foundation Source, a provider of support services for family philanthropy. Working with many of the top philanthropic northwest families Matt developed a passion for social impact investing projects and formed KarmaVentures.org, an NGO providing educational support for schools in Nepal and Honduras. For the past few years Matt has helped organizations become Certified Benefit Corporations including the formation of Beneficial Ventures. Matt is an avid traveler and explorer of our world.

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Nicole Allen

Real Estate Broker, Benefit Director

Nicole is a founding member of Beneficial Ventures, where she is a licensed Real Estate Agent and Benefit Director responsible for upholding the company standards in the Bimpact Assessment for Bcorps. She got her start in Real Estate as a Project Manager for a massage clinic, expanding the company from one clinic to three. She has a keen awareness to her client’s core needs and priorities through her empathic intuitive nature, and caring approachable demeanor. Nicole believes that change is up to all of us, and through conscious capitalism companies can make a difference incorporating regional economic growth with philanthropy.