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The mission of the Impact Capital Forum is to advance the impact investing and social enterprise sectors by providing a platform for innovation, collaboration, and thought leadership.

Founded in 2003, the organization previously was known as the Microfinance Club of NY.

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Next Events

    • 26 Jun 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM (EDT)
    • Deloitte, 30 Rockefeller Plaza, 40th Floor, Empire Room, NYC

    Blockchain has been one of the most talked-about innovations of the last decade. Big ambitions for this secure ledger technology are evolving into early roll-outs in financial services and beyond. Visionary financial inclusion organizations also have launched initiatives with blockchain. These include personal identity verification (eg, a globally portable, biometrics-based ID), property ownership demonstration (real estate, mortgages), ethical supply chain (demonstrating the source and journey of textiles, agricultural products, precious gems), loan tracking, and trans-national payments using crypto-currencies.

    This panel presents speakers who are on the leading-edge of blockchain projects for financial inclusion goals. They will provide commentary on where the best application opportunities are, what challenges to adoption exist, and how organizations like yours should be considering a future involving blockchain.


    • Carlos Acevedo, Crypto Community Project, is a renowned NYC high school teacher featured in the Washington Post for his work introducing students in the South Bronx to cryptocurrency. He is the founder of Crypto Community Project, a company dedicated to educating under-served communities in the practical use of cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology. Carlos also works as a content creator for Never Stop Marketing, a company focused on examining the intersection of blockchain and marketing technology.
    • Susan Joseph, the panel's moderator, is Executive Director of Diversity in Blockchain, whose mission is to empower everyone from all walks of life to engage with blockchain technology. Susan has a JD/MBA and is a former General Counsel who consults in the blockchain space in the areas of identity, financial services/insurance, and humanitarian concerns. She sits on the Ethereum Enterprise Alliance Identity Working Group and is a member of the Wall Street Blockchain Alliance legal working group. Susan advises on projects to design and align token strategies and incentives regarding digital rights.  
    • Prakash Santhana, Deloitte, Managing Director. Prakash co-leads Deloitte's blockchain and cryptocurrency community and has worked for more than 20 years on fraud and risk management in financial services.
    • Fennie Wang is a lawyer and entrepreneur, currently serving as Associate General Counsel at the blockchain project, MakerDAO. MakerDAO is an open source, bank-free monetary system that enables anyone to generate a stable-value cryptocurrency called Dai that facilitates peer-to-peer payments and supports financial identity and inclusion. Currently, users have issued about $90 million of Dai against approximately $500mn of crypto-assets. Recent pilots include using Dai as cash aid distribution in a program with Oxfam in the Pacific islands. Fennie also co-founded ixo, a blockchain protocol for tokenizing social impact outcomes (e.g. educational activities or carbon credits) as digital assets.


    • 6:00 - 6:20 Registration and Networking
    • 6:20 - 7:40 Discussion
    • 7:40 - 8:00 Additional Networking with light refreshments


    Special thanks to Deloitte for hosting this event.


    30 Rockefeller Center is between 5th and 6th Ave, and between 49th and 50th St. Enter 30 Rockefeller Ctr. from the main entrance – Plaza Level (directly across from the ice skating rink) and proceed to the elevator bank for the 40th floor.  The main security desk inside the entrance can direct you to the proper elevators. There will be a Deloitte staff member at the elevator bank to greet you and direct you to the 40th Floor. There will also be someone on arrival on the floor that will direct you to the Empire Room ABC. We will monitor info@impactcapitalforum.org should you need assistance until 6:20.

    • 22 Jul 2019
    • 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM (EDT)
    • Papillon Bistro, 22 E. 54th St (btwn 5th & Madison), NYC. Burgundy Room on 2nd floor.

    Impact Capital Forum invites those interested in social impact and finance to another of our popular professional networking events.

    This event will differ from our previous networking get-togethers. We are inviting industry leaders across the impact investing, financial inclusion, and social enterprise sectors to facilitate group conversations on specific themes. Over the course of the evening, you will get a chance to rotate among tables to talk to these individuals and small groups of like-minded individuals. In addition, you can meet others looking to make an impact in this space over drinks and bar snacks.

    The networking event is a casual get together, featuring a cash bar from 5:30-8pm. It's at Papillon Bistro & Bar in upper-midtown. While you're having fun, talk to our board and brainstorm ideas for organizing events and informational programs in the impact sector. Entry is no-cost for ICF members, and $20 for one-time guests. Please register on our website in advance, so we can optimize the space.

    Leaders Include:


    Papillon Bistro & Bar

    Go to the Burgundy Room on the 2nd floor

    22 E. 54th St. Between 5th and Madison

    NYC, NY 10022

    (212) 754 -9006


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07 May 2019 Opportunity Zones Part II: Insights into the New Regulations
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02 Apr 2019 The SDGs as a Public-Private Bridge: Managing Risk, Return and Impact
14 Mar 2019 Innovative Tech Products to Facilitate Impact Capital Markets
12 Mar 2019 A New Era in US Development Finance: The $100bn Multiplier - Fireside Chat with David Bohigian, Acting President & CEO, OPIC
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20 Feb 2019 Working Group Breakfast - Opportunity Zone Investing (Recurring Event)
06 Feb 2019 Embrace Impact: Aligning Your Portfolio with Your Values
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16 Jan 2019 ESG Standards in Private Equity: How SASB’s industry specific standards inform Private Investing (SOLD OUT)
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05 Dec 2018 Social Entrepreneur Showcase: Sustainable Fashion with Covet Closet and One432
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26 Sep 2018 Impact Entrepreneurs in Emerging Markets - Breakfast for Angel Investors
06 Sep 2018 Social Entrepreneur Showcase: Success Story and Hors D'Oeuvres with P.S. Kitchen
28 Aug 2018 Summer Networking Event & new name launch for the Impact Capital Forum
18 Jul 2018 Demystifying Gender Lens Investing – how to integrate financial returns with social impact
14 May 2018 Sleeping Giant: The Untapped Resources of High Net Worth Donors of Color
18 Apr 2018 Spring Networking Event
09 Apr 2018 Education Finance: Creating Change through Impact Capital
25 Jan 2018 Mission-Related Investing: New Names, Same Mission. What to Expect Next.

Programs Coming Soon

These will be posted, with details, in the Next Events section above as dates are announced.
Write info@impactcapitalforum.org if you'd like to participate in organizing an event theme.

 March - June 2019

Applying Behavioral Economics to Financial Inclusion for Freedom of Choice

Leveraging Blockchain for International Payments and Identity/Asset Tracking

Gender Lens Investing II: Deeper Insights Leading to Action

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