Our Mission

The mission of the Impact Capital Forum is to advance the microfinance, impact, 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.

The Board of Directors is proud to announce our organization's new name - the Impact Capital Forum. Founded as the Microfinance Club of New York in 2003, we have steadily expanded our programs to encompass the impact sector by addressing the use of financial capital, human capital, technology and natural resources to improve the world, through the lens of financial services. We invite you to participate in our programs and thought leadership initiatives in this new chapter for ICF.

Next Events

    • 29 Nov 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM (EST)
    • BNP Paribas Innovation Center, 787 7th Ave. 30th Floor, NYC
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    Entrepreneurs and policy makers must take significant strides to make renewable energy accessible for residents in each state around the country. This is not simply a matter of fairness and equity. Existing market practices and public policies in both renewable energy production and energy efficiency are failing to benefit low and moderate-income families, resulting in missed opportunities for economic growth.

    This event will discuss potential opportunities to accelerate the development of community and residential solar for lower and moderate-income communities. It will examine progressive policies at both the state and federal level. The discussion also will explore investment opportunities and new financial structures being developed through public, private and philanthropic collaboration to support energy resiliency.

    Speakers:

    • Ian Fischer, COO, Urban Ingenuity. The company provides technical support and innovative financing to building owners & property managers to fund energy efficiency, renewable, and microgrid projects that save money.
    • John Joshi, Director for Financing Solutions, NYSERDA.The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, known as NYSERDA, promotes energy efficiency and the use of renewable energy sources, by working with stakeholders throughout NY state.
    • Chris Magalhaes, CIO, Inclusive Prosperity Capital (part of Connecticut Greenbank). Prosperity Capital believes that the benefits of the green energy economy should be accessible to everyone. The address the current gap  by increasing access to capital for low-to-moderate income communities and nontraditional credits like nonprofits, faith-based organizations, housing authorities, schools, and smaller businesses.
    • Song Yi, CFO, PosiGen. PosiGen was founded in 2011 with one simple goal: give low and middle income families access to affordable solar and energy efficiency to dramatically cut their energy costs and improve their lives.
    • Ravina Advani, Head of Power, Infrastructure & Project Finance, BNP Paribas. BNP Paribas is the evening's host. Ravina will moderate this expert panel.

    Agenda:

    6:00-6:15pm: Registration & Networking
    6:15-7:30pm: Presentation & Q&A (speakers to be announced shortly)
    7:30-8:00pm: Reception with panelists
    & attendees

    Location:

    BNP Paribas' Innovation Center is located at 787 7th Ave., 30th Floor, in Manhattan. The BNPP front desk is between 6th and 7th Ave, on the south side on the building. The building can be accessed by walking to the middle of the block from 6th avenue or directly on 7th avenue. All attendees check in at the front desk, referencing the Impact Capital Forum registration list, before being directed to the 31st floor.

    Registration in advance is required.

    • 05 Dec 2018
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM (EST)
    • FreschStyle, 146 W 57th Street, Suite 66D, New York
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    Join the Impact Capital Forum for a fun networking event focused on sustainable fashion, and learn about the stories of Covet Closet and One432 from their founders. 

    Covet Closet is a women's designer resale boutique in NYC benefiting local and global charities that support vulnerable women and children. The organization aims to help those in need by cleaning out coveted closets in NYC and selling those clothes for charity.  Covet Closet is the philanthropic initiative of FreschStyle, a personal styling and shopping service, founded by Jessie Freschl.

    One432 is a footwear brand reviving a 400-year-old shoe, the "Jutti", with a promise to share 50% of the profits with schools and artisans in Pakistan. The company was founded by Ammar Belal.

    The event is hosted at FreschStyle/Covet Closet, with an opportunity to browse their fashion merchandise during the evening.

    Agenda: 

    6:30-7pm: Drinks and mingling
    7:00-7:45pm: Conversation with the founders
    7:45-8:30pm:
    Drinks and appetizers + an opportunity to shop at Covet Closet


    • 11 Dec 2018
    • 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM (EST)
    • Royalton Hotel; 44 W. 44th St, NYC
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    The holiday season will be upon us in no time... and there's no time like early December to share 2019 aspirations with the Impact Capital Forum and our community of professionals making a difference through finance.

    Please join us for a social networking/happy hour event on December 11 at the Royalton Hotel, 44 West 44th St in Manhattan. We will convene in the bar/lounge close to the hotel entrance (not in the restaurant Bar 44 in back).

    This networking event is a casual get together, featuring a cash bar from 5:30 - 8:00pm. All are welcome and there is no registration cost.

    Please register in advance so we can size the room space properly. And while you're doing that, consider signing up for Impact Capital Forum's next set of events.

    See you there!
    The Impact Capital Forum








    • 16 Jan 2019
    • 5:00 PM - 7:30 PM (EST)
    • Fordham University, Lowenstein Building, Lincoln Center Campus, 113 W. 60th St, New York
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    The explosive growth of the Impact & ESG Investment field has created a deluge of information and terminology that is often difficult to decipher especially for investment relevance.  As a cross asset class phenomenon, investors have expressed a desire for consistency, comparability and an industry specific focus on financial materiality.  Please join us as private equity GPs and the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) discuss how to leverage industry standards and focus on financial materiality to inform GP due diligence, operational support of portfolio companies, reporting, and marketing to investors. 

    Agenda:

    5:00-5:30 pm: Registration & Introductions
    5:30-6:30 pm: Speaker Discussions
    6:30-7:30 pm: Networking and complimentary hors d'oeuvres and cocktails

    Speakers

    • Jeff Cohen - Institutional Product Strategist, Sustainability Accounting Standards Board   

      Jeff educates and partners with companies, institutional investors, and asset owners facilitating dialogue on financially material, industry-specific ESG topics and metrics for implementation into business strategy and investment decision making. Prior to joining SASB, Jeff was Head of Business Development at Sonen Capital, an ESG & Impact dedicated OCIO, where he worked with investors seeking to achieve impact across asset classes and various environmental and social themes. Prior to Sonen, Jeff was a Director of Investment Opportunities at Venovate, a fintech platform connecting institutional investors with private placement investments. Jeff has spent his career working with sophisticated investors at organizations such as Deutsche Bank, Merrill Lynch, and Gerson Lehrman Group. He holds an MBA from Georgetown University and a BBA from the University of Michigan.
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    • Vishal Shah - Partner, Hudson Sustainable Investments    

      Vishal is a leading expert in the field of sustainability, with over 20 years of experience in the global technology and clean energy sectors. Prior to joining Hudson, Vishal was a Managing Director and Head of Global Clean Tech and Sustainable Investing sectors at Deutsche Bank. Prior to this, Vishal was the Head of Global Clean Research Energy Groups at both Barclays Capital and Lehman Brothers and worked at Morgan Stanley. Vishal has been a trusted advisor to several start-ups in the Cleantech sector and has significant experience in dealing with operational, financial and strategic issues of small/mid-size companies. Throughout his Wall Street career, Vishal has been involved in more than 30 IPOs including Solaredge, Terraform, Enphase, SunPower, JA Solar, Trina and Canadian Solar.

    • Elizabeth Seeger - Director, Sustainable Investing, KKR              

      Elizabeth Seeger oversees the consideration of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) issues throughout KKR's investment process, including the management of KKR’s ESG-focused value creation programs for its portfolio companies. She is also a member of KKR’s Global Impact team. Ms. Seeger was previously a project manager in the corporate partnerships program of Environmental Defense Fund (EDF). Prior to EDF, she was a consultant with the Corporate Executive Board (CEB). She is a 2013 Aspen Institute First Movers Fellow and became a member of the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board in 2017. Ms. Seeger earned a B.A. with honors from the University of Chicago and an M.B.A. from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. 

    Location

    Fordham University, Lincoln Center Campus, Lowenstein Building, corner of W. 60th and 9th/Columbus

    • 26 Feb 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM (EST)
    • BNP Paribas Innovation Center, 787 7th Ave. 30th Floor, NYC
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    Social Impact Bonds (SIBs), also called pay-for-success contracts, are public-private partnerships that fund social services through performance-based agreements. Private investors receive a return of capital and premium only if social performance objectives are met.

    The goal of SIBs is to enable governments to partner with service providers and tap private investments in order to expand effective social programs. The model promises to provide new sources of financing for critical social services, to improve cost-effectiveness of services by focusing on measurable outcomes, and to allow innovative models in providing services by shifting the initial risk to private investors. 

    Please join us for a panel discussion focused on how this model has played out in practice. Have SIBs proven to be an effective impact investing tool? An innovative model for public-private partnerships? Have they achieved the promised results in the improvement of social services? 

    Speakers:

    • Hervé Duteil, Chief Sustainability Officer at BNP Paribas Americas. Mr. Duteil was recently featured in Euromoney's coverage of Impact Banking Champions.
    • Additional speakers to be announced.

    Agenda:

    6:00-6:15pm: Registration & Networking
    6:15-7:30pm: Presentation & Q&A (speakers to be announced shortly)
    7:30-8:00pm: Reception with panelists
    & attendees

    Location:

    BNP Paribas' Innovation Center is located at 787 7th Ave., 30th Floor, in Manhattan. The BNPP front desk is between 6th and 7th Ave, on the south side on the building. The building can be accessed by walking to the middle of the block from 6th avenue or directly on 7th avenue. All attendees check in at the front desk, referencing the Impact Capital Forum registration list, before being directed to the 30th floor.

    Registration in advance is required.

Recent Events

22 Oct 2018 A Deep Dive into Opportunity Zones - New Tax Incentives Stimulating Community Investment
10 Oct 2018 Advancing Financial Inclusion using Big Data
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.
30 Nov 2017 The Future of Financial Services for the Underbanked: Tradition, Innovation, Regulation
13 Nov 2017 Breaking down India's demonetization: One year in review
21 Sep 2017 Bringing the Efficient Frontier to Impact Investing
18 Sep 2017 Investing in Burkina Faso Roundtable
26 Jun 2017 Impact Investing in Emerging Markets Conference – Capital Allocation for Sustainable Development
12 Jun 2017 Technology’s Impact on Microfinance: How new technologies are democratizing access to capital and financial services
07 Jun 2017 Engaged Forum: Gender Equality and Women Empowerment in Mexico and the U.S.
23 May 2017 Legal Issues in Social Entrepreneurship and Impact Investing—in the US and Beyond
12 May 2017 Breakfast Forum: Microfinance and the Missing Middle: Moving Upstream to Finance Small and Growing Businesses
02 May 2017 MFCNY's Spring Networking Event

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.

 Oct-Dec '18
Strengthening Investment in East Africa: Technical assistance for building pipeline & post-investment support
  Ethical Fashion and Impact Capital - A Perfect Fit
 Jan-Mar '19
SDGs: How the UN's Sustainable Development Goals are driving Impact Capital

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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