Next Events

    • 16 Jun 2021
    • 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM (EDT)
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    Take a midday lunch break and join us for an enjoyable hour of idea exchange, networking and light conversation. In smaller, rotating groups, connect with other Impact Capital Forum members and more professionals interested in impact investing, social enterprise, microfinance and financial inclusion.

    During the last such event, participants found advice and even projects to work on from the interactions. Join us starting at noon (EST) and stay for the entire session or just the first half, as your schedule allows.

    ICF Members can pre-register at no cost. Non-Members may join for a $15 registration. Membership is available at levels for $25, $50 and $95, learn more.

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    • 17 Jun 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM (EDT)
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    Following our well attended Gender Lens Investing Networking session in March, we are excited to formally announce the launch of Impact Capital Forum’s new Gender Lens Investing (GLI) Working Group series for our members. Our inaugural  Gender Lens Working Group event will be a panel discussion on “How to Mobilize Gender Lens Investment Capital for Emerging Markets.”

    Our speakers include:

    Suzanne Beigel is founder of Catalyst at Large and Co-Founder of the GenderSmart Investing Summit. She is a globally recognised expert on gender-smart investing. Her work has influenced hundreds of funds and institutional investors, and billions of dollars of capital to move with a gender lens. 

    Alec Paxton served as the inaugural Chair of the 2X Challenge, and continues to sit on the 2X Challenge Steering Committee. He also plays a leadership role in DFC’s gender lens investing initiative. In addition, Alec works as a Director in DFC’s Social Enterprise Finance Team, where he originates gender responsive debt and equity transactions. Alec is admitted to practice law in the State of New York and is a CFA Charterholder.

    Elisabeth Ballreich is a Principal Investment Officer and Operations Manager with Women’s World Banking Asset Management where she has conducted investment due diligence and transaction negotiation on a range of financial service providers throughout Latin America, Africa and Asia and has had a leading role in structuring and fundraising for Women’s World Banking’s second gender-lens investment fund. Prior to joining Women’s World Banking, Elisabeth was an Investment Officer with the Inter-American Development Bank and a Project Leader with Dalberg Global Development Advisors.  

    Moderator: Virginia Schippers is a Principal at CARE Enterprises – the for-profit, impact investment arm of the global NGO, CARE – where she designed CARE Enterprises’ first gender-lens impact investment fund; the blended CARE-She Trades Impact Fund that will deploy debt and equity to SMEs in South and Southeast Asia to create gender-justice for companies’ women employees, consumers, and suppliers.  

    This working group is an opportunity for interested ICF members to learn from one another and hear from real practitioners in the GLI field about different gender-lens investment strategies, the problems they are trying to solve, and practical steps for applying a gender lens across a financial portfolio to generate positive impact outcomes for women.

    Among others, the Gender Lens Working Group Series will explore questions like:

    • Where is the female founder-friendly capital? 

    • Which institutional investors are actually allocating capital for gender impact? 

    • How are gender lens strategies considering the intersectionality with racial justice?

    • How is gender impact really measured?

    • How is financial inclusion for women being addressed through gender lens investing?

    • How do gender lens investing strategies differ across regions?

    This new working group will have a 12-month tenure with 2-3 events occurring every quarter consisting of:

    • Panels of experts in the gender lens investing field, to discuss their practitioner experience on a particular GLI topic 

    • Subsequent working group discussions – moderated by ICF Board members and occurring approximately 2-4 weeks after the panel – where our members can dive more deeply into what was discussed during the expert-level panel 

    • Ad hoc networking sessions for our GLI working group members, panelists, and ICF Board members to meet more people working in the industry on a more informal basis 

    Participation in this GLI Working Group is free for all active ICF Members.  Non-members of ICF are welcome to join one GLI Working Group event for the standard event price of $15, but will then be asked to become an ICF member.

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    • 24 Jun 2021
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (EDT)
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    How can DAFs be invested for positive impact? Join us as we discuss the barriers and solutions for aligning philanthropic dollars with the overall impact mission. 

    There is significant philanthropic capital available and yet so many purpose-driven organizations and causes are starved for funding.  Financial solutions exist to match these dollars to their mission in a way that creates impact in perpetuity.  This event will explore the history of philanthropy and the benefits or drawbacks to Donor Advised Funds as a philanthropic vehicle. The panelists will discuss the roadblocks that keep philanthropic dollars from being invested for positive impact, how clients can create a grant-making strategy to move from ad-hoc to intentional giving and align the investments in a DAF with the mission of the organizations they support.

    The panel will discuss:

    • The history of philanthropy

    • Typical barriers to making an impact with philanthropic dollars

    • The benefits of Donor Advised Funds as a means of putting philanthropic capital towards positive impact

    • Strategies for aligning the investment portfolio with the philanthropic mission 

    • Resources and solutions for identifying and choosing grant recipients with enduring impact

    Speakers:

    • Greg Hagin is a Partner & Managing Director at CCS, where he provides fundraising counsel and philanthropic advice to the nonprofit sector and social impact space.  A member of the CCS Board of Directors, he leads offices in Philadelphia, Toronto and Sydney, and co-chairs CCS Elevate, the firm’s thought leadership platform. Greg teaches at The Wharton School and the School of Social Policy & Practice at the University of Pennsylvania.  Throughout his career, Greg has designed, advised and directed more than 100 resource development initiatives that have raised collectively over $10 billion, positively impacting tens of millions of lives.
    • Alex Neckles serves as ImpactAssets' Regional Director, working with financial advisors and family offices to amplify the impact of their philanthropic dollars. Alex has spent over a decade working with high net worth individuals, financial advisors and impact organizations to invest in socially conscious enterprises using philanthropic capital.  He joined ImpactAssets as part of the Operations Team, where he worked directly with clients to make Custom Investments into social impact organizations. Previously, Alex was at the law firm of Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP, where he worked with the public finance group on multifamily affordable housing.
    • Liz Sessler is the Vice President of Product and Partnerships at Capshift technology. She leads the development of the CapShift technology and oversees the software development team. She co-founded and was a senior vice president at ImpactUs Marketplace LLC where she was responsible for client experience, business development, and marketing.  Liz helped develop ImpactUs as the director of innovation at Enterprise Community Partners. Earlier in her tenure at Enterprise she oversaw the launch of Enterprise’s first retail investment product. Liz began her career at Calvert Impact Capital. She has also worked internationally connecting small and growing businesses with capital and technical assistance services. 

    ICF Members can pre-register at no cost. Non-Members may join for a $15 registration. Membership is available at levels for $25, $50 and $95, learn more.

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    • 13 Jul 2021
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (EDT)
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    Large financial institutions provide significant financing to many high-emitting entities, such as fossil fuel companies and steel manufacturers. In order to limit their Scope 3 emissions and reduce their impact on climate change, banks are exploring strategies to mitigate their exposure to “financed emissions” associated with lending and investing activities. Banks can play a unique role in accelerating the transition to a low-carbon economy and meeting the global climate goal of less than 1.5-degrees of warming by providing capital towards sustainability innovations.  

    Join us for a conversation with industry professionals leading the way through interdisciplinary strategy, innovative financial products, and the power of data analytics. During this event, the panelists will discuss the challenges to making an ambitious climate commitment, collaborative efforts towards building climate-aligned tools, and emerging solutions that are building traction.  The panelists will provide their insights on existing technical guidance, the regulatory context, and the future of their lending practices in a 1.5-degree climate scenario. 

    The panel will discuss:

    • The challenges, opportunities, and business case for making an ambitious climate commitment

    • Collaborative efforts for peer banks and other stakeholders to build climate-aligned tools together.

    • How to evaluate and deploy existing technical guidance and methodologies

    • The future of data and analytics applied to lending in a net-zero world

    • Emerging climate-aligned lending and financing solutions that are building traction

    • The regulatory context that supports this work and emerging policies that will facilitate climate action in the banking sector

    Our distinguished panel includes:

    ICF Members can pre-register at no cost. Non-Members may join for a $15 registration. Membership is available at levels for $25, $50 and $95, learn more.

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    • 15 Jul 2021
    • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM (EDT)
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    Of the estimated $715 billion invested in impact, corporate impact investors manage more than $7.2 billion of this committed capital. Corporations and corporate impact investors are uniquely situated to empower early-stage companies with their capital, game-changing partnership opportunities, and well-established corporate social responsibility initiatives. How are some companies leading these initiatives? Join us as we showcase the leading innovators in Corporate VC and how they are aligning ESG strategies with business priorities to achieve maximum shareholder and stakeholder value.

    Join us as we address questions including:

    • How far have we come from the Business Roundtable?

    • What are the characteristics, goals, and initiatives of influential Corporate VC as Impact Investors?

    • Are Corporate VCs focused on a different type of investment than a traditional VC?

    • How do Corporate VCs fit into the impact investing ecosystem?

    • How can Corporations reinforce positive social impact and long-term business value?

    • Any recommendations for best practices for other Corporations or Corporate VCs to follow in your lead?

    • How can social entrepreneurs align themselves with Corporate VCs?

    The distinguished speakers for this webinar include:

    • Ryan Macpherson leads impact investing at Autodesk and Autodesk Foundation, investing in startups that use design and engineering to address climate change and the future of work.
    • Claudine Emeott is Senior Director of the Salesforce Ventures Impact Fund, investing in mission-driven enterprise technology companies in education, workforce development, and sustainability, as well as diversity, equity, and inclusion.
    • Ken Gustavsen is Executive Director of Social Business Innovation at Merck, where he manages the company’s impact investing portfolio with the aim of creating a more sustainable and resilient global health ecosystem

    ICF Members can pre-register at no cost. Non-Members may join for a $15 registration. Membership is available at levels for $25, $50 and $95, learn more.

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    • 20 Jul 2021
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (EDT)
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    Join us for an informal networking session to discuss topics raised during June's webinar and explore questions like:

    • Where is the female founder-friendly capital? 

    • Which institutional investors are actually allocating capital for gender impact, rather than just talking about it?

    • How are gender lens strategies considering the intersectionality with racial justice?

    • How is gender impact really measured?

    • How is financial inclusion for women being addressed through gender lens investing?

    • How do gender lens investing strategies differ across regions?

    This new working group will have a 12-month tenure with 2-3 events occurring every quarter consisting of:

    • Panels of experts in the gender lens investing field, to discuss their practitioner experience on a particular GLI topic 

    • Subsequent working group discussions – moderated by ICF Board members and occurring approximately 2-4 weeks after the panel – where our members can dive more deeply into what was discussed during the expert-level panel 

    • Ad hoc networking sessions for our GLI working group members, panelists, and ICF Board members to meet more people working in the industry on a more informal basis 

    Participation in this GLI Working Group is free for all active ICF Members.  Non-members of ICF are welcome to join one GLI Working Group event for the standard event price of $15, but will then be asked to become an ICF and GLI Working Group member in order to attend future sessions.

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    • 12 Aug 2021
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (EDT)
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    Take a midday lunch break and join us for an enjoyable hour of idea exchange, networking and light conversation. In smaller, rotating groups, connect with other Impact Capital Forum members and more professionals interested in impact investing, social enterprise, microfinance and financial inclusion.

    During the last such event, participants found advice and even projects to work on from the interactions. Join us starting at noon (EST) and stay for the entire session or just the first half, as your schedule allows.

    ICF Members can pre-register at no cost. Non-Members may join for a $15 registration. Membership is available at levels for $25, $50 and $95, learn more.

    Login instructions for this Zoom videoconference will be emailed after your registration is completed.

Past events

25 May 2021 SEC Call for Public Input on Climate Change Disclosures: A Practical Guide for the Role You Can Play
20 May 2021 Going Green and Making Green: How Evolution in ESG Priorities Among Investors Can Accelerate Businesses’ Sustainability Efforts
12 May 2021 Income Share Agreements: Can a New Education Finance Vehicle Promote Racial and Social Equity?
04 May 2021 How Innovative Financing Tools Drive Clean Energy in LMI Communities
29 Apr 2021 Understanding How the $1.9 Trillion American Rescue Plan Can Turbocharge Opportunity Zone-Based Investing
21 Apr 2021 Opportunities in Investing in African Agriculture
14 Apr 2021 Learning to Integrate ESG
14 Apr 2021 Virtual Impact Community Networking Lunch
08 Apr 2021 How Can Banks Reduce their Financed Emissions?
24 Mar 2021 The New Majority: Investing in Founders of Color
15 Mar 2021 Gender Lens Investing Virtual Networking Lunch
04 Mar 2021 Virtual Networking Lunch
22 Feb 2021 African Healthcare and COVID-19: Impact Investment to the Rescue?
18 Feb 2021 The Next Phase of Opportunity Zones led by Steve Glickman and Ira Weinstein, Co-Authors of "The Guide to Making Opportunity Zones Work"
16 Feb 2021 Pricing Climate Risk into the Financial Markets
11 Feb 2021 Sustainable Real Estate Projects in Opportunity Zones
26 Jan 2021 How Can We Integrate SASB in a Private Market Context
18 Jan 2021 Social Entrepreneur Showcase: Virtual Tour of Coral Vita and Interview with Founder & Chief Reef Officer, Sam Teicher
14 Jan 2021 Virtual Fireside Chat with Karen Sherman, Author of Brick by Brick - Building Hope and Opportunity for Women Survivors Everywhere
08 Jan 2021 Sustainable Investing in the Biden-Harris Administration
22 Dec 2020 Holiday Networking Event
17 Dec 2020 Opportunity Zone Virtual Working Group: Blueprint Local and Case Study: Opportunity Alabama
09 Dec 2020 Strategies to Remain Marketable in a Changing Economy - A Virtual Fireside Chat with Dawn Graham
17 Nov 2020 Virtual Networking Lunch
13 Nov 2020 Virtual Working Group: Opportunity Zones Investing Update
12 Nov 2020 Webinar: Making an Impact with Cash
23 Jul 2020 Webinar: Spotlight on Refugee-Lens Investing
15 Jul 2020 Webinar: Managing Water Related Risks for Investors and Companies
09 Jul 2020 Webinar: How Have ESG Funds Weathered Recent Market Volatility?
30 Jun 2020 Webinar: Opportunity Zones Update Amidst the Pandemic with Steve Glickman
11 Jun 2020 Webinar: Predicting Climate Change's Effect on Impact Investments
12 May 2020 Webinar: Impact Investing in Africa - Responding to the Pandemic
07 May 2020 Webinar: Tackling Financial Literacy in the 2020s
29 Apr 2020 Webinar: Impact Investing in NYC - Responding to the Pandemic
21 Apr 2020 Webinar: Leading Investors are Guiding Corporate Behavior surrounding the Pandemic
15 Apr 2020 Webinar: Stakeholder Capitalism and the Impact of COVID with CEO of JUST Capital
04 Mar 2020 SOLD OUT: Using Behavioral Economics to Enhance Financial Policies, Innovations and Careers
18 Feb 2020 The Future of Impact is Now: A Fireside Chat with Ron Cordes and Jed Emerson
06 Dec 2019 Impact Capital Forum Holiday Networking Event
20 Nov 2019 Measuring Impact & Sustainability: Pain Points & Best Practices
14 Nov 2019 Working Group Breakfast - Opportunity Zone Investing - November
13 Nov 2019 Realizing the Sustainable Development Goals through Microfinance
17 Oct 2019 Fundraising for Social Enterprises - VC and Startup Perspectives
10 Oct 2019 Working Group Breakfast - Opportunity Zone Investing - October
25 Sep 2019 Blended Finance: Scaling Impact and Returns - A Fireside Chat with Joan Larrea, CEO, Convergence + Expert Panel
23 Sep 2019 SOLD OUT - Thought-Leading Academics Discuss Trends in Sustainable Investing, Impact Investing & Philanthropy
12 Sep 2019 Social Enterprise Spotlight Series: Rescuing Leftover Cuisine, Keap Candles & Ox Verte
09 Aug 2019 Summer Social with Impact Capital Forum at Rubin Museum
22 Jul 2019 Speed Networking Event - Connecting for Impact
26 Jun 2019 Applying Blockchain to Financial Inclusion - Identity, Ownership, Lending & Payments
11 Jun 2019 Wine & Cheese with FABSCRAP - Creating a 2nd Life for Used Fabrics in NYC - Social Enterprise Showcase
03 Jun 2019 China’s Belt & Road Initiative: Implications for Development Finance and Sustainable Investing
22 May 2019 Working Group Breakfast - Opportunity Zone Investing
07 May 2019 Opportunity Zones Part II: Insights into the New Regulations
06 May 2019 Spring Networking Event - Celebrate 'Impact' with Us
29 Apr 2019 Getting to 100% Impact in your Portfolio and Beyond
25 Apr 2019 Digital Innovations in Financial Inclusion in Emerging Markets
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
26 Feb 2019 The Future of Social Impact Bonds: Blending Private Investment with Impact Performance
20 Feb 2019 Working Group Breakfast - Opportunity Zone Investing (Recurring Event)
06 Feb 2019 Embrace Impact: Aligning Your Portfolio with Your Values
23 Jan 2019 Inaugural Working Group Breakfast - Opportunity Zone Investing (SOLD OUT)
16 Jan 2019 ESG Standards in Private Equity: How SASB’s industry specific standards inform Private Investing (SOLD OUT)

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