Denver, Colorado
MAR 14 4:30 PM - MAR 16 5:00 PM

You certainly know what the impact investing scene needs and I hope that what you’ve started in Colorado can replicate quickly in other states and beyond!
— Neeraj Aggarwal - Michael & Susan Dell Foundation

Course Description

This first of its kind Corporate Strategics & Impact Investing course was developed by Impact Finance Center, a multi-university nonprofit academic center that identifies, trains, and activates philanthropists and investors to become impact investors.

Whether you work at a corporate foundation or manage a corporate social responsibility program, marketing department, and/or innovation team, this 14-hour course is designed for you to learn by doing to better understand all available opportunities that can empower you to do well by doing good, simultaneously increasing revenue, decreasing costs, improving brand, and reducing risk.

The course will cover impact investing strategy, process, governance, and investment efficiency through a new framework for evaluating both philanthropy and investing. Expert presentations and guidance will teach both impact investing and how to integrate it throughout your company.

The learning format uses a case method, leveraging examples of successful impact investing strategies deployed by a diverse range of corporations, including: Patagonia Tin Shed Ventures Internal Fund, Clif Bar White Road Investments External Fund, Closed Loop Fund and Closed Loop Ventures Commingled Funds, Starbucks’ use of a green bond to upgrade its supply chain, and Wells Fargo’s and Nike's use of an accelerator.

Watching Stephanie map an overview of the diverse strategies and creative possibilities for moving money towards positive impact was by far the best, most action packed, cogent, eye opening presentation and overview of the field that I have ever experienced.
— Joel Solomon, Author - Clean Money

Course topics include:

  • Impact Investing

  • Corporate Foundations

  • Program Related Investments

  • Paid Pilots

  • Corporate Impact Investing

  • Giving Circles

  • Private Benefit and Private Inurement

  • Internal, External, and Co-mingled Funds

  • Corporate Accelerators

  • Alternative Financing Structures

  • Interorganizational Strategy



The registration fee includes all course materials, as well as a continental breakfast and buffet lunch both days.

If you have specific questions, please contact Dr. Stephanie Gripne  at 303.900.2060.



Dr. Stephanie Gripne is an academic entrepreneur, impact investor, philanthropic advisor, researcher, educator and the creative force behind the Impact Finance Center and CO Impact Days and Initiative. Impact Finance Center is a multi-university nonprofit academic center that identifies, trains, and activates philanthropists and investors to become impact investors. Founded in 2012, IFC has a goal to catalyze $1T in investment capital toward solving a diverse range of environmental and social challenges.

Course Format

Participants will work in small groups to encourage ongoing dialogue and post-course collaboration. During this intensive coursework, participants will be introduced to Impact Commitments – low-cost, low-risk action steps that companies can take along their own customized impact investing journey – and will leave well-equipped to share newly gained tools, knowledge and strategies with their management teams. 

It’s super rare to get world class portfolio advice from someone who doesn’t have their hand in your pocket. It’s rarer to get a whole new framework for thinking about donations and philanthropic work. Rarest of all is a combination of clear next steps and a challenge to take action. Stephanie Gripne and John O’Halloran of Impact Finance Center deliver a trifecta.
— Jon Kauffman


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