November 2018 Newsletter

Impact Finance Center welcomes readers to our new Impact Newsletter, a bi-monthly communication about our work and the work of our partners in the impact investing field. A busy November at IFC promises to identify hundreds of quality social ventures seeking capital while simultaneously inspiring more funders to take their first steps along the impact investing journey.

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Nov 8 CO Impact Days Launch Party & Rocky Mountain Who’s Who in Impact Investing
We hope you can join us November 8 to celebrate leaders and success stories in this growing movement. At the CTRL Collective that evening, we will announce our 2019 Call for Social Ventures and Opportunity Zones and recognize the Rocky Mountain Who’s Who in Impact investing from 5:30 - 7:30 pm. It is not too late to RSVP here. The second annual Who’s Who edition of the Denver Business Journal hits newsstands on November 2, spotlighting our region’s movers and shakers in impact investing with a goal of connecting new investors to the expertise and technical assistance required to make their first direct impact investment. Online edition here.

Call for CO Impact Days Social Venture and Opportunity Zone Investments
IFC is grateful for our partnership with The Commons on Champa, which joins us in announcing the 2019 CO Impact Days Call for Social Ventures for nonprofits, for-profits, funds, and projects with social impact. Social ventures responding to this call could be among the top 60 selected to participate in the 3rd Annual CO Impact Days, our statewide marketplace for impact investing, where hundreds of impact investors, foundations, and funds will convene in Denver on March 12-14 to Learn, Connect, and Invest. The application will be open November 8 until December 14. www.coimpactdays.org/socent

The AJL Charitable Foundation Seeks New Investment Advisor
The AJL Charitable Foundation (AJL) is working with Impact Finance Center (IFC) to find a new investment advisor that will lead AJL on its social impact investing journey. AJL is committed to helping at-risk Colorado youth and families by supporting educational and humanitarian programs that provide the tools to help them succeed. EOIs are due by November 10, 2018. Selecting your investment advisor is the most important decision you will make in terms of financial returns and impact on communities and the environment. Learn More >

IFC Launches Impact Investing Fellowship
Whether you are an individual or represent an organization as a trustee, program officer, development director, or a director of corporate social responsibility, this custom impact investing fellowship will be designed around your needs, schedule, and your learning objectives. The fellowship will cover impact investing strategy, process, governance, and investment efficiency through a new framework for evaluating both philanthropy and investing. We offer 10 sessions for $2,500 or 20 sessions for $4,500. Learn More >

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IFC and CO Impact Days Seeks New Fiscal Sponsor
Impact Finance Center (IFC), which includes flagship initiatives CO Impact Days (Impact Days),  CO Impact Investing Education Institute (IIEI), and Rocky Mountain Who’s Who in Impact Investing (Who’s Who), seeks a fiscal sponsorship and/or Impact Lab Partners (I-Lab) with a community foundation, private foundation, and/or philanthropic supporting organization. Please contact Dr. Stephanie Gripne if you would like additional information.

Volunteer with IFC
IFC is seeking a pro-bono law firm and is always looking for interns/ fellows to help with our events, marketing, sponsorship, graphic design, social media website, and judges for CO Impact Days. Learn More >

Colorado Statewide Impact Investing Evaluation
How many direct impact investments have been made in Colorado since 2012? Let’s go find out. Let us know if you want to join the committee led by University of Colorado PhD student Jessica Jones who is leading the first statewide evaluation. We have completed over 170 presentations and courses to more than 5,000 participants as part of CO Impact Education Institute and CO Impact Days, which together, have showcased more than 150 social ventures, connecting them to mentors, partners, and impact investment capital. Early estimates indicate that 258 direct impact investments of $201M have been completed. Please contact Dr. Stephanie Gripne if you would like additional information.

IFC Seeks New Impact Investor for $100K at 2.5%; Pays Back Second Loan for $100K at 2%
Impact Finance Center recently paid back a $100,000 2% loan made from a donor-advised fund by Rose Community Foundation. This is the the second successful loan that IFC paid back. The first loan was for $40,000 at 4%. Please contact Dr. Stephanie Gripne if you would like additional information.

IFC Case Studies: Featured Social Venture
MCE Social Capital Uses Unique Model to Bring Much-Needed Funds to Haiti. Learn More >

Upcoming IFC and Community Events:

  1. Nov 8:  CO Impact Days Call for 2019 Social Ventures Launch Party and Rocky Mountain Who’s Who & Impact Investing Awards

  2. Nov 29: Everyday Heroes: Impact Investing Stories from the Field: Jean Hammond of LearnLaunch and Impact Investor and Elizabeth Garlow of Lumina Foundation's Lumina Impact Ventures.

  3. March 11: National Opportunity Zone Summit

  4. March 12-14: CO Impact Days. Request an invitation here.

Lastly, if you want to donate, we could not do this work without your support.

We look forward to keeping you updated on impact investing activities and successes in the coming months!

IFC Team