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Communities of Practice: Impact Investing

  • September 29, 2020
  • 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
  • Zoom Meeting


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In March, Philanthropy Delaware hosted a workshop on local investing as a tool to address critical community issues in support of the Invest Delaware Community of Practice. The workshop was designed to help foundations understand the growing movement in the field, to understand their readiness to move towards local investing, to learn the different local investing tools, and to explore local investing in the context of specific impact areas.

Originally Philanthropy Delaware had scheduled a follow-up webinar in April to discuss next steps for members in identifying investable resources to support Delaware’s communities. COVID-19 and the George Floyd demonstrations postponed the conversation to allow grantmakers to respond. However, the ensuing economic crisis and conversation around equity and inclusion have again focused philanthropy on the work of community reinvestment. To meet that need, Philanthropy Delaware will host three discussions this fall about foundations committing investable assets to community causes. The following sessions include:

Every Dollar Invested for Delaware
Tuesday, September 29, 2020
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Guest Speaker: Kelly Ryan, Heron Foundation

Some field leaders suggest that our grants are not enough. They suggest philanthropy needs to think and act radically to support their communities. Rising to that challenge, what would a more radically practiced philanthropy look like for Delaware? What might more local investing mean for our communities? 

Join Philanthropy Delaware on Tuesday, September 29 in a conversation with Kelly Ryan, Heron Foundation, to learn and connect on how to invest for impact.


October Session: Investing for Delaware, Together

Foundations across a state can come together and share investing processes and tools. This approach has advantages and may be a good fit for how we work in Delaware. What might a collaborative approach to this work look like here? What benefits would it have? What challenges do we foresee?

November Session: Support from Partners and the Board Room 

Foundations need support, both internally and externally, to do this work. Boards are the key to taking action on local investing and this work cannot be done without significant board support. What processes might we use to build board buy in? And local investing is not done in isolation. It needs an ecosystem of partners to work. What is our Delaware ecosystem? What is missing? And what do we have in spades

    Questions? Contact Melissa Micek, Director of Engagement, at 302-333-8004 via phone or at melissa@philanthropydelaware.org via e-mail. 


    Click here to see all Program Resources. (Philanthropy Delaware Member log-in required). Check out Philanthropy Delaware's Exclusive Member Resources: Reports and Research on Impact Investing. 


    This workshop is intended for Foundation Staff and Leaders, Corporate Philanthropy Staff that are Philanthropy Delaware's Philanthropic Members.  

    By registering for this event, guests at this program allow Philanthropy Delaware to use any pictures taken at this event, without compensation, for promotional and publicity purposes in broadcast, telecast, print, electronic, and all other media.

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