2019 Mission Investing Institute: Overview


Impact Investing for Foundation Staff and Asset Owners New To the Field

Mission Investors Exchange’s 16th Mission Investing Institute took place on March 26-28, 2019, at the Ford Foundation Center for Social Justice in New York, NY. The Institute featured 2 ½ days of member-led sessions bringing together approximately 40 staff members from foundations or other philanthropic asset owners across the country. This intensive training experience was designed to help philanthropy professionals gain exposure to approaches that will help them get started in impact investing or advance their practice — whether they are part of a well-established impact investing program or developing one from scratch. Through interactive exercises in small-group settings, participants heard from their peers in philanthropy, built relationships with fellow philanthropic professionals, and learned from seasoned investors in the field.

What Did Participants Walk Away With?

  • A clear understanding of the impact investing landscape, including commonly used tools and terms
  • Strategies on how to manage and measure impact
  • Concrete examples of structuring, sourcing, diligence, and how organizations are incorporating diversity, equity, and inclusion goals into investments
  • New connections and networks to support the development of their impact investing programs

What Have Participants Said?

Tina Wahl, President of the Barra Foundation, credits the 2015 Mission Investing Institute with helping her steer the Barra Foundation towards their first mission-related investment. Read more about her experience here. Also, click here to see the key takeaways on impact measurement that were surfaced at the 2017 Mission Investing Institute.

Institute Sponsors

The 2019 Institute was made possible thanks to generous support from:


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