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Impact Investing for Foundation Staff and Asset Owners New To the Field, Now with Action Cohorts!

The Mission Investing Institute and Action Cohorts (The Institute) is a six-month virtual learning program presented by Mission Investors Exchange in partnership with the National Center for Family Philanthropy and Philanthropy California. This learning opportunity will deepen your knowledge in impact investing, build relationships with leaders in philanthropy, and provide practical tools to implement an effective impact investing strategy. Beginning October 19, 2021, The Institute is designed to help philanthropy professionals gain exposure to approaches that will help them get started in impact investing and advance their practice. 
Applications for the Institute closed June 30, 2021. Accepted participants were contacted in July 2021.
Through a core curriculum, supplemented with three small group cohorts, participants will hear from industry peers, apply the learnings with fellow philanthropy and finance professionals, and learn from seasoned investors in the field. Learning Sessions will cover topics including, but not limited to:
  • Introduction to Impact Investing & the Spectrum of Capital
  • The Equity Imperative
  • Governance & Program Design
  • Activating your Portfolio for Impact
  • Impact Measurement, Management & Reporting
  • Investment Across Asset Classes
  • Pipeline & Diligence
  • Resources & Implementation (cohorts focus)
For additional information, please see the schedule and FAQ tabs. 

If you have additional questions about the Institute, please contact Zineb Touzani at [email protected].

Learning Sessions Overview & Schedule

The Institute will include two interactive sessions each month (1 Learning Session and 1 Action Cohort) from October 2021 through March 2022. Learning Sessions will include learning presentations from experts in the field, an opportunity for Q&A and interactive break-out sessions. Continue reading below to view Learning Session dates, meeting times, topics, and speakers. Each Learning Session is expected to run for approximately 1.5-2 hours midday for most time zones, Action Cohorts will meet on the day following each Learning Session, or shortly thereafter.

Learning Session 1: Fundamentals of Impact Investing

October 19, 2021, 12:30-2:30PM ET
In this kick-off session, get to know your peers as we embark on a collective six-month journey. Learn about the fundamentals of impact investing, including terms and definitions, the different types of capital that may be at your disposal, and an overview of asset classes and potential uses. Work with peers to explore aspirations for yourself and your organization at the onset of the Institute. Action Cohort to follow on October 20, 2021.

Learning Session 2: Investing with a Racial Equity Lens

November 16, 2021, 12:30-2:30PM ET
How do you build and implement an impact investing program with a racial equity lens? Explore the past, present and future of using capital to address justice through financial inclusion. Look inside a foundation’s journey of moving its endowments into mission-aligned investments as well as implementing a racial equity lens framework into its practices. Learn about key principles that will carry through the rest of the Institute.

Learning Session 3: Designing Your Investment Program

December 7, 2021, 12:30-2:30PM ET
Discover practical tools to help design your program. Explore staffing and governance questions to understand what will best meet the needs of your foundation. Work with peers to begin building an impact thesis to define your goals, taking into account the realities of existing assets, mission, and capacity. Action Cohort to follow on December 8, 2021.

Learning Session 4: Investment Program Strategy

January 25, 2022, 12:30-2:30PM ET 
Learn how to use different asset classes and investment tools to create a portfolio that supports your foundation’s goals. Hear from seasoned investors on how they developed their impact investing strategy, including what they hope to achieve and how they are organizing their capital. Action Cohort to follow on January 26, 2022.

Learning Session 5: Operationalizing Your Impact Investing Program

February 15, 2022, 12:30-2:30PM ET
Learn how to translate your program strategy into action. Discuss the iterative process and considerations of deal sourcing, due diligence, portfolio management, impact measurement, managing to change, and evaluation of your impact investing program. Action Cohort to follow on February 16, 2022.

Learning Session 6: Impact Activation

March 15, 2022, 12:30-2:30PM ET
What next steps do you need to take to activate your strategy? Discuss legal considerations, internal dynamics, and other practical considerations as you embark on starting, changing, or expanding your program. Action Cohort to follow on March 16, 2022.

Action Cohort Overview

Action Cohort sessions provide a space to meet in smaller groups to dive deeper into the materials covered during Learning Sessions to put your learnings into action, participate in hands-on workshop activities, create goals for your impact investing work, and engage with accountability partners to ensure your goals stay on track! Action Cohorts will meet on the day following each Learning Session. Each Institute participant will be assigned to one of the Action Cohort time slots indicated in the schedule below.

Action Cohort Facilitators

Cohort 1
  • Melanie Audette, Senior Vice President, Member and Partner Engagement, Mission Investors Exchange
  • John Duong, Founder and CEO, Kind Capital
Cohort 2
  • Andrea Barrios, Founder, Barrios Ltd.
  • James Wahls, Senior Vice President, Programs and Initiatives, Mission Investors Exchange
Cohort 3
  • Rebecca Price, Vice President, Membership, Mission Investors Exchange
  • Richard Woo, Free Range Consultant
Cohort 4
  • Nick Almeida, Chief Operating Officer, Mission Investors Exchange
  • Bert Feuss, Senior Advisor, Community Capital Advisors


October 20, 2021
November 17, 2021
December 8, 2021
January 26, 2022
February 16, 2022
March 16, 2022
Action Cohort 1: 12:30 - 2:30PM ET
Action Cohort 2: 2:30 - 4:00PM ET
Action Cohort 3: 12:30 - 2:30PM ET
Action Cohort 4: 2:30 - 4:00PM ET

Action Cohort Zoom Links

2019 Mission Investing Institute Highlights

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