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MIE's Community Foundations Spring Gathering: Community Foundations Leading in Impact Investing: Re-Setting and Catalyzing Federal Funding for Community Needs

If your foundation has been in impact investing for a while, you know that there are occasional opportunities for a reset. In this call, we'll discuss two resets and how they relate to your community foundation. Join us for an informal virtual gathering of MIE community foundation members from 1:30-2:45 p.m. EDT March 12 to discuss:
  1. The reset of a long-standing community foundation impact investing program, the Kalamazoo Community Foundation in Michigan. This portion of the call will be in conversation with Chief Investment Officer Joshua Sledge.

  2. The potential reset of YOUR foundation as you explore how to engage as a leader in the opportunities presented by the robust federal funding flowing to communities. This portion of the conversation will be in conversation with Cynthia Muller,  director of Mission Investment, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, and Dana Linnane, director of research and planning for the Governor's Office of the Foundation Liaison, State of Michigan.

In a rapidly evolving landscape both for impact investing and public policy – and with enormous capital flow over the next ten years – how can community foundations ensure that the dollars land in ways that advance their communities' needs? In the context of this question, participants will together explore topics such as:

  • How a community foundation can invest capital (grant capital, influence capital, MRIs, PRIs) and attract additional dollars to their communities;
  • The role of grants and guarantees in impact investing;
  • What a reset looks like for one foundation and what it can look like for yours;
  • How community foundation leaders can ensure that the communities they work in have a voice in where federal funding is focused;
  • How you can engage at MIE's upcoming National Conference May 7-9 in Los Angeles. We will be in conversation during this portion with Travis Green, project director of the Community Investment Project.

MIE's community foundation gathering is meant to provide a space for MIE members and invited guests to build community and share strategic and innovative practices. The camera-enabled call will be informal and interactive. All participants are encouraged to come prepared to participate, share, learn, and even have a bit of fun in the process!

If you have questions about the topics above or otherwise, please email Zineb Touzani at [email protected]rg, Obi Asiama at [email protected] or Melanie Audette at [email protected].


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