Programs & Events

Mission Investing Institute: Arts and the Creative Economy

A virtual impact investing training focused on arts and the creative economy.

In April 2022, Mission Investors Exchange, Grantmakers in the Arts, and Upstart Co-Lab hosted the Mission Investing Institute: Arts and the Creative Economy, a two-day, virtual impact investing training specifically focused on the arts and the creative economy. The Institute consisted of two, 3-hour sessions on April 7 and 8, 2022, with an optional, introductory impact investment training on April 6th.
Designed for senior foundation staff working in arts and creativity, and finance or investment professionals at endowed cultural institutions, the Institute was intended to help foundations leverage their endowments to amplify their arts programs and activate cultural institutions as values-aligned investors. Institute participants walked away with the following, and more:
  • An overview of the impact investing landscape, including commonly used tools and terms
  • Strategies for measuring and managing impact
  • Concrete examples of structuring, sourcing, diligence
  • An understanding of how organizations are incorporating diversity, equity, and inclusion goals into investments
  • Ideas for applying impact investing concepts in the context of arts, design, culture, and creativity — and lessons from existing investments
  • New connections and networks to support the development of your impact investing programs
Participation in the Institute was reserved for senior staff at foundations supporting art, design, culture, heritage, and creativity and finance or investment professionals at cultural institutions (e.g. museum, library, performing arts center, park, zoo) with endowments of $5 million or more. The cost to attend the Institute was $350 per person.


Pre-Program: April 6, 2-3PM ET

  • Optional Pre-Session: The Fundamentals of Impact Investing

Day 1: April 7, 1-4PM ET

  • The Case for Impact Investing in the Creative Economy
  • Investment Spotlight: Racial Justice
  • Applying the Learning: Getting Started in Impact Investing

Day 2: April 8, 1-4PM ET

  • Small Group Networking
  • Investment Spotlights: Creative Industries
  • Resources for Identifying and Assessing Impact

  • Maxwell Anderson, Souls Grown Deep Foundation
  • Andrea Armeni, Transform Finance
  • Laura Callanan, Upstart Co-Lab
  • Caitlin Caspersen, Builders Initiative
  • Allison Clark, MacArthur Foundation
  • Joanna Cohen, Builders Vision
  • George Cook, Honeycomb Credit
  • Chris Crothers, Jessie Ball duPont Fund
  • Tracy Kartye, Annie E. Casey Foundation
  • Noelle Laing, Builders Asset Management
  • Jessica Norwood, Runway
  • Matt Onek, Mission Investors Exchange
  • Ethan Powell, Impact Shares
  • Michelle RhodesBrown, Walters Art Museum
  • Patrick Robinson, Paskho
  • Debra Schwartz, MacArthur Foundation
  • Gary Steuer, Bonfils Stanton Foundation
  • Roy Swan, Ford Foundation
  • Diederik Timmer, Sustainalytics
  • Eddie Torres, Grantmakers in the Arts
  • James Wahls, Mission Investors Exchange

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