Thank you for walking with us this year.
For good or bad, what a year it's been, as more crises mean an ever stronger commitment to our work. We have grown our Investor Network to over $2 billion in capital committed to social justice, brought over 30 organizations together for our Institute for Social Justice Leaders in NYC, and begun seminal projects on racial justice in finance and broad-based asset ownership. Thank you for supporting us throughout these milestones and being our partners.
And there remains so much more to do. If you're a fan of our work and have benefitted from our trainings, resources, Investor Network, or general banter, please consider a contribution through our fiscal sponsor, Virginia Organizing.
Celebrating the Fourth Annual TF Institute for Social Justice Leaders
The Fourth Annual Institute for Social Justice Leaders brought together over 30 organizations from the US and abroad (Italy and Brazil!) to explore how to reclaim finance to serve the needs of communities. We strategized from market-based activity and community-governed funds to investor engagement with an amazing group of leaders that included Source International, National Economic and Social Rights Initiative, the Boston Ujima Project, BALLE, California Environmental Justice Alliance, and Living Cities. We were humbled to have among our speakers The Working World, LISC, the Nathan Cummings Foundation, and SITAWI Finance for Good.
If you are interested in exploring how our trainings can be tailored to your communities or grantee cohorts, reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org - we'd love to support you and your groups!
Our Investor Network is growing: come grow with us.
Our investor community of practice has grown in size and scope, now representing over $2 billion in capital committed to a social justice approach. Our webinars have featured activist groups like the Movement for Black Lives, institutional investors like CalPERS, and entrepreneurs like Kickstarter co-founder Perry Chen. We have welcomed amazing new members such as the Libra Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, and Oxfam Private Sector. Our briefings and reports, research and advisory programs, and popular webinars help drive more thoughtful impact. If you found value in any of these resources, please consider donating via our fiscal sponsor, Virginia Organizing.
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An amazing group of funding partners has made our work possible - thank you for driving social change with us.
Highlights of 2017
Centering social justice is more crucial than ever, and we must tackle issues with every tool we have. This year we have seen growing interest in exploring the deeper end of impact investing. As our Board Member Aner Ben Ami puts it, let's ask ourselves, who wins and who loses from our investments? We believe we have moved the conversation, and the field, with our activities throughout the year. Some highlights:
New Initiatives, New Topics
We launched several initiatives, from devising new approaches to social change for institutional investors to blueprinting a fund to foster employee ownership. See a sample of our ongoing programs here.
Our year-long series of Investor Network webinars covered topics including platform cooperatives, the "concessionary returns" debate, racial justice in municipal finance, and the social change opportunity of institutional investors. You can see a sample of the recordings here.
Our investor briefing on the intersection of renewable energy and human rights highlights the need for community-centered approaches and the risks to investors overlooking human rights.
Our report with the Inter-American Development Bank, Innovations in Financing Structures for Impact Enterprises, continues to help advance the conversation on adoption of alternative deal structures for impact.
We delivered a two-day place-based impact investing training in Boston with the Solidago Foundation and BALLE for the Boston Ujima Project and Solidarity Economy Initiative.
We brought the principles of transformative finance to the Latin American Impact Investor Forum, Confluence Philanthropy's Annual Practitioners Gathering, Skoll World Forum, Global Steering Group, SOCAP17, Cambridge Associates, and more.
Your expertise, your work with the Transform Finance Investor Network, and your thoughtful contributions to our various resources and events have gotten us here. We still have a lot to do. Please do support us as you can - we are grateful for your partnership.
The Transform Finance Team