Impact Investing Sessions



Impact Investing in the SVP Network

Presenters: Bill Brownell (Partner and Board Member at Silicon Valley Venture Fund and SVPI), Lisa Jones (Partner at Silicon Valley Venture Fund), Tasha Seitz (Partner and Board Member at SVP Chicago), John Thornborrow ( Partner and Board Member at Mission Capital), and David Lynn (Partner at SVP Sand Diego)  

SVPs will discuss emerging models in impact investing, and colleagues will give an overview of their local impact investing ecosystem and their unique role within. Session participants will learn about tested models, successes, and challenges of incorporating impact investing into the work of SVP.

A Fireside Chat with Benefit Chicago

Presenters: Tasha Seitz (Founding Partner and Board Member at SVP Chicago and Founder of Impact Engine) and William Towns (Executive Director Benefit Chicago)

Benefit Chicago is a new collaboration between The Chicago Community Trust, The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and Calvert Impact Capital, that aims to mobilize $100 million for impact investments for nonprofits and social enterprises working throughout the Chicago region.

SVP Chicago Partner Tasha Seitz will interview Benefit Chicago Executive Director, William Towns. Tasha and William’s conversation will incorporate questions from session attendees and will aim to provide an inside prospective on the work that led to this collaborative, lessons learned, and further applications for SVP communities.

Field Trip to Impact Engine

Presenters: Tasha Seitz (Founding Partner and Board Member at SVP Chicago and Founder of Impact Engine), Blair Pircon (Co-Founder and CEO at The Graide Network), Brian Hill (Founder and CEO at Edovo) and Donovan Morrison (Founder and CEO at Luna Lights)

Visit the Chicago-based impact fund led by a Founding SVP Chicago Partner. Impact Engine will provide an overview of their model, introduce portfolio companies and dissect a real-life investment. Impact Engine is housed within tech accelerator 1871 at the historic Chicago Merchandise Mart.

Alternative Funding for Impact

Presenters: Mark Newhouse (Partner and Board Member at SVP Denver), Madge Vasquez (CEO at Mission Capital). 

While many investors focus on for-profit opportunities, impact investments can enable nonprofits to access capital beyond traditional philanthropic gifts. Impact investments in nonprofits can provide gap funding, enable earned revenue models, and even attract additional philanthropic resources. SVP Partners working with nonprofit partners should be familiar with impact investing as another capacity building area. Mission Capital's CEO will provide an overview of their social enterprise research and an SVP Denver Partner and investor will cover the core elements of alternative funding for impact.

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