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  • Nairobi, Kenya - 1 Day
    May 31

    Finnovation Africa: Kenya 2018 – A Powerful Purpose

    Finnovation Africa: Kenya 2018 is a very different kind of event, a complete reboot, for a very different kind of industry. Deconstructed and shorn of all the usual, tired formats of the traditional convention and built from the ground up as a genuinely new event that is a ground-breaking in its focus as it is in its format and aspiring to be as innovative and transformative as the dynamic FinTech market it serves.

    Combining a highly innovative and interactive event format with world-class speakers and more than 300 carefully selected participants, Finnovation Africa: Kenya 2018, to be held at the Radisson Blu Nairobi on the 31st of May 2018, will tackle the most pressing questions for the progress of FinTech and the positive transformation of banking in Africa, providing a platform for all stakeholders to engage in creating the future of financial services on the continent – from established banking powerhouses to FinTech start-ups.

  • Virtual - 1 Day
    May 31

    Impact investing in the creative economy

    Arts and cultural production represents 4.2 percent of the US economy, or $760 billion. Socially responsible investing in the United States has reached $8.7 trillion. Yet when looking at the thematic areas targeted by impact investing across the country, arts and culture is 0%.

    There is an opportunity today to engage capital that values diversity, equity, and inclusion to help shape a creative economy that reflects the culture and heritage of diverse communities and creatives across the U.S. A creative economy shaped by these values can contribute to building social cohesion, resiliency and sustainability for the future. The creative economy in communities across the United States is ripe for impact investment—but where to start?

    This webinar will feature Laura Callanan, founding partner of Upstart Co-Lab and Eddie Torres, President & CEO of Grantmakers in the Arts (GIA) in conversation with Ellen Friedman, Executive Director at the Compton Foundation, and Gary Steuer, President and CEO of Bonfils-Stanton Foundation,to talk about examining and implementing mission-related investment (MRI) strategies within their foundations. They will discuss how MRI has the potential to advance their organizational missions and work toward a creative economy that is sustainable, equitable, and inclusive—before it’s too late – while also exploring impact investing as an innovative opportunity to invest in the arts and unlock resources specifically for ALAANA communities.

    Outcomes: Upon completion of this webinar you should be able to:

    • Explain why impact investing is important to the arts and culture sector, and how impact investing is another lever for funders to use to advance their missions.
    • Explain how racial equity is a key factor to consider when investing in communities
    • Identify  an array of opportunities that can help align a funder’s investment portfolio with the creative economy.
    • Describe the issues confronted by foundations when exploring MRI

    Intended audience:

    • Foundations that fund the arts
    • Foundations striving to include arts and culture as part of their MRI or impact investing strategies
    • Artist-endowed foundations who wish to learn more about impact investing
    • Artists starting investable social purpose businesses and hoping to attract funding from MRI
    • Social entrepreneurs in creative industries
    Conference, Webinar
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