Impact Investing and Social Enterprise: New Developments, Challenges, and Opportunities for Nonprofits

You have been hearing the terms “impact investing” and “social enterprise” much more frequently in recent years, and this is one of the hottest issues in the nonprofit sector right now.

Impact investing—investments designed to produce both social benefits and financial returns—represents a dynamic way for nonprofits to further their mission while opening up funding opportunities from sources never before available. This trend has been fueled by opportunities to channel traditional investment capital into the nonprofit world. Facing potential funding cuts from federal, state, and local governments, as well as other challenges to traditional fundraising and sources of financial support, nonprofits are increasingly forced to diversify their revenue generation to achieve their goals.

But what does impact investing actually entail? In fact, a lot of different things—all under the “impact investing” heading. Some of it does not relate to nonprofit at all. But in this program, we will focus on the issues solely from the perspective of nonprofit organizations.

While most nonprofits have not even dipped their toe into the impact investing space, some have—including the organizations represented by our panelists—and we will discuss the wide range of cutting-edge activities being undertaken by some very innovative nonprofits. We also will discuss the ways in which a nonprofit taking on investors is a major step, one that can require a number of significant changes to the way your organization operates. But many forward-looking nonprofits have recognized that being committed to their mission does not mean having to be wedded to traditional business models.

Nonprofits offer a great opportunity for impact investors and social enterprises to generate significant benefits and results with proven, scaled, and skilled organizations that can leverage this capital and social enterprise opportunities to fulfill their missions. A number of nonprofits have already begun using for-profit practices for social good.

In this program, our panelists will discuss the leading characteristics and models of impact investments from the nonprofit perspective, legal issues relating to impact investing (including approaches to tax-related challenges such as “private benefit”), and developments in the impact space. We will explore the pros, cons, and considerations that need to be taken into account in structuring new investment vehicles and separate legal structures, as well as the key federal tax-exemption, securities law, liability, and other legal, tax, and regulatory concerns that make this area so complex and risky for nonprofits.

With a panel of three of the leading experts in the space—and their own organizations’ rich experiences to draw from—this is one program you will not want to miss.

12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m. ET – Networking Luncheon
12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. ET – Program/Video Webinar

Jeffrey S. Tenenbaum, Esq., Partner and Chair of the Nonprofit Organizations Practice, Venable LLP

Kamil Cook, Associate General Counsel, Corporate Services, The Nature Conservancy
Javeed Froozan, Vice President, Research Business Development & Strategic Alliances, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
Tracy Kartye, Director, Social Investments, The Annie E. Casey Foundatio

Location: Washington, DC

Date: Tuesday, September 12, 2017