It has been a few months since we released “Financial Health as a Global Framework” along with our project partners CFSI, Dalberg Design Impact Group, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Since we launched the report, we have been hearing about individual and organizational efforts to better define and use financial health as a way to better empower people in emerging markets. Building on this momentum we have been hearing, we are considering forming a global financial health community that includes governments, NGOs, financial services providers, researchers, and others that are all exploring this concept. We are confident that we can learn a great deal from one another, building on the great work that is already beginning around the world. Please consider joining us for a virtual dialogue to discuss this possibility on Tuesday, August 29 at 9:30 am EST. We will have presentations from a few organizations and individuals who are thinking about financial health, a virtual roundtable discussion, and some thoughts on next steps to pursue together as a community.
Santa Clara, CA / Livestream - 1 DayThursday
At this time, we are sold out. You can still participate by viewing a live stream of the Showcase.
You are cordially invited to attend Miller Center’s 2017 GSBI Accelerator Investor Showcase at Santa Clara University on August 17, 2017. This is an opportunity to take part in the journey of 16 social entrepreneurs who are tackling poverty across the globe.
Our social entrepreneurs are on a mission to provide those most in need with safe drinking water, improved livelihoods, access to education, agricultural support, and so much more.
The presenting for-profit and nonprofit organizations are participating in our 10-month accelerator program — working with assigned Silicon Valley executive mentors, and will showcase their plans to scale their solutions to impact even more lives across the globe.
Webinar | NEW Report: Central Bank & Development Finance Institution Approaches to Investing in Global Systems
This webinar reviews a new report eport analyzes how and why central banks (CBs) and development finance institutions (DFIs) incorporate environmental, societal, and financial systems-level thinking into their activities. The report identifies five “on ramp” activities that these financial institutions use to address systems-level risks and rewards, and its suggests parallels to how long-term investors attempt to manage systemic risks. “Central Bank and Development Finance Institution Approaches to Investing in Global Systems,” analyzes six central banks (including two U.S. Federal Reserve System regional banks), seven DFIs, and one microfinance bank, all of which are known to be incorporating environmental, societal, or financial systems-level considerations into their programs. The report, commissioned by the Investor Responsibility Research Center Institute (IRRCi) and authored by William Burckart, Steve Lydenberg and Jessica Ziegler with The Investment Integration Project (TIIP), suggests that investors could learn from how the CBs and DFIs approach systemic risk issues. Download the report here: https://irrcinstitute.org/research-center/
Join members of the Council on Smallholder Agricultural Finance (CSAF) for this year’s “State of the Sector” webinar, which will coincide with the publication of CSAF’s annual report.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 19, 2017 AT 10:00 – 11:00 AM EDT
Drawing upon data and insights from the portfolios of eleven CSAF members and affiliates, our discussion will focus on the evolving credit market for agricultural SMEs, including:
- Growth and risk trends from 2016
- Market outlook for 2017 and beyond
- What’s needed to grow the sector and expand impact
- Gaëlle Bonnieux, Head Agriculture Debt Financing, responsAbility Investments
- Hugo Couderé, Senior Adviser, Alterfin
- Brian Milder, Executive Vice President, Root Capital
Formally established in 2014, CSAF convenes the world’s leading agricultural lenders to exchange ideas, identify best practices, and develop industry standards. Its members are focused on creating a thriving, sustainable, and transparent financial market to serve the financing needs of agricultural SMEs in low- and middle-income countries.
In 2016, the eleven lenders that comprise CSAF issued loans totaling a combined $682 million to over 750 business across 65 countries. This financing helped to fuel an estimated $7.6 billion in combined annual revenue for these businesses, which connected 2.3 million smallholder farmers to local and international markets.
Work for or operate a nonprofit organization, innovation hub, accelerator, or incubator? Are you a community leader or economic development specialist? Do you want to learn about community investment funds and community capital raising? Join Cutting Edge Capital’s webinar on July 27th at 11 a.m. PT with Kim Arnone and Brian Beckon to learn in depth about community investment funds and how they can propel your mission and community vision. Click here to save your spot now!
Addressing solvable problems and converting them to shared-value opportunities remains at the center of our focus. This fall, PYXERA Global will host a virtual event series that continues the conversations from our April 2017 Global Engagement Forum: Live. During that collaborative event, we explored solutions to reduce post-harvest food loss; prevent, detect, and treat non-communicable diseases; and close the youth skills gap to increase employability.
What are some of the promising—or already impactful—approaches you’ve seen to these problems? Starting in September, we want to feature those in order to share insights, scale programs, and spur action. Let us know if you have a story or example to share—either through our virtual event series or on The Global Engagement Forum: Online by July 31, 2017.
Which types of causes are people donating more or less to, when are people more likely to give, what factors impact their giving and how are people donating? Most often, nonprofits that need this data the most face a critical information gap that prevents them from being better at doing good.
In an effort to help bridge this gap for nonprofit organizations, the Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth launched its first product offering, Donation Insights. This publically accessible report and open dataset are based on Mastercard’s anonymized and aggregated transaction data. It serves as an actionable donation strategy guide that details more than five years of total monthly donations broken into nine NTEE categories.
Join us to learn about U.S. individual charitable giving trends and how your organization can benefit from this offering. We will take you through a demonstration on how to compare the trends in your data to other nonprofits.
Access Donation Insights here.
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Join us as we discuss our new report in which 37 impact advisors and consultants from 12 countries, partnering with 38 of Toniic’s 100% Impact Network members, open the door to their impact practices to demystify, inspire and activate both investors and the financial services industry.
- What impact intermediary offerings exist and how is the sector changing?
- What are clients requesting from advisors and what financial returns are being achieved?
- What challenges do impact advisors encounter and what is being done to overcome them?
Released on June 20th, “T100: Insights from Impact Advisors and Consultants 2017” is the second report in the T100 Research Project (a longitudinal study of 100% impact investing portfolios of Toniic members). This report complements the initial findings of the “T100: Launch” report with the perspective of active impact advisors and consultants in the field, helping private and institutional investors moving to 100% impact in their portfolios.
During this webinar, the T100 Project team will lead a deep dive into the findings of the report and will be joined by impact advisors who will share their journeys and experiences. As one advisor summarized, “At the end of the day, it is all about moving past the noise in the system to get to the more important task of co-creating the long-term plan for our planet.”
We hope you will join us!
All the best,
The Toniic Team
Download the Report:
T100: Insights from Impact Advisors and Consultants 2017 is available at www.toniic.com/t100
About the T100 Project:
The T100 Project is a multi-year study of individual impact investors and organizations committed to aligning up to 100% of a portfolio with personal values. The Launch report includes more than 50 portfolios of select Toniic 100% Impact Network members representing $1.65 billion committed to impact investments, with $1.14 billion already deployed. It reveals that 100% values alignment with one’s capital is possible today. Investors have found investments they consider impactful across all asset classes. While certain impact themes are more readily expressed in certain asset classes, the available range of impact investments is much wider than previously understood. Furthermore, T100 underscores the important role impact investment advisors play in accelerating the transition into impact.
Learn more at www.toniic.com/t100