Invest in Impact: Join Mission Investors Exchange in 2017
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INVEST IN IMPACT: JOIN MISSION INVESTORS EXCHANGE IN 2017


This month’s newsletter is coming to you in the midst of our annual membership drive. Thank you to those who have already responded with your enthusiastic support of our efforts to increase the scale and impact of mission investing.

We are excited about the unique role that our members play in shaping the impact investing field. For those of you who have not yet responded, I hope you will consider joining Mission Investors Exchange as a member (foundations) or affiliate member (advisors, asset managers, consultants, intermediaries). This year our members will engage in more of the actionable and practitioner-focused programming and networking opportunities for which we are known. They will exchange best practices, partner on deals, and drive more of their capital 
to mission. All types of mission investors – from beginner to experienced foundations, from those making MRIs out of their endowments to those using more concessionary PRIs – benefit from our diverse initiatives.

Our slate for 2017 includes:

  • Mission Investing Institutes with enhanced curriculum for new and advanced practitioners
  • Executive Exchanges for trustees, CEOs, and other foundation leaders
  • Working groups for sharing and collaborating on the latest deal flow
  • A new members-only Community Portal with detailed member profiles
  • Cutting-edge research and thought leadership, including our 11-week Mission Possible series running in Stanford Social Innovation Review
  • An upgraded website with members-only content, including new and improved tools and resources
  • Just-in-time webinar series and communications
  • We are even making longer term plans for an impact investing innovation laboratory – but more on that later!

Our strategic planning process has set an ambitious near and long term agenda, and in 2017 we are building our internal capacity to support and catalyze your work. To help us engage our members in an even more dynamic network of learning and innovation, I am pleased to introduce Nhadine Leung as Managing Director. Nhadine joins us from the Girl Scouts of the USA, where she led the redesign of the national organization and the development of the network’s national strategy. You can read more about her background below.

As the leading network of foundations engaged in impact investing, Mission Investors Exchange is the place to begin, deepen, or further your mission investing work. Wherever you are in the impact investing landscape, I hope that you will join us.



Matt Onek
CEO, Mission Investors Exchange

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NEWS FROM MISSION INVESTORS EXCHANGE
We're pleased to welcome Nhadine Leung to our team! As Managing Director of Mission Investors Exchange, Nhadine works closely with the CEO and key stakeholders to increase the scale and effectiveness of impact investments through philanthropic leadership and innovation. Learn more about Nhadine here.
UPCOMING MIE EVENTS
Impact Investing Series
Tuesday, February 28, 2017
9 AM - 12 PM EST
Baltimore, MD
There's still time to register for this in-person program hosted by the Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers and Mission Investors Exchange. During this first installment of a five-part series, participants will learn about the spectrum of investing for mission that foundations across the country are using to build impact investing programs.
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Webinar
Thursday, April 6, 2017
11 AM - 12 PM PT
2 PM - 3 PM ET
This webinar is the third installment in our rural series. Join this lively conversation to hear how organizations identify investment opportunities, cultivate local resident leadership, leverage public and private sector investments, and utilize technology to achieve their goals of reinvigorating some of the nation’s most underserved communities. 
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Mission Café
Friday, March 10, 2017
11 AM - 11:40 AM PST
2 PM - 2:40 PM EST
This informal virtual gathering is offered exclusively for Mission Investors Exchange foundation members. With webcam-enabled and small group roundtable format, this event will not only introduce you to our staff and resources but also provide you the time to network with your peers who may be facing similar challenges and opportunities.
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Executive Exchange
Wednesday, April 12, 2017 (Reception)
Thursday, April 13, 2017 (Program)
Richmond, VA
Presented by Mission Investors Exchange in partnership with the Richmond Memorial Health Foundation, this full-day event will introduce CEOs, trustees, and senior level staff to the concepts of impact investing and the strength that the foundation community, governments, and local leaders have by working together.
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NEWS IN IMPACT INVESTING
In honor of its centennial, The Surdna Foundation pledged to allocate $100 million of its endowment to impact investing as a way to advance its social justice mission and grow the field. Coinciding with this announcement, the foundation published Mapping the Journey to Impact Investing to encourage others to embrace the practice and help build the field. 
Read More
Invest Northwest Ten Year Performance Review
This report presents results and key lessons from Invest Northwest. Over ten years ago, Northwest Area Foundation created this fund to provide private equity capital to companies in eight states of the American Northwest. The social objectives of Invest Northwest quickly attracted other investors, including the Annie E. Casey Foundation.
Read More
NEW MEMBERS
Based in New York City, Cornerstone Capital Group is a financial service firm that works with asset owners, corporations, and financial institutions. The group promotes new research in the field of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) analysis, and facilitates capital introductions for organizations around the world engaged in sustainable business practices.
Based in Boston with an office in Kenya, Schooner Africa Fund helps bring local communities into the marketplace via innovative investments and business-based partnerships within the agriculture sector.
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