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OCTOBER NEWSLETTER
TAKE-AWAYS FROM SOCAP17 AND FALL RESOURCES


Dear Friends,

Since returning home from SOCAP earlier this month, I have been exhilarated by the great progress we’re all making in cementing the leadership role of foundations in the impact investing marketplace. Fall marked the start of a busy end-of-year for Mission Investors Exchange, as we continue our efforts to refine programs and take action on new strategic priorities in partnership with our members, the guiding force for our work. See below for a summary of recent and upcoming events:

 

MISSION INVESTORS EXCHANGE AT SOCAP


Mission Investors Exchange was honored to be one of five Guest Curators at SOCAP17, where we developed a series of sessions offering a window into the innovative and inspiring ways that philanthropy is putting more capital than ever to work for our communities. SOCAP17 had over 3,000 attendees, and our “Mission Possible” track shared our foundation members’ innovative and impactful investing strategies. It also highlighted how foundations are bringing their unique leadership voices to the impact investing dialogue—voices that are critical to the future success of the field.

Thank you to our members and their partners, who made this work real to SOCAP17 audiences, and to the generous support of members Lumina Foundation and RBC. For those who were not able to attend SOCAP17, we’ve distilled our top 4
take-aways:
  1. Foundations are dedicating more of their endowments directly to mission.
  2. Foundations are relentlessly championing impact.
  3. Foundations are often willing to take on greater risk, unlocking additional capital in the process.
  4. Foundations are investing in communities and helping to build broader place-based ecosystems.
Click here for the complete SOCAP blog and recorded talks

COMING SOON: NEW WEBSITE, MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL, AND MORE


Mission Investors Exchange has also been working behind the scenes to build our team and organizational capacity, so that we can significantly enhance our members’ experiences. We are gearing up for the release of our new website, our membership renewal campaign, and early registration for our 2018 National Conference in Chicago. The new website will include more impact investing resources and deeper opportunities to collaborate and connect with other members online. We are looking forward to your feedback and contributions to building a more robust website and network together in the coming months.

If you have any questions about the new website, 2018 membership renewal, or the National Conference, please reach out to me. Stay tuned for more soon. As always, thank you for your continued partnership!


Sincerely,

Matt Onek
CEO
Mission Investors Exchange
monek@missioninvestors.org
STAFF NEWS

Please join us in sending our thanks and best wishes to Shiho Fuyuki, who is leaving Mission Investors Exchange after eight years to begin her own venture. Shiho began her work with our predecessor organization, PRI Makers Network, and has been instrumental in the growth and success of Mission Investors Exchange over the years. We will greatly miss her, and we are glad to welcome her to the alumni family!
Also, please join us in welcoming two new members of our team. Anjali Deshmukh recently started as our Vice President, Knowledge and Communications. Previously, she was Director of Public Engagement and Communications for JUST Capital and Director of Knowledge and Communications at Nonprofit Finance Fund.
Monique Aiken, our new Vice President, Programs, will be joining us next month. As Director at Tideline since 2015, she focused on client and project management as well as business development. Previously, Monique was at the Clinton Foundation and Clinton Global Initiative, after beginning her career in the banking sector.

Click here to get to know our staff!
EVENTS
Upcoming Webinar
As part of a deep dive on the education sector, the GIIN, in coordination with Mission Investors Exchange, will host the webinar Investment Opportunities in the Education Sector on November 30, 11am - 12pm ET. Find out more information and register.
National Conference
Save the date for 
The Mission Investors Exchange 2018 National Conference in Chicago, May 14-16, 2018. Interested in sponsorship? Contact Maggie Cutts for more information.
NEWS AND RESOURCES
New Data from Council on Foundations 
Mission Investors Exchange partnered with the Council on Foundations to include a new "Director of Impact Investing" position in its 2017 Grantmakers Salary and Benefits Survey. Learn about foundation participants and how to access the findings.
Foundation Member Spotlight: NHCF At TEDxFargo
In July, the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation (NHCF)’s Kevin Peterson took the national stage at TEDxFargo 2017 to talk about impact investing. Kevin co-leads the design and implementation of NHCF's impact investing program.
McKnight Foundation Portfolio in Review
In 2014, McKnight committed to investing 10% of its $2 billion endowment in strategies that align with its mission. In this analysis three years later, McKnight discusses how one of those investments is now the best performing equity fund in their entire endowment. 
WELCOME NEW MEMBERS
Jacob and Hilda Blaustein Foundation (Baltimore, MD) promotes social justice and equality of opportunity through its five program areas: health and mental health, educational opportunity, Jewish life and Israel, and human rights. 

Elysian Advisors (New York, NY) helps companies, organizations, and funds build sustainable and impactful business models.

Jane Reisman PhD Consultancy (Seattle, WA) is a social impact advisor that bridges the world of evaluation and impact investing. 

Sustainable Grant Making Partners Fund (San Francisco, CA) provides grants for underprivileged children, the preservation of democratic principals, and select research projects.
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