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Community foundations have been making local impact investments for decades, but a shared practice is just now emerging. Starting in fall 2020, LOCUS began convening community foundation local impact investors to network, share stories, and strengthen and improve local impact investing practices for the community foundation field.

Join the community foundation local impact investor conversation below by registering for upcoming sessions or checking out resources from past discussions.


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Registration: Defining Best Practice in Community Foundation Local Impact Investing

Community Foundation Local Impact Investors Session 4

10/21/2021 | 1:00PMET

By our best estimates, less than one in ten community foundations have taken steps to deploy investment dollars for community benefit. Community foundation practice is still developing. That said, some practitioners have been doing this work for years and have learned lessons that might inform our understanding of what constitutes best practice in the field. Their experience offers guideposts for incorporating equity, leveraging community leadership and grantmaking, forging relationships with ecosystem partners, engaging residents and donors in process, and institutionalizing practice in policy.

Join us via Zoom for a discussion with peers to share insights about nascent best practice in community foundation local impact investing. LOCUS will share a set of emerging themes from our work with community foundations followed by conversation and discussion with three community foundation colleagues with a significant track record of local impact investing: Mauri Ingram (Whatcom Community Foundation), Stuart Comstock-Gay (Delaware Community Foundation), and Kururama Masomere (Kalamazoo Community Foundation).

Community foundation staff interested in joining the conversation can register here.

Previous Conversation Learnings

Each Foundation Learning Circle covers practical topics in impact investing. Through peer-learning, the foundation participants discuss different approaches to programming and execution, using their cumulative experience to address challenges and overcome obstacles to making impact. These discussions yield valuable field-building insights for impact investing practitioners at any level.

In collaboration with Circle participants, we've published a freely available tool from each session distilling key findings. Click the links below to download.

For conversation participants and community foundations interested in getting involved, we've created a password protected library of slides, peer materials, and resources used during each session. Authorized users can access that library here or reach out to Travis Green for access information.