Impact Investing Network

Tuesday, April 6, 2021 9:00am - 10:00am CDT

Join your Impact Investing Network colleagues for a conversation on some of the latest trends and hot topics affecting your work. Through regular meetings and resources, this peer network covers the full range of mission investing conversation topics including below market to market rate investing.

During our peer network meetings in 2020, MCF focused on below-market-rate impact investing as a strategy to support communities in times of crisis. During our meeting in April 2021, we'll focus the conversation on market-rate impact investing. Market-rate investing complements below-market-rate investing and can be a valuable tool to promote sustainability of your strategies to address racial justice, climate change, economic inequities, affordable housing and community vitality. During our conversation, we’ll hear from philanthropic sector leaders who are experienced at thinking about market-rate impact investing. They will take time to address common questions and will touch on issues of responsible investing. ​As with all of our peer network meetings this will be an informal and interactive session so you can share your experiences as well. This critical conversation will be hosted by our co-chairs, Donna Dalton, Executive Director, Mortenson Family Foundation and Daniel Lemm, Chief Financial Officer, Blandin Foundation along with our guest speaker, Elizabeth E. McGeveran, Director of Investments, McKnight Foundation. Some of the questions we'll discuss include the following:

  • Can you achieve a market return and a positive social impact or is impact investing always below-market-rate?
  • What do we mean by "market rate of return"?
  • Are these types of investments treated differently than the rest of your portfolio? 

This is an MCF members-only briefing. Log-in details will be provided in your confirmation email. If you have questions about this meeting, please contact Paul Masiarchin,

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