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Blog Archives: January 2017 — December 2017

• C2C Launches Cleantech Investing Primer

December 12, 2017
Mark Allegrini
The Cleantech investing space can be a daunting one.  From past poor performance, to the technical nature of the opportunities, it can be difficult for some asset owners to confidently engage around investing in the sector.  To help better inform the philanthropic and family office communities, The Climate Solutions Collaborative released Developing Your Cleantech 2.0 Investing Strategy: A Primer for Wealth Owners, Foundations, Endowment Managers and Family Offices a guide to new models and approaches for investing in the next wave of ...

• Confluence Scales Advisor Program to Accelerate Impact Investing

November 15, 2017
Hannah Erickson
This past July, Confluence Philanthropy launched a new membership model that will significantly expand our membership offering to investment managers, CDFI’s, and program related investing intermediaries. Our new Advisor Associate Program is the new entry point for professional money managers to join the Confluence community. A companion Advisor Affiliate membership level is an affordable way for non profit CDFI’s and individual consultants to bring their deep experience to our membership. This new program was inspired by the realization ...

• Innovations in Water Investing: The Midwest Water Summit

November 13, 2017
Brandy Davis
Water is in everything. Despite the importance of water in nearly every sector of our economy and its centrality to our most pressing environmental challenges, too few impact investors take on water challenges in their investment strategy. What are the hurdles to investing in water and how can investors make an impact on our greatest water problems? Gavins Point Dam, Missouri River On November 7-8, Confluence convened the Midwest Water Summit in Minneapolis, MN, bringing together the country's leading investors for an in-depth, ...

• Unlocking the Potential of Philanthropic and Family Office Capital for Investing in Climate Solutions

November 02, 2017
Philanthropic and family office investors are well positioned to play an important role in the transition to a clean economy, but to date, the pace of progress has not yet met the need.  With public funding for climate solutions in doubt, it is more important than ever to mobilize capital from this community in all of its forms, from grant dollars and PRIs, to market rate opportunities that are a fit for endowment capital. The Climate Solutions Collaborative (C2C), through our Re-Investment Institutes and other programming, works to make the ...

• Reflections on the Global Social Impact Investing Summit

July 25, 2017
Dana Lanza
  This month I was honored to serve as a delegate to the Global Social Impact Investing Steering Group’s (GSG) Impact Summit (Summit) in Chicago, joining over 550 financial institutions, philanthropies and intermediaries from 43 countries. The Summit was led by the US Impact Investing Alliance (Alliance), newly formed organization dedicated to building the impact investing ecosystem in the United States.  Confluence serves as an inaugural member of the Alliance’s Industry Advisory Council, composed of our peer networks and ...

• EVENT REPORT: Jonathan Pershing & John Goldstein Discuss Implications of the U.S. Withdrawal from UNFCCC

June 30, 2017
On June 30, 2017, Confluence Philanthropy held a webinar to discuss the Implications of the U.S. Withdrawal of Support from the UNFCCC. Co-sponsored by the Climate and Energy Funders Group and the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation’s Planet Pledge fund, the session featured a discussion between Jonathan Pershing, Program Director, Environment at the Hewlett Foundation and former U.S. lead negotiator in the UNFCCC and John Goldstein, Managing Director at Goldman Sachs Asset Management, and co-founder, Imprint Capital Advisors .Michael Northrop, ...

• C2C Announces $3b Commitment

June 02, 2017
For Immediate Release Friday, June 2, 2017 Oakland, California Philanthropies and Family Offices Commit $3b in Private Investment As Trump Withdraws Support for the UNFCC On Thursday, June 1 as President Trump was announcing his intention to withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate deal, a group of committed family offices and foundations representing over $1.3B in assets were meeting to talk about strategies for investing in climate solutions.  Organizations in the room and others across the globe are joining together ...

• Supporting Local Economies through Sustainable Food: A Bike Tour of New Orleans with Confluence

April 11, 2017
    Jeff Rosen is the Chief Financial Officer at Solidago Foundation, and a Board Member of Confluence Philanthropy.       Most of us, when asked to stop and think about it, are by now aware of the pervasiveness of metaphorical thinking. But in the normal rush of events, we often see straight through metaphors, unaware of how they refract perceptions. So it’s probably important to pause once a month or so to pierce the illusion that we see the world directly. It’s good to pause to appreciate how flexible and tenuous our grip on ...

• Sister Pat Daly Actively Invites Confluence Members to Join in Shareholder Advocacy On Climate Change

March 27, 2017
Tim Smith, Confluence Advisor Member and Director of ESG Shareowner Engagement at Walden Asset Management, reports back from Sister Pat Daly's keynote presentation at Confluence's 2017 Annual Practitioners Gathering. Tim is a member of the steering committee for Confluence's Active Owners Working Group, dedicated to helping funders and investors work together to promote governmental and corporate transparency & accountability, as well as fair & equitable representation in the political process.   Under the Confluence banner “Love & ...

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