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Blog Archives: January 2016 — December 2016

• B The Change Podcast With Dana Lanza

December 22, 2016
Click here to listen to the recent podcast by B The Change Media featuring Dana Lanza, CEO of Confluence Philanthropy. Interviewed by Ryan Honeyman of LIFT Economy, Dana discusses the top challenges investors face in aligning their money with their values and the subjectivity of impact measurement, as well as foundations’ movement towards mission-related investing through place-based and divestment strategies. In keeping with the times, Dana also shares a post 2016 election vision is which private investors play influential roles in ...

• Investing in Equitable Communities: Affordable Housing in the Bay Area

October 13, 2016
On September 23, Confluence Philanthropy convened a breakfast discussion meeting at The California Endowment with 21 representatives from local foundations, financial institutions, and real estate development for a presentation and discussion about addressing gentrification in the Bay Area through innovative investment strategies. The conversation featured presentations from two unique practitioners, Jonathan Rose (philanthropist, real estate developer, and author - pictured at left) and Kyle Rawlins (Designing Justice + Designing Spaces, ...

• Investing in Water Resilience: Confluence Philanthropy, EGA, CGBD, and TFN organize first-ever Western Water Briefing

August 11, 2016
Many thanks to our sponsors for helping to make this event possible! Consultative Group on Biological Diversity | Encourage Capital | Environmental Grantmakers' Association | Funders' Network for Smart Growth and Livable Cities | Walton Family Foundation “We forget that the water cycle and the life cycle are one.” - Jacques Cousteau. Whether our world is prepared or not – climate change has come to remind us. Drought or flooding, rising sea levels or crumbling infrastructure, shifting migration patterns and socio-political unrest, the ...

• Confluence and Signatories Urge the SEC to Improve ESG Disclosure Standards

July 21, 2016
Until July 21, 2016, the SEC accepted public comments about Regulation SK, which articulates the reporting requirements for public companies’ filings with the SEC. If that sounds dry, that’s because it is! But this little-known regulation is actually critically important for impact investment. Of course, the information that a company discloses about itself is fundamental to investment decision-making. What is at stake in this debate is how much and what types of information companies must report, and many impact investors correctly saw this ...

• Confluence Philanthropy Attends the White House Rural Opportunity Investment Council

July 14, 2016
Confluence Philanthropy and several of our members participated in the Rural Opportunity Investment (ROI) Conference sponsored by Secretary Vilsack, Chair of the White House Rural Council on May 3, 2016 The purpose of the gathering was to encourage private sector investment in the areas of rural economic development and natural resource conservation. Confluence Philanthropy was pleased to be among the invited guests such as: the Department of the Treasury, Department of Agriculture, the Federal Reserve Bank, investment banks, and ...

• Investing in Local Economies with the Denver Foundation

July 07, 2016
Billions of people in the U.S. and around the world are living at or near poverty levels; economic development is a pressing issue for communities long left out of the social equation. With limited or no savings, getting injured or ill can mean the difference in being able to pay rent, purchase food, and/or secure safe child care and reliable transportation. Investors and philanthropists alike have new opportunities to put their investments to work in their local economies by supporting place-based social enterprises. Confluence ...

• Investing in Conservation/Confluence Philanthropy in Mexico

June 29, 2016
Dr. Jane Goodall, famed primatologist, conservationist, founder of the Jane Goodall Institute, and United Nations Messenger of Peace, Raul Pomares, Founder of Sonen Capital, and Bruce Kahn, Trustee at The Switzer Foundation and Board member of Confluence Philanthropy, and other thought leaders, gathered in Mexico City on April 27. At the invitation of Fondo Mexicano para la Conservacion de la Naturaleza, A.C., they introduced Mexico's banking and investment community to the compelling opportunities available to deploy investment capital, at ...

• Newest Release: "Finding Your Way to the Right Impact Investing Advisor"

June 23, 2016
Finding Your Way to the Right Impact Investing Advisor was crafted in collaboration among Confluence Members to aid peers along the journey to becoming a true practitioner in impact investing. It is designed as a resource to help asset owners better understand the array of advisors in impact, or mission-aligned, investing, and it includes: Profiles for some of the selected top impact investment advisory firms in the U.S. that offer guidance and investment options across all asset classes Direction about how to approach a potential ...

• Representing over $5.5B in assets under management, philanthropy calls for an Executive Order to lift the veil on ‘dark money’

May 05, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Dana Lanza, Chief Executive Officer May 5, 2016, New York – Philanthropic organizations representing over $5.5B in assets under management are taking a more direct approach to promoting transparency in corporate political spending. Twenty-five foundations and investment firms have signed a joint letter to President Obama calling for an executive order requiring full disclosure of political spending by business entities receiving federal government contracts. The number of anonymous dollars going to ...

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