Invest for Kansas – Impact Investing Workshop Series Announced

NetWork Kansas and several partners are bringing a three-part virtual workshop about impact investing to Kansas August 29, September 28, and November 9.

The workshop series covers the topic of place-based impact investing, with practical guidance and examples for the way that this kind of philanthropy can benefit Kansas. The content is geared toward foundations based in or serving Kansas.

More and more foundations are adopting place-based impact investing or investing to create community-aligned impact and financial return. Kansas community efforts in housing, food systems, health and childcare already benefit from place-based impact investing and could benefit so much more from the growth of the practice.

This virtual workshop series will provide a forum for Kansas-based and Kansas-serving foundations to learn about, discuss and explore next steps in place-based impact investing through peer stories and expert resources. Staff, board and committee members from public and private foundations are welcome to participate in one or multiple sessions.

Workshop Sessions:

  • Session 1: Community Leadership and Economic Development Philanthropy
    August 29, 11AM-1PM CT
    This session will use stories from the field to illustrate community leadership as a guiding framework for philanthropy and then connect the community leadership movement to community economic development efforts.
  • Session 2: The Kansas Community Impact Investing Ecosystem
    September 28, 11AM-1PM CT
    This session will provide practical tips and examples of philanthropy and ecosystem partners working together to advance collective community vision and impact.
  • Session 3: Kansas Impact Investing and Philanthropic Culture
    November 9, 11AM-1PM CT
    Becoming an effective local impact investor is not just about policies and tools, it’s about changing the culture at the foundation. We’ll provide practical ways that foundations are driving the culture change required to effectively embed and institutionalize this work across the organization.

This workshop series is being provided through partnership between NetWork Kansas, the Kansas Health Foundation, the Kansas Association of Community Foundations, and LOCUS Impact Investing.

Register to participate here.

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