SPEAKER: INNOVATIONS 2016

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Innovations 2016, A GrantStation Forum on Philanthropy, will take place on June 13, 2016 and will explore bold approaches to grantmaking and other social investments, and dynamic ideas to transform your vision, accelerate your timeline and amplify your impact. The forum will present case studies of the new philanthropy and help clarify the language that surrounds it.

The daylong event combines thought-provoking conversations and 5-minute Ignite Talks with time for networking with colleagues. Learn from and collaborate with foundation, corporate and nonprofit visionaries to discuss the most transformative innovations shaping philanthropy. Join the conversation at this exciting one-day Forum in the heart of Greenwich Village.

Burckart's session will tackle impact investing, which is addresses society’s most challenging issues by using private capital to support social enterprises. Although still in its infancy, impact investing has garnered the attention of some of the biggest names in finance. The philanthropic sector, on the other hand, lags behind. According to a survey of 146 of the largest impact investors conducted by JP Morgan and the Global Impact Investing Network, foundations account only for about 9% of the $60 billion in impact investments made by these institutions.

Can impact investing make a significant difference in the work being done by global NGOs? Is it realistic to expect funders to put all of their assets to work toward social change? How do individual nonprofit organizations tap into these types of investments to help them grow their own financial resources? This session will explore the obstacles that keep funders from committing to this type of investment, as well as highlight successful models that have actually made significant social changes.