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The Cornerstone Journal of Sustainable Finance & Banking (JSFB) is an on-line forum featuring voices from a range of disciplines bringing their unique perspectives on progress towards a regenerative and inclusive global economy. JSFB contributors include thought leaders from the capital markets, private sector, non-governmental organizations and academia, highlighting breakthroughs in science and technology, best practices in environmental stewardship, social progress and effective governance, and creative ideas for advancement of responsible long-term economic development.
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June 12, 2017

Colorado Impact Report: Blending Business & Philanthropy for Colorado’s Children

Since making one of the largest onshore oil discoveries in 1967, oil entrepreneur Sam Gary has been pioneering the idea that business and philanthropy can — and should — work together for those who need it most. Sam founded The Piton Foundation in 1976, yet he was equally committed to supporting the community through his… Read more »

June 12, 2017

Colorado Impact Report: Advancing Access to Opportunity in Metro Denver

As a community foundation, we listen regularly and deeply to the residents of our region, and base our goals and strategies on their input. Our core values of leadership, equity, inclusiveness, and accountability have guided our work for the past two decades. Our most recent comprehensive community listening process resulted in our current focus on… Read more »

June 12, 2017

Colorado Impact Report: SOIL–Slow Opportunities for Investing Locally

I often refer to slow money as “the CSA of investing.”  As with community supported agriculture, our efforts revolve around informal, direct relationships and shared risk.  Slow Money funding is flowing in a variety of ways in dozens of communities across the United States (and a few in Canada and France) — peer-to-peer lending, investment… Read more »

June 12, 2017

Colorado Impact Report: Impact Investing for Community Real Estate

Nonprofit real estate company Urban Land Conservancy (ULC) was established in 2003 with $10 million in cash and $7.5 million in real estate as an impact investment by the Gary Williams Energy Company (now Gary Community Investments, GCI).  With a long-standing commitment to Colorado’s underserved communities, GCI seeded ULC to “conserve” strategic urban properties for… Read more »

June 12, 2017

Colorado Impact Report: Supporting Communities with Patient and Flexible Capital

Zoma Capital was created in 2016 by Ben and Lucy Ana Walton to execute and manage the family’s investment activities. While we seek to generate best-in-class rates of financial return, we also strive to incorporate the family’s unyielding commitment to addressing some of society’s most pressing social and environmental challenges. Based in Denver, Zoma Capital… Read more »

June 12, 2017

Colorado Impact Report: Laying the Groundwork for a National Impact Investing Marketplace

Impact Finance Center (IFC), a nonprofit impact investing academic center founded in 2013 and based in Denver, believes that philanthropy is an investment and that every investment has an impact. IFC works with philanthropists and investors to understand those impacts on a broader scale and maximize the benefits of every deployment of capital. IFC uses… Read more »

June 12, 2017

Colorado Impact Report: Activating Investment through Donor-Advised Funds

Roughly $80 billion is currently held in donor-advised funds in the US.  We believe those funds should be aligned with the donor’s values and targeted impacts until they are ultimately given to their favorite charities.  Unlocking the donor-advised funds held by families in Colorado for impact investing will create a pool of capital that can… Read more »

June 12, 2017

Colorado Impact Report: Building a B Corp Ecosystem in Colorado

The B Corp community is currently made up of over 2,100 companies in 50 countries.  While each company is unique, they share one unifying goal: “Using Business as a Force for Good.”  In Colorado, the B Corp community has grown from around 30 in 2014 to close to 100 today.  Having such a strong concentration… Read more »

June 12, 2017

Colorado Impact Report: Boosting Entrepreneurship

For more than eight years, the Rocky Mountain MicroFinance Institute has filled a gap in services to low-income and disadvantaged entrepreneurs in Denver. Under-resourced individuals with an entrepreneurial spirit and a strong work ethic can build a business while creating jobs and prosperity for the community. RMMFI is the only Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) in… Read more »

June 12, 2017

Colorado Impact Report: “Pay for Success” — A Promising Path to Impact

In 2013, Social Impact Solutions (SIS) formed with a mission of building out Colorado’s emerging Pay-for-Success (PFS), also known as Social Impact Bonds, field. Leveraging the growing interest in impact investing, SIS began working with governmental entities, investors, foundations and social programs to take promising programs to scale with new social finance strategies.  In the… Read more »