Family Foundation Webinar Series: Unpacking the Impact Investing Toolbox

Thursday, September 28, 2017 -
1:00pm to 2:30pm EDT
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This Webinar for Intermediate and Advanced Practitioners

There are numerous strategies for foundations looking to go deeper in their commitment to impact investing. In this webinar, Susan Hammel, Impact Investing Executive in Residence for the Minnesota Council on Foundations and Founder of Cogent Consulting, will discuss the many options, provide family foundation examples and highlight opportunities and challenges of each tool. She will also touch on the core questions board members need to be asking. This webinar is intended for small family foundations already familiar with impact investing who are looking for ways to expand the amount of their assets that are put towards social good. Tools covered will include: public investments, loan guarantees, collaborative funds, program-related investments, among others. Susan welcomes participants to bring their questions and examples for sharing.


Susan Hammel, CFA
Executive in Residence, Minnesota Council on Foundation and President, Cogent Consulting Inc. 

Long a leader in impactful philanthropy beginning with the Prudential Foundation, Susan is an experienced, results oriented executive serving as Executive in Residence with the Minnesota Council on Foundations.  Susan is the Founder of Cogent Consulting Inc., an independent, Minneapolis-based strategic, financial, and impact investing consultant serving nonprofit and for-profit purpose-driven organizations

which focus on making a tangible social impact. She has served as Executive Director of the Delta Dental of Minnesota Foundation and CFO for Ashoka: Innovators for the Public. She has advised a diverse group of foundations including the Opus Foundation, Blandin Foundation, Minnesota Philanthropy Partners, the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota, the Ford Foundation, and the Minneapolis Foundation.  

Using her Masters in Public Policy degree from Harvard and as a Chartered Financial Analyst, she combines financial expertise and a grounding in public policy with the big picture view of a philosophy major from Carleton College, where she graduated cum laude.


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  • IPA Members ($35 per webinar): To register yourself and/or a colleague at your organization, please log in and click the Register Now link above.

  • Members of POH, CMF, or MCF ($35 per webinar): Members of CMFPOH, and MCF are encouraged to register through their association’s website.

  • All Other Funders ($50 per webinar):  Those who do not already have an online account to IPA's website, may register through the Council of Michigan Foundation’s (CMF) website here. If you have not already set up an account with CMF, you may do so here prior to purchasing the webinars. 

If you have questions, please contact Sarah Geis at 317-630-5200 ext. 117 or email her at sgeis@inphilanthropy.org.


This program is part of our 2017 Midwest Family Foundation Webinar Series. Join colleagues from across the Midwest and beyond for four webinars designed for staff and/or trustees affiliated with non- or small-staffed family foundations eager to find new ways of thinking smarter and performing better when it comes to their grantmaking.

This series is hosted by the Minnesota Council on Foundations (MCF) in collaboration with Indiana Philanthropy Alliance (IPA) , Philanthropy Ohio (POH), and Council of Michigan Foundations (CMF).Together, these regional associations hope to harness and share the collective expertise of each state’s leading philanthropic organizations and trusted community partners.

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