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Episode 24: Interview with Jed Emerson

Jed Emerson has been an influential leader in changing the way capital is invested in order to drive social change, and coined the terms Blended Value and Total Portfolio...

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Episode 23: Interview with Dr. Charly Kleissner, co-founder KL Felicitas Foundation

Dr. Charly Kleissner is a pioneer in the field of impact investment. He believes that the deeper meaning of wealth is to make a positive contribution to humanity and...

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Episode 22: Interview with Garvin Jabusch, Chief Investment Officer of Green Alpha Advisors

Garvin is the Chief Investment Officer of Green Alpha Advisors, an asset management firm that aims to use science-driven, fundamentals-based research to invest in companies whose innovative products and...

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Episode 21: Interview with Tim Freundlich, President of ImpactAssets

Tim Freundlich is President of ImpactAssets, a boutique donor advised fund that specialises in socially responsible and impact investment options to mobilise human and financial capital towards a sustainable...

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Episode 20: Interview with Jason Scott, Encourage Capital

Jason Scott is a Co-Managing Partner and on the Board of Directors of Encourage Capital, an investment firm that seeks to change the way investment capital is used to...

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Episode 19 Interview with Rodney Schwartz, Founder of ClearlySo

Rodney is Founder of ClearlySo which works with high-impact businesses, charities and funds in the UK to raise capital, and introduces them to institutional and individual investors. ClearlySo is...

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Episode 18 : Interview with Ron Cordes, founder of the Cordes foundation

Ron Cordes is a veteran of more than 30 years in the investment industry – he co-founded and then sold AssetMark Investment Services. In 2006, together with his wife Marty,...

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Episode 17: Interview with Susie Lee, chief investment officer at San Francisco-based RSF Social Finance, an innovative lending, giving and investing organization

In this podcast, Susie discusses RSF’s core integrated capital approach for delivering impact and catalyzing change. She also contrasts RSF’s “patient capital” approach with the transactional nature of commercial financing, details the kinds of support th

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Episode 16: Interview with Echoing Green’s Min Pease: latest research on the key barriers entrepreneurs face in getting access to capital and the main types of support they require.

Min Pease leads the impact investing program at Echoing Green where she supports Echoing Green Fellows seeking or receiving impact investment. In large part, this involves getting social entrepreneurs...

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Episode 15: Interview with Dr Emmett Carson, founding CEO of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation,

Silicon Valley Community Foundation (SVCF) is the largest community foundation in the world, with more than $8 billion in assets under management.  The community  foundation serves the Silicon Valley...

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Episode 14: Interview with Debra Schwartz, Managing Director of Impact Investments at the MacArthur Foundation

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation is one of the largest private foundations in the United States. Based in Chicago, the Foundation makes grants and impact investments...

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Episode 13: Interview with Kevin Barenblat, founder of the Fast Forward accelerator

Kevin Barenblat is a highly experienced software entrepreneur with a passion for applying technology for good. He is a big believer that talented people can leverage technology to create...

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Episode 12 Interview with Clara Miller, President of the Heron Foundation: Going all in at the Heron Foundation

Clara Miller is President of the Heron Foundation, a US foundation that helps people and communities help themselves out of poverty. Heron began as a grant-maker 25 years ago.

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Episode 11:  Interview with Christine Looney and Graham MacMillan from the Ford Foundation 

The Ford Foundation has long been a pioneer when it comes to supporting social change via social sector innovations such as the Green Revolution, microfinance, public-private partnerships in cities,...

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Episode 10: Interview with Joel Solomon, Chairman of Renewal Funds, co-author of the Clean Money Revolution

Joel Solomon is a highly experience social investor who has invested in over 100 early-growth stage companies in North America. Joel was instrumental in the development the Endswell Foundation,...

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Episode 9: Christie George, director of New media ventures: funding new media & technologies supporting progressive change

Christie is director of New media ventures –the first seed fund and national network of angel investors supporting media and tech startups that disrupt politics and catalyze progressive change...

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Episode 8: Interview with Tom Dawkins, founder of the StartSomeGood platform| How crowdfunding enables social innovation

In recent years crowdfunding has become an increasingly popular way for entrepreneurs and others to raise money for businesses and projects that might otherwise not get funded. Tom Dawkins...

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Episode 7 Interview with Jim Sorenson: how Foundations can catalyse social entrepreneurship using PRIs

Jim Sorenson is a highly successful entrepreneur and business executive who has become a pioneer in the field of impact investing. Jim has built successful companies in sectors ranging...

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Episode 6 How Ceniarth supports social entrepreneurs.

Ceniarth is a family office and related private foundation that supports social entrepreneurs delivering market-based solutions that improve livelihoods in underserved communities.  Ceniarth primarily engages in developing economies in...

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Episode 5 Interview with Min Pease, leader of Echoing Green’s impact investing program

Building on the interview with Echoing Green President Cheryl Dorsey in episode 4 of Financing Social Entrepreneurs, this episode focuses on Echoing Green’s new impact investment programme. Min Pease...

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Episode 4 | Interview with Cheryl Dorsey, celebrating Echoing Green’s pioneering 30-year role supporting social entrepreneurs

Echoing Green is a leading global non-profit that provides seed funding and technical assistance to emerging social entrepreneurs with ideas for social change. The organisation is celebrating its 30...

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Episode 3 | How the Mulago Foundation supports social entrepreneurs: Interview with Kevin Starr, CEO of the Mulago Foundation

Kevin Starr has been supporting social entrepreneurs for as long as the term has existed. He built the current incarnation of Mulago Foundation, a private foundation that funds early-stage...

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Episode 2 | The changing face of impact investment: Interview with John Kohler, co-founder of Toniic, a global syndication network of impact investors, and Senior Director of Impact Capital at Santa Clara University’s Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship.

John is a highly experienced former business executive and venture capital investor now focussing on social innovation and impact investing. He is a co-founder of Toniic, a syndication network...

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Episode 1 | How Omidyar Network invests: Interview with Scott Wu, partner at Omidyar Network, leader of the firm’s investment, finance, and legal operations

Omidyar Network is a philanthropic investment firm that consists of a foundation and an impact investment firm. As such, the firm can provide whatever type of capital is necessary...

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