Impact Investing has gained significant momentum in recent years and assets invested globally are more than $500 billion. What’s driving this growth? Why are entrepreneurs pursuing double bottom line business models? Why are investors interested in generating both financial and non-financial outcomes as part of their investments? And what does it mean for the Philadelphia region?
Philanthropy Network's SPARX Conference is the premier event for regional funders, nonprofits, social investors, and other civic leaders who are leading social change in Greater Philadelphia. Held each fall, the SPARX Conference provides an invaluable opportunity to connect, reflect, and learn alongside colleagues and partners, and be inspired to think broadly and boldly about our work and new ways we can act and invest in our region for greater equity and impact.
ADVANCE is the inaugural half-day conference — organized by Generocity and supported by Create X Change — dedicated to moving forward ideas, organizations and leaders that drive smarter impact. Professionals come to ADVANCE to make connections and leave with a clear call-to action on how to better serve the community. They’ll advance their careers, organizations and missions.
Discover trends from industry leaders as they examine how their business models increase value for employees, investors, and customers — regardless of company size. Learn how to integrate social impact goals into broader business strategies that maximize the bottom line.
In order for company cultures to experience real change and inclusion, C-suite leadership must be invested in the mission. Research suggests when the whole organization works together to create a healthy company culture, they see an increase morale, productivity, and retention. Join us for the kick-off of our D&I series, where we'll convene D&I and HR professionals to explore how to ideate seamless integrations of D&I and business strategies with C-Suite leadership that maximize the bottom line while also cultivating an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workplace.”
An emerging field of alternative and more inclusive investors has quietly begun to transform early-stage entrepreneurship. New financing models and funds have been developed, and a new crop of diverse fund leaders are emerging -- and yet the majority of entrepreneurs have little awareness of these new funding options. If you’re an entrepreneur interested in learning more about new more inclusive forms of capital and the investors leading these funds -- this event is for you.
You already go above and beyond to do the thankless work of making people and the planet equally as important as profit when it comes to your bottomline. Have you considered leveraging your social and environmental values for marketing ROI? Don’t be so humble… You’re changing the world, you deserve to brag! Join us on September 11th to learn thoughtful and creative ways in which other values-based businesses are attracting and retaining customers in spite of their altruistic tendencies.
Join us for our second annual end of summer social co-hosted by Social Venture Circle and ImpactPHL. This happy hour welcomes the impact community - impact investors, philanthropists, social entrepreneurs, conscious company managers, civic leaders, and innovators. If you’re working to create a better Philadelphia region and connect with others doing the same, please join us as we celebrate summer and build relationships.
The 2019 “Summer in the City” CSR Investing Summit is an all-day conference that presents a forum for engaging with thought leaders and discussing their points of view on how to define, manage, and measure responsible investing. The conference includes expert practitioners who are plan sponsors, endowments, consultants, academics, non-governmental organizations, the sell side, and media. Attire is informal and networking is encouraged.
Although there is more diversity at entry- and mid-level positions, representation declines as underrepresented populations (LGBTQ community, people with disabilities, racial and ethnic minorities, and women) face barriers when advancing to more senior positions within their organizations. Several factors contribute to this imbalance such as unconscious biases, exclusionary succession planning, and lack of support groups.
Join The GREEN Program at The City Social on the Pier, a FREE sustainable summer kick-off event for young professionals across the greater Philadelphia region. Kick off the summer with this fun event located right on Philadelphia's Cherry Street Pier - one of the city's newest and most iconic spaces that reimagines urban public space while fostering connection, community, and creativity on the central Delaware River waterfront.
The Runway Project aims to close this capital gap by providing early-stage funding options and holistic business support as a wealth-building strategy. In her Next City presentation on May 29 at 1 p.m. eastern time, Norwood will discuss the Runway Project and this strategy. The Runway Project has made 13 loans over the past year, and so far has a 100 percent repayment rate. Learn how to go beyond attracting diverse candidates — to retaining and developing them in your organization.
What does it take to measure and fund positive social change? Please join the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, Nonprofit Finance Fund, Philanthropy Network Greater Philadelphia, and Wharton Social Impact Initiative to discuss how service providers, funders, and government are working together to achieve lasting outcomes for their communities, as well as practical strategies for reorienting around outcomes in your work.
Please join Maker Meetup and our special sponsor, Royer Cooper Cohen Braunfeld, for an exciting event during Philly Tech Week to learn about the latest innovations and investments in food. Explore exciting developments such as plant-based and clean meat technologies that address compelling issues such as the environment, health and world hunger. This industry has attracted hundreds of millions of venture dollars while leading investors have called this a trillion-dollar business opportunity.
In its second year, Total Impact Philadelphia will convene investment advisors, and investors who want to gain actionable and executable information on impact investment across asset classes. In addition, in partnership with key Philadelphia stakeholders, we will highlight place-based opportunities and the impact success stories of the greater Philadelphia area.
The City of Philadelphia is currently at a crossroads. Gains in population growth, which can positively grow our tax base, are countered by a drop in median household income and a rise in deep poverty compared to peer cities. This poses the question: Is Philadelphia growing? It depends on who you ask — and on how you define growth. In order to effectively map out the future of Philadelphia, it is imperative to understand the significance of real estate development, business creation, and job growth.
Join us for a discussion on how businesses and individuals can leverage their business and investments to make a greater positive impact in the community. The event will include a brief panel discussion, light breakfast, and networking opportunities. You will have the chance to learn about two great organizations and meet other people who are interested in making an impact. To RSVP please complete the form below.
In honor of Women’s History Month, the Business Resource and Innovation Center is hosting an innovative and inclusive job seeker event in partnership with Strategy Arts and WOMEN’S WAY. “Breaking Barriers” turns the “Job Seeker” event upside down! Instead of employers exhibiting their organizations, this event will empower women to break down the business practices that are creating inequities for women job seekers and to speak about their strengths as potential employees.
The 2-Day Launch Camp provides entrepreneurs and individuals that are exploring starting a venture a safe space to explore and launch their idea. Throughout the program, you will have access to mentors, content experts, SEED SPOT's curriculum, and a network of supporters.
Best Practice Forums are a series of workshops from SBN that use member case studies to create meaningful opportunities to learn, connect, and build a better business. This panel discussion will discuss how local, independent businesses can finance values-based growth. The panel will be moderated by Heather Hanowitz of PIDC and will feature a mix of finance professionals and business-owners with lived experience in scaling up their business.
Join the WURD Family for our first ecoWURD event of the new year. On Saturday, March 2, 2019 we’re partnering with Green Philly to host a panel discussion and resource fair focused on “The Future of Work in Philly's Green Economy.” If you or someone you know is looking for new job opportunities in the new economy, you will want to come out. Hosted at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts located at 128 North Broad Street, the event will run from 11am to 1pm with doors opening at 10:30.
Join the Philadelphia Professional Net Impact Chapter at our Annual Members Meeting and Informational Session at SPIN Philadelphia! This Informational Session will give an overview of who Net Impact Philly is, and what we do. Additionally, the Annual Members Meeting brings together our Chapter's Board and members to review the previous year, discuss the upcoming year, and identify ways for our members to get more involved. Members can provide feedback on our programming and plans so that we can continue to add value to your membership and build on our successes.
The labor market is an ever-evolving landscape that can be difficult to navigate from one decade to the next or even year to year. Join The Chamber in their morning session that will include a keynote speech and panel discussing strategies to address hiring needs and barriers. The goal of the event is to teach local business leaders creative approaches to workforce development such as apprenticeships, industry partnerships, and worker training from leading industry experts.
The opioid crisis has left a path of destruction throughout the nation’s cities, and none more so than in Philadelphia. Join the The Chamber as they present a night of information and discussion about what business and community leaders are doing to face this growing problem head on. Local experts will be on hand to discuss concrete resources and solutions that are designed to have a deep and lasting impact.
The Greater Philadelphia Innovations Awards celebrates 10 years of showcases the area’s best and brightest ideas put in action. The theme of the 2019 awards, "Innovating Ideas, Revolutionizing Realities," recognizes organic leadership re-envisioning the challenges communities face and finding solutions by innovating ideas to reshape communities through innovated programs, policies, and disrupting the political landscape to revolutionize realities to bring us all forward to a more equitable and inclusive tomorrow -- today.
You have questions and Green Philly Blog’s “How Sustainability Works” seminar has answers! Register to attend the insightful event that will discuss how processes work and how to be more environmentally friendly in areas such as green energy, agriculture, brewing, and hemp fabric manufacture and use. Industry experts will be on hand to discuss and explain how they are tackling their unique green problems in their respective fields. If you are interested in becoming a learned conscientious consumer, then this event is for you!
The Philadelphia Citizen is bringing their well known series called “Things We Should Steal” from the written word to the physical this coming November. The penned series involves peeking in on ideas and innovations that are coming to fruition in other cities around the country, and how Philadelphia can and should “steal” those great ideas. The Citizen is excited to announce that this 1st annual day-long “ideas festival” will feature the nation's most innovative civic thinkers, gathered to inspire Philadelphia doers to re-imagine how we solve our city's biggest challenges.
Join the Chamber of Commerce of Greater Philadelphia as they toast to the city’s excellent mid- and small-size businesses. This year’s line-up of awards includes the ImpactPHL award, given to a local organization each year that embodies the mission and drive of our area’s many impactful institutions. This is the third year that ImpactPHL has partnered with The Chamber to highlight the year’s outstanding impact maker in the city. Past winners include Solar States LLC and Message Agency. This year’s ImpactPHL Award is proudly being bestowed upon Jumpstart Germantown.
The Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia is pleased to announce a new half-day conference it is hosting. The goal of the morning forum is to highlight the budding areas of current and potential growth in Philadelphia neighborhoods, and connect the business leaders in some of these market segements to community leaders. Economic growth and job creation should be benefits to neighborhoods as a whole, and The Chamber aims to get the right people in the room to learn and discuss how to make that a reality.
Investors’ Circle-Social Venture Network builds and serves communities of inspired and informed impact investors and business leaders to make social, economic, and environmental change. IC-SVN’s unique conference experience creates an environment where the real challenges, insights, and best practices of leading mission-driven businesses and engaging in impact investing can be discussed and put into action.
Join Sustainable Brands as they bring their world wide renowned event tour right to our back yard in Philadelphia. This exciting event entitled New Metrics boasts over 300 professionals that will gather for insights, inspiration, and collective conversation about how businesses can measure environmental & social impact in previously unexplored ways.
SOCAP is the world's leading conference on impact investing and social enterprise. Held in San Francisco, SOCAP18 will unite innovators in business, tech, the sharing economy, health, philanthropy, and more to advance environmental and social causes.
Calling all aspiring impact entrepreneurs! Seed Spot’s 2-Day Launch Camp in Philadelphia could be exactly what you are looking for to help get your idea off the ground. The 2-Day Launch Camp provides entrepreneurs and individuals that are exploring starting a venture a safe space to explore and launch their idea. Throughout the two day program and indefinitely thereafter, you will have access to mentors, content experts, Seed Spot's curriculum, and a network of supporters.
Where are there opportunities to improve economic mobility for low-income residents of the city or those living in low-income communities? How can business, finance, and the “impact economy” spur economic growth and also tackle the root problems of systemic inequality? What can we learn from allies working across sectors in sustainable housing, jobs, workforce development, and grassroots organizing to collectively build a more equal and prosperous society?