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Interviews With Thought Leaders
We are fortunate to have access to leaders at the forefront of the nonprofit and finance worlds, and have recorded some fascinating and educational conversations with them in a series of interviews. You can watch the clips below, which cover a wide range of topics from investing in farmers to the latest technological innovations in finance and lending.
Insurance and Risk Management
Marc Rand of Community Capital Advisors interviews Pamela Davis, Founder, President, and CEO of Nonprofits Insurance Alliance, which provides a stable source of liability and property insurance tailored to the specialized needs of the nonprofit sector, and also helps them develop and implement loss control and risk management programs. Marc and Pamela talk about the challenges nonprofits face when trying to get insured, current changes in the industry, and the increasing adaptability of nonprofits. Clink on the links below to watch each clip:
Lender Panel Discussion
Marc Rand convenes a lender panel discussion with Vivienne Hsu of LenDonate, Ted Levinson of Beneficial Returns, and David Lynn of Mission Driven Finance. Their dynamic discussion weaves through the tops of filling the many gaps in lending to help small social enterprises working towards solutions to poverty, the pros and cons of not having CDFI certification, the various forms of technical assistance, and how to engage the rapidly growing mass of Donor Advised Funds and use them for immediate philanthropic benefit.
Impact Investing with a Gender Lens
Marc Rand interviews Kaylene Alvarez, CEO of Athena Global Alliance, a woman-owned consulting firm applying private sector financing approaches to solve traditional development challenges. Marc and Kaylene discuss the disparities women face in finance, differences in impact investing in the U.S. versus other countries, recent trends in women-dominated industries, the role of impact investing for businesses led by women of color, and many other topics.
Ra’Shaud Haines, Community Investment Fund Manager of Foundation for Louisiana, discusses lending to entrepreneurs of color with Marc Rand. Their conversation starts off with how race and class have affected communities of color, especially entrepreneurs, and why it is so important to support people of color through traditional banking. Furthermore, they discuss what lenders should consider when lending to entrepreneurs, and give their thoughts on the lack of banks that are owned and operated by people of color.
The Importance of Lending to
People of Color
Community Foundation Impact Investing
Susan Farrar, Chief Operating and Financial Officer of Community Foundation of Santa Cruz County (CFSCC), discusses impact investing with Marc Rand. Their conversation covers her 20 year tenure at CFSCC, how the foundation got into impact investing over time, engaging stakeholders across board, donors, and executive staff leadership in the process. Today, the foundation currently manages $136 million portfolio through 625 funds, including $12.6 million in annual grantmaking - with the majority coming from donor advised funds.
Community Foundation Strategic
Marc Rand of Community Capital Advisors interviews Steve Alley, Managing Partner, and Tony Macklin, Senior Advisor, of Ekstrom Alley Clontz & Associates (EAC). EAC provides counsel to community foundations of all sizes so they can operate more efficiently, more effectively, and with a broader perspective. Steve, and Tony discuss the current direction of community foundation strategic planning and what changes they are seeing in today's philanthropy. Clink on the links below to watch each clip:
Fintech - How Technology is Changing the World of Finance
Marc Rand interviews Vivienne Hsu, Founder and CEO of LENDonate, a marketplace lending platform that connects investors and philanthropists with nonprofits. Marc and Vivienne discuss the technological innovations that have changed the world of finance. They also talk about nonprofit lending and lender profiles in impact investing. Clink on the links below to watch each clip:
Overview of CDFIs and How They Support Small Businesses
Sarah Bennett of Community Capital Advisors interviews Elizabeth Schott, CEO of Accessity (formerly Accion), a CDFI serving small businesses in Southern California. They explore topics such as what the small business community needs most during COVID, how CDFIs are stepping up to meet those needs, and how foundations can best partner with CDFIs like Accessity.
Investing in Farmers
Reggie Knox, Executive Director of California FarmLink, discusses investing in farmers with Marc Rand. They talk about how to support small farmers, different policies that affect them, and what resilience looks like in this community. They also discuss racism faced by farmers of color, and how to avoid these pitfalls.
People and Firms We Admire
In addition to the interviews above, here are some other people and firms doing vital work that that we admire.