Join IRSG and Invest Appalachia in a two-part webinar series as we explore innovative impact investing opportunities for philanthropy. Part 1 of the series (Tuesday, June 6th) will explore the who, what, how, and why of funders deepening their work around impact investing in rural communities to build community wealth and power. Part 2 (Thursday June 29th) will explore the community perspective of how impact investing is catalyzing rural Appalachian communities’ work related to climate justice, regenerative economies, creative placemaking, and amplifying Native and Black communities in Appalachia.
This series is hosted by Integrated Rural Strategies Group and Invest Appalachia, with additional co-sponsors and speakers to be announced!
Rural America is home to the highest rates of persistent poverty in the United States, coupled with a history of low philanthropic investment. Amongst rural regions, Appalachia, along with the Mississippi Delta and Native American/tribal lands, is one of the highest regions of intergenerational poverty.
Invest Appalachia, a new “blended capital” impact investment platform, aims to increase investment into Central Appalachian communities that have been historically impacted by the extraction of the region’s natural resources, underinvestment, and generational poverty. IA’s infrastructure connects community-aligned projects and businesses to creative, flexible capital to absorb risk and leverage additional investment into rural communities. IA seeks to circumvent investment and philanthropic practices that often associate rurality with risk, using trust-based philanthropy, creative financing tools, and a partnership-based investment approach to spark transformative change in rural communities.
Jun 29, 2023 - Jun 29, 2023
11:00 am - 12:00 pm PT