Session 1:

Rural Impact Investing - Part 1: The Who, What, How and Why Foundations are Advancing Rural Justice with Impact Investing

Foundations are increasingly considering impact investing as a philanthropic strategy to complement their grantmaking and more fully align their philanthropic assets with their mission-based work. Indeed, supporting foundations to “liberate philanthropic assets” is at the core of NFG’s Theory of Change. Impact investing is a powerful tool to do so, and is a focus of praxis within the NFG and Aspen Institute Forum for Community Solutions foundation CEO cohort program, Philanthropy Forward.

Join us for Part 1 of this two-part series as we explore the who, what, how, and why of impact investing in Appalachia. Part 1 will offer an interactive learning experience about Invest Appalachia’s unique community-centered model and how and why foundations are partnering with IA to liberate their philanthropic assets to bring critical resources to this region.


  • Zoila Jennings (she/her), Lead Impact Investment Officer - Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
  • Stephanie Randolph (she/her), Deputy Director - Cassiopeia Foundation
  • Ebony Perkins (she/her), Director, Impact Investments & Community Initiatives - UnitedHealthcare Community & State


Event Details


Jun 6, 2023 - Jun 6, 2023

11:00 am - 12:00 pm PT