This week’s episode is a conversation with impact investing pioneer Dave Kirkpatrick of SJF Ventures and Impact Capital Managers. Dave was at the forefront of the impact investing industry when he co-founded SJF Ventures back in 1999. Originally the Sustainable Jobs Fund, SJF has grown from a $17 million first fund to the recent $125 million close of fund four. In this conversation, host Alex Kravitz asks Dave about his longevity in the industry, how his investment philosophy has evolved over the lifecycle of his four funds, and how the industry has changed over his 20 years as an investor.
Diversifying Workforce Development and Hiring: LaborX and TechSF on SOCAP’s Money + Meaning Podcast Episode 2.8
Two-thirds of the workforce in the United States lacks a college degree. With many companies and job platforms screening candidates based on education, a significant number of smart, hard-working people are locked out of the job market. In this episode of Money + Meaning, Lindsay Smalling interviews Yscaira Jimenez and Orrian Willis of TechSF about the insights they can offer into this challenge and the details of their innovative partnership, as well as the impacts they are seeing the program create for workers, employers, and communities.
Democratizing Community Development: An Interview with The Boston Ujima Project on SOCAP’s Money + Meaning Podcast Episode 2.6
What happens when the people who live and work in a community are able to pool capital then collectively decide how to use those funds for the betterment of everyone in their community? The Boston Ujima Project is answering that question by blending grassroots organizing with finance to build an equitable, community-based local economy. In this episode, Lindsay Smalling sits down with Aaron Tanaka and Lucas Turner-Owens of The Boston Ujima Project about how their project evolved, how they are using the power of cross-sector collaboration to solve challenges and build wealth at the local level, and the impact they are seeing in the communities they serve.
Tens of millions of American lack access to healthy, affordable food, resulting in negative health outcomes and slowing economic development across the country. Despite their potential for creating tremendous social and economic impact, these “good food entrepreneurs” and their ventures often face significant barriers to success. In this episode, we take a close look at The Michigan Good Food Fund, a $30 million public-private partnership loan fund that offers patient capital and business support to businesses that increase access to affordable, healthy food in low-income and underserved communities in Michigan.
Unlikely Allies: Capital Impact Partners & Mission: Launch are working to address the link between mass incarceration and deep poverty by creating pathways to build financial health for returning citizens.