Podcast: The Spectrum of Impact Investing Support

Over the years, Echoing Green has learned from Fellows, investors, and community members about the many approaches to supporting social entrepeneurs raising impacting investing capital. The new podcast from Fergal Byrne, Financing Social Entrepreneurs, features experts and leaders within the impact investing field. Read on for top takeaways from the podcast’s most recent epsiodes.

Episode 6
“I think part of the issue is that investors and funders come to the market with a mixed set of goals and incentives. Oftentimes, they themselves are not particularly clear on what they’re looking to achieve with a pool of capital.” – Greg Neichin, Ceniarth

Ceniarth directors Diane Isenberg and Greg Neichin are familiar with investors who want to “have it all.” On this episode, Diane and Greg provide advice on what social entrepreneurs should look out for when seeking financial support. They also discuss the various approaches Ceniarth uses to support and build ecosystems. 

Episode 7
“When effectively used, [PRIs] are an excellent tool to essentially fill this pioneer gap or address the risks that other capital sources find that they can’t really engage.” – Jim Sorenson, Sorenson Impact Foundation

Jim Sorenson supports social entrepreneurs through a number of foundations, including the Sorenson Impact Foundation, the James Lee Sorenson Family Foundation, and the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Foundation. Tune in to this episode to hear about the various types of funding his foundations offer, as well as how Jim is striving to bridge the “pioneer gap” that social ventures can face.

Episode 8
There’s no such thing as an entirely neutral approach to funding. The very act of funding is to make choices around what deserves your funds and what deserves your attention.” – Tom Dawkins, StartSomeGood

Tom Dawkins is founder of StartSomeGood, a crowdfunding platform that is designed specifically for the needs of social change ventures and projects. Hear Tom’s take on the benefits of using a crowdfunding platform, how he grew StartSomeGood to help 800 ventures raise money, and why StartSomeGood has the highest success rate in the industry.

Visit the Financing Social Entrepreneurs podcast page.

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