Learning Exchange: More Than a Moment

We’re committed to movements, not moments.

In the last couple of years, we’ve seen various community development stakeholders reimagining their work in response to serious obstacles. Banks changed the way they lend money, philanthropies altered their grantmaking methodologies, and investors deployed more of their assets to combat threats to vibrant communities. Whether it’s addressing racial inequities, rescuing small businesses, or fighting climate change, industry leaders and their partners have been super-powered by mission.

But what happens when the sense of urgency wanes? When new headlines replace old ones and the never-ending battle for our attention makes it hard to remember why we reimagined in the first place? History shows us that we gravitate to the ‘before’ – back to our comfort zones. But it doesn’t have to be that way.

At VCC, we are committed to movements, not moments. We’re taking what we’ve learned since 2020 and forging ahead to find new ways to support communities in Virginia and beyond. During our new quarterly Learning Exchange series, More Than a Moment, VCC and our partners will discuss the need for sustaining and building on the fighting spirit we’ve all embraced in the pursuit of more equitable communities.

Our second event in this quarterly series is on June 22nd!

Join us for the second event in our quarterly Learning Exchange series: More Than a Moment on June 22nd from 1:00-2:30 PM EST. In the past few years, philanthropic institutions and other mission-driven investors have reimagined the ways they invest in and work with communities. These institutions are finding opportunities to partner with likeminded stakeholders to get hyper-focused on building the ecosystem and driving capital into places they care about. The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation in Kansas City, MO is one of those organizations. Join LOCUS Impact Investing and our guests as we discuss how the Kauffman Foundation is partnering with CDFIs and other banking institutions as they strive to extend credit and services to BIPOC entrepreneurs in targeted low-to-moderate income neighborhoods in Kansas City. We’ll use this case study to facilitate a more universal conversation about the evolving role of philanthropy in advancing a new, collaborative approach to impact investing that places equity at its center.

The event is free and will be hosted virtually. Don’t worry if you can’t make it – everyone who registers will be sent the recorded webinar the week after the event. Register now.

Our first event, A Collective Voice: The Community Development Finance Movement, took place on March 1, 2022. Watch it here.

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