For-profit social impact investment opportunities are on the rise. What do you think of this alternative vehicle for making a difference?
So here’s a recommendation for all you women out there who are busily donating more frequently than men to charitable causes: Consider investing in social-change undertakings that are run on a for-profit basis and give you a return on investment.
If you do, you will be joining a major money trend by some big investors to put “risk capital”–or money with no reliable outcome but plenty of upside–into endeavors that were once left up to the philanthropy or public sectors alone.”
A wonderful follow-up to our event with Professor Erika George:
“Boko Haram was behaving perfectly rationally — albeit barbarically — when it kidnapped some of the brightest, most ambitious girls in the region and announced plans to sell them as slaves. If you want to mire a nation in backwardness, manacle your daughters.
What saddens me is that we in the West aren’t acting as rationally. To fight militancy, we invest overwhelmingly in the military toolbox but not so much in the education toolbox that has a far better record at defeating militancy.”
The greatest threat to extremism isn’t an army. It’s girls reading books. Want to stick it to Boko Haram? Help educate a girl.
The National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) has released their 2014 report on the state of women-owned businesses and the outlook is bright.
“Nearly nine out of 10 women business owners (87 percent) are optimistic about their business’ economic outlook this year, a 12 percent increase over 2013…Women small business owners are not just more optimistic about their own businesses, they’re also more bullish about the prospects for female entrepreneurs who are just starting out.”
Read NAWBO’s full press release here.
Love Utah, Give Utah was a record-breaking success this year, clearing a million dollars from 10,000+ everyday philanthropists. We want to thank the Community Foundation of Utah for founding and hosting Utah’s annual day of giving and the many corporate sponsors who made it possible.
The Utah Women’s Giving Circle raised more than $3,500 during Love Utah, Give Utah, thanks in large part to a generous $1,000 challenge grant from our co-chair, Peggy Hunt. Thank you, Peggy!
We want to thank each donor who helped us reach our fundraising goal on March 20th:
- Trish Coughlin
- Fraser Nelson
- Ellie Garvin
- Lynn McCarron
- Helane Leta
- Amy Sorenson
- April Hollingsworth
- Kim Paulding
- Jennifer Parsons
- Alexandra Soran
- Jenifer Tomchak
- Kristen Carroll
- Monica Whalen
- Suzanne Larson
- Annabel Sheinberg
- Pat Bair
- Pamela Murray
- Emily Capito
The Salt Lake Tribune published a unique history piece by Eillen Hallet Stone highlighting the Utah women who were front and center in the battle for the equal right to vote.
Called the “Silent Sentinels for Liberty,” these women of protest included R.B. Quay and C.T. Robertson of Utah. They wore gold, white and purple tri-colored sashes and brandished oversized banners and placards that read, “Mr. President, How Long Must Women Wait for Liberty?”
In a 1917 Salt Lake Tribune article, Quay wrote, “Every woman [was] prepared to die for the cause, if necessary.”
The Utah Women & Leadership project took on the task of zooming in on women leaders in the Utah nonprofits following the 2013 report from the Center for American Progress, which ranked Utah dead last in terms of women being in positions of decision making and leadership. This is the second of four reports to be released in 2014, the first provided a view on women in politics in Utah and the two reports to come will take a closer look at the business and education environments.
The results? Approximately 57.8% of Utah’s nonprofits are headed by female executives, just slightly below national averages, marking the nonprofit sector as a bright spot for female leadership compared to other sectors in the state.
From Wesleyan University, join Joy Anderson, founder of Criterion Institute and Women Effect Investments, for a webinar on how to invest with a gender lens:
Women, Wealth & Impact: Investing with a Gender Lens
Wednesday, March 5th, 2014 – 1-2 pm ET
“Increasingly individuals, families and foundations are exploring how to use their consumer dollars, philanthropy and now their investment portfolios to address gender inequality.
Join us for a lively conversation and webinar that will outline several easy steps to shift your investments to support & empower women.”
On Valentine’s Day, the Community Foundation of Utah – the Utah Women’s Giving Circle’s homebase – held the first annual Social Investors Forum and invited six of the 150 applicants to pitch their innovative ideas for improving our community.
After the judges deliberated, $40,000 was split between the Green Urban Lunch Box to develop their fruit share program and the Salt Lake City Bicycle Collective to expand their Earn-a-Bike Program for local kids.