New York: Money and Social Change


Wesleyan’s Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship (PCSE) and Wesleyan Alumni in Philanthropy and Public Service (WAPPS) present


Thursday, March 13, 2014
5:30-7:30 p.m.
Open Society Foundations, 224 West 57th Street 
(between Broadway and 7th Avenue)

Peter Buffett argued in the New York Times that charity is ineffective, and that “money should be spent trying out concepts that shatter current structures and systems that have turned much of the world into one vast market.” 

Do you agree? Is traditional philanthropy antiquated? Should grant-makers take risks on innovation or fund only proven models? Should investors seek entrepreneurs with social returns in addition to financial returns?  What are the trends for traditional investors in considering impact outcomes from companies?    

During this conversation, we’ll debate the merits of philanthropy, impact investing, and crowd-funding as engines of social change. 

A networking reception will immediately follow the one-hour program. Appetizers and drinks will be served. Space is limited, and tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis. There is a $10 fee to guarantee your seat. 

Hosted by: Open Society Foundations Campaign for Black Male Achievement and Wesleyan University’s Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship

Organized by the Patricelli Center Advisory Board: Phoebe Boyer ’89, Carl Byers '93, Sharon Belden Castonguay, Marcus Chung '98, Lara Galinsky ’96, Joyce Jacobsen, Ellen Jewett ’81 P'17, Bob Miller P’02 P’99, Kennedy Odede ’12, Robert Patricelli ’61 P'90 P'88, Muzzy Rosenblatt ’87, Ilene Rosenthal '74 P'17, Rob Rosenthal, and Sarah Williams ’88 


Sarah Abbott '10Sarah Abbott '10 is a National Organizer for Resource Generation. She has been involved with RG since 2009, when in her senior year at Wesleyan University she first attended the Making Money Make Change conference. She is a founding member of the Hummingbird Fund for Migrant and Border Justice, a cross-class giving project that supports grassroots immigrant justice organizing in Arizona. Sarah is passionate about developing the ability of young people with wealth to fully align their skills and resources with the social movements they believe in. As a donor, Sarah is committed to supporting grassroots organizing that builds power in communities most affected by injustice. 

Joy AndersonJoy Anderson ’89
is a prominent national leader at the intersection of business and social change. She advised the Lutheran Community Foundation in their $10 million allocation to social investment, founded Good Capital (with fellow alumnus Tim Freundlich ’90), and led the development of Rockefeller-funded Healthcare_Uncovered. Joy currently leads Criterion Institute, which she founded in 2002, and frequently speaks about the practices of shaping markets, including the role of the church in the economy, how legal structures shape the possibilities of enterprises, and gender lens in investing. Joy teaches “Money and Social Change: Innovative Paradigms and Strategies” at Wesleyan.
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Shawn DoveShawn Dove ’84
is the manager of the Campaign for Black Male Achievement at George Soros’ Open Society Foundations. CBMA funds projects that address the exclusion of large numbers of black men and boys from economic, social, educational, and political life in the United States. Shawn has more than two decades of leadership experience in youth development, education, and community building with the Beacon School movement, Harlem Children’s Zone, the National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts, and more. 
Photo Credit: Jeff Hutchens for the Open Society Foundations

Dave KaneDave Kane '93 is Vice President for Project Development of Village Power Finance, a social venture that helps communities "go solar." Dave brings a range of experience in the development of both energy and real estate assets to his role at Village Power. He led the development of several high-profile mixed-use real estate projects in New York City and San Francisco before transitioning to the development of commercial scale solar projects. Prior to joining Village Power, Dave led East Coast sales for HelioPower’s commercial solar division. Early in his career, he taught math and science around the world before founding a middle school.

Tim FreundlichTim Freundlich '90
 is President and Co-Founder of ImpactAssets; President and Co-Founder of Good Capital, ImpactHUB Bay Area and SOCAP; and Special Consultant to the Calvert Foundation. An innovator of financial instruments for impact investing, including the Giving Fund – a more than $120 million impact investment-based donor advised fund that has been spun out as ImpactAssets. He was instrumental in building the more than $200 million Calvert Community Investment Note sourced from 12,000 investors large and small (more than $750 million cumulatively invested into hundreds of nonprofits and for profits globally). Additionally, he co-founded and serves as President of Good Capital, which manages the Social Enterprise Expansion Fund LP and started two social enterprises, the SOCAP Conferences and the 4 ImpactHUB Bay Area co-working spaces, which is part of a global network of more than 45 Hubs across five continents.

Jason SegalJason Segal ’95 is a partner at Sustainable Development Capital, a specialist financial advisory and investment firm which works with financial institutions, developers, corporations and governments on large scale sustainable development projects. Prior to joining SDCL, Jason was a Managing Director at Citigroup, based in New York. In this role, he worked with a broad range of investors on financing, portfolio management, product strategy and business development. Previously, Jason managed the Portfolio and Electronic Trading businesses for Nikko Citigroup's Equities Division in Tokyo. Before joining Citigroup in 2004, he was a Vice President and Portfolio Manager for Goldman Sachs Asset Management in the firm’s Quantitative Equities team in New York. 
Image via Sustainable Development Capital

Andy WeissmanAndy Weissman ’88 is a partner at Union Square Ventures. Andy began his career in the Internet at AOL in the mid-90s, then managed a series of venture funds with Dawntreader Ventures. Prior to joining USV, in 2007 he co-founded betaworks, which both created and invested in social, real-time applications and services. Andy was born in New York City and has a BA from Wesleyan University and a JD from Georgetown.
Image via Union Square Ventures

Sarah WilliamsSarah Williams ’88
(Moderator) works with foundations, donors, social investors, and corporations to fund and invest strategically. She builds and manages grant portfolios in a range of areas including poverty alleviation, women’s rights, and criminal justice. Sarah is a co-founder of the Advective Fund, a fund that supports and invests in social entrepreneurs and ImpactAssets50, a guide to the most experienced impact investing fund managers in the US.  Her clients have included the Calvert Foundation, KPMG, Pfizer, the Brooklyn Community Foundation, family foundations, and individual donors and investors.  She is co-Chair of the Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship at Wesleyan.  

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