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Philanthropy Transforming Finance: Building an Impact Economy

Impact Entrepreneur Center is pleased to be partnering with Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors on a thought leadership summit to be hosted by IEC in the Berkshires. The meeting, Philanthropy Transforming Finance: Building an Impact Economy, is gathering several dozen leading figures from the philanthropy sector and impact economy systems thinkers for this two-day conference.

Due to limited space, this event is invitation-only.




Private foundations in the United States alone hold approximately $1 trillion in endowment assets and spend approximately 5 percent of that figure each year on their grant-making and other charitable distributions. Moreover, philanthropists are expanding their use of other funding vehicles – not least LLCs and donor advised funds – and leveraging a variety of instruments including program- and mission-related investments and innovative financing models - to invest in social enterprises and revenue-earning not-for-profits, in order to more effectively advance their charitable missions and better align the totality of their resources with those missions. This growing movement has different aspects and scales — from the place-based to the globally scalable.

But so far, the contributions this capital is making to anything more than incremental change is limited. Viewed and deployed using a wider, systemic perspective, with a more ambitious and courageous agenda, and with an emphasis on transformation, the sector’s resources can meaningfully contribute to building an impact economy. This would represent a proactive approach to solving social and environmental challenges, and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, by putting economies and finance in service of the well-being of people and the planet.


This two-day convening will bring together funders and leaders in systems thinking who have a commitment to working collaboratively and proactively to move the impact economy agenda forward. We will explore the landscape, problems, gaps, opportunities, resources, and action steps, aiming to define approaches and build momentum that can be maintained both as a group, and through our respective networks. 

Participating Organizations (Partial List)

Impact Entrepreneur Center - Organizer

Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors - Organizer

Ford Foundation

Ellen MacArthur Foundation

Rockefeller Foundation

Boston Impact Initiative


Cornerstone Capital


Neighborhood Economics

WEll - Wellbeing Economy Alliance

Center for Economic Democracy

Transform Finance

SDG Transformations Forum

Capital Institute

Solidago Foundation


Centered Wealth

ANDE (Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs)

The B Team

Partners for a New Economy

Confluence Philanthropy

Echoing Green

Cienega Capital

Global Hub for the Common Good

Schumacher Center for a New Economics

Impact Assets


Lab for Social Change


Luc Hoffman Institute

Edge Funders Alliance


Christopher Reynolds Foundation

United Nations Development Program (UNDP)

B Lab


Impact Finance Center

Sistema B