Philanthropy Transforming Finance Summit Report


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Impact Entrepreneur and Rockefeller Philanthropy Release Report from recent international leadership summit

Impact Entrepreneur Center and Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors have produced a report on their recent international leadership summit, Philanthropy Transforming Finance: Building an Impact Economy. The summit drew four dozen individuals from three continents who are leaders across the themes of systems thinking, philanthropy, impact investing and "new economy" models.

Co-leads for the summit and report, Rockefeller's Heather Grady and Impact Entrepreneur's Laurie Lane-Zucker, framed the report in these terms:


Many organizations today are helping to solve seemingly intractable problems, and demonstrating the possibility of moving beyond incremental change to real transformation. But their success rests in their ability to shift the complex systems in which those problems exist—and that is influenced by many factors, not least how they are funded, the strength and efficacy of their networks, and whether collectively organizations are intervening in different ways that together add up to a meaningful transition to a new status quo. On the funding side, to date, the contributions that financial 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 philanthropy and impact investing sectors’ resources can do much more to build an impact economy.

In our days together, the summit participants explored the challenges facing us and developed plans for collaborative action to encourage and expand investment into our collective vision for the future. We mapped, analyzed and made progress on the path to creating an impact economy that delivers on critical agendas. This report details much of that work.

On February 7, 2019, Impact Entrepreneur and Rockefeller Philanthropy released a follow-up to the summit report, a Call to Action to philanthropic organizations. For more information and to download a copy of the Call to Action, click here.

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