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Local Matters: Why Not Invest Where You Live?

Local Matters: Why Not Invest Where You Live? Philanthropy Northwest is developing a fund inspired by the Minnesota Impact Investing Initiative which Cogent facilitated for Minnesota Council on Foundations. Visit their website to read more about their process and ours. Philanthropy Northwest is exploring a bond fund […]

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“But For Us?” Is It Still a Useful Impact Investing Question

“But For Us?” Is It Still a Useful Impact Investing Question This month’s blog post which is takes a hard look at the “but for” test and its role in impact investing. When I worked for Prudential Financial Impact Investments, we could only invest in projects that met the “but […]

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How to Grow an Impact Investing Ecosystem

How to Grow an Impact Investing Ecosystem In February of 2016, in partnership with Impact Hub MSP and support from the Bush Foundation, Cogent Consulting began a year long project to grow the Minneapolis-St. Paul impact investing ecosystem. We are sharing our process here in hopes that […]

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Cogent Consulting in the Press

Cogent Consulting in the Press This week Cogent Consulting has been featured in several articles for the fixed income bond fund that Susan Hammel and Eric White created for Minnesota Council on Foundations. Check out these articles from Chief Investment Officer, Mission Investors Exchange, and Philanthropy News […]

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Top 5 Impacts of the Twin Cities Impact Investing Ecosystem Project

Top 5 Impacts of the Twin Cities Impact Investing Ecosystem Project   Thanks to support from the Bush Foundation, Cogent Consulting has spent the last year partnering with Impact Hub MSP to scale and mainstream the Twin Cities Impact Investing Ecosystem. During the course of the year, […]

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$20 Million Impact Investment for Affordable Housing and Small Business in MN

$20 Million Impact Investment for Affordable Housing and Small Business in MN I am thrilled to share this month’s blog post which is about a new impact investing fund that Cogent Consulting created for Minnesota Philanthropists. Minnesota is famous for its Midwestern modesty. Despite all efforts to stay under […]

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Emerging Impact Investing Strategies for Rural Communities

  Event Name: Emerging Impact Investing Strategies for Rural Communities Sponsor: Mission Investors Exchange Date: 2/9/17 Location: Webinar Cogent Attendee: Eric White   Key Takeaways Rural economic development lending and investment ecosystems are much less developed than their urban counterparts in California – this is likely true […]

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Invest In Your Street, Not Just Wall Street

Invest In Your Street, Not Just Wall Street This month’s blog post is about rethinking where we put our assets and the power of investing locally. Giving locally makes a lot of sense. We’re lucky in Minnesota to have one of the most generous communities in the country and […]

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Investing for Impact in a Post-Trump World

Investing for Impact in a Post-Trump World This month’s blog post addresses thinking about impact in a time of uncertainty. This month I was going to write about gender lens investing. I had a lot to share about all the research that shows that companies with 3 or […]

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Investment Bankers Gone Good: Making Money and Saving the World

Investment Bankers Gone Good: Making Money and Saving the World This month’s blog post as Minnesota Council on Foundation’s Executive in Residence is about my experience at the Gratitude Railroad. Imagine my surprise when a hedge fund manager invited me to a retreat of the “Gratitude Railroad” rather […]

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