Racial Equity & Impact Investing

On September 09, 2020

Seeing a lot for sale signs lately around your neighborhood?  But the prices are astronomical?  The more you look, the more you notice that your neighborhood...

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Impact Investing 101 for Social Entrepreneurs

On August 25, 2020

In light of everything that has been going on in our country lately, many Americans have started to look into social change and social impact. How...

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Impact Investing: A Necessary Response to COVID-19

On May 19, 2020

Invest in small businesses and nonprofits! Put all your money into finding a vaccine! Emergency responses are the only option now! Spend everything you have, now,...

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Home Matters

On April 10, 2020

Home Matters by Susan Hammel, CFA, Founder and CEO Cogent Consulting PBC We need to come together (from a distance) now more than ever as we...

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Opportunity Zones: A Boon For Investors or Real Opportunity For All?

On May 15, 2019

This article was originally published by Minnesota Council on Foundations in Giving Forum Magazine’s Spring 2019 Edition Written by Susan Hammel, CFA Call me Pollyanna but...

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What Susan is doing?

When COVID-19 and the ensuing economic disruption hit, I worried that impact investing would recede as investors sought comfort in old-style investing and social entrepreneurs kept their day jobs. Luckily, my worries were for naught: more investors are interested in doing good and doing well. More philanthropists are looking for innovative ways to address the multiple crises we face: health, economic, racial, civic, climate, and rural. Social entrepreneurs are launching and growing their ideas to address the world's problems. These leaders give me hope!