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How to Launch a Collaborative Fund

How to Launch a Collaborative Fund By Eric White, CAIA and Susan Hammel, CFA, Cogent Consulting Ever since we launched the Minnesota Impact Investing Initiative in March 2017 through the Minnesota Council on Foundations, impact investing practitioners from across the country have asked us how we created […]

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Why I Love Impact Hub

Getting Out of My Basement: Why I Love The New Impact Hub/FINNOVATION Lab At first, it was all about the coffee. Consulting entails many coffee meetings and the cost was adding up. Plus sometimes I couldn’t face another cuppa; I just wanted to connect with people, especially […]

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Working Moms: Can We Have It All?

Working moms: can we have it all? by Susan Hammel, Founder and President Cogent Consulting Now that my 2 babies are grown up, I can’t help but ponder the question we asked back in the 1990’s, can we balance family and career? Now that both kids are […]

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Good Intentions In Impact Investing Are Not Enough

Good Intentions In Impact Investing Are Not Enough I didn’t get into impact investing because of a life goal to become a banker, a dream to become a CFA, or a quest for new investment strategies. I fell into this business because I wanted to change the world. That […]

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Impact Investing Is Hot: Why Am I Worried?

Impact Investing Is Hot: Why Am I Worried? In this article for Minnesota Council on Foundation’s Giving Form I describe the challenges I see facing the field of impact investing. After decades crying in the wilderness, I should be happy now that investing for good has hit […]

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What’s Up With Women and Impact Investing?

What’s Up With Women and Impact Investing In this month’s blog post I reflect on the incredible women driving impact investing innovation. I was inspired; I was impressed; and I was informed by the High Water Women Foundation’s 5th annual Investing for Impact Symposium in New York City. […]

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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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