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Racial Equity & Impact Investing

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 isn’t truly yours anymore.  It seems as if your neighborhood is being gentrified.  Gentrification is the process of renovating and improving […]

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Impact Investing 101 for Social Entrepreneurs

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 can they create social change in their communities? How can we be the change we want to see? How can my […]

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Impact Investing: A Necessary Response to COVID-19

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, on all of the above! The noise is deafening because there is no SINGLE  way of responding to COVID-19. Every investor […]

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Home Matters

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 battle COVID-19. More of us are spending a great deal of time at home these days with the Stay-At-Home and work […]

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

This article was originally published by Minnesota Council on Foundations in Giving Forum Magazine’s Spring 2019 Edition Opportunity Zones: A Boon For Investors or Real Opportunity For All? Written by Susan Hammel, CFA Call me Pollyanna but I believe there is still a real chance these new […]

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Making an Impact: Susan Hammel, Cogent Consulting

This interview was written by Nicole Melancon and originally appeared on the Impact Hub MSP’s Blog Making an Impact: Susan Hammel, Cogent Consulting Susan Hammel is the founder and president of Cogent Consulting, an independent, Minneapolis-based strategic, financial, and impact investing firm empowering purpose-driven organizations that drive […]

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Building a Place-Based Impact Investing Ecosystem in Minnesota

This article by Mission Investors Exchange originally appeared on the Mission Investors Exchange blog in May 2017 A Closer Look at the Minnesota Collaboration Mission Investors Exchange members recognize the power and impact in sharing knowledge, building networks and investing together. One excellent example is bearing fruit […]

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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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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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