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 more women on the board or in management outperform those that don’t. I wanted to give a shout out to MCF member InFaith Community Foundation for their new gender lens portfolio and feature our made in Minnesota women led-angel investing group, the Sofia Fund. But that will have to wait until next month because I have to say something about the election that stunned us all.
The latest science says we are living through an “endemic” not a pandemic, anymore (take a listen to Science Friday’s 9/17 podcast). Rather than finding this news thoroughly depressing, I’m doing my best to embrace it. I’ve never thought there would be some kind of magic getting “back” to normal: only “Build Forward Better” as we said in our June, 2021 impact investing conference. So, let’s share what we’ve learned over the last 18 months. I’ve learned that people really do want to take action and explore new ways of addressing society’s ills such as climate change and racial injustice. What did you learn? I’d love to hear. Tweet me @susan_hammel or email or leave a comment below.