Local Matters: Why Not Invest Where You Live?

ON October 5, 2017

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 that would give members an easy new way to make investments in the communities they care about. Modeled after a successful effort in Minnesota, we’re excited to explore this opportunity with our members. I’ll be hosting a lunch meeting during the annual conference where members can learn more and share ideas. In the meantime, here’s some background.

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