Mission Investors Fill The Baltimore Marriot

ON June 28, 2016

Mission Investors Fill The Baltimore Marriot

Minnesota Council on Foundations

In my fourth blog post as Minnesota Council on Foundations’ Executive in Residence, I recount my experience at the Mission Investors Exchange in Baltimore.

From 10 people huddled in a conference room 20 years ago to over 500 attending May’s Mission Investors Exchange bi-annual conference, we sure have come a long way. Today’s “hybrid thinkers” see no problem aligning their beliefs with their investments. They view the old way of thinking as too binary, forcing a false choice between profits and purpose.

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