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Cogent Consulting provided our board with a comprehensive presentation on impact investing and facilitated an in-depth discussion with members and our investment advisor that resulted in a change in our investment policy.

- Anna Wasescha, President, West Central Initiative Foundation
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Private Foundation Client Story

In 2017 the Barra Foundation decided they could do more to embrace their mission. Together, we were able to find a different path forward. Learn how the Barra Foundation was able to embrace impact investing and implement a strategy that works for their team!

Community Foundation Client Story

Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation wanted to help stem steep job losses in St. Paul and knew that helping small businesses was the answer. But how can a foundation work with for-profit organizations? Together we found the answer!

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Cogent helped us to focus on the necessary and fundamental steps to be ‘investor ready’. With their help, we got buttoned up for high-stakes conversations and organized our ‘asks’. The feedback we get on our pitch and materials is absolutely a credit to Cogent's contributions.

- Kate Mortenson, Founder, and CEO, iPondr
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Social Entrepreneur Client Story

iPondr Global is launching a new digital media network to foster a more interconnected American society. In need of funds, iPondr wanted to expand its investor outreach strategy. Click below to learn how Cogent Consulting helped iPondr execute a strategic and targeted campaign to obtain the right kind of investors.

Building Minnesota’s Placed-Based
Impact Investing Ecosystem

Mission Investors Exchange is the leading impact investing network for foundations dedicated to deploying capital for social and environmental change. With over 200 members, they provide resources, inspiration, and connections to help their members increase the scale and impact of their impact investing practice. Their members recognize the power and impact in sharing knowledge, building networks, and investing together. Our Founder Susan Hammel led an impact investing collaborative specifically to benefit affordable housing and small businesses in our community.

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Susan and Eric understand the practical side of impact investing, the ground game that makes an investing program work for both the investor and the community.

- Rosalie Sheehy Cates, Senior Advisor, The Giving Practice/Philanthropy Northwest