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Kelly Ryan Blog: Local Investment Makes Sense

Fri. Mar 21, 2014

Here’s a thought-provoking read from Don Schaffer, president and CEO of RSF Social Finance. Don mentions Incourage in an important blog post that highlights the need for community foundations to pursue impact investment strategies. All community organizations have the opportunity to reinvent themselves, but there is a “big gap between the desire many have to pursue impact investing and the knowledge they need to actually do it.”

I couldn’t agree more. Impact investing demands a change in an organization’s culture and mindset — something we’re pursuing at Incourage — but it’s not without challenges.

Don suggests organizations create fertile ground for impact investing by reevaluating investment opportunities, restructuring the organization and by working with their boards to change internal culture.

Read Don Schaffer’s full blog post.

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    Established in rural Wisconsin in 1994 to serve the changing needs of the south Wood County area, Incourage has become a nationally-recognized leader in place-based philanthropy and community development. Guided by values of equity, opportunity, and shared stewardship, Incourage envisions a community that works well for all people. One physical manifestation of this vision is the redevelopment of the Tribune building, which demonstrates Incourage’s user-centered approach to growing a strong and inclusive local economy.