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Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Funding Ideas, Backing People

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Session Description

This panel explores funding strategies from multiple perspectives including innovation from within foundations, private sector investment for public good, non-profit venture investing and cutting-edge strategies for private placements in traditional not-for-profit organisations.

When | Where

10:00 - 12:00 Wednesday, March 28

Session leaders

  • J.B. Schramm Speaker
    Co-Chair, College Success Initiative, New Profit
    J.B. Schramm currently chairs the Learn to Earn initiative at New Profit, a venture philanthropy and social innovation organization that provides funding and strategic support to help the most promising social enterprises achieve scale. J.B. leads the organization’s ecosystem innovation work for college access, postsecondary education and career, helping colleagues in the field equip 10+M more Americans for career success by 2025. Forbes named J.B. to its 2012 Impact 30 list of top global social entrepreneurs for his work founding and leading College Summit, the organization President Obama saluted with a portion of his Nobel Peace Prize award in 2009. J.B. is the recipient of Honorary Doctorates of Public Service from Regis University and the Université Catholique de Louvain (Belgium), and is a fellow of the Aspen Institute, Skoll Foundation, Ashoka, and the Manhattan Institute. He has been interviewed by, and published in, numerous media outlets including The New York Times, the Washington Post, and People. J.B. is a graduate of the Denver Public Schools, Yale College, and Harvard Divinity School. He lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife and three children.
  • David Bornstein Speaker
    CEO, Solutions Journalism Network
    David Bornstein is a co-founder of the Solutions Journalism Network, which seeks to legitimize and spread the practice of solutions journalism: rigorous reporting that examines responses to social problems. He has been a newspaper and magazine reporter for 25 years and currently co-authors the “Fixes” column in The New York Times. His books include How to Change the World: Social Entrepreneurs and the Power of New Ideas, The Price of a Dream: The Story of the Grameen Bank, and Social Entrepreneurship: What Everyone Needs to Know. He lives in New York.
  • Edward Skloot Speaker
    President, Sundra Foundation
    Edward Skloot is Director of the Center for Strategic Philanthropy and Civil Society and Professor of the Practice at the Terry Sanford Institute of Public Policy, Duke University. In June 2007 he retired as President of the Surdna Foundation, a family foundation headquartered in New York City. Before coming to Surdna, Skloot was founder and President of New Ventures, a nonprofit consulting firm that assisted other NGOs in earning income as a complement to fundraising. Earlier, he served as a senior official in the governments of New York City and New York State and worked in the for-profit world as a management consultant. Currently, Skloot serves on the boards of Independent Sector, Venture Philanthropy Partners, TROSA, Citizens Schools and the National Council for Palliative Care. He is a member of the advisory boards of the Bridgespan Group and the Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society, Stanford University. The Surdna Foundation has published a compilation of Skloot’s recent speeches in the book Beyond the Money: Reflections on Philanthropy, the Nonprofit Sector, and Civic Life, 1999-2006. He was also the principal writer and editor of The Nonprofit Entrepreneur, published by the Foundation Center.
  • Ion Yadigaroglu Speaker
    Managing Partner, Capricorn Investment Group
    Dr. Ion Yadigaroglu is Partner and Managing Principal at Capricorn Investment Group. Ion oversees investment activities, with an emphasis on direct investments and proprietary strategies. Prior to Capricorn, Ion was a Director of Business Development (M&A) with Koch Industries, executing a range of acquisitions and investments. Prior to Koch, he was a founder and Chief Executive Officer at Bivio, a software business in Colorado, and an Analyst for Olsen & Associates, a foreign exchange trading house. Ion was a research fellow at Columbia University and holds a Masters in Physics from Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich in Switzerland and a Ph.D. in Astrophysics from Stanford University.
  • Founder and CEO, Acumen
    Acumen CEO and Founder, Jacqueline’s work began in 1986 when she quit her job on Wall Street to help open Rwanda’s first microfinance institution, Duterimbere—an experience that inspired her to write the bestseller, The Blue Sweater: Bridging the Gap between Rich and Poor, and create Acumen. Indeed, when she founded Acumen in 2001, few had heard of the words impact investing. Fifteen years later, under Jacqueline’s leadership, Acumen has invested $103 million to build more than 96 social enterprises in countries like Uganda, Kenya, Ghana, Pakistan, India, Colombia, the U.S. and others. These companies have created and supported 60,000 jobs, leveraged an additional $522 million, and brought basic services such as affordable education, health care, clean water, energy and sanitation to more than 200 million people. Fast Company named Acumen one of the world’s Top 10 Most Innovative Not-for-Profits in 2015. Prior to Acumen, Jacqueline founded and directed The Philanthropy Workshop and The Next Generation Leadership programs at the Rockefeller Foundation. Jacqueline serves on the Aspen Institute Board of Trustees and the board of She is a frequent speaker at forums including the Clinton Global Initiative, TED, and the Aspen Ideas Festival. Her best-selling memoir The Blue Sweater: Bridging the Gap Between Rich and Poor in an Interconnected World chronicles her quest to understand poverty and challenges readers to grant dignity to the poor and to rethink their engagement with the world. In June 2016, Jacqueline received the Forbes 400 Lifetime Achievement Award for Social Entrepreneurship. She holds an MBA from Stanford and a BA in Economics/International Relations from the University of Virginia.