The Social Enterprise Financing Spectrum:

Trends in Philanthropy and Impact Investing

Introductory Slides:

June 25th, 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
UNH Holloway Commons, Piscataqua Room
75 Main Street
Durham, New Hampshire

Leaders of mission-driven companies and nonprofits will gain insights on which capital sources are the best fit with their business model, current growth stage, and scale aspirations.  

Philanthropists, philanthropic organizations, and impact investors will learn about trends and developments in social enterprise financing, including creative ways that funders can match their donor or investment methods to their social and financial goals.  

8:45 AM - 9:00 AM - Arrival
9:00 AM - 9:15 AM - Introduction and Framing

9:15 AM - 10:45 AM - Philanthropy Models: Trends in Scale and Impact

This panel will look at evolving concepts and practices with respect to defining social impact, evaluating a venture's donor-worthiness, and supporting scale and systemic change.  From individuals and foundations, to social impact markets and web-based donor platforms, philanthropy is increasingly focused on an organization's ability to impact long-standing social challenges at broad scale.  Get a sneak peak of the Social Impact Exchange's Contribution Center, an online platform of high-impact, growth-ready nonprofits that will be integrated with the giving platforms of major financial institutions!

  • Blair Demers, President, Seacoast Women's Giving Circle
  • Katie Merrow, Vice President of Program, New Hampshire Charitable Foundation
  • Susan Musinsky, Director, Social Innovation Forum, Root Cause
  • Janice Schoos, Vice President of Strategic Engagement, Social Impact Exchange,
    Growth Philanthropy Network
  • Facilitator: Yusi Wang Turell, Executive Director, Center on Social Innovation and Finance at the Carsey Institute

10:45 AM - 11:00 AM - Break

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM - Investor Models: Funding for Market-Based Social Ventures

This panel will look at the wide range of different types of patient, socially inclined capital available at different points in the life cycle of a social venture, from pre-launch ventures to later-stage companies. The panel will explore the latest trends in mission-driven investing, as well as offer an insight into the investment process and how social entrepreneurs can best prepare their venture to be "investor-ready."

  • Michael Bartner, Vice President, Slow Money
  • Nat Henshaw, Managing Director, CEI Ventures
  • James Key-Wallace, Senior Investor, Vested for Growth, New Hampshire Community Loan Fund
  • Facilitator: Fiona Wilson, Assistant Professor of Strategy, Social Entrepreneurship, and Sustainability, Whittemore School of Business and Economics

12:30 PM - 1:00 PM - Informal Q&A and Networking

This program is part of the Master of Arts in Community Development Policy and Practice, a 14-month online/residential program that prepares individuals for advanced policy- and practice-oriented work in sustainable development. Graduate students in the courses "Social Enterprise" and "Current Issues in Microfinance and Microenterprise Development" also will be in attendance. 


The master's program is administered by the Carsey Institute at the University of New Hampshire. Be sure to click "Master's Program in Community Development Policy and Practice" from our list of newsletters to receive updates for current and potential students.

If you have questions, please contact Yusi Turell at


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