|Recently, the LOCUS Team attended MIE's 2018 National Conference, a meeting of leaders in the field of impact investing.|
1. Lead with impact. A common theme across many sessions was the need to lead with impact – to start by asking the question, “What difference are we trying to make?” Community foundations specifically have a role to play in defining that impact. As rooted philanthropic partners, they are in an ideal position to use the tools of community leadership and resident engagement to help identify the change that’s needed. And, they can ensure that any investment considerations include an equity lens so that the benefits of impact investing are broadly distributed. One presenter called community foundations the “conscience of impact investing."