Investing in Main Street Small Businesses and Nonprofits through CDFIs, Nonprofit Lenders, and more

Gathering #2, August 26, 2020

11:30 am - 2:00 pm (MT)


TO ATTEND: You must either be a) a CDFI or Nonprofit Lender or b) an accredited investor and fill out this survey


11:30 Welcoming remarks

  • Dr. Stephanie Gripne (Impact Finance Center)  
  • Betsy Markey (State of Colorado OEDIT) 

11:45 Investor Panel

  • Moderator: Chrystel Cornelius (Oweesta Corporation)
  • John Balbach (The MacArthur Foundation)
  • Jennifer Barksdale (Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation)
  • Sue Dorsey (Gates Family Foundation)

12:35 Social Venture Panel

  • Moderator: Tamara Chuang (Colorado Sun)
  • Cat Berman (CNote)
  • Ceyl Prinster (Colorado Enterprise Fund)
  • Alexandria Wise (Community Enterprise Development Services - CEDS)

1:25 Introduction of the CO Main Street Lender Investor Catalog of Quarterly Investment Opportunities and Social Venture Quick (2 min) Pitches

  • Oweesta
  • Colorado Lending Source
  • First Southwest Community Fund
  • DreamSpring


All Main Street Lenders in attendance that serve Colorado have the opportunity to put their products in the catalog. To be added to the catalog and considered for a quick pitch slot, please fill out this form.

About the Main Street Lender Investor Club:
IFC has identified, educated, and activated more than 80 new impact investors over the last several years through our various education offerings, CO Impact Days, Who's Who in Financial Innovation & Impact Investing, Fellowships, and more. Several of those activated have gone on to invest in Colorado CDFIs and Nonprofit Lenders. Multiple Colorado CDFIs and Nonprofit Lenders are formally or informally working with IFC to secure new investors. In response to a growing number of requests, IFC is piloting a Colorado Main Street Lender Investor Club with the primary goal of providing education and investment opportunities that activate more dollars to provide both investor and community value.

After the overwhelming response to our pilot Investor Club meeting on May 27, we decided to convene quarterly CDFI and Nonprofit Lender Investor Club meetings with the goal of growing the Club to 100 investors (e.g., individuals, private foundations, community foundations, endowments, family offices, corporations, banks, and life insurance companies) by 2022.

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Impact Finance Center is working to catalyze unprecedented investment into Main Street by creating the infrastructure for a National Impact Investing Marketplace.


Direct investing marketplaces like our Investor Clubs are a critical part of that infrastructure. Your support will help make it all possible!

Please note that IFC is not an investment advisor or broker - our investor clubs are for educational and networking purposes for investors to learn more about impact investing and what direct investing opportunities may be available in their areas of interest, identity, and place. IFC makes no investment recommendations or endorsements of investment opportunities or products. Consult your financial, legal, and/or tax professionals for how a particular investment may fit with your goals.