Impact Investing Education Series – Program Overview

The NW Social Venture Fund’s Impact Investing Education Series is designed for university students, investors / philanthropists, and general professionals to explore intellectual frameworks around social impact capital, and to receive hands-on training in critiquing & evaluating impact ventures.

Participants in the IIES program, gain:

  • Confidence and knowledge in the impact investing space
  • A personal assessment of one’s skills, interests, time, and resources and how to direct these toward impact
  • Connection to high quality peers and exposure to a variety of organizations (for-profit, nonprofit, and social venture) doing innovative things for social benefit
  • A firehose of peer learning, via video, discussion, reading, and actively engaging in tackling personal goals in Household Finance, Volunteerism, Education, Work/Life Balance, and Giving/Lending/Donating.
  • Increased personal skills in financial analytic skills (tracking impact and business metrics, evaluating an organization’s financial and mission capacity, assessing investment offers for stage/deal terms/fit)

Program Structure

• Six weekly learning sessions to review the fundamentals of finance + impact, including Philanthrocapitalism, the Business Model of Social VC, Intro to Angel Investing and Seed Capital, Impact Metrics, Analytic Review of Impact Organizations, and CEO/Investment Mentorship.

• Hands on learning opportunities:

  • Due diligence screening for NW SVFund, meeting with CEOs / Executive Directors to discuss business model, funding, financial structure, and capital raising activities.

  • Impact Milestones –  select & accomplish 6-12 key objectives for professional development in impact investing & philanthrocapitalism, across 6 areas.

• Recommended events, reading assignments, and field trips as available.

Six Weeks of Training / 3 Months of Hands on Learning

We request scheduling availability from the group members prior to confirming the finalized schedule, and plan to meet weekly during the 6-week training timeframe. Flexibility with scheduling is imperative: we will do our best to confirm meeting times convenient to the group but understand that each group member is juggling multiple commitments and travel. We ask that a minimum of 4 content sessions are attended.

Tuition Rates

$850 tuition for general impact professionals, investors & community members, and $650 for currently registered full-time students at partnering universities, who commit to a 3-month, 12 hour *volunteer assignment, from Portland State University, University of Washington, Pinchot Graduate Institute, University of Oregon, University of Portland and BYU-Idaho.

*Please contact to schedule a time to meet and confirm a volunteer assignment if this applies to you.

Next Steps

To sign up for the Impact Investing Education Series, please complete online registration and contact with any questions.

For those who are completing registration, the online payment link is below.

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