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Impact Entrepreneurs Conference

  • Race Brook Lodge 864 South Undermountain Road Sheffield, MA, 01257 United States (map)

If you are here, you have received a personal invitation to a two-day thought leadership summit, hosted by the Impact Entrepreneur Center and Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors. The event will take place from 10am on July 11, 2018 to 5pm on July 12, 2018 at Race Brook Lodge in Sheffield, Massachusetts. Participants are invited to arrive in the afternoon/evening of Tuesday July 10th. Dinner will be served.


Private foundations in the United States alone hold approximately $1 trillion in endowment assets and spend approximately 5 percent of that figure each year on their grant-making and other charitable distributions. Moreover, philanthropists are expanding their use of other funding vehicles – not least LLCs and donor advised funds – and leveraging a variety of instruments including program- and mission-related investments and innovative financing models - to invest in social enterprises and revenue-earning not-for-profits, in order to more effectively advance their charitable missions and better align the totality of their resources with those missions. This growing movement has different aspects and scales — from the place-based to the globally scalable.

But so far, the contributions this capital is making to anything more than incremental change is limited. Viewed and deployed using a wider, systemic perspective, with a more ambitious and courageous agenda, and with an emphasis on transformation, the sector’s resources can meaningfully contribute to building an impact economy. This would represent a proactive approach to solving social and environmental challenges, and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, by putting economies and finance in service of the well-being of people and the planet.

This two-day convening will bring together funders and leaders in systems thinking who have a commitment to working collaboratively and proactively to move the impact economy agenda forward. We will explore the landscape, problems, gaps, opportunities, resources, and action steps, aiming to define approaches and build momentum that can be maintained both as a group, and through our respective networks. Some preparation and pre-reading will be required to make the most of our time together.

Location of Event

The Berkshires has long been known for its extraordinary natural beauty, “farm-to-table” consciousness, creative culture and easy proximity to major urban centers of the northeastern U.S. We have chosen Race Brook Lodge in Sheffield, MA as the site for this program. Intentionally eschewing the tendency for impact-related conferences to gather in luxurious urban or academic settings in favor of one that is reflective of the Berkshires' rich historical and modern day culture, Race Brook Lodge is rustic and comfortable — an attractive yet humble venue that we feel will inspire minds and imaginations as we engage with each other on the program's leading questions. As this event takes place in the midst of festival season (Tanglewood Music, Jacob's Pillow Dance, Williamstown Theater, etc.) we urge all attendees to extend their stay to fully enjoy the many summer Berkshire pleasures!

We are excited to have your participation! If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact IEC's Laurie Lane-Zucker(by phone at 413-822-2483 or email atalchemist.impact@gmail.com) or RPA's Heather Grady at hgrady@rpa.org.

Participating Organizations

A partial list of organizations that will be participating in this program:

  • Impact Entrepreneur Center - Organizer
  • Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors - Organizer
  • Skoll Foundation
  • Ford Foundation
  • Boston Impact Initiative

Impact Entrepreneur Center for Social and Environmental Innovation

Organizer of Philanthropy Transforming Finance: Building an Impact Economy

The Impact Entrepreneur Center for Social and Environmental Innovation's mission is "to create and support a global movement of impact entrepreneurs who are building an 'impact economy' populated by triple bottom line businesses fueled by impact investments."

IEC is a regional & global epicenter for entrepreneurs, investors, scholars and students of social and environmental impact, as well as others passionate about creating, accelerating and scaling profitable enterprises that drive measurable, impactful change.

IEC is active in education, incubation and the overall building of the social impact space — partnering with thought-leading companies, organizations and institutions in an effort to transform the business landscape so that it is more responsive to the epochal social and environmental challenges facing humanity.

The Center's work is supported by the Impact Entrepreneur Network, the premier global network for systems-minded entrepreneurs, investors and scholars of social and environmental innovation (18,000 members), and Impact Entrepreneur, LLC, a consulting company that works with early and growth stage impact companies, impact investors and educational institutions.

More information including prices and tickets available here.