On February 27th and 28th, the Centers for Disease Control hosted their “Community Health Impact Investment Institute” here in Seattle. It was an honor for Seattle to be selected and an opportunity to highlight the region’s innovative work in targeting investments in businesses transforming health.
Community health enterprises were invited from across the country and were required to bring their funders and supporters to engage in the difficult conversation on how to move beyond grant funding to scale and ultimately be self-sustaining. Participants included The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, Mission Investors Exchange, and JP Morgan Chase. On the second day beginning enterprises including a mobile market program in California and a food hub in Wisconsin pitched their businesses and received feedback.
Slow Money NW’s own Tim Crosby moderated a panel on the current state of impact investing and there were frank discussions of opportunities and challenges in this sphere. It was an affirmation of work we do here at Slow Money while also highlighting there is more to be done in creating shared language and metrics around social and financial return.