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Using Evaluation to Improve Social Impacts of Current and Future Impact Investments (Webinar)

This is the third in a three-part webinar series on Evaluation and Impact Investing, presented in partnership with the American Evaluation Association’s Social Impact Measurement working group, the Johnson Center for Philanthropy, the Council of Michigan Foundations, and the Mission Investors Exchange.


This final webinar in our three-part series highlights the ways in which evaluators can use their skills to help investors at the end of an investment, including how to recalibrate their investments and identifying the social impacts to be measured in future investments.

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation and its third-party evaluator, KKS Advisors, will discuss the recent evaluation of WKKF’s Mission Driven Investing (MDI) portfolio, how it is being used to both look back and to look forward, and the role of KKS Advisors in the evaluation. The Johnson Center’s Jason Franklin will address how individual and non-foundation institutional investors use and can better use evaluators in determining social impacts at the close of an investment.

Speakers:

  • Andrew Brower, W.K. Kellogg Foundation
  • Sophie Lawrence, KKS Advisors
  • Thomas Cobti, KKS Advisors
  • Jason Franklin, Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy

Cost: FREE



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Photo: Andrew BrowerAndrew Brower is the program related investments officer at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation responsible for developing and coordinating strategic investment activities that address systemic barriers that create vulnerable conditions for historically marginalized communities and children. His work includes implementing programmatic and investment activities to increase social change impact; ongoing analysis of solutions and trends; developing relationships within the field; fostering alliances with community, corporate and philanthropic partners; and supporting the overall direction and implementation of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s strategic framework. Prior to this role, Brower co-led the Grand Rapids place-based team, co-directing both strategy and investments. Brower also previously served as program lead for the New Options Project, an effort focused on prototype development toward market-based pathways to employment for disconnected young people ages 16 to 24.

Photo: Sophie LawrenceSophie Lawrence is a senior associate at KKS Advisors, working primarily to advise large organizations on how to rethink their approach towards impact valuation. She has a deep expertise in the B Corporation movement and in how companies, foundations and investors can create value and generate positive impacts from integrating sustainability into their core business strategy and decision-making. As part of this work, she is the strategic advisor to a leading US foundation where she has developed a series of impact assessment tools to measure the impact (beyond outputs) of their diverse portfolio of grantees.

Photo: Thomas Cobti

Thomas Cobti is a senior associate at KKS Advisors, working with investors on ESG integration and impact investing. At KKS, Thomas has been guiding investors in understanding the opportunities and risks that key sustainable development challenges present for their investment portfolios through rigorous quantitative analysis. He previously managed an ESG product development project for S&P Global to quantitatively measure and model financial materiality and assess the ESG performance of global companies. He has also worked with a variety of organizations to measure their impact using different quantitative techniques.

Photo: Jason Franklin, Ph.D.Jason Franklin, Ph.D., is the W.K. Kellogg Community Philanthropy Chair at the Johnson Center for Philanthropy. As holder of the nation’s first endowed chair focused on community philanthropy, he engages in research, teaching, service, and thought leadership to explore and advance the field, nationally and internationally. He is a leading voice in the field on issues of collective giving, social justice philanthropy, and broader trends in charity and social change and a regular commentator in the media on these topics in publications ranging from the New York Times, ABC News, and the Wall Street Journal to the Chronicle of Philanthropy, NonProfit Times, Alliance Magazine and more. Dr. Franklin is also a Visiting Fellow at Stanford University’s Center on Philanthropy & Civil Society and a strategic advisor to the Peterffy Foundation and several individual donors. He serves as board chair of the Proteus Fund, co-founder and co-chair of the Solidaire Donor Network, and on the boards of WiserGiving and the Michigan Alliance.


Questions about this event or about your registration? Please call Tara Baker at 616-331-7585 or email tara.baker@gvsu.edu.

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