Cross-Sector Collaboration to Drive Impact: Highlights from SOCAP19 On Money + Meaning

SOCAP December 17, 2019

A new episode of SOCAP’s podcast series, Money + Meaning is now available!

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Broken Silos, High Impact: Four Important Conversations From SOCAP19

“If there is one thing that I come away with after every SOCAP, it’s that the best ideas often come from where you’d least expect them and that we’ve barely scratched the surface of what’s possible when we break down silos and bring together valuable strangers.”
–Lindsay Smalling

Over 3000 people from over 70 countries gathered for conversations at the intersection of money and meaning during the flagship SOCAP Conference this past October. In this new episode of Money + Meaning, your host Lindsay Smalling will share a few standout conversations from sessions that were recorded live at SOCAP19.
The theme that ties each of this episode’s highlights together is that they all demonstrate the power of cross-sector collaboration. The featured clips highlight examples of ways that leaders from across the global marketplace have been working together in innovative ways to solve some of the greatest challenges of our time.
In this episode, you’ll hear excerpts from four SOCAP19 sessions:

Identifying Opportunities for Scale & Making it Happen

Neville Crawley of Kiva offers a concrete example of big, systems change level thinking and collaboration: Kiva Protocol, a collaborative project that has the potential to change millions of lives by establishing a national digital identification system that will help the underbanked in emerging markets gain access to credit.

Leveraging Public-Private Partnerships to Advance Social Entrepreneurship

Public sector players from the international development community have increasingly been reaching out to and working with the private sector. In this excerpt, David Bohigian from OPIC and Bonnie Glick from USAID offer examples of the impact these collaborative efforts have had.

150 Billion Untapped for Impact! (aka Donor Advised Funds)

Donor Advised Funds (DAFs) have been the subject of both hype and criticism. In this SOCAP19 session, philanthropist and impact investor Kat Taylor and Tim Freundlich, who runs a DAF platform with over $1B in assets, have an insightful and honest conversation about DAFs that acknowledges criticisms and opportunities for philanthropy and the need to elevate leadership on best practices.

Smart Investing, A Call for Diversity in Foundation Asset Management

The Kresge Foundation was the first independent or private foundation to sign ABFE’s diverse asset manager pledge. In doing so, Kresge made a commitment that 25% of its asset managers will be women or people of color by 2025. In this conversation, Susan Taylor Batton talks about why and how ABFE has been working to ensure diverse asset management in foundations and Kresge leader Rip Rapson offers insight into his organization’s reasons for signing on, including the evidence that diversified asset management brings higher returns.

More Money and Meaning Coming in 2020

This will be the last Money and Meaning episode of 2019. We wish you happy holidays! We’ll be back in early 2020 to bring you more stories of people and organizations that are collaborating across sectors and using the power of markets to solve global challenges at scale. Subscribe through your favorite podcasting platform to automatically download new episodes of Money + Meaning when they are released.

Featured Voices

Neville Crawley

Kiva

Helen Avery

Euromoney

Bonnie Glick

USAID

David Bohigian

OPIC

Tim Freundlich

ImpactAssets

Kat Taylor

Beneficial State Bank

Rip Rapson

Kresge Foundation

Susan Taylor Batten

ABFE

Lindsay Smalling

Host

About Money + Meaning

Money + Meaning is the official podcast of SOCAP. This series aims to expand the conversation around impact investing and strategies to finance and support social change while stimulating innovative and valuable new partnerships across sectors.

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