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Advancing Racial Equity with Anchor Institutions: The Role of the Black Church in Social Impact and Place-Based Investing

Reginald Blount May 28, 2021

Black churches represent the most important multi-generational asset in many Black communities. Historically, the Black church has not been exclusively a place for worship; it has and continues to be an anchor institution that provides refuge, shelter, healing and social services to many black and brown under-served and under resourced communities. When many other services have moved away, the Black Church has remained to do all it can to meet the needs and foster hope and resiliency. This panel will explore the untapped potential of collaborative partnerships between Black churches and place-based investing in making significant social impact in communities yearning to thrive again.



Meta Themes

  • Equity & Inclusion

  • Impact Investing

  • Stakeholder Economics & Leadership


Black Church, Faith-based communities. Place-based Investing, Anchor Institutions

Purpose and Desired Outcome

Raise awareness of untapped potential in developing collaborative partnerships with Black churches and other faith communities for those who desire to make a significant social impact in under-served and under-resourced communities.


  • Allocators (Family Offices, HNW Individuals, Foundations)

  • Government

  • Academia

  • Service Providers

  • Accelerators & Incubators


  • NameReginald Blount
  • TitleExecutive Director
  • OrganizationThe Oikos Institute for Social Impact
  • StatusConfirmed
  • NameSidney Williams
  • TitleCEO
  • OrganizationCrossing Capital Group
  • StatusConfirmed
  • NameDevin Murphy
  • TitlePartner
  • OrganizationThe Bridgespan Group
  • StatusInvited
  • NameJames Clark III
  • TitleManaging Director
  • OrganizationTrinity Church Wall Street
  • StatusInvited
  • NameMelanie Audette
  • TitleSenior Vice President
  • OrganizationMission Investors Exchange
  • StatusInvited
  • NameJim Shelton
  • TitleChief Investment and Impact Officer
  • OrganizationBlue Meridian Partners
  • StatusInvited
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