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Checks & Imbalances: Can Donors & Investors Save Democracy

Kristine Michie July 13, 2022

There was a time when the three branches of government plus a free press provided the check, balances, and protections that ensured America’s democratic experiment could withstand the test of time. But it feels faint right now. Indeed, with our institutions, people, and planet all under attack, no sector is unaffected – and no players can remain on the sidelines. Join Hispanics in Philanthropy for an unsparing look at the crises we’re facing (especially around civil society and climate) and how philanthropy and impact investing can lead the way to new solutions.


Fireside Chat (3 speakers maximum)

Meta Themes

  • Power and Capital

  • Accelerate Climate Action

  • Advance Democracy


#philanthropy #civilsociety

Purpose and Desired Outcome

While suddenly a conservative majority on the Supreme Court makes if feel like a half-dozen people (literally) can unravel the progress of decades and the hopes of millions, the intersection of power and money that lies at the heart of decisions about where to invest and donate capital can – and should – unlock a wave of change that can exist outside the crumbling ideal of genteel compromise. HIP’s recently launched Transforming Philanthropic Practice initiative is actively advising donors and investors on urgent and effective means to fight degradation of rights and prospects for Latinx communities. A fireside chat between three folks moving capital to accelerate change and decelerate the reversal of rights and hard-fought protections brings the conversation center stage, connecting money and power and making sure we're wielding both as urgently and effectively as possible.


  • Allocators (Family Offices, HNW Individuals, Foundations)

  • Accelerators & Incubators

  • Government

  • Intermediaries (Financial Advisers, Investment Bankers)

  • Asset Managers

  • Academia


  • NameKristine Michie
  • TitleManaging Partner
  • OrganizationImpactFull Inc.
  • StatusConfirmed
  • NameHilda Vega
  • TitleDirector of Philanthropic Practice
  • OrganizationHispanics in Philanthropy
  • StatusConfirmed
  • NameJoe Scantlebury
  • TitleCEO
  • OrganizationLiving Cities
  • StatusConfirmed
  • NamePaul Ryan
  • TitleDeputy Executive Director
  • OrganizationFunders’ Committee for Civic Participation & Funders’ Committee Action Fund
  • StatusConfirmed
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