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Corporate Engagement and CDFIs

Matt Stratford May 28, 2021

In the past year, corporations have become some of the biggest actors in the impact investing space. Institutions including Netflix, Google, and MasterCard have made large commitments and partnered with community development financial institutions to ensure that their capital creates a lasting positive impact in underserved communities across the country. 

The capital commitments and their choice of partners suggest corporations are trying to authentically address the inequities that were laid bare in 2020.  The practice of corporations partnering with community organizations to create impact is likely to grow in adoption. By sharing knowledge, the hope is these programs can become more impactful, easier to manage, and accessible to more corporate investors. 

The panel will feature speakers from three organizations that have partnered with a corporation in the past year. They include LISC, a fund manager, the Opportunity Finance Network, a national association of CDFIs, and CNote, an impact investing platform.

 We invite corporations, capital allocators, and community organizations to learn how these partnerships were created, lessons learned from challenges along the way, and best practices covering how corporations and community partners can align. Speakers will also cover what more we can expect from this trend in the future.



Meta Themes

  • Impact Investing


Corporations and Impact Investing

Purpose and Desired Outcome

Attendees will gain a comprehensive view from community experts and their corporate partners on how these partnerships materialized, what the best practices are for maintaining and creating impact from these relationships, and what trends we can expect in the future, and lessons learned along the way.


  • Allocators (Family Offices, HNW Individuals, Foundations)

  • Corporate & SME


  • Name George E. Ashton III
  • TitleManaging Director, Strategic Investments
  • OrganizationLISC
  • StatusConfirmed
  • NameAmir Kirkwood
  • TitleChief Lending and Investment Officer
  • OrganizationOpportunity Finance Network
  • StatusConfirmed
  • NameCatherine Berman
  • TitleCEO
  • OrganizationCNote
  • StatusConfirmed
  • NameDena Devaney
  • TitleVP of Financial Planning and Analysis
  • OrganizationMastercard
  • StatusInvited
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