Equitable Benchmarking for Private Impact Investments

Ryan Glasgo May 14, 2021

Overview: While benchmarking can be a useful tool for impact investors, it often reinforces the existing financial system. As we seek to build towards an equitable society where everyone can thrive, it will be increasingly important to reevaluate benchmarks in community investing and determine equitable approaches to benchmarking impact investments that align towards shared outcomes for communities. Join us for an insightful discussion with investors and practitioners. 

Questions to Explore: 

  • What are current financial benchmarks in private impact investing allocations? What are the pros and cons of these benchmarks? 
  • How do benchmarks affect the speed and intentionality of capital deployment to communities that face discrimination? 
  • How can investment term standards best serve communities that require patient capital?
  • What are equitable approaches to benchmarking impact investments?



Meta Themes

  • Impact Investing

  • Equity & Inclusion


Purpose and Desired Outcome

Potential Takeaways: Ways to bridge across approaches and learnings across our collective work An understanding that community engagement takes time and resources (this is not always valued by investors) Ways to move forward together with approaches that center people that are impacted by capital An understanding of how ideas and returns expectations are valued in different capital allocation strategies (e.g. VC / private community investment) Ways to value social or environmental returns equal to (or above) financial returns


  • Allocators (Family Offices, HNW Individuals, Foundations)

  • Intermediaries (Financial Advisers, Investment Bankers)

  • Academia


  • NameSandhya Nakhasi
  • TitleCIO
  • OrganizationCommunity Credit Lab
  • StatusConfirmed
  • NameSydney Bolger
  • TitleAssociate, Catalytic Impact Investing
  • OrganizationTiedemann Advisors
  • StatusConfirmed
  • NameDion Cook
  • TitleCEO
  • OrganizationDenkyem Coop
  • StatusConfirmed
  • NameMike Davis
  • TitleManaging Director
  • OrganizationVilCap Investments
  • StatusConfirmed
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