Community Foundations Tackling Impact Investing

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Through a variety of thoughtful and creative impact investing approaches, community foundations are leading real change in the communities they serve. Although this work is taking place nationally, the Midwest has taken a lead in helping others visualize the work. Join the Tri-State group and Mission Investors Exchange for a national webinar showcasing Michigan leaders sharing their dynamic stories. Learn what is working, why, and take away practical tools to start efforts in your community.


Melanie Audette, senior vice president, Mission Investors Exchange

As Senior Vice President of Mission Investors Exchange, Melanie Audette helps lead the premier national network of over 250 foundations that are, through impact investing, utilizing additional financial tools to fulfill their mission. Her role includes setting organizational strategy, creating institutional partnerships, and leading education in an increasingly expanding field. Mission Investors Exchange is an influential organization that works cross-sector to encourage collaboration and provides opportunities for peer-to-peer learning and expert delivered training.  Read More >>

Bonnie Gettys, president and CEO, Barry Community Foundation

Bonnie Gettys is the founding President of the Barry Community Foundation. The initial investment of $350,000 has grown nearly 75 times to over $25,000,000 under her leadership. Bonnie served as the first paid “staffer” for the BCF Youth Advisory Council, a component fund that was created through a challenge by the Kellogg Foundation and the Council of Michigan Foundations. Bonnie’s community leadership roles have included service through the Barry Community Resource Network, Hastings City Planning Commission, currently and Pennock Hospital Board member, Michigan Rural Council Vice President, Barry County Michigan State University Cooperative Extension Advisory Council and HomeTown Partnership Chair.

Neel Hajra, president & CEO, Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation

Neel is the President & CEO of the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation, where he has led numerous innovative community initiatives to benefit the residents of Washtenaw County, Michigan. Prior experience includes a CEO role at Nonprofit Enterprise at Work and a corporate attorney position at Ford Motor Company. For the past decade he has also taught a graduate course at the University of Michigan's Ford School of Public Policy. Neel has received the Aspen Institute Fellowship for Emerging Nonprofit Leaders and the American Express NGen Fellowship.

Jennifer Oertel, attorney & counselor, Jaffe Raitt Heuer & Weiss, PC

Jennifer Oertel, shareholder in the law firm of Jaffe Raitt Heuer & Weiss, PC in Southfield. She serves as co-chair of the Nonprofit Corporations Committee of the Business Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan and founding Vice Chair of the Detroit chapter of Social Enterprise Alliance. She represents entrepreneurs, family and corporate foundations, public charities, social enterprises and impact investing funds. She is one of the few attorneys in the country with such a depth of experience with, and knowledge about, both the philanthropic sector and corporate finance and governance.


CMF Members: $35
Nonmembers: $50

This webinar is hosted by the Council of Michigan Foundations and was originally published January 18, 2017.

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