Total Impact Philadelphia 2019 Convenes 350+ Local & National Impact Stakeholders

The 2nd annual conference — hosted by ImpactPHL + Good Capital Project — covered themes from public equity ESG integration to racial equity to Opportunity Zone investments

May 28 · 8 min read
Total Impact Philadelphia 2019 // Photo credit: Chris Kendig


Total Impact Philadelphia 2019 convened 350+ thought leaders and practitioners from diverse sectors and geographies across the United States for a two-day exchange of connections, conversations, insights, and best practices at the forefront of a growing, global impact investing field.

Roy Swan of Ford Foundation and Fran Seegull of U.S. Impact Investing Alliance kick-off Total Impact Philadelphia 2019.

Addressing our 21st-century need for capitalism’s evolution

The context for an emerging, global impact investing field and the Total Impact Philadelphia 2019 conference is clear: 20th-century capitalism is failing our communities and planet. In the face of growing, urgent challenges — from vast wealth disparities to climate change, education to health — impact investing has evolved as a field within capitalism to divest from harmful investments and invest in positive solutions for our well-being in the 21st-century and beyond.

Highlighting impact investing’s opportunity and challenges

Field leaders, Roy Swan of the Ford Foundation and Fran Seegull of the U.S. Impact Investing Alliance, kicked off day one with a nod to impact investing’s opportunity but quickly tempered the conversation to focus on the field’s serious responsibilities and challenges for practitioners to overcome.

Conversations on sector best practices to place-based insights

Conversations continued throughout the two days on leading practices across the field — from getting serious about risk to intermediary initiatives that are advancing the field. In international public markets, impact investing is on the rise, achieving “materiality” as described by Bank of America’s Head of Sustainable Impact Investment Strategy, Jackie Vanderbrug, and affirmed by a panel of experts looking at “driving impact at scale through public equities” via strategies like ESG integration and shareholder engagement.

Moving forward to make change that sticks

As the impact investing field matures on a global scale, Philadelphia hopes to be a pioneering U.S. city that actively works to align our region’s capital to achieve the highest good for all of our communities and planet — here and beyond. There’s a lot of work ahead, but we’re hopeful. Now the question: What meaningful change — change that sticks — can we achieve together by Total Impact Philadelphia 2020?



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