From the Amazon Rainforest to Angola to the Democratic Republic of Congo, large swaths of South America and Central Africa are ablaze. Over the last few weeks, the Weather Source has recorded nearly 12,500 fires across these countries. Scientists estimate there have been 72,843 fires in the Amazon this year, the highest number in recorded history. The Amazon basin contains 10 percent of the world’s plant and animal life and supplies about 20 percent of the world’s oxygen. In other words, these fires are affecting every fifth breath we take. …

by Chisato Calvert, Director of Strategic Partnerships, Impact Experience and Jenna Nicholas, CEO, Impact Experience

2019 marks 400 years since the first African slaves were brought to Jamestown, Virginia — marking the creation of an industrial system fueled by the mass exploitation and oppression of Black lives. Four centuries later, the legacy of slavery continues to haunt our nation, and entrench our present-day systems of injustice. …

In the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, Congress established Opportunity Zones, a community investment tool to encourage long-term investments in low-income urban and rural communities nationwide. Opportunity Zone funds to provide a tax incentive for investors to re-invest their unrealized capital gains. Since its passage, investors and communities primed at the forefront of investment, have eagerly awaited clarity on the rules and regulations.

On April 17, the IRS released the second round of Opportunity Zone-related Proposed Regulations. The new set of guidelines gives local city officials guidance and developers and investors more clear direction to start investments in…

“All people have been created to carry forward an ever-advancing civilization”

Baha’i Proverb

The work of Impact Experience draws inspiration from the bayous of New Orleans and the boardrooms of socially responsible investment firms. Jenna Nicholas, the CEO and Daryn Dodson, a co-founder, met while consulting with Calvert Investments, a $13 billion mutual fund and pioneer of the Socially Responsible Investment field.

Jenna and Daryn often found that, despite investors’ intentions, they were often disconnected from the priorities of the communities in which they were seeking to invest in and, as a result, lacked an in-depth understanding of the issues…

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Building bridges between impact investors, foundations, entrepreneurs, artists & local leaders to co-create solutions with marginalized communities

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