Impact Investing for Healthy Communities: Fundamentals, Models, & Examples

Join Lisa Richter of Avivar Capital, Sandra Mikush, Deputy Director of the Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation, and colleagues from across central Appalachia to explore how you can maximize your investment potential through the use of Program-Related Investments (PRI).

 

 

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Just Transition Fund

In early 2015, a group of philanthropic foundations joined forces to create the Just Transition Fund to support coal-impacted communities working on transition issues. The Fund is a $450,000 fund created by national and regional foundations to rapidly award capacity building grants to help coalfield and coal plant-impacted communities better prepare for economic transition and compete for the Federal POWER Initiative grants.

The fund is a model for using public/private partnerships to advance economic transition in these coal-impacted communities. 

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Promising Sectors Video

Take a peek into some of the innovative efforts to advance the economic transition in East Tennessee and Southwest Virginia. Below is a video where we highlight some successful efforts in the local food, health, renewable energy and energy efficiency sectors. These examples punctuate the opportunities that unite the entire Central Appalachian region.

 

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Jane Higgins, Blue Grass Community Foundation

How did you get involved with the Appalachia Funders Network?

The Blue Grass Community Foundation has fund holders in 19 Eastern Kentucky counties and five Community Endowments with local advisory boards in Appalachia Kentucky.  It is through this work that we became involved in the Appalachia Funders Network. 

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Community Capacity

To view publications and resources related to building community capacity and community foundations, click below.

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