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GP Presents at SOCAP13 — Annual Conference that “Grows Social Good Economy” via Impact Investing & Social Enterprise
by Jason Henning, director of investor relations, Global Partnerships (GP)
UPDATE: Read our blog post on "3 Things Learned at SOCAP13" here.
As a fund development professional, my weeks are often filled with insular activities that lead to a rather intimate relationship with my keyboard and telephone. My day to day includes reviewing prospect lists, drafting investor reports, and setting up meetings with funders. Please don’t misunderstand me; these are all important aspects of my role at GP, but they often leave me wanting for face to face dialogue and discussion.
That’s why I look forward to real-world meetings and substantive impact investing events. Fortunately for those of us in this sector, the good folks at Social Capital Markets have been hosting the SOCAP conference series since 2008. SOCAP is a gathering of investors, foundations, institutions, and social entrepreneurs “dedicated to increasing the flow of capital toward social good.” Last year was my first time attending SOCAP, and I can honestly say that the quality of the conference content is equal to the ease with which you can make personal connections. Nearly 2,000 attendees are expected at this year’s event, dedicated to “Accelerating the Good Economy.” Among the attendees is my colleague, Lara Diaconu, vice president, Health Services Fund, who will participate on a panel on how different kinds of public and private sector investments can be used to create positive impact in global health.
The themes for next week’s conference include:
- Health: investing in health and well-being
- Oceans: investing in the link between people and planet
- Communities: place-based innovation and development
- Meaning: the connection between mission and me
- Investing: impact investing and philanthropy
From my experience it’s rare for a conference to provide both a platform for rich, meaningful dialogue on topical issues and the opportunity to engage with fellow attendees and practitioners. SOCAP gets this right.
I look forward to sharing anecdotes and insights from SOCAP13 real-time via the GP Twitter account (@GPSocialImpact). I’ll also provide a summary of the event after its conclusion, so please subscribe to our blog if you haven’t already—you won’t want to miss out.
You can attend SOCAP13 virtually by:
- Getting live tweets from SOCAP13 via our Twitter page @GPSocialImpact
- Following the conversation on Twitter with #SOCAP13