Local Matters: Idaho "Philanthropy is... Entrepreneurial"

Wed, May 27, 2015,
8:30am to 3:00pm MDT
Boise, Idaho
Trailhead, 500 8th St., Boise, Idaho 83702

Local Matters: Idaho is an opportunity to explore how free-market, socially-motivated and philanthropic capital can be blended and matched to support communities addressing challenges with community development, education, local job creation and food systems.

What You Missed

Why Come to Local Matters: Idaho?

Innovation is big in Boise. The Treasure Valley has long been a center for technological innovation. Now, Idahoans are applying their entrepreneurial spirit to a new and larger set of community challenges.

This is an exciting time for this conversation. There are many initiatives happening in Idaho that reflect its enterprising spirit, including:

  • New Social Impact Bond and Benefit Corporation legislation
  • Launch of the Responsible Business Initiative at Boise State University
  • BSU Venture College’s new relationship with the Ketchum/Sun Valley area around entrepreneurship and economic development
  • The launch of Trailhead, a collaborate workspace for entrepreneurs, with support from the City of Boise
  • Work of the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Family Foundation and others to take more of an entrepreneurial approach to funding and investing
  • The selection of Boise as a Pay for Success (Social Impact Bonds) site by the Policy Innovation Lab/Social Innovation Fund of the Corporation for National and Community Service

Together, government, business, nonprofits, philanthropists and investors possess tremendous human and financial capital. We believe that when we align our resources and deploy them in a coordinated manner, tremendous change is possible. Join us to learn about how we can partner to build more resilient, equitable and inclusive communities.

Who You'll Meet

Check back often for updates!

What Can We Achieve by Embracing Both Mission and Financial Return?

  • Increased economic mobility and community assets
  • Strong and skilled local labor forces
  • More sustainable, higher value-added local food systems
  • Higher quality, more cost-effective education systems

We’ll Explore

  • How individuals and organizations can work together more effectively to achieve greater impact
  • Creative uses of capital involving multiple investors and funds
  • Place-based funding, Mission Investments, Program Related Investments (PRI)
  • Loans, deposits, equity and guarantees
  • Leveraging layered capital – a combination of grant and expansion debt financing


Our agenda is now complete — thanks to all of our speakers and presenters (and you!), it's going to be an existing and engaging conversation.


Who Should Attend?

Angel and impact investors • Foundations, family offices and donor-advised fund holders • Corporate contribution managers • Community development organizations • Financial institutions • Government agencies • Investment advisers • Social entrepreneurs

It's not only about Idaho. While Boise is an ideal setting for this conversation, innovation knows no bounds, and we enthusiastically invite participants from outside Idaho as well.

Thank You to Our Partners

J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Family Foundation, Foundant Technologies, Oliver Russell, Vyykn, City of Boise/Trailhead, Local Food Alliance, Sun Valley Institute for Resilience, Venture College at BSU, Donald and Marcia Liebich Fund, Idaho Nonprofit Center and Home Partnership Foundation.

Please contact Lyn Hunter, senior program manager, with any questions. 206.443.8461.

Local Matters: Idaho Sponsors

Oliver Russell | Vyykn | One Stone | City of Boise/Trailhead


Local Matters Series Sponsors