Our Mission

The mission of the Impact Capital Forum is to advance the microfinance, impact, and social enterprise sectors by providing a platform for innovation, collaboration, and thought leadership.

Founded in 2003, the organization previously was known as the Microfinance Club of NY.

The Board of Directors is proud to announce our organization's new name - the Impact Capital Forum. Founded as the Microfinance Club of New York in 2003, we have steadily expanded our programs to encompass the impact sector by addressing the use of financial capital, human capital, technology and natural resources to improve the world, through the lens of financial services. We invite you to participate in our programs and thought leadership initiatives in this new chapter for ICF.

Next Events

    • 22 Oct 2018
    • 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM (EDT)
    • Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, 51 W. 52nd St, 23rd Flr., New York

    Opportunity Zones have emerged as a transformative economic development tool, providing a new incentive to place much-needed capital into distressed communities. They also offer investors opportunities to defer and/or reduce their tax liabilities. With the designation of Opportunity Zones and Treasury’s anticipated clarifying Resolutions, industry leaders will advise how to effectively navigate Opportunity Zones and use this tax incentive to spur investment in low-income areas. 

    Join the discourse to hear what the experts in NYC are thinking on how to act upon the Opportunity Zone legislation. This conversation will be highly relevant to fund managers, individual investors, attorneys, private wealth advisors, impact investing professionals and real estate developers. It takes place on Monday, October 22, from 8:30-11:00am. Continental breakfast will be served.


    8:30-8:45: Breakfast & Networking

    8:45 - 9:00: Welcome Remarks

    9:00-11:00: Panel Discussions

    11:00-11:30: Networking and interaction with speakers

    Panel 1 - Legislative Updates from Tax and OZ Thought Leaders  (9-10am)

    • Quinn Moss - Partner, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, LLP (Moderator)
    • Richard Chirls - Partner, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, LLP
    • John Cochrane - Senior Associate, US Impact Investing Alliance, Ford Foundation
    • Lauren Lovelace, Principal, Ernst & Young LLP

    Panel 2 - Practical Implementation - How Investors and Fund Managers are Putting OZ Capital to Work (10-11 am)

    • Carolyn Allwin, Managing Director, Elysian Advisers (Moderator)
    • Eric Clement, Senior Vice President, Strategic Investments Group at NYC EDC
    • Julia Shin, Vice President & Managing Director, Impact Investing at Enterprise Community Partners
    • Sherry Wang, Managing Director, Goldman Sachs, Urban Investment Group
    • Evan Weiss, Director PEL Analytics


    Upon arriving at 51 W. 52nd St., please come up to Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe's offices on the 23rd floor. 

    • 29 Nov 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM (EST)
    • BNP Paribas Innovation Center, 787 7th Ave. 31st Floor, NYC
    Entrepreneurs and regulators must take significant strides to make renewable energy accessible for all Americans. This is not simply a matter of fairness and equity. Existing market practices and public policies in both renewable energy production and energy efficiency are failing to benefit low and moderate-income families, resulting in missed opportunities for economic growth. This event will discuss some of the potential opportunities to accelerate the development of community solar and residential for lower and moderate-income communities.  It will also explore investment opportunities and new financial structures being developed by public, private and philanthropic collaboration to support energy resiliency.


    6:00-6:15pm: Registration & Networking
    6:15-7:30pm: Presentation & Q&A (speakers to be announced shortly)
    7:30-8:00pm: Reception with panelists
    & attendees


    BNP Paribas' Innovation Center is located at 787 7th Ave., 31st Floor, in Manhattan. The BNPP front desk is between 6th and 7th Ave, on the south side on the building. The building can be accessed by walking to the middle of the block from 6th avenue or directly on 7th avenue. All attendees check in at the front desk, referencing the Impact Capital Forum registration list, before being directed to the 31st floor.

    Registration in advance is required.

    • 16 Jan 2019
    • 5:00 PM - 7:30 PM (EST)
    • Fordham University, Lowenstein Building, Lincoln Center Campus, 113 W. 60th St, New York

    The explosive growth of the Impact & ESG Investment field has created a deluge of information and terminology that is often difficult to decipher especially for investment relevance.  As a cross asset class phenomenon, investors have expressed a desire for consistency, comparability and an industry specific focus on financial materiality.  Please join us as private equity GPs and the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) discuss how to leverage industry standards and focus on financial materiality to inform GP due diligence, operational support of portfolio companies, reporting, and marketing to investors. 


    5:00-5:30 pm: Registration & Introductions
    5:30-6:30 pm: Speaker Discussions
    6:30-7:30 pm: Networking and complimentary hors d'oeuvres and cocktails


    • Jeff Cohen - Institutional Product Strategist, Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB)    

      In his role, Jeff educates and partners with companies, institutional investors, and asset owners facilitating dialogue on financially material industry specific ESG topics and metrics for implementation into business strategy and investment decision making.  Jeff has a background in ESG & Impact investing across asset classes and investment strategies. Prior to joining SASB, Jeff was Head of Business Development at Sonen Capital an ESG & Impact dedicated OCIO, where he worked with investors seeking to achieve impact across asset classes and various environmental and social themes. Prior to Sonen, Jeff was a Director of Investment Opportunities at Venovate, a Fin-tech platform connecting institutional investors with unique private placement investments, where he conducted due diligence on direct company investments across business stages. Jeff has spent his career working with sophisticated investors at organizations such as Deutchse Bank, Merrill Lynch, and Gerson Lerhman Group. He holds an MBA from Georgetown University and a BBA from the University of Michigan. Jeff is a CAIA charter holder, FSA Credential Holder, and in his free time loves to play golf and go hiking with his wife and dog

    • Vishal Shah - Partner, Hudson Sustainable Investments                

      Vishal is a leading expert in the field of sustainability with over 20 years of experience in the global technology and clean energy sectors. Prior to joining Hudson, Vishal was a Managing Director and Head of Global Clean tech and Sustainable Investing sector at Deutsche Bank. His coverage included large industrial, technology and resources companies as well as emerging companies in the power, transportation, agriculture and technology sectors. Prior to Deutsche, Vishal was the Head of Global Clean Research Energy Groups at both Barclays Capital, Lehman Brothers and also worked at Morgan Stanley. Before joining Wall Street, Vishal held several leadership positions at Applied Materials. Vishal has been a trusted advisor to several start-ups in the Cleantech sector and has significant experience in dealing with operational, financial and strategic issues of several small/mid-size companies.  Throughout his Wall Street career, Vishal has been actively involved in more than 30 IPOs including Solaredge, Terraform, Enphase, SunPower, JA Solar, Trina and Canadian Solar. 


    Fordham University, Lincoln Center Campus, Lowenstein Building, corner of W. 60th and 9th/Columbus

Recent Events

10 Oct 2018 Advancing Financial Inclusion using Big Data
26 Sep 2018 Impact Entrepreneurs in Emerging Markets - Breakfast for Angel Investors
06 Sep 2018 Social Entrepreneur Showcase: Success Story and Hors D'Oeuvres with P.S. Kitchen
28 Aug 2018 Summer Networking Event & new name launch for the Impact Capital Forum
18 Jul 2018 Demystifying Gender Lens Investing – how to integrate financial returns with social impact
14 May 2018 Sleeping Giant: The Untapped Resources of High Net Worth Donors of Color
18 Apr 2018 Spring Networking Event
09 Apr 2018 Education Finance: Creating Change through Impact Capital
25 Jan 2018 Mission-Related Investing: New Names, Same Mission. What to Expect Next.
30 Nov 2017 The Future of Financial Services for the Underbanked: Tradition, Innovation, Regulation
13 Nov 2017 Breaking down India's demonetization: One year in review
21 Sep 2017 Bringing the Efficient Frontier to Impact Investing
18 Sep 2017 Investing in Burkina Faso Roundtable
26 Jun 2017 Impact Investing in Emerging Markets Conference – Capital Allocation for Sustainable Development
12 Jun 2017 Technology’s Impact on Microfinance: How new technologies are democratizing access to capital and financial services
07 Jun 2017 Engaged Forum: Gender Equality and Women Empowerment in Mexico and the U.S.
23 May 2017 Legal Issues in Social Entrepreneurship and Impact Investing—in the US and Beyond
12 May 2017 Breakfast Forum: Microfinance and the Missing Middle: Moving Upstream to Finance Small and Growing Businesses
02 May 2017 MFCNY's Spring Networking Event

Programs Coming Soon

These will be posted, with details, in the Next Events section above as dates are announced.
Write info@impactcapitalforum.org if you'd like to participate in organizing an event theme.

 Oct-Dec '18
Strengthening Investment in East Africa: Technical assistance for building pipeline & post-investment support
  Financing for Global Solar Energy... Here Comes the Sun
  Ethical Fashion and Impact Capital - A Perfect Fit
 Jan-Mar '19
SDGs: How the UN's Sustainable Development Goals are driving Impact Capital

Applying Behavioral Economics to Financial Inclusion for Freedom of Choice

Leveraging Blockchain for International Payments and Identity/Asset Tracking
Gender Lens Investing II: Deeper Insights Leading to Action

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