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Investing in What Works: Dallas

April 21, 2014 · Dallas Fed

Hosted by the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, Citi, Social Impact Architects and Social Venture Partners Dallas.

With the U.S. poverty rate at its highest in 50 years, we must focus on effective and innovative ideas to build healthy, resilient and sustainable communities. The ground-breaking book Investing in What Works for America’s CommunitiesOff-site presents entrepreneurial approaches to community development and calls on leaders from the public, private and nonprofit sectors to build on what we know is working to move the needle on poverty.

The “Investing in What Works: Dallas” forum explored successful practices from the community development field. The event also examined the expanding subject of social impact investing, which leverages and creates capital, resources and opportunities for our communities.


11:00–11:30 a.m.


11:30 a.m.

Opening Remarks and Lunch

12:15–5:15 p.m.



Spotlight: People Transforming Communities. For Good.
What does it takes to build vibrant communities?
Angela Blanchard, Neighborhood Centers


Spotlight: Social Game ChangersPDF
A serial social entrepreneur shares the latest on social sector trends.
Suzanne Smith
, Social Impact Architects


What Works
Hear from the senior editors of Investing in What Works for America's Communities and a featured author from the Lone Star State.
Nancy O. Andrews, Low Income Investment Fund
Angela Blanchard, Neighborhood Centers
David Erickson,  Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco
Moderated by Brandee McHale, Citi Foundation


Spotlight: On the Road LendingPDF
A new solution helping people build economic independence.
Michelle Corson, Champion Impact Capital


Social Impact Investing
Get the latest on the growing field of social impact investing.
William Burckart, Impact Economy
Introduction by Frank Santoni, Social Venture Partners Dallas


Complete Capital 
Learn how financial, intellectual, human and social capital work together to impact our communities.
Victor Elmore,
Texas Mezzanine FundPDF
William Burckart
, Impact Economy
Ian Galloway, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco


Spotlight: Social Entrepreneurship and Collective ImpactPDF
Discover how innovation and entrepreneurship can pave the road to more resilient communities.
Suzi Sosa
, Verb


The Way Forward: 21st Century Community Development
Nancy O. Andrews, Low Income Investment Fund
David Erickson, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco
Suzi Sosa, Verb


Closing Remarks
Debbie Taylor, Citi North America Community Development
Alfreda Norman, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas

5:15–7 p.m.


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