Episode 10 – The Next Generation of Impact Investors

The political climate has made diversifying capital sources a priority for many CDFIs.  At the same time, younger investors are increasingly focused on impact. How can your loan fund capitalize on that trend? In this episode, Johan Matthews discusses the insights he and his colleagues have gleaned from interviews with dozens of millenial investors as they work to craft an impact lending program that will attract the next generation of impact investors.

Today’s Guest:

Johan Matthews serves as Training & Technical Assistance Associate at the Community Loan Fund of the Capital Region. His work facilitates sustainable community development by providing learning opportunities and free one-on-one business advisory services to emerging entrepreneurs and innovative community leaders.  Johan is currently a 2019 Master’s candidate in the New School’s Strategic Design + Management Program. He has a BA from SUNY Buffalo and a Certificate in Graduate Studies from Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy, as well as Certifications in Leadership Development and Mediation.  Johan is a civic-minded capacity builder who is committed to creating social change at the intersection of equity and enterprise. He hopes to inspire social entrepreneurship and self-determination, particularly among emerging communities and underserved youth.

Resources Related to This Episode:

Community Loan Fund of the Capital Region: http://mycommunityloanfund.org/

Acronyms Used in This Episode:

  • CDFIs – Community Development Financial Institutions. Private institutions that focus their lending and investing activities on markets that are underserved by the traditional finance industry, including communities of color, economically disadvantaged communities, and others.
  • CRA – Community Reinvestment Act. This federal law requires banks and other depository financial institutions to meet the needs of all segments of their market, including low-income communities.  Banks can meet CRA obligations in part by lending to CDFIs, making CRA a major motivator for many institutional CDFI investors.

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