Finance Friday: Is Social Impact Investing for Your Organization? A Vermont Update

Join Common Good Vermont’s Finance Friday webcast on Friday February 16th at Noon.

Impact Investing is alive and well in Vermont. As a strategy to realize both positive social and financial returns, impact investing is gaining traction as an effective way to advance the work traditionally taken up by nonprofit organizations. Meet some of the leaders in the field and find out how Vermont changemakers and investors are moving the needle on social good and financial sustainability. We will discuss the big picture, Vermont examples, and how entrepreneurial nonprofit leaders can move the discussion further in their organizations.

We will be joined by 

  • Simeon Chapin, Director of Social & Community Development for Vermont State Employees Credit Union
  • Jake Ide, Director of Investment & Philanthropy for the Vermont Community Loan Fund
  • Mark Redmond, Executive Director, Spectrum and Detail Works
  • Laura Jacoby, Old Spokes Home 




As director of investment & philanthropy, Jake Ide is responsible for the Vermont Community Loan Fund’s fundraising, capitalization and communications strategies. Prior to joining the Loan Fund in 2005, he worked as director of development for the Richard A. Snelling Center for Government and most recently as director of corporate and foundation fundraising for Florence Crittenton Services in San Francisco. Jake serves on the Board of Directors for Girls Rock Vermont and is a graduate of Brown University.


At VSECU, Simeon Chapin leads the conceptualizing, directing, and implementing of a comprehensive and diverse community presence and engagement strategy for the organization. He has a background in music performance and business, anthropology, non-profits, and mission based business. When not building community with VSECU, he will likely be found with his wife and two boys enjoying hiking, biking, making music, and cooking local food.


Mark Redmond has been Spectrum’s Executive Director since 2003. He has worked with homeless and at-risk youth since 1981 – in New York City; Westchester, NY; and Stamford, CT. Before coming to Spectrum, Mark was the Associate Executive Director of the Domus Foundation and helped start the city’s first charter school for low-income middle school children. In addition to working at Spectrum, Mark is a writer for the Huffington Post and the author of The Goodness Within: Reaching out to Troubled Teens with Love and Compassion (Paulist Press). He has had articles published in Forbes, The New York Times, Stamford Advocate and Burlington Free Press.

Laura Jacoby is Old Spokes Home’s first executive director as of October 2016. Most recently worked with non-governmental organizations (NGOs) founded by Syrians and Iraqis to respond to the crises in their countries. Grateful for the opportunity to be part of a local effort to distribute  a valuable resource — bikes — in an equitable way as a means of increasing the health of our community, economy, and environment. Also excited to revist Vermont’s amazing mountain bike trails.


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