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Good Ideas Forum

npt-good-ideas-v2Topics to challenge and enlighten the way we think of talent and leadership in our nonprofit organizations.

Talent is your most important asset.

We believe that focused attention on building leaders is one of the most effective means to catalyze communities.

Nonprofit Talent is dedicated to uplifting the nonprofit sector by prioritizing talent and leadership in organizational capacity conversations.

To achieve this, we’ve created a series of provocative sessions designed to challenge and inform varied stakeholders about the value of talent investment to build leadership capacity across the sector, and beyond.

Welcome to the Good Ideas Forum.


The Good Ideas Forum returns.

Lessons in Social Impact Investing with Tony Wells, President and Co-Founder of The Wells Foundation.

Presented by Nonprofit Talent, Grantmakers of Western Pennsylvania, The Forbes Funds and Bridgeway Capital.

Date: Tuesday, March 28th, 2017

Time: 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM

Location: Point Park University Ballroom downtown Pittsburgh

Cost: $20 per person/delicious breakfast and beverages provided

This engaging session is designed for funders, investors, and nonprofits seeking to learn more about capital, financing strategies, and approaches to achieve greater social impact.

The Wells Foundation is a Columbus-based private family foundation created by Dana and Tony Wells. Pursuant to its mission, the foundation has a history of investing into social enterprises, developing new social innovation models, and advising local nonprofit organizations that are considering social enterprise since 2001. Tony is one of the most creative, and sought-after national speakers on the topic of Social Impact Investing, sharing his own stories, successes and lessons learned after taking the risk to make nearly ALL of his foundation’s endowment available for impact in the nonprofit sector.

Why should I attend?

‘Social enterprise’, ‘sustainability’, and ‘impact’ are probably the three most prominent buzz words in the nonprofit sector today. But have you heard about ‘social impact investing’?

For years, nonprofits have been vying for the same grant dollars from foundations year after year. These represent about 5% of the assets of most foundations. But what about the rest? Some foundations today are shifting from a model where 95% of their assets are endowed, to a model where that 95% becomes available for nonprofits in the community as social impact investing – and it represents a multi-billion dollar funding opportunity for those who know about it.

This presentation will use several innovative examples to provide an overview of social impact investing. It will focus on how nonprofits, funders and other community stakeholders can work together using this unique source of funding to expand their impact, stabilize operations, and pursue new social enterprise initiatives.

Good Ideas Forum Agenda
7:30 AM – Ballroom and check-in opens
7:45 AM – Breakfast
8:15 AM – Introductions and presentation begins
9:15 AM – Introduction to local funders and financiers
9:30 AM – Questions and discussion with Tony Wells


Pre-registration and pre-payment are required via EventBrite – Register Here