By Aiko Hayashi, Development Associate
This year's SOCAP conference was held on Oct. 10-13 at Fort Mason Center in San Francisco, and it attracted participants from all over, including Austin, TX, Denver, CO, Detroit, MI, and Tennessee.
Aiko Hayashi, PVF's Development Associate, participated in Thursday's sessions to learn more about impact investing and how that is changing philanthropy. The topics varied widely, and participants were hard-pressed to pick just a few to fit in a day that was jam-packed with many interesting discussions led by brilliant industry thought leaders.
In the end, Aiko chose sessions that seemed most relevant to PVF's work: affordable housing ("Investing in Affordable Housing for Return and Impact Across the Capital Stack"), education ("Powerful Cross-Sector Synergies: Early Childhood Development, Workforce, and Health"), and the formerly incarcerated ("Connecting Talent to Opportunity"), as well as a session on NGOs that are using accelerator models for global development.