April 17th Meeting Recap: Impact Investing – Pioneering Past, Promising Future

By SVMN Volunteer Monica Oyarzun On April 17, 2013, SVMN had the honor and privilege of welcoming Michael Schlein, President and CEO of ACCION, to discuss the organization’s history along with its strategies for future economic and social impact among base of the pyramid (BoP) populations.  During this discussion, Schlein emphasized the themes of hope, […]

March 28th Meeting Recap – Beneficial Banking: Are YOUR Bank Deposits Changing the World?

By SVMN Volunteers Daniel Brett and Andrea Kochenderfer You donate to charities, buy locally-sourced organic food, and volunteer with a non-profit, but do you know where your money spends the night? If you did, would you be proud? Most people do not think about their money playing a tangible role within the amorphous global financial system, […]

Upcoming 4-17-13 Event: Impact Investing – Pioneering Past, Promising Future

Featuring: Michael Schlein Chief Executive Officer of Accion   Photo courtesy of CGAP Event Synopsis Accion has been at the leading edge of advancing the microfinance industry’s access to private capital markets for decades.  From their establishment of the first microfinance loan guarantee fund in the 1980’s to new work in socially responsible venture and angel […]

Upcoming 3/28/13 Event: Beneficial Banking: Are YOUR Bank Deposits Changing the World?

Featuring: Vincent Siciliano, President and Chief Executive Officer of New Resource Bank and Daniel Skaff, President of One PacificCoast Bank Event Synopsis Come learn about a new breed of community-focused banks from the Presidents of two of its pioneers – New Resource Bank and One PacificCoast Bank.  Called “beneficial banks,” “sustainable banks,” and “social impact banks,” they work with […]

February 21st Meeting Recap: “Microfinance in 2013: Where Are We Now?”

By SVMN Volunteer Esther Alcaina On Thursday, February 21st, SVMN hosted the event “Microfinance in 2013: Where are We Now?”. Featured speaker Tilman Ehrbeck presented his view on where the sector is today and what opportunities are ahead of us. We were extremely honored to have Mr. Ehrbeck, CEO of CGAP, the world’s leading policy and […]

September 18th Meeting Recap – “Impact Investing: Under the Hood”

Impact Investing: Under the Hood hosted by SVMN  Event Recap by Colette Kessler, SVMN Volunteer “This is your network and I want to be responsive to your needs,” said Kate DeYoe, introducing her first event as the Director of the SVMN. The subsequent panel certainly exemplified this commitment.  Impact investing is an increasingly popular approach […]

February 27th Meeting Recap – The Gates Foundation on Microfinance

The Gates Foundation on Microfinance Hosted by SVMN       Event recap written by SVMN Volunteer, Monica Oyarzun On Mondy, February 27th, The Silicon Valley Microfinance Network hosted Jake Kendall, head of the Financial Services for the Poor (FSP) Initiative at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.  Victoria Barret, Associate Editor at Forbes Magazine, […]