Creative Places and Businesses:
Catalyzing Community Growth
hosted by Opportunity Finance Network

Creative places and businesses are a fundamental part of healthy, vibrant, and sustainable communities. The creative economy has the potential to stabilize threatened communities and benefit regions looking to attract and develop quality jobs.

Betsy Biemann, Chief Executive Officer, Coastal Enterprises, Inc
Laura Callanan, Founding Partner, Upstart Co-Lab
Sam Marks, Executive Director, LISC NYC
Alan Ramirez, Director of Lending, Colorado Enterprise Fund

Impact Investing in the Creative Economy
Co-hosted by Foundation Center and Grantmakers in the Arts

Learn about the opportunity to engage capital that values diversity, equity, and inclusion to help shape a creative economy that reflects the culture and heritage of communities and creatives across the U.S.

Laura Callanan, Founding Partner, Upstart Co-Lab
Ellen Friedman, Executive Director, Compton Foundation
Gary Steuer, President & CEO, LISC NYC
Edwin Torres, President & CEO, Grantmakers in the Arts


Barron’s: Future Returns: Upstart Co-Lab to Create Inclusive Creative Economy Fund

Forbes: Upstart Co-Lab Aims To Create A $100 Million Portfolio Of Creative Economy Funds, Companies

The New York Times: A Push to Invest in the Arts Grows Stronger

Forbes: Amid This Year’s Struggle, New And Tougher Companies Are Born In The $900M Creative Economy

Monocle: Worthy Investment

Financial Times: Museums should lead in socially responsible investing

Pioneers Post: Global coalition explores ideas for new impact investment fund to back creative enterprises

ImpactAlpha: Building a personal portfolio of impact investments in the creative economy

Fast Company: Why Impact Investing Funds Need To Invest In Creativity

Stanford Social Innovation Review: Capital for Creativity

The New York Times: Investing in Creativity, and in the Greater Good

Real Leaders: The Innovator Connecting Impact Investing to The Creative Economy

Barron’s: Investing in the Creative Economy is a Boon to Artists and Communities

ImpactAlpha: Investments in the creative economy will help drive an inclusive COVID recovery

Real Leaders: The Power of Art, Design, Culture, Heritage and Creativity

The Art Newspaper: How museums can ethically invest their money

GenderSmart Investing: Is Impact Investing Repeating The Mistakes Of Investing? The Solution Is A Creative One

ImpactAlpha: Investment opportunities in expanding access and ownership in the creator economy

McKinsey & Company: How an alum is disrupting funding for creativity and culture