Community Investing Conference Coming to Madison

You buy local and eat Wisconsin-grown foods. Why not consider a similar approach to investing?

Forward Community Investments presents the 2009 Community Investing Conference on November 19. The daylong seminar brings in industry leaders to discuss how to align investment decisions with values through community investing, one of the fastest-growing segments of socially responsible investing.

“It’s time to get back to basics. And that’s just what community investing does. Whether it’s investing in a nonprofit loan fund, community development bank or credit union, or socially minded business, investing in your community makes good sense and has even better impact—both socially and financially,” Forward Community Investments said in a statement.

Keynote speakers are Calvin Holmes of Chicago Community Loan Fund, Mark Pinsky of the Opportunity Finance Network and Christa Velasquez of the Annie E. Casey Foundation. And featured presentations range from “The Context of Community Investing” to “Strategies for Program-Related Investing” to “Impacts through Social Venture Capital.”

The 2009 Community Investing Conference takes place at the Marriott Madison West, 1313 John Q. Hammons Dr., in Middleton, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tickets range from $40 for a keynote breakfast or lunch to $95 for a full day of events. For more information, call (866) 687-1486, email or visit

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