HBCU Impact Investment Summit

Date: Wednesday, April 17, 2019 

Time: 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m

Location: Offices of Self Help Credit Union/Center for Responsible Lending, 302 West Main Street, Durham, North Carolina


As operating expenses rise, HBCUs are increasingly threatened with the loss of accreditation further limiting educational options and exacerbating negative local economic impacts. The HBCU Green Fund is organizing a summit gathering HBCU leaders to explore new investment channels to finance environmentally responsible improvements in school infrastructure and create healthier learning environments for students. Participants will also learn about the impact of Opportunity Zones on HBCUs and communities surrounding their campuses, as well as endowment investing strategies incorporating Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion factors. 

The summit is supported by the Ford Foundation, North Carolina Alumni Network, Intentional Endowment Network, Croatan Institute and Commons Energy.


Working Agenda

8:30am: Continental Breakfast

9:00am: Welcome & Introductions

9:15-9:45am: Sustainability & Communities - The Role of Higher Education 

9:45-10:30am: Infrastructure Opportunities: Advancing Sustainability at HBCUs

10:30-10:45am: Innovative Financing for Renewable Energy Solutions

10:45am: Break

11:00am: Social Impact Investment, Equity Justice & Opportunity 

11:30am: A Call for Capital 

12:00pm: Lunch 

1:30pm: Sustainable Community Development Around HBCUs

2:00pm: Opportunities for Small HBCU Campuses 

2:30pm: Partnerships on the Path Forward 

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