1. How impact investors can better serve communities: ask them what they need

    How impact investors can better serve communities: ask them what they need

    Impact Experience brings investors, foundations, and thought leaders to marginalized communities to find out what the communities think would help.

    Amid the decline of the coal economy in West Virginia, the city of Williamson has not fared well. Nestled in the heart of coal country in Mingo County, Williamson has lost more than 2,000 jobs–25% of its workforce–in the last four years. The city also struggles with some of the highest rates of obesity, diabetes, and opioid addiction in the U.S.

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    1. One of the things that became clear from my work, and the work within the broader impact investing space, was how disconnected so many of the funders and companies were from the communities they were looking at investing in.
    2. It's not like a parachute approach, where these people from San Francisco parachuted in and now they're going to get out.
    3. There's a lot of power in what can be created when that kind of foundation is built.
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