Philanthropy Now podcast: How Diverse Investment Managers Improve Communities

With our new Philanthropy Now podcast series, we explore trends in the world of philanthropy, social impact initiatives in Silicon Valley and beyond, and look at how SVCF promotes innovative philanthropic solutions to challenging problems. 

Bert Feuss Sue McAlister
Bert Feuss
Senior VP of Investments
Sue McAllister
Marketing Director

In episode 7, Bert Feuss (Senior vice president of investments) and Sue McAllister (marketing director) discuss SVCF's efforts to increase the number of minority and women investment managers at SVCF. Because SVCF values inclusion and diversity in all aspects of our business, we had to take a hard look at our investment practices and acknowledge that there was room for improvement.

Bert and Sue talk about why this effort has been such a great success, including increased investment in communities that other investment managers overlook. They walk us through the process of hiring consultants and finding talented women- and minority-owned investment managers — and they look at the excellent results we've had so far. Bert and Sue also discuss steps that other nonprofits or foundations can take to increase diversity in the hiring process.  


What you will learn:

  • Why diversity in hiring in investment management is so important in the charity space
  • How diverse managemers are more likely to find and invest in communities that are often overlooked
  • How SVCF is measuring diversity with three key metrics
  • Why transparency is key to this process and helping it spread to other sectors

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