News

AUGUST 10, 2022

Kachuwa Impact Fund recently decided to pay an honorarium to its Board Directors and Advisors. See this one-page article for background and details.

JULY 6, 2022

Blake Jones of Kachuwa Impact Fund is speaking about "impact real estate" from 2:00-3:00pm ET on July 6, 2022 to members of Invest for Better, an investment education community of women that was co-founded by Kachuwa Member, Janine Firpo, and her colleague, Ellen Remmer. Kachuwa Impact Fund has a well-formed definition about what makes a property or real estate investment impactful. Blake will talk about how Kachuwa defines this space and about how the cooperative finds real estate investment opportunities, how it evaluates the deals, and what success looks like. Blake will bring his direct experience to bear as he discuss the opportunities and challenges in impact real estate. Members of Invest for Better can register through Mighty Networks.

MAY 16, 2022

Kachuwa Impact Fund is proud to co-host the third annual 2022 Founders of Color Showcase to provide visibility to impact companies across the country with founders of color and to provide a syndication platform for them to raise capital. Unfortunately, less than 5% of venture capital in the USA goes to companies with female and BIPOC CEOs, but we believe that we can work together with a wide range of stakeholders to help change this. We are looking for like-minded company champions, sponsors, and investors that share our investment thesis of investing in underrepresented entrepreneurs that are driving social impact. UPDATE:  click here to see a video recording of the 2022 Founders of Color Showcase which took place on 5/16/22.

MAY 3, 2022

Integrated Capital Investing announced that Kachuwa Impact Fund has been named to its Transformative 25 list for 2022. The annual list, selected by a panel of impact investing experts, includes funds, banks, and initiatives that demonstrate the power of integrated capital to transform the finance system to work for people and planet.

APRIL 21, 2022

Grist article:  "Investing in the climate while you sleep."

FEBRUARY 16, 2022

Lizette Peña, Treasurer and Board Director of Kachuwa Impact Fund, was interviewed by Christina Sjahli on Her CEO Journey podcast: The Business Finance Podcast for Mission-Driven Women Entrepreneurs. Lizette explains how Kachuwa Impact Fund avoids putting pressure on its partners without requiring excessive development in this episode. She also compares and contrasts the Kachuwa Impact Fund to regular venture capital firms.

NOVEMBER 9, 2021

Social Venture Circle (SVC) and American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC) – Transforming Ownership for Social Justice webinar series.  Erin Axelrod of The Next Egg / LIFT Economy, Marisol Lazo-Flores of Main Street Phoenix Project, and Blake Jones of Kachuwa Impact Fund will talk about why individuals, family offices, and foundations should consider investing in employee ownership (EO), EO conversions, and the growing EO ecosystem, and about how individuals can do so utilizing their retirement accounts.  Register here for this webinar on Tuesday, November 9 at 11:00am MST (75 minutes). Please access resources and previous sessions - and provide input - via SVC's and ASBC's Transforming Ownership for Social Justice webpage.  UPDATE:  click here to see a video recording of this webinar that took place on 11/9/21.

JUNE 2, 2021

Transformative 25 Funds – Creative Financing Integrated Capital Webinar:  join fund managers Lolita Nunn of Fair Food Network, Jeff Batton of Homestake Venture Partners, David Lynn of Mission Driven Finance, Janice St. Onge of Flexible Capital Fund, and Blake Jones of Kachuwa Impact Fund for a lively discussion about creative financing strategies. Moderated by Esther Park, CEO of Cienega Capital and team member with the #NoRegrets Initiative, this Transformative 25 interactive webinar will cover: (1) what are creative financing strategies they find effective and why, (2) what investors need to know about funds using creative financing, and (3) strategies for growing this work. Register here for this webinar on Wednesday, June 2nd at 11:00am PST (75 minutes) to learn how these funds are leveraging their knowledge, community networks and partnerships to make finance available in, for and by communities and businesses.

MAY 3, 2021

Kachuwa Impact Fund proudly co-hosts the second annual 2021 Founders of Color Showcase to provide visibility to impact companies across the country with founders of color and to provide a syndication platform for them to raise capital. Unfortunately, less than 5% of venture capital in the USA goes to companies with female and BIPOC CEOs, but we believe that we can work together with a wide range of stakeholders to help change this. We are looking for like-minded company champions, sponsors, and investors that share our investment thesis of investing in underrepresented entrepreneurs that are driving social impact.

APRIL 13, 2021

The 12 semi-finalists have been announced for the 2021 Founders of Color Showcase, proudly co-hosted by Kachuwa Impact Fund and Next Wave Impact.

MARCH 16, 2021

Fellow cooperative member Laura Oldanie interviews Blake Jones with a focus on how and why Kachuwa Impact Fund got started including its guiding investment thesis.

MARCH 4, 2021

Fellow cooperative member Felipe Witchger conducted this video interview of Blake Jones about Kachuwa Impact Fund and topics such as:  its different asset classes; how its impact real estate projects work; how Kachuwa’s members can engage with the cooperative, how to support companies converting to employee-ownership (and how to grow a healthy “eco-system” of technical and financial resources to support more of them); how Kachuwa is proactively increasing its investments in impact companies that are majority owned and led by women and people of color; and other topics.

FEBRUARY 22, 2021

The nonprofit, Impact Assets has named Kachuwa Impact Fund to its 2021 ImpactAssets 50 as an "Emerging Impact Manager” which recognizes a diverse group of impact fund managers for their demonstrated potential to create positive impact.

FEBRUARY 15, 2021

The advisory firm, Integrated Capital Investing has named Kachuwa Impact Fund to The Transformative 25—a list of 25 funds transforming finance for people and planet and that meet three of the following four criteria.

  • Employ integrated capital to reach those unable to access finance

  • Engage with creative finance structures for shared prosperity

  • Focus on social, relational, and ecological returns

  • Reshape ownership and governance for shared prosperity

JANUARY 28, 2021

Blake Jones from Kachuwa Impact Fund is presenting to The Next Egg about investment cooperatives and what makes them different from conventional investment structures. The Next Egg creates resources, builds communities, and shares tools so that people can move their retirement savings out of Wall Street and into their local communities. These tools include self-directed IRAs, solo 401(k)s, and employee-directed 401(k)s.