Brown Bag Series with:
Kate Starr and Rodney Christopher
Topic: “Investing 100% for Mission”
F.B. Heron Foundation
October 23, 2013
12:00 -1:15 p.m.
Campus Center, Rm. 409
420 University Blvd, Indianapolis, IN 46202
Join The F.B. Heron Foundation’s Kate Starr, vice president of Capital Deployment, and senior fellow Rodney Christopher in a conversation about the foundation’s strategy of investing in the economy as if people matter. Heron’s goal is to align 100 percent of its capital with mission. The foundation targets growth stage nonprofits and for-profits that increase and maintain reliable employment, especially for people at the low end of the wage scale; advance systemic innovations in the economy that will help individuals and communities succeed; and result in net positive contributions to society. Kate and Rodney look forward to engaging the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy community in a discussion about Heron’s experience, as well as forthcoming opportunities and challenges that lie ahead for the Heron Foundation and investing as a means for social change.
Kate Starr is the Vice President, Capital Deployment, at The F.B. Heron Foundation. She leads the management of $270 million in grants and investments. Kate is currently a member of the Foundation Financial Officers Group, the CFA Institute, the New York Society of Security Analysts, and the Mission Investors Exchange. Previous roles at the Foundation include Investment Officer and Senior Program Officer. Prior to joining Heron in 2001, Kate worked as a consultant at ATKearney’s Global Business Policy Council, a research associate at microfinance institution PRIDE Tanzania, and as an economics and equity analyst at First Asset Management. Kate earned a BA in English and Italian from Indiana University, a MA in International Relations from Johns Hopkins’ School for Advanced International Studies, and is a Chartered Financial Analyst.
Rodney Christopher, Senior Fellow, Social Investment Practice, began his year-long service at The F.B. Heron Foundation in March 2013. Previously, he worked at Nonprofit Finance Fund for 15 years where his clients were both nonprofits and foundations across nonprofit subsectors. Rodney divided his time between custom engagements, client coaching, public presentations, product development and training NFF staff. Most recently, he was co-manager and program officer for NFF’s $15 million Leading for the Future initiative. The five-year program, funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, provided more than $10 million in "change capital" to ten arts and culture organizations and produced publications and webinars articulating the importance of the change capital concept. Rodney holds a MS in urban policy analysis and management from The New School and a BA summa cum laude in Social Sciences from Bard College at Simon's Rock (the nation's first early college), which established a scholarship fund in his name in 2006 to help its students afford study abroad. He is the board treasurer for Fractured Atlas, a technology-driven national service organization for artists and arts organizations.