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Will Opportunity Zones Benefit Marginalized Communities?

December 11, 2018 @ 12:00 pm 1:00 pm PST

Hosted by SAFSF and Confluence Philanthropy

Read a recap of the webinar – Confluence Philanthropy Blog Post

The Opportunity Zone program that was created as part of the 2017 federal tax reform unlocks up to $6.1 trillion of unrealized capital gains for investment in marginalized communities by providing substantial tax benefits to investors. As early funds get ready for deployment in 2019, many questions remain around how to ensure that funds truly benefit communities in need. Promise exists for low-income housing, sustainable food and agriculture infrastructure, revitalization of rural and urban communities, and more. However, there is also real concern about the possibilities of benefits flowing to outside investors rather than community members, gentrification, and exacerbated inequity.

Join this webinar on December 11 for a high-level overview of what Opportunity Zones are, how they are structured, and how impact driven groups are looking to engage with and invest in Opportunity Zones. We’ll explore some of the ways in which Opportunity Zones relate to social and racial justice, food and agriculture systems, infrastructure, and alternative investment structures. We’ll also highlight opportunities for grantmakers and impact investors to take action in support of the communities they care about.


Kevin Irby (Kirby), Director, Threadspan

March Gallagher, President and CEO, Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley
Amy Laughlin, Vice President of Vice President of Structured Products and Capital Markets, Low Income Investment Fund (LIIF)
Heather D. Thompson, Practice Group Attorney, Greenberg Traurig LLP and Lead Manager of Tribal Opportunity Zones Venture Group, Native American Capital

Registration for this webinar is limited to funders only.
Funders are considered those organizations using grantmaking or investments as a core strategy to fulfill their mission and who make grants or invest more than $50,000 annually.

Areas of Impact:

Funding Strategies  |   Native American/Tribal  |   Policy-National/International  |   Justice  |   Equity  |   Racial Justice  |   Rural Communities  |   Social Justice  |   Markets  |   Economic Viability

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