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Cordes Foundation Connect, Convene, Catalyze

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OVERVIEW

Description

The Cordes Foundation was created in 2006 by Ron and Marty Cordes following the sale of Ron’s investment management business. In 2014 Ron and Marty were joined by their daughter Stephanie as Vice Chair, and the Foundation retained its first Executive Director and Portfolio Director.

Why We Exist:

We champion bold, innovative solutions to the world’s toughest problems – with a focus on alleviating global poverty and empowering women and girls to fully participate in the development of their communities.

What We Believe:

We believe in social entrepreneurship - harnessing the power of the capital markets to drive game-changing ideas to scale, and in the critical importance of elevating women and girls in society via education, health care, human rights advocacy and self-employment opportunities.

We also believe in activating the “other 95%” of our portfolio – moving beyond our annual grants budget to fully activate 100% of our portfolio resources in impact investments directed toward our mission.

How We Deliver Impact:

CONNECT: We Connect social entrepreneurs to investors, grantmakers, advisors and potential stakeholders to help their ideas take flight.

CONVENE: We Convene events, salons, and conferences that foster knowledge sharing, collaboration, and field building for social enterprises, women and girls empowerment, and impact investing.

CATALYZE: We Catalyze impact investments and strategic grants into social enterprises advancing bold, innovative ideas to solve the world’s toughest problems.

FUNDING TYPES AND CRITERIA

Provides direct investment

INTERESTED IN THESE SECTORS

Education; Employment, Livelihood, Income Generation; Enterprise Development, SME; Financial Serv./Inclusion, Microfinance; Training, Technical Assistance Services; Women, Girls

social vs. financial return preference

  • 3: Balanced

Types of entities

  • For Profit
  • Non-Profit
  • Hybrid

providing funding for these regions

  • Global

funding types

  • Grants / Donations
  • Debt
  • Convertible
  • Equity
  • Other

TEAM MEMBERS

Team

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RON CORDES

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