Quantified Ventures Blog: Sharing What We Learn

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Unleashing Community Benefit Funds to Positively Impact Communities

Associate Emma Kloppenburg and intern Harrison Siegel address how Community Benefit funds can be used to proactively address health issues such as asthma. They argue that nonprofit hospitals can join the burgeoning PFS ecosystem and simultaneously maintain tax-exempt status.

 
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Using PFS to Make Conservation Cheaper and Easier for Landowners

Kari Cohen is the Director of the Conservation Innovations Team at USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). He’s been a successful champion for innovation within one of the largest federal bureaucracies on the planet, thriving where others have struggled. Here is what he talked about with our CEO Eric Letsinger in a recent interview.

 
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Financing a Human-Focused Healthcare System

Karen Dale, CEO of AmeriHealth Caritas DC, emanates deliberate joy in her work which she approaches with unbounded creativity, intense focus on results, and a collaborative, team-centric spirit. As the leader of DC's largest Medicaid managed care organization, Karen is intentional about everything. For Karen, it all matters…and she’s delivering the results to DC that prove it. Here is what she told Quantified Ventures CEO Eric Letsinger in a recent interview.

 
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Where will the money come from?

Health is increasingly recognized as the product of many social, economic, and environmental factors that extend far beyond the doctor’s office. This spring, two monumental policy updates now allow for greater flexibility and innovation to address these factors. Through new outcomes-based financing models like Pay for Success, health plans can tie payment to the achievement of commonly valued health outcomes. 

 
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Why We're Excited About Bricks and Boards

Quantified Ventures, with support from the U.S. Forest Service, has made a compelling case that, through application of the Pay for Success (PFS) financing model, we can scale an urban wood economy in Baltimore that identifies, quantifies, and then supports sustainable employment, reduced recidivism and waste, lowers crime rates, and improves health. 

 
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How can we make investing in environmental projects cheaper and easier?

Director Carolyn duPont writes about her presentation at the Conservation Finance Roundtable discussing our efforts to connect upstream agricultural producers with downstream municipalities seeking to reduce run-off at the source rather than paying for expensive downstream water treatment, as well as inspiring and innovative ideas shared by others.

 
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An Interview with Nicole Truhe about SIPPRA

Nicole Truhe is the Government Affairs Director at America Forward, New Profit’s bipartisan policy initiative. She’s been one of the country’s driving forces behind a sustained effort to pass Federal legislation to further enable Pay For Success. The Social Impact Partnerships to Pay for Results Act (SIPPRA) legislation, years in the making, was finally passed as part of the February budget deal. 

 

Introducing our new Chief Structuring Officer

Quantified Ventures is pleased to announce the addition of Margot Kane, who will serve as Chief Structuring Officer. As a member of the senior leadership team, she will inform Quantified Ventures’ growth strategy, business development, product development, and transaction structuring across all of the firms’ priority sectors.

 
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It’s Time to Update our Definition of Community Development

After attending the National Interagency Reinvestment Conference last month in Miami, Michael Gaughan (Executive Director, Vermont Municipal Bond Bank) and Eric Letsinger (CEO, Quantified Ventures) argue that aligning CRA requirements with our country's infrastructure needs can unlock significant capital for much-needed projects.  

 

Atlanta and Baltimore Announce EIB projects

Big news! This week we announced two new cities we'll be working with to set up Environmental Impact Bonds (EIBs) to finance green infrastructure and create greener neighborhoods: Atlanta and Baltimore. Quantified Ventures will provide advisory services in partnership with the Rockefeller and Chesapeake Bay Foundations. Is your municipality next?

 
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Can mountain biking change a rural economy?

Senior Associate Seth Brown talks about his work with the U.S. Forest Service and Wayne National Forest in Ohio, where Quantified Ventures is working on a feasibility assessment for an 88-mile mountain biking trail. At a recent event about rural investment hosted by Ohio University, they discussed this project and more--and showed a video featuring the project.

 
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A Conversation with Chesapeake Bay Foundation's CEO 

If you haven’t been to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s headquarters in Annapolis, MD, you’ll thank yourself if you do. It’s a unique and thoughtful tribute to the elegant notion of minimizing our impact on nature as we live, work, and play. Every detail, every material choice, and every operating system design is both thought- and conversation-provoking. Will Baker, CEO, talks to Quantified Ventures CEO Eric Letsinger about the Bay and investing in conservation.

 
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Mayors Innovate--and Cities Benefit

In partnership with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF), Quantified Ventures sponsored the Mayors Innovation Project gathering, which brought dozens of mayors and representatives from mayors’ offices around the country together in our nation’s capital to share ideas and best practices. We were there to discuss a project we are working on with CBF to offer pro bono support implementing this model. We also gained insight from this group of leaders. 

 
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How can we use impact investment to prepare for devastating weather events?

Last year’s wave of hurricanes brought devastation to Puerto Rico, Houston, the Virgin Islands, and elsewhere, with the poorest and most vulnerable least able to withstand the impacts and often not the priority focus of recovery efforts. This barrage of storms left us at Quantified Ventures wondering: how can private capital help communities prepare for and mitigate the effects of weather-related disasters? Chief Operating Officer Todd Appel talks about his panel at Sorenson's Winter Innovation Summit.

 
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Why We're Excited About Blockchain for Impact Investing

Quantified Ventures' Alison Rein and Eric Letsinger weigh in on blockchain's potential for outcomes-based financing. We see a lot of possibility and are excited about using this new tool to support better outcomes in health, education, and the environment.

 
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Can Outcomes-Based Financing Scale Peace?

Quantified Ventures CEO Eric Letsinger recently spoke on a panel about “Investing in Peace” at the Venture Peacebuilding Symposium in Washington, D.C., where he and other partners unveiled the idea of a new fund to allow impact investors to support startups creating tech-based peace solutions, which would be a first-of-a-kind.

 
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Credit Suisse’s 5th Annual Conservation Finance Conference: “Nature Reduces Risk”

From hurricanes to floods, earthquakes to landslides, wildfires to the monsoons, 2017 was far from normal. Mother Nature made headlines time and again for devastating storm and weather events across the world. Last week, Quantified Ventures CEO Eric Letsinger moderated a panel at Credit Suisse’s 5th Annual Conservation Finance Conference on “Climate-smart Coastal Resiliency Investing.”

 
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WHY CULTURE AND PEOPLE WILL ALWAYS TRUMP TECH

THRUUE CEO Dan Forrester works with CEOs to close the gap between strategy and culture. He believes employees can and should be engaged to get results. Our CEO Eric Letsinger interviews Dan, who shares his quest to start and build companies with social missions, helping clients such as Meal On Wheels America and LeadingAge. How do you build a strong values-based organization? Dan has some useful and actionable tips!

 
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Rethinking the Economics and Dignity of Advanced Illness Care

CEO Eric Letsinger reflects on his participation at C-TAC’s National Summit on Advanced Illness Care — an inspiring gathering of professionals committed to finding better ways to care for those facing the final chapters of their lives.

 
 Katie Smith Sloan, CEO, LeadingAge

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A CONVERSATION WITH KATIE SMITH SLOAN

I met Katie for this interview on a gorgeous April day in 2017 in her office, which is warm, inviting, and overlooks DC’s Rock Creek Park – lush and alive on one of DC’s rare, humidity-free Spring days. She was wrapping up a complex call with some of her members and Congressional leaders, who were thinking through the potential implications of the Affordable Care Act “Repeal and Replace” proposal on the seniors that LeadingAge and its members serve. As she hangs up and turns her attention to this interview, her ability to shift gears so quickly and decisively, as if both meetings carried equal weight, struck me as a likely reason that Katie has been so successful in her life. She’s ready to go, so we jump right in…

 
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investment and innovation combine to create water solutions in the midwest

Water is a major priority in the work that Quantified Ventures does in designing and structuring Environmental Impact Bonds (EIB). Learn more about this and the Midwest Water Summit on our Medium page below..

 
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Tri-sector Fellows Inspire on their Journey to Impact

We believe empathy fuels success across private, nonprofit and public sector. Read about this and more on our Medium page below..

 
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Using Pay for Success, Connected Health Solutions Could Be a Reality...Sooner

Brendan O'Connor, QV's Associate Director, spent a couple days at the Connected Health Conference in Boston and discussed the role of impact investing to scale connected health. Read it on our Medium page below...

 
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Creative Minds + Challenging the Health System = Solid Recipe for Goodness

Eric Letsinger, QV's CEO and Founder, spent the last couple of days at Milken Institute's Future of Health Summit and found a 'Recipe for Goodness.' Read it on our Medium page below...

 
 Shannon Cunniff, Director of Coastal Resilience, Environmental Defense Fund

Shannon Cunniff, Director of Coastal Resilience, Environmental Defense Fund

A conversation with Shannon Cunniff

Shannon Cunniff has spent much of her career convincing people to partner with nature to mitigate the devastating costs and effects of inevitable river and coastal flooding. In her role at EDF, she brought on Quantified Ventures to deploy the Environmental Impact Bond (EIB) model to protect wetlands in coastal Louisiana. Quantified Ventures' CEO Eric Letsinger sat down with Shannon to better understand what drives her. See the conversation here..

 
 Ron Klausner, CEO, Graduation Alliance

Ron Klausner, CEO, Graduation Alliance

A conversation with Ron Klausner

Quantified Ventures sat down with Ron Klausner, CEO of Graduation Alliance and a leader in the education space. We discussed his path to leading a nationally-recognized EdTech social enterprise, what motivated him to keep going, and who has influenced him throughout his journey. See our conversation below..

 
 Ellie Hollander, CEO, Meals on Wheels America

Ellie Hollander, CEO, Meals on Wheels America

A conversation with Ellie Hollander

Ellie runs into the interview room…literally. She moves, and talks, quickly – always. She never stops. A highly accomplished softball shortstop, one can easily imagine her in that position…likely lots of colorful and encouraging chatter for her pitcher, likely some smack talk to the opposing batter, her feet likely never stopped moving. That’s Ellie. Everyday, she is a force of perpetual forward progress and momentum. “Let’s do this,” she says…so, here we go…

 
 Mark Kim, CFO, DC Water

Mark Kim, CFO, DC Water

A Conversation with mark kim

Mark Kim arrives to Quantified Ventures’ offices, early as always, with a warm smile as if this is the meeting he’s been waiting for all day. This is typical. Having worked closely with him for the better part of a year to construct the world’s first Environmental Impact Bond (EIB), I’ve never seen him have a bad day despite the enormous responsibilities he carries as the CFO of the DC Water and Sewer Authority (DC Water). He starts by saying he’s sincerely excited to reflect on the project and its broader context. You see, Mark is man of action...