Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship’s John Kohler to Speak at SOCAP16 on Two Panels about Impact Investing

John Kohler

John Kohler

August 31, 2016

Dateline: Santa Clara, Calif.


John Kohler, executive fellow and director, Impact Capital, at Santa Clara University’s Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship, will speak at two panel sessions at SOCAP16 (Social Capital Markets), the world’s largest conference on social enterprise and impact investing, taking place in San Francisco September 13 - 16, 2016.  Kohler is speaking on a panel about impact investing as well as a panel with Catholic Relief Services as a follow up to the recent Second Vatican Conference on Impact Investing, which took place in Rome in June of 2016.

A recognized expert in impact investing, venture capital, and corporate executive management, Kohler is the pioneer of a new investment vehicle—the Demand Dividend—that presents investors with a “structured exit” alternative to equity, while providing social enterprises with more appropriate funding vehicles. He also is co-founder and director of Toniic, a syndication network of impact investors.

Kohler published a report on impact investing entitled, “Coordinating Impact Capital: A New Approach to Investing in Small and Growing Businesses,” and recently co-authored a chapter on equity investing in “New Frontiers of Philanthropy” (Oxford Press-2014).

#1 Panel Title: Supermodels: Constructing an Investment Portfolio with 100% Impact

When:    September 14, 2016, 3:45 pm

Where:  Fort Mason Center, San Francisco; Cowell Hall for the panel and Festival Hall #3 for the practicum

What:    Recent work in building and modeling impact investment now allows us to move from sharing examples to actual choices and considerations in building a broad-asset investment portfolio.  Pioneers in this work are sharing their investment selections and results, presenting a much clearer picture on how to get started.  Social impact investors can actively build their own portfolio by learning from early and brave investors who have committed to a 100% impact portfolio.  A practicum for practitioners!

Panel Members

John Kohler – Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship

Brendan Maher – Heron Foundation

Eva Yazhari – Beyond Capital Fund

Charly Kleissner – KL Felicitas Foundation


#2 Panel Title: Engaging the Global Catholic Community in Impact Investing to Serve the World’s Poor

When:    Friday, September 16, 9:45 am

Where:  Fort Mason Center, San Francisco, Gallery Tent

What:     Worldwide, Catholic social ministries provide significant healthcare, education and social services to the poor while diverse Catholic institutional and individual investors have considerable assets under management.  In 2016, leaders from these two groups convened with impact investing practitioners for the historic Second Vatican Conference on Impact Investing to explore using investment capital and social enterprise for increased sustainability, scalability and impact of these ministries.  The panel will discuss takeaways, commitments, and opportunities to engage stemming from the Second Vatican Conference.

Panel Members

John Kohler – Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship

Evan Gill – Catholic Relief Services

Matt Bannick – Omidyar Network

Laure Wessemius-Chibrac – Cordaid

For More Information:

Pat Haines, Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship,, 408-551-7118

Colleen Martell, Martell Communications for Miller Center,, 408-832-0147