Impact Investor Stories

To help broaden the field of impact investing, the Toniic Institute shares collective member experiences, expert knowledge and personal journey stories. Click below to explore stories from Toniic members on their path to invest 100% of their investible assets towards impact:

Ditte Lysagaard Vind

Setting out on an impact investing journey

Joshua Arnow

The power of intergenerational collaboration

Kim Jordan

Building out a new impact brand

James Perry

James Perry’s New Religion

Bob Pattillo

Impact investing’s spiritual value

Want more? Find more stories embedded into our reports and into our T100 Research Project.

DITTE LYSGAARD VIND
CEO & Advisor, The Circular Way

Setting out on an impact investing journey

Ditte Lysagaard Vind is no stranger to traveling, and not because her grandparents owned a shipping company. The adventurous 30-year-old travelled from her native Denmark to study abroad, and, when she wanted to learn more about catalytic philanthropy and impact investing, she packed her suitcase again to go to the U.S. Ditte wanted to hear first-hand from impact and philanthropic professionals to figure out how to have the most leverage with the money she and her family inherited.

Click on the image to the right to read more about her personal journey and investing in the circular economy. Tune in below to hear more about her journey and what’s next:

JOSHUA ARNOW
Director, Arnow Family Fund

The power of intergenerational collaboration

Like many who engage in philanthropy, Joshua Arnow, 60, (a director of the Arnow Family Fund, a NY based foundation that makes $1.1 million in annual grants and involves siblings, spouses and their children) believes that “when you give, don’t sound a trumpet,” which is why he’s somewhat reluctant to discuss the details of his family’s philanthropic history. The foundation’s interests range from peace and conflict resolution, civil and human rights, to education, innovation, and design for sustainability, arts and media, and human health.

KIM JORDAN
Founder, New Belgium Family Foundation

Building out a new impact brand

Kim Jordan usually chooses the road less traveled. In the early 90’s, when she co-founded the New Belgium brewery in Fort Collins, Colorado, she entered a world that was totally unknown to her – the beer-brewing industry. The venture had started in a basement, after she had met a young man who, while biking through Europe, had gotten acquainted with craft beer-making. He would focus on production. She would manage the business.

She spent the next 22 years building New Belgium’s brand and “trying to make sure the business we owned was aligned with our values,” she says.

JAMES PERRY
CEO, PANAHPUR

James Perry’s New Religion

James Perry confesses that he grew up in a Christian home – “that was not very religious!” If the UK-based Perrys were not much of a church-going family, it doesn’t mean they were not practicing sharing and charity. Actually, the tradition goes back to Colonel Jacob, Perry’s great great grandfather, an engineer for the Raj.

In 1905, he encountered a group of orphans along a road in Uttar Pradesh. “So he set up a village for them in this remote part of Northern India, and called it Panahpur, which means ‘place of refuge’ in hindi,” tells Perry.

BOB PATILLO
Investment Director & Founder, Gray Matters Capital

Impact investing’s spiritual value

Hearty and generous, Bob Pattillo is a real Southerner. The 8th generation-Atlanta born founder of Gray Matters Capital is the product of strong family values. His grandfather was a sharecropper. His father went to a one-room rural school, but then to college, thanks to a local businessman who had seen his potential. When he got a job, he went back to his benefactor, ready to give the money back. “But the businessman said “Don’t pay me pay back, send someone else to college. And my father sent over 2,000 people to college!” tells Pattillo. For the family, it was the beginning of a long stand to defy conventions and social determinism.