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Why We Invested in Ivy Energy: Empowering Multifamily Communities with Solar Solutions

Posted April 19, 2024

Amidst a rapidly evolving landscape in sustainable energy solutions, Ivy Energy emerges as a leader—not just in innovation, but in social equity. Recently securing an $18M Series A funding round…

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Climate Resilience: How Startups are Transforming Disaster Preparedness

Posted April 16, 2024

April is Earth Month—a time to celebrate the planet that provides all of our favorite things like coffee, dogs, and climate tech startups. But this month also should serve as…

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Thirty-five Years Later, It’s Still Time To Invest In Care

Posted April 5, 2024

This past week I was in Washington D.C. for a national gathering celebrating the release of a new report by Moms First and Boston Consulting Group. Sitting in the audience…

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Innovation, Inclusion, and Impact: A Deep Dive into Workforce Development with Chaarvi Badani

Posted March 27, 2024

As the future of work rapidly changes, the intersection of technology and workforce dynamics presents unprecedented opportunities and daunting challenges. As automation, artificial intelligence, and other technological advancements redefine the…

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Investing in Change: Closing Equity Gaps through High-growth Startups

Posted February 26, 2024

Last week my wife and I went to see a movie called “A Case for Love,” a documentary which highlighted the work of Bishop Michael Curry.  This film showcased a…

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From TEDTalks to TIME: Milestones from our VC Firm & Startup Portfolio in 2023

Posted January 18, 2024

Happy 2024! As we kick off our sixth year of investing to close equity gaps in America, we wanted to reflect on the many wins our portfolio companies and team…

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Investing In Our Future: 7 Companies Promoting Healthy Youth Development 

Posted November 15, 2023

At the AmFam Institute, we are excited to shine a spotlight on the outstanding companies within our venture firm’s portfolio that are dedicated to promoting healthy youth development. In light…

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Finding opportunity, voice and the future: CEOs of Tomorrow invests in students of color 

Posted November 9, 2023

When Dr. Roxie Hentz was working for the Wisconsin’s State Education Agency, she saw a single statistic that would change her life: Wisconsin’s achievement gap for students of color is…

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This is what impact looks like

Posted October 31, 2023

The Institute is proud to support the Positive Social Change Challenge within the Brotherhood Initiative at the University of Washington. It challenges students to work collaboratively on the social issues…

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A sense of hope: All In Grocers opens in Waterloo, Iowa 

Posted October 20, 2023

How the grocery store, community center, restaurant, and laundromat are inspiring a predominantly Black community.   When Willie Mae Wright stepped off a train from Mississippi and started a new life…

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Investing in America’s Future: Empowering Low-Income Communities through Workforce Development

Posted October 5, 2023

At the American Family Insurance Institute for Corporate and Social Impact, we're dedicated to closing equity gaps in the U.S. by investing in early-stage startups. Elevating family incomes is pivotal…

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Celebrating our 5-year anniversary

Posted September 30, 2023

We are thrilled to celebrate the five-year anniversary of the AmFam Institute. We have so much to celebrate and so much more to look forward to. Since we are still…

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Empowering Resilient Communities: 4 Game-Changing Companies Combating Climate Change

Posted September 13, 2023

As we prepare for Climate Week in NYC, we're excited to put a spotlight on the innovative climate startups within our portfolio as examples of the impact that can be…

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Reimagining our collective potential

Posted June 19, 2023

School’s out for summer. The familiar refrain and rhythm from Alice Cooper’s timeless hit rings through my head as I watch my kids run across the lawn chasing each other…

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Beyond Mental Health Awareness Month

Posted June 6, 2023

You likely saw a lot from us at the AmFam Institute during Mental Health Awareness Month in May. May also marked four years that I’ve spent with the Institute, splitting…

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