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20NTC Session Proposal

Impact Investing for Civil Society -Lessons Learned in TechSoup’s DPO


Learn how the global nonprofit/social enterprise TechSoup flipped its funding model to raise capital, deepen community engagement and grow revenue.

TechSoup is the first SEC-qualified nonprofit to raise funds nationally through a Reg A+/Tier 2 offering, garnering $8 million of an $11.5 million growth capital campaign in less than a year using several investment vehicles—including a Direct Public Offering (DPO).

TechSoup democratized the impact investing space through this process by enabling anyone to invest with as little as $50, even investors who aren’t accredited.  A must-see session for nonprofits and social entrepreneurs seeking new capital-raising strategies. Find out what worked and didn’t with this unconventional strategy. We’ll share our hard-earned tips for building and supporting a long-term growth strategy.

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the steps to take in initiating a growth capital campaign with multiple investment vehicles, including a Direct Public Offering
  • Gain an insight into lessons learned in launching a DPO so that more potential investors stay engaged
  • Understand how to decide to embark on, pace, and message an impact investing effort to draw diverse critical support

Target Audience

Development staff, Executive Leadership, Board Members, Marketing and Communications Staff,

Additional Speakers

Rebecca Masisak, CEO, or Ken Tsunoda, VP of Development, TechSoup