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Investing for Social Impact Professionals


(5 ratings)


5 Weeks


Cohort-based Course

Align your money with your values. Save & invest your money for impact & returns. Build a planet positive portfolio.

Hosted by

Dr. Craig Zelizer

Professor, social entrepreneur, mentor, impact angel investor, & founder.

Course overview

Money is of no use on a dead or dying planet.

Many Impact Professionals avoid engaging with how they save & invest money. This is a huge mistake.

Your money choices have a large impact on the planet & your financial future.

Avoid "greenwashing" reduce costly fees, increase your returns & build a portfolio for impact.

Who is this course for


You have money to save & invest for impact and returns.


You're unaware or concerned about investment related fees .


You want to spot greenwashing and leverage your money for impact.

What you’ll get out of this course

Stop Avoiding Money - Engage for Impact

Explore why it is essential for you to become money literate & the range of options to place your money that works for you, people and the planet.

Don't be a part of Greenwashing

Be prepared to spot & avoid greenwashing. While there are no 100% perfect money options, ensure your money choices aren't actively destroying the planet & harming people.

Build the confidence to make financial decisions advancing positive change in the world.

Get the Tools & Resources

Explore a range of investing resources, communities, podcasts, financial advising tools (including robo-advisors) to make you even smarter about money & impact.

Reduce Fees & Increase Your Returns

Learn how completely unnecessary fees hurt your returns.

Many "green" investing options unfortunately charge high fees for no extra benefit.

Be informed to make smart sustainable + low cost money choices and likely save hundreds or thousands of dollars a year.

Build The Right Portfolio for You

Build an actionable plan to align your money with your personal and impact goals.

Decide how often to check on your your money + and make decisions based on your long-term goals.

Avoid common mistakes such as timing the market, rapid trading or emotional money decisions.

Allocate Your Time More Wisely

Do you want to set it and forget it or be active investor?

Get the tools and guidance to build the right sustainable options for you.

One Year Membership in the PCDN Career Campus

Be part of one of the world's leading platforms connecting changemakers to impact career opps, upskilling, finance for good and more.

Plus, we have weekly drop in office hours, monthly workshops and much more.


(5 ratings)

What Others Say

        As a changemaker driven to make a positive impact I found that my personal finances were not a priority and I was thrilled that the course offered practical tools and examples to inform how we spend, save, and invest. Dr. Zelizer has built an interactive course that increases your chances of investing your money in service of your values and life.
Natalija Vojno

Natalija Vojno

Founder & Principal, Our Future Fist, Rotary Peace Fellow
        In an era where climate destruction is becoming the norm, it is urgent that "the impact sector" examine our money choices. Building the financial literacy to move towards positive action for the planet and people is key an I urge others to consider taking this course. Dr. Zelizer is uniquely qualified to teach this course.
Nick Martin

Nick Martin

CEO at TechChange | Professor at Columbia & Georgetown
        I deeply admire Craig’s work on helping purpose-driven professionals find their passion and transition into social impact careers. This is unique course offering paired with his own personal experience is extremely valuable to complement one’s professional journey with one’s personal financial goals.
Diana Narvaez

Diana Narvaez

Fintech | LatAm | Operator | Scrappy Latinx VC in the making | Impact Investing | Management Consultant | Wilderness Leadership Instructor
        Craig not only tracks the market of sustainable investing options closely, he puts them into practice. I'm a sustainable investment advisor. I talk about this all the time. I've met few other people as knowledgeable on this as Craig.
Zach Stein

Zach Stein

Co-Founder, Carbon Collective
        The big investment companies don't always make it easy to answer those questions. The workshop helped me cut through the fog. It provided me with a set of good questions to ask and, most importantly, resources for arriving at reliable answers from trusted sources. I wish I had access to this workshop when I first started to invest!
Dr. John T. Crist

Dr. John T. Crist

        "Craig is the real deal - he has been on all sides of all the table as an investor, entrepreneur, and social impact activist. As as early stage founder, he is one of our most hands on angels, and never hesitates to make valuable recommendations or connections. I truly don’t know of anyone better to learn from or have in your corner than Craig.
Anthony Reo

Anthony Reo

Co-Founder & COO, Bunch

Changemaker, Angel Investor, Professor, Founder with 30+ Years Experience in the Social Impact Sector

Dr. Craig Zelizer

Dr. Craig Zelizer

Founder/CEO, PCDN.Global, Adjunct Professor, Georgetown University

Dr. Craig Zelizer is the Founder of http://PCDN.global, which connects a global community of changemakers to the tools, opportunities and inspiration to build careers of impact and scale change.  

He has strong tri-sectoral experience in social entrepreneurship, higher education and the nonprofit sector.

He is a very active angel investor for social impact, investing in over 100 startups around the world working in sustainability, fintech, future of work and future of transport.

He serves as a scout for Carbon Collective, Enduring Planet, a Deal Partner for Ganas Ventures and a Mentor for Seedscout.

From 2006 to 2016 he served as a professor in the Conflict Resolution program at Georgetown University (where he still serves as an Adjunct Faculty teaching a class on social entrepreneurship).

He has led trainings, workshops and consultancies in over 25 countries organizations including with USAID, Rotary International, Partners Global, University for Peace, University of San Diego and many others. He has coached over 200 social impact professionals to help them upskill, land their next career opp and for many explore their relationship to money.

Craig is a recognized leader in the social sector field. He has received several awards including George Mason’s School of Conflict Analysis and Resolution’s alumni of the year award and an alumni career achievement award from Central European University.

Dr. Zelizer spent two years in Hungary as Fulbright Scholar and was a Boren Fellow in Bosnia.  He has published widely on innovation in higher education, international development and peacebuilding.

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Course Outline


Greenwashing & Money are Dirty Words

Explore why many social impact professionals focus on building a career of impact, but often avoid engaging with "Money."

The impact you can have with your money decisions is critical both to planetary and your financial well-being.

We will explore tools for avoiding greenwashing and how to ensure your money is Clean.


Investing for Impact & Returns

Explore a range of options for parking your money for impact & returns.

Understand the average/potential risks, returns & impacts of a wide range of financial vehicles from savings/checking, bonds, efts, stocks, mutual funds, angel investing, crowd investing, real estate and crypto.


Fees Definitely Aren't Your Friend

Why fees are not your friend (really)?

Avoid high fees, radically reduce your investment expenses while Growing your Impact & Returns.

Be an advocate for sustainable financial options both personally and organizational level.


Diversification for Impact

It is dangerous to put all your eggs in one basket.

The same is true for your money.

Why diversifying for impact & growth is key.

Wind, solar, community banking, Bcorps, ETFs, Community Bonds, Angel Investing, Real Estate - find the right choices for you.


Investing Is a Marathon Not a Sprint

Working together and individually build a portfolio to start using your money for impact in the short and long-term.

Decide if DIY, robo-advisors and/or professionals are the right choice for you and how to find ethical and affordable options.

Learn how invest/track your money as well as how often to rebalance.

Course schedule

3-4 hours per week
  • Wednesday

    11 am to 1 pm EST

    Cohort sessions (a total of five)

  • May 3-May 31

  • Money & Impact Projects

    2 hours per week

    Plan to set aside up to 2 hours a week to work on your own, review course materials and start mapping out your investing goals. In addition to dedicate to build an actionable portfolio for impact.

  • Open Office Hours (optional)

    Friday May 12 & June 2

    1 pm - 2 pm est

Learning is better with cohorts

Learning is better with cohorts

Active hands-on learning

This course builds on live workshops and hands-on projects

Interactive and project-based

You’ll be interacting with other learners through breakout rooms and project teams

Learn with a cohort of peers

Join a community of like-minded people who want to learn and grow alongside you

Frequently Asked Questions

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