Investing for Social Impact Professionals


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5 Weeks


Cohort-based Course

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

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.

We will also dive into the pros and cons of AI tools for investing.

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.

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.


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What students are saying

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, 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 schedule

3-4 hours per week
  • Wednesday

    11 am to 1 pm EST

    Cohort sessions (a total of five)

  • October 4-November 1

  • 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)

    October 13, 20 & Nov 3

    12 pm - 1pm est

Free resource

Is your money aligned with a better world?

As a social impact professional did you know that your money can be contributing to destroying the planet or a more sustainable future?

Where you choose to save & invest your money is one of the most important decisions you can make.

The good news, it is possible do good and do well for you and the earth.

Watch our video with 3 key tips to get started and

  • How to avoid greenwashing

  • Why fees aren't your friend

  • Key resources for screening & investing/saving for impact

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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

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