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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.

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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.

Explore the pros/cons of do it yourself investing, AI Tools, and Financial Advising Platforms.

Who is this course for


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


You want to ensure you aren't paying excessively high fees for often bad products.


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.

This course includes

8 interactive live sessions

Lifetime access to course materials

19 in-depth lessons

Direct access to instructor

6 projects to apply learnings

Guided feedback & reflection

Private community of peers

Course certificate upon completion

Maven Satisfaction Guarantee

This course is backed by Maven’s guarantee. You can receive a full refund within 14 days after the course ends, provided you meet the completion criteria in our refund policy.

Course syllabus

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  • Week 1

    May 15—May 19

    Week dates are set to instructor's time zone


    • May


      Session 1

      Wed, May 15, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM UTC


    • Money, Impact and You

  • Week 2

    May 20—May 26

    Week dates are set to instructor's time zone


    • May


      Session 2

      Wed, May 22, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM UTC

    • May


      Optional: Office Hours

      Thu, May 23, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM UTC


    • Investing for Impact and Returns

  • Week 3

    May 27—Jun 2

    Week dates are set to instructor's time zone


    • May


      Session 3

      Wed, May 29, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM UTC


    • Diversification for Impact - Eggs will Break

  • Week 4

    Jun 3—Jun 9

    Week dates are set to instructor's time zone


    • Jun


      Session 4

      Wed, Jun 5, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM UTC

    • Jun


      Optional: Optional Office Hours

      Thu, Jun 6, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM UTC


    • Fees Definitely Aren't Your Friend Most of the Time

  • Week 5

    Jun 10—Jun 13

    Week dates are set to instructor's time zone


    • Jun


      Session 5

      Wed, Jun 12, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM UTC

    • Jun


      Optional: Optional Office Hours

      Thu, Jun 13, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM UTC


    • Investing is for the Long-Term not a Sprint

  • Post-Course


    • Open Office Hours

    • Second Open Office Hours

    • Investing for Impact & Returns

    • Investing is a Marathon

    • First Open Office hours

    • Fees Definitely Aren't Your Friend Most of the Time


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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)

  • Feb 28- March 27

  • 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)

    March 7, 14 & 28

    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

Check out our Free Video

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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