local economics

Align Your Investments with Your Values!

Leader in the Slow Money movement, Marco Vangelisti, is offering a workshop on aligning your investment with your values. 

Align Your Investments with Your Values:

A workshop on portfolio management and local investing

Saturday, March 20, 8:30 am

Global finance is an opaque landscape for individual investors. All too often, our investments can end up tied to socially and environmentally harmful industries, without our knowledge. How can we empower ourselves to act in this sphere, and direct our money toward profitable, progressive businesses?

If you long to operate with integrity in all parts of your life but feel underequipped or bewildered by the idea of aligning your investments with your values, this workshop is a chance to learn essential portfolio management skills and link your financial resources with local resilience.

In this safe, supportive and constructive workshop with other peers you will:

  • Learn the terminology you need to speak confidently with your financial advisors;
  • Learn basic portfolio management tools so you can analyze your own financial profile and needs
  • Clarify your personal values and connect them with your investment
  • Determine what portion of your portfolio is prudent to allocate to local or direct investing
  • Explore a list of potential investments based in CA and practice what you learned by assessing their risk, return and alignment with your values
  • Connect with like-minded individuals on a similar quest!


Keynote address on Investing for the World We Want given at the 5th National Slow Money Conference on November 11, 2014 

Investing and the Disappearance of the Sacred (blog post) 


More about Marco:

Marco came to the US as a Fulbright scholar in mathematics and economics at the University of California in Berkeley. After a stint in the financial industry, Marco worked as visual artist on a full-time basis for 5 years and obtained a MFA focusing on the intersection between public art and ecology. He later worked for 6 years managing investment equity portfolios primarily on behalf of large foundations and endowments. In April 2009 Marco left the finance industry and has since been instrumental in the formation and development of the Slow Money Northern California chapter. He is sharing his experience doing direct Slow Money investments with communities around the country to help them increase their capacity for local investing. Marco is currently developing Essential Knowledge for Transition – a curriculum for engaged citizens to understand the money and banking system, the economic system and the financial system and how we need to transform them.

Your Chance to Invest in Nia House is Now!!

Sam is investing in our Direct Public Offering! You can too. 

We now have $15,000 in our Direct Public Offering investment options!

Thank you for choosing and supporting Nia House.

Now is really and truly your chance to invest your money in something meaningful- Nia House. If you are a current family, you can earn interest on your deposit! Friends of Nia House, there are investment options for you too. 

Please visit us at: www.niahouse.org/invest to learn more.




An Opportunity to Invest in Nia House.


Current Families, Here's a chance you don't want to miss! You can support Nia House by investing and earning interest on your family deposit through our Direct Public Offering options. 

Direct Public Offering, (DPO), also known as investment crowdfunding, is an opportunity for the school to raise money from the community, similar to a bank loan, but without the usual high fees.  The DPO model allows Nia House to diverge from the conventional bank loan model, reaching out for funding to all community stakeholders, and redefine our local economy in a TRULY local way!

DPO will allow community members who care about Nia House (like you) to invest in our future and realize an economic return on your investments. For parents with children currently attending the school, the annual interest return on this investment could help to offset current tuition costs as well

Below are charts to help you guide you. Check out our DPO Investment page to get your questions answered.

These securities are offered only to California residents who meet certain suitability standards and other requirements pursuant to the Department of Business Oversight permit #  1321. THE COMMISSIONER OF BUSINESS OVERSIGHT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA DOES NOT RECOMMEND OR ENDORSE THE PURCHASE OF THESE SECURITIES.