The alternative investment industry is coming together to aid relief efforts for the victims of COVID-19. From June 15 to July 2, 2020, iConnections, a provider of customized networking software and customized solutions for financial services firms, will host Funds 4 Food – an online fundraiser that will facilitate a series of private capital introduction meetings between alternative investment managers and allocators. All proceeds from event registrations will be donated to charities focused on COVID-19 hunger relief.
“Recognizing the devastating increase in the number of people who are facing food insecurity as a result of the pandemic, I realized I was sitting on a powerful network of people who have the ability and desire to make a difference,” said Ron Biscardi, founder of iConnections. “Based on the immediate response from our early participants, including large institutional investors, leading investment managers, global prime brokers, and even renowned economists, we are confident that our event will encourage workable investment ideas, as well as solve a hunger problem facing those most impacted by the pandemic.”
Funds 4 Food will be structured as a network that matches allocators to managers for a series of private meetings that will occur via videoconference between June 15th and July 2nd. To date, some of the most prestigious allocators in investing, including Brown University, Cambridge University, Johns Hopkins University, the Hewlett Foundation, the Packard Foundation, University of Pennsylvania, Veritable and Yale University, have confirmed their participation in the fundraiser.
All proceeds generated through manager registrations will be distributed to charities focused on hunger relief for victims of COVID-19. Supported charities will include World Central Kitchens, Catalyst Kitchen, the Garces Foundation, Food Banks Canada, and Feeding America. The Garces Foundation, a Philadelphia based non-profit that launched the Garces Foundation Food Pantry in partnership with local restaurants to provide boxes of food to community members in need, has agreed to serve as the charity partner and will distribute funds to all other supported charities.
“We are excited to be partnering with iConnections, our local neighbor,” said David Maser, Chairman of the Board of Garces Foundation. “Together and with our national and global charity partners, Funds 4 Food will help feed hungry people worldwide.”
Investment managers and allocators interested in registering for Funds 4 Food can do so at www.funds4food.com. For updates and announcements on the event and the growing participation from the alternative investment community, follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter.
About iConnections and Funds 4 Food
iConnections helps financial services firms remain connected with clients in a online world. Through iConnections web and mobile interfaces, capital introduction teams can tailor the client experience and deliver the information necessary to maximize deal-making, networking and long-term connections. From short introductory meetings to large-scale client events, iConnections is fully customizable to suit each organization’s needs, with the ultimate goal of building long term partnerships to drive revenue and profit growth.
Funds 4 Food was conceived by iConnections Founder Ron Biscardi, a veteran of the alternative investment community and former CEO of a hedge fund seeder and the world’s largest capital introduction conference for the alternative investment industry. Taking place from June 15 to July 2, 2020, the online capital introduction fundraiser is supported by Bloomberg, Citco, KPMG, TD Securities, Capital Allocators, Prosek Partners, Studio Two and Zip Communications. All proceeds obtained through event registrations will be donated to charity. For more information visit funds4food.com.