Business with purpose has the

willpower to transform society

 
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Team

Learn more about any member of our team and board by clicking on the pictures.

 
 

Jeff Johns

CEO, Co-Founder

Previous: 12 years in charge of network expansion at National Christian Foundation

Family: Married to Jacqlyn with 3 kids

School: Duke University, undergrad. University of Texas, MBA.

Aimee Minnich

CIO, General Counsel, co-founder

Previous: President of the largest affiliate of National Christian Foundation

Family: Married to Marshall with 3 children

School: Rockhurst University, undergrad in philosophy; University of Kansas, J.D. with honors

 

 

Ralph VEerman 

Senior Advisor

Previous:  SVP of Prison Fellowship USA and President of Ligonier Ministries.  For 30 years, owner of Veerman & Associates serving leading philanthropic families including: Maclellan Foundation, Templeton Foundation, Seneff Family Office, Segel Giving Fund, Fieldstead Company and Heart of the City Foundation.

Family: Married to Lynne with four children and ten grandchildren.  

School: Bachelor's, Wheaton College.  University of Illinois, Chicago, Master's in Social Work and Master's in Criminal Justice. 

Steve Doerr

COO

Previous: Executive with ExxonMobil

Family: Married to Kim with two children

School: University of Indiana, BS Accounting. University of South Carolina, Masters in International Business Studies.

 

 

Beverly Lathrop

Operations manager

Specialty: organizing chaos (e.g., keeping up with Jeff and Aimee)

Previous: Executive Assistant at National Christian Foundation

Family: 2 amazing, grown children

 

 

Greg Lernihan

Board chair

Specialty: investing in impact companies and mentoring entrepreneurs 

Previous: Co-founder of Convergint Technologies

Family: Married to Marybeth, 3 children, increasing # of grandchildren

David Wills

Board member

Specialty: strategy for growing Christian nonprofits

Day job: Executive with National Christian Foundation

Family: Married with 7 children 

 

 

Jonathan Harrison

Board member

Specialty: helping families make an impact in their world at the intersection of philanthropy and entrepreneurship

Day job: financial planner

Family: married with 3 kids 

Craig & April Chapman

Board members

Specialties: Technology, management, strategy, generosity

Previous: Executives with Microsoft; Craig co-founded INRIX

Family: 4 children  

 

 
 
 
 

A new narrative for business and charity

It's time for a new narrative about the roles of business and philanthropy. It's no longer true enough to say business makes money and charity does good. Entrepreneurial donors are beginning to wonder if business with purpose can accomplish more good than charity alone. 

Business plays a critical role, not just in creating financial value, but in adding to human flourishing (see advances in communication, technology, sanitation, and healthcare).

If business is meant for good, then it follows that charity may be meant for financial profitability as well.

The new narrative calls for bringing together the best of business and the best of charity to accomplish a mission, regardless of the legal form the entity takes (nonprofit, LLC, partnership, etc.). This is not just a moral imperative, but we see through case studies and recent benchmarking surveys that it’s good for business as well.

 

Our Story

In our first 3 years, we have placed more than $54Million in 100+ Impact Companies. We don't claim this success as our own, though. Impact Foundation has its roots in the generosity movement. You see, our founding team met while working with the National Christian Foundation helping givers simplify and maximize their charitable gifts. Those roots mean we are committed to two key ideas.

First, God doesn't need our money, but in His kindness He allows us to participate in His work in the world. The means of our participation is generosity, simply another word for surrender. When we surrender ourselves--our finances, skills and talents, reputation, connections, indeed our very lives--to God for His work, He infuses them with His grace and accomplishes through us immeasurably more than all we could ask think or imagine. It's a thrill and a gift. That's why we can confidently say 'it's better to give than to receive.' 

Second, we want to see the Kingdom of God advance so that the lost are found, the hungry are fed, the orphan housed, justice carried out, and on and on. That means we as Christians are called to be smart, shrewd as a fox, in how we deploy our capital to accomplish good in the world. We need to research, measure, pray, learn what works and what doesn't, shift our methodologies, and pray some more. Philanthropy is fun, but it's also hard work. 

The search for better ways to accomplish good in the world led us to the creation of the Impact Foundation. 

 
 
 

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Areas of Impact

In our first 18 months, we have placed more than $30Million in 50+ Impact Companies. Those investments are aimed at improving lives and communities in a wide variety of ways. 

 

 
 

What is "redemptive Methodology"?

Every business we invest in is part of God’s redemptive work in the world - bringing the reality of the Kingdom into closer focus. Some businesses provide goods and services that obviously make people’s lives better: a longer-lasting mosquito repellant or educational software for inmates. Their primary impact happens through the products and services they provide and it is easy to understand how they're fit for impact investing.

But what about the Believer making great tables who intentionally lives out a plan for using the very business itself as a force for God’s redeeming work? This type of business makes the world a better place by the way it conducts itself even if its product or service isn’t specifically addressing quality education, poverty alleviation, clean energy, or freedom. While there may not be anything inherently transformational about the widgets a company sells, it nonetheless has a positive impact on employees, vendors, and its community.

We desire to invest in those enterprises and need a way to describe how they further our charitable purpose. Thus, we created a category called “Redemptive Methodology” to describe these unique organizations.

Seat King, a company founded by Pete Ochs, manufactures bus seats inside a maximum security prison in central Kansas. Watch the video and see Redemptive Business at work.

As the company does not produce a product with obvious spiritual significance, we must look deeper to understand how Seat King operates as a kingdom company. First, Pete pays more than minimum wage, whereas inmates would make only 45 cents per day in a traditional prison job. The state takes a percentage of their wages to help fund the prison—a social good. The men gain dignity as their work takes on meaning and their higher wages allow them to support their families and save for life after prison. More significantly, Pete and his management team spend time teaching the men leadership skills, lessons on how to be a better husband and father, and even start bible studies and discipleship groups in the prison. The life change in these men is profound and inspiring as seen in their own personal testimonies as well as reduced violence inside the prison and lower recidivism upon release.

Discover best practices and further explanation in other places on our site. Read more -->

 
 
 
 

core values

1. SPIRIT-DEPENDENT

We can accomplish nothing of lasting worth in our own effort. Abiding in Christ, through classic spiritual disciplines regularly practiced alone and together, we can understand our work better, become better team members, and ultimately influence the world around us for His glory. John 15: 1-8

2. CUSTOMER-FOCUSED

Duh. I feel like this shouldn't need an explanation. Doesn't every business exist to serve customers well? For us, focusing on our customers means (1) knowing who is and who is not our customer, (2) listening to their needs, (3) responding nimbly to solve problems and deliver results that our customers desire. 

3. GENEROUS

We believe God owns everything and we are stewards who will one day be called to account for how we've handled our relationships, talent, financial resources, and time. Consequently, we want to be open-handed with those things, sharing and partnering wherever possible.