About

Our Mission

We invest in innovative, scalable solutions to the world’s most pressing needs.

Timeline

2012

  • Sorenson Impact Foundation founded by Jim and Krista Sorenson

2013

  • 7 PRIs into early-stage start-ups in the first year
  • Sorenson Impact Centere endowed at the University of Utah
  • Invested in the first U.S. Pay-for-Success Bond

2014

  • 10 PRIs made in year 2
  • Started investing in the GP and LP of new, start-up impact funds in addition to the direct equity investments

2015

  • 11 PRIs made
  • Sorenson Impact Fellows program starts with 28 original fellows

2016

  • 9 PRIs made
  • Appointed to the U.S. Impact Investing Alliance's President's Council
  • Sorenson Impact Center expands fellows program into policy advisory

2017

  • 17 new PRIs made
  • 25% of the foundation's corpus moved into impact investments
  • Sorenson Fellows program more than doubles in size

2018

  • 5 new PRIs made
  • 50% of the corpus aligned with impact
  • Grant program redesigned to focus on innovative field building
  • Strategy fellows program launched to support portfolio companies

Our Founder

James Lee Sorenson

FROM ENTREPRENEUR TO IMPACT INVESTOR

Raised in a family of entrepreneurs, Jim has always pursued opportunities to innovate. After developing a potentially disruptive technology, Jim was in the process of taking the company he build, Sorenson Communications, public. However, only two days before the scheduled launch, the dot-com bubble burst and halted the markets. Jim went back to the drawing board and in collaboration with a hearing-impaired family member realized that they could transition the company’s products to enhance communication for the deaf and hard of hearing. That company was among the largest leveraged buy-outs of the time when it eventually sold. On top of that, the company was estimated to have increased employment opportunities for the hearing impaired population by approximately four times! Jim was inspired by this company’s ability to not only make a very positive impact on an often underserved population, but also operate with an effective business model and profit that ensured ongoing sustainability. He was intrigued with the idea of finding market solutions to meet the needs of underserved communities and since then he has established the Sorenson Impact Foundation, which invests in scalable, innovative social entrepreneurs, as well as the Sorenson Impact Center at the University of Utah, which is a “think and do tank” focused on social impact and policy.

Our Team

JIM SORENSON

Chairman

PAUL LUDLOW

CFO

MEREDITH SHIELDS

Managing Director

LINDSAY ZIZUMBO

Chief of Staff

Investment Committee

Our volunteer investment committee is comprised of private equity and venture capital investors as well as business professionals from the healthcare, real estate and financial services industries.

CHAD GILBERT

Advisor

JAKE HODSON

Cottonwood Equity

MARK LUDWIG

Managing Director at Sorenson Capital

JERAMY LUND

Managing Director at Sorenson Impact

ERIC SORENSON

Cottonwood Equity

KRISTA SORENSON

Board Member

LUKE SORENSON

Managing Director at Sorenson Capital

PETER STURGEON

Managing Director at Sorenson Capital

Our Partners

We are committed to advancing the impact investing sector through partnership and supporting the following organizations.

Sorenson Impact

SOCAP

The ImPact

The U.S. Impact Investing Alliance

President’s Council

Financial Times Investing for Good Conferences

Village Capital

Global Impact Investing Network

Mission Investors Exchange

What Works Media Project

Seed