CEO

Antony Bugg-Levine

I came to NFF to find colleagues who share my strange interest in both social justice and finance. I stay to work with pragmatic idealists: helping others thrive despite the crazy funding system we are stuck in while also working to build a better one. 

At NFF, I forge partnerships to fund and implement our work, strive to lead a team that lives our values, and share what we learn about how to spread power in the form of money and financial knowledge. And I try to keep my outrage and optimism in balance. These days: 

 

I am outraged by...I am optimistic when...
…complacency about things that are getting worse.thinking about others who have overcome worse before.
…our paternalistic system for funding nonprofits....building a new funding system that works.
…people who look away because they can.…meeting people who care deeply when they don’t need to.
…American inequality.…remembering the dream of America as land of opportunity for all.

 

Outside work, you will find me with my activist wife and joyful daughter, waiting for the day we can watch Lord of the Rings together, and sharing the music of “Uncle Bruce” Springsteen, the soundtrack of my immigrant American experience.

 

 

Listen to Antony discuss the history of impact investing and moving toward an outcomes-oriented social sector on Wharton Business Radio's "Dollars and Change." 

Watch Antony's keynote address at the 2018 Net Impact Conference.

 
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I've worked in companies where colleagues thought my focus on social justice was a distraction, and in social-sector organizations where colleagues thought my interest in finance was equally strange. At NFF, I am blessed to come to work every day with colleagues who get why I am so passionate about combining both.