7 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Registration Hours

Meeting Room: TBD
8 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Breakfast Plenary: The Power of Design Thinking

Breakfast available at 7:15 AM

The Stanford Hasso Plattner Institute of Design, more affectionately called "the d.school," is a world-renowned, multidisciplinary hub for innovators tackling some of the world's messiest problems through “design thinking”—a methodology for creative problem-solving that has been at the heart of product breakthroughs at Proctor & Gamble, patient care at GE Healthcare, and decreasing infant mortality in Nepal. Join a hands-on learning experience in the basics of design thinking and learn the power of human-centered design, iteration, and collaboration.

Moderator(s): Evelyn Huang, Lecturer, Executive Education, Hasso Plattner Institute of Design At Stanford

Meeting Room: Empire Ballroom, Level Two
9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Exhibit Hall Hours

Meeting Room: TBD
9:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.
A little less conversation and a lot more action – using tools for business model insights (Learning lab)

Sponsored by CF Insights

Do you have questions about your path to sustainability and business model? Need information and insights?  Learn what tools are available to you through CF Insights and get started on the path to a stronger business model. CF Insights staff members will provide a quick review of what you can use and how our team can assist you. You'll leave ready for action.

Presenter(s): Caitlin Darisse, Program Coordinator, CF Insights; Diana Esposito, Member Services and Program Manager, CF Insights; Rebecca Graves, Executive Director, CF Insights

Meeting Room: Storyville Hall Learning Lab
9:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Site Session: Grow Dat and ReThink This: Youth-Led Food and Health Initiatives, New Orleans Style

Come hear about two local food and health initiatives with a New Orleans twist: Grow Dat! Youth Farm, a program that nurtures a diverse group of young leaders through the meaningful work of growing food, and Kids ReThink New Orleans Schools, a student-led change initiative focusing on school reform issues, healthy lunches, and restorative justice. You’ll see and learn from the students about their leadership in food system reform, how their efforts are growing a healthier community, and the holistic approach each organization and the work takes. Light clothes and sunscreen are recommended. Water will be provided. Check out this video!

Session Designer(s): Ms. Joann Ricci, Vice President of Organizational Effectiveness, The Greater New Orleans Foundation

Meeting Room: TBD
9:30 a.m. - 10 a.m.
Break

Meeting Room: Storyville Hall, Level Three
9:45 a.m. - 11:20 a.m.
Film + Video Festival:The Power of Two

A film by Marc Smolowitz

“The Power of Two” offers an intimate look at half-Japanese twin sisters, their lifelong battle with the fatal genetic disease cystic fibrosis, survival through miraculous double lung transplants, and improbable emergence as authors, athletes, and global advocates for organ donation. Featuring expert interviews and deeply personal testimony from the twins, the film provides unprecedented insight into the personal and societal aspects of this modern medical miracle affecting millions worldwide.

 


 

Meeting Room: Celestin Ballroom VI--VIII, Level Three
10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Concurrent Sessions
Community Leadership for Economic Development - Lessons from the Field

Members of the Rural Development Philanthropy Collaborative will share stories and strategies illustrating what community foundations can accomplish when they take on a leadership role in economic development efforts.

Presenter(s): Cara Brook, President and CEO, Foundation for Appalachian Ohio; Nancy Straw, President and CEO, West Central Initiative; Racheal Stuart, Consultant
Moderator(s): Janet Topolsky, Director, Aspen Institute Community Strategies Group
Session Designer(s): Nancy Straw, President and CEO, West Central Initiative; Janet Topolsky, Director, Aspen Institute Community Strategies Group

Meeting Room: Celestin Ballroom IV, Level Three
Donor Perception Studies and The Insights They Provide For Communications Strategies

The Center for Effective Philanthropy has done dozens of donor feedback studies for community foundations. Panelists involved with these studies will discuss some of the lessons they’ve learned and provide actionable strategies for more effectively engaging and communicating with donors.

Presenter(s): Kevin Bolduc, Vice President, The Center for Effective Philanthropy; Jessica David, Vice President for Strategy, Planning and Special Projects, Rhode Island Foundation; Lesley Martinelli, Director of Donor Services, The Dallas Foundation
Moderator(s): Susan Knudten, Senior Communications Officer, Rose Community Foundation
Session Designer(s): Susan Knudten, Senior Communications Officer, Rose Community Foundation

Meeting Room: Trianon Meeting Room, Level Two
Herding Cats: How to Best Manage & Coordinate Multiple Local Investment Advisors

Sponsored by Russell Investments

Does this sound familiar? You’ve allowed certain donors to retain their investment advisers. Now your operations are strained, your portfolio management and allocation processes are cumbersome, your investment results aren’t meeting expectations, and your development goals aren’t being met. Is there a better solution? Come to this session and find out.

Presenter(s): Hazle Hamilton , Chief Administrative Officer, Community Foundation of Central Georgia; Susan Skora , President and CEO, Community Foundation of the Great River Bend; Jack Willoughby, Chief Financial Officer, First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania
Moderator(s): William Thorpe, Director of Business Development, Mason Investment Advisory Services
Session Designer(s): Hazle Hamilton , Chief Administrative Officer, Community Foundation of Central Georgia; Jack Willoughby, Chief Financial Officer, First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania

Meeting Room: Celestin Ballroom V, Level Three
Integrated Outreach: Successfully Inviting Your Audiences to Give and Serve

The Oregon Community Foundation’s regional and statewide outreach efforts are designed to get people to give and serve. However, these successful efforts are not just about event management. They also involve setting strategies, monitoring goals, reporting to leadership, and more. Members of the foundation team will share strategies and lessons learned.

Session Designer(s): Sara Brandt, Charitable Gift Planner, The Oregon Community Foundation; Kathleen Cornett, Vice President for Grants and Programs, The Oregon Community Foundation

Meeting Room: Treme Meeting Room, Level Two
Leadership at the Edge: Do you have the stomach for it?

Community foundations are venturing into public policy, an area that is fraught with potential risk but also great returns. Some are taking on volatile social questions, while others are taking on policymakers and elected officials. Foundation representatives who manage civic leadership projects will share their adventures in public policy. Enjoy this preview.

Presenter(s): Chris Barge, Director of School Readiness, The Community Foundation Serving Boulder County; Brian Collier, Senior Vice President, Community Programs & Civic Leadership, Foundation For The Carolinas; Mukul Verma, Director of Communications, Baton Rouge Area Foundation
Session Designer(s): Mukul Verma, Director of Communications, Baton Rouge Area Foundation

Meeting Room: Celestin Ballroom I-III, Level Three
10 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Business Champions for Young Children (Extended Learning Lab)

Listen to representatives from ReadyNation offer their insights on the most effective strategies and tactics for engaging the business community in support of early childhood programs. They will offer specific examples from their work and share some of the lessons they’ve learned.

Presenter(s): Sara Watson, Director and Executive Vice President, ReadyNation, America’s Promise Alliance
Session Designer(s): Paul Major, President & CEO, The Telluride Foundation; Sara Watson, Director and Executive Vice President, ReadyNation, America’s Promise Alliance

Meeting Room: Storyville Hall, Level Three
12 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Movie with a Mission - A Community Conversation about "The Interrupters"

Pick up your lunch in Community Central and join us for opening remarks by Mayor Mitch Landrieu. Then, join a thought-provoking and idea-igniting dialogue around violence in our communities. With the powerful award-winning film, The Interrupters, as a backdrop, engage with fellow funders and other key leaders in meaningful conversations where we identify strategies and solutions to stem this violence. The Interrupters is the powerful story of Ameena, Eddie, and Cobe, three antiviolence crusaders from CeaseFire Chicago who use bravado, humility, and humor to protect their communities and “interrupt” the cycle of violence they once perpetuated. Shot over the course of a year, the film captures their profoundly important work and reveals their inspired journeys from criminals to courageous allies for peace. From acclaimed producer-director Steve James (Hoop Dreams) and best-selling author Alex Kotlowitz, The Interrupters has “put a face to a raging epidemic and an unforgivable American tragedy,” according to the New York Times. Saving young people from self-destruction and reclaiming our communities from the grip of violence is everyone’s business. The Interrupters is the catalyst for this important conversation. This event is cosponsored by the Council on Foundations and Media Impact Funders.

Presenter(s): James Carter, Criminal Justice Commissioner , New Orleans City Hall; Alex Kotlowitz, Author and Filmmaker; Mitchell J. Landrieu , Mayor, City of New Orleans; Luceia V. LeDoux, Public Safety/Governmental Oversight Program Director, Baptist Community Ministries; Ellen M. Lee, Senior Vice President, Programs, The Greater New Orleans Foundation; Ricardo "Cobe" Williams, National Community Coordinator, CeaseFire
Moderator(s): Leon Andrews, Senior Fellow, Institute for Youth, Education & Families, National League of Cities
Session Designer(s): Evelyn E. Gibson, Director, Awards Programs, Council on Foundations; Vincent Stehle, Executive Director, Media Impact Funders

Meeting Room: Empire Ballroom, Level Two
1 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Site Session: Mobile Education Workshop (TICKETS REQUIRED)

NOTE:  Limited space is available--visit the registration desk in Community Central to get yours.  A number of areas in Louisiana have launched education reform efforts featuring comprehensive strategies that work with the whole child and focused efforts to develop transformational school leadership. See these approaches at work in schools and in a planned community, and hear from emerging leaders about their work and partnerships with foundations.

Session Designer(s): Gerri Hobdy, Director of Partnership Relations, Baton Rouge Area Foundation

Meeting Room: TBD
1:15 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.
Film + Video Festival: Our School

A film by Mona Nicoara and Miruna Coca-Cozma

Three Roma children from a small Transylvanian town participate in a project to desegregate the local school, struggling against indifference, tradition, and bigotry with humor, optimism, and sass. This film is a captivating and often funny story about hope and race, as well as an elegy about generational prejudice and squandered opportunities.

 


 

Meeting Room: TBD
1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
GAB Fest 2012 (Extended Learning Lab)

Embolden’s GAB Project premiered at last year’s Fall Conference to a wildly receptive audience. Get an update and see how this unique tool allows you to compare your website’s key usage metrics with those of your peers and provides unique insight into the effectiveness of your website and online communications initiatives.

Presenter(s): Ann-Marie Harrington, President and Founder, Embolden
Session Designer(s): Angelle Fouther, Senior Communications Officer, The Denver Foundation; Ann-Marie Harrington, President and Founder, Embolden

Meeting Room: Storyville Hall Learning Lab
1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Dessert Break in Community Central

Meeting Room: Storyville Hall, Level Three
2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Leader to Leader: The Risks and Rewards of Impact Investing for CEOs and Trustees

Open to CEOs and Board Members

Impact investing is an excellent way for community foundations to unleash more capital into their communities using assets such as debt and equity in addition to grants. Join us for a high-level overview of impact investing from both a governance and operational perspective using discretionary and donor-advised dollars.

Presenter(s): Kathryn E. Merchant, President and CEO, The Greater Cincinnati Foundation
Session Designer(s): Kathryn E. Merchant, President and CEO, The Greater Cincinnati Foundation; Laura Tomasko, Network Developer, Council on Foundations

Meeting Room: Tuxedo Boardroom, Level II
2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions
10 things I wish I had known as a New Board Member

Being on the board of a community foundation is exciting and challenging. Veteran board members will share some of the important lessons they’ve learned and provide valuable insights so that you can also be a productive supporter of your foundation’s mission. Bring your burning questions for the Q&A at the end.

Presenter(s): Wayman P. Britt, Board Member, Grand Rapids Community Foundation; Anne O. Jackson, Member, Board of Directors, Maine Community Foundation; Jim Mayfield, Board President, The Community Foundation of Mendocino County; Tommy Taylor, Board Chair, Gulf Coast Community Foundation
Moderator(s): John Kania, Managing Director, FSG
Session Designer(s): Brian T. Byrnes, President and CEO, The Santa Fe Community Foundation; John Kania, Managing Director, FSG

Meeting Room: Celestin Ballroom I-III, Level Three
Creative Affordable Employee Benefits

Sponsored by Russell Investments

Join representatives from four foundations as they share how they’ve implemented creative, affordable ways to reward their employees, help to cover health care costs, and leave staff feeling valued. Have a question or something to share? You’ll definitely have a chance to participate in the discussion.

Presenter(s): Don Aguilar, Vice President, Human Resources, Silicon Valley Community Foundation; Lynne M. Black, Vice President, Finance and Administration, Grand Rapids Community Foundation ; Ruth B. Mills, Executive Director, Community Foundation of Randolph County, Inc.; Sandi Roehrig, Executive Director, Fond du Lac Area Foundation
Moderator(s): Cheryl McKenna, Chief Financial Officer, Community Foundation of Lorain County
Session Designer(s): Sandi Roehrig, Executive Director, Fond du Lac Area Foundation

Meeting Room: Irish Channel Meeting Room, Level Two
Donors of Color: Investing in the Supply Side of Philanthropy

Join us for a candid conversation with the Community Investment Network and representatives of “Giving Circles,” donors of color who leverage their time and talent to create change. Discussion topics will include supporting philanthropic leadership, learning-centered practices, inclusive philanthropy, social justice and equity, and collaborative influence.

Presenter(s): Charles Lewis, Engineering Design Lead, Southern Company; Kate Nielsen, President, The Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham; LaDawn Sullivan, Assistant Program Officer, The Denver Foundation; Herman Lyndale White, President, Denver African American Philanthropists
Moderator(s): Lauren Casteel, Vice President of Philanthropic Partnerships, The Denver Foundation
Session Designer(s): Lauren Casteel, Vice President of Philanthropic Partnerships, The Denver Foundation; LaDawn Sullivan, Assistant Program Officer, The Denver Foundation

Meeting Room: Treme Meeting Room, Level Two
Fundamental Principles of an Effective Donor Experience

What is the definition of an effective donor experience? Representatives from the Silicon Valley Foundation will share their techniques for developing and cultivating strong, consistent relationships with donors built on outstanding customer service.

Presenter(s): Eleanor Clement Glass, Chief Donor Engagement and Giving Officer, Silicon Valley Community Foundation; Marie Young, Director, Donor Engagement, Silicon Valley Community Foundation
Session Designer(s): Eleanor Clement Glass, Chief Donor Engagement and Giving Officer, Silicon Valley Community Foundation

Meeting Room: Celestin Ballroom V, Level Three
Public Partnerships: The Perils and Promise for Community Foundations

Many community foundations are considering how to better leverage their grantmaking with public funds on issues such as low-income housing availability, economic revitalization, lingering unemployment, problematic education outcomes, and health care access.  With the prospect of dramatic federal budget cuts, local and state governments will be faced with managing deep reductions in social, education, and infrastructure programs. Can community foundations more effectively utilize the precious funds they receive from federal and state sources, while positioning themselves to proactively help local governments untangle and align complex funding streams for maximum benefit? Learn how public partnerships are forming from community foundations with  long-term government affiliations, as well as some with more recent relationships catalyzed by mission-related priorities.

Presenter(s): Cara Brook, President and CEO, Foundation for Appalachian Ohio; Ashleigh Gardere, Advisor for Strategy and Development, Office of the Mayor; Paula Hickman, Executive Director, The Community Foundation of North Louisiana; Ellen M. Lee, Senior Vice President, Programs, The Greater New Orleans Foundation
Session Designer(s): Stephanie Powers, Managing Director, Public-Philanthropic Partnerships, Council on Foundations

Meeting Room: Trianon Meeting Room, Level Two
Redefining Community: Expanding Place-based Funding Around the Globe

Are you interested in partnering with intermediary organizations to facilitate international grantmaking? Hear all about the benefits of these partnerships, including the ability to offer additional donor-advised fund platforms with minimal additional overhead.

Interested in learning more about global grantmaking? Be sure to register for the preconference seminar, “Preparing Your Community Foundation for Global Grantmaking,” taking place on Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.

Presenter(s): Paul Hendricks, Donor Advised Fund Manager, Global Greengrants Fund; Jenny Hodgson, Executive Director, Global Fund for Community Foundations; Hoa Tran , Corporate Philanthropy Manager, Silicon Valley Community Foundation
Moderator(s): Jennifer Martin , Senior Officer, Grantmaking & Community Leadership, The Seattle Foundation
Session Designer(s): Paul Hendricks, Donor Advised Fund Manager, Global Greengrants Fund

Meeting Room: Celestin Ballroom IV, Level Three
2:30 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions
Community Convener: Enhancing your facilitation skills

Community foundations know that an important piece of their role as community leader involves convening and collaborating with other key community stakeholders.  Effective facilitation helps maximize individuals' contributions to these conversations and their commitments to the decisions made and partnerships formed. Come to this workshop to learn the skills necessary to broker agreements and reach consensus on critical community issues.

Presenter(s): Richard Smith, Principal Facilitator, Leadership Strategies, Inc.
Session Designer(s): Ericka Plater Turner, Managing Director, Professional Development, Council on Foundations

Meeting Room: Celestin Ballroom VI--VIII, Level Three
2:30 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Site Session: The Brainstorming Bus Tour: Communicating Your Impact (NO MORE TICKETS AVAILABLE)

 (NO MORE TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE) Climb aboard as the Greater New Orleans Foundation leads a bus tour through the heart of the city to visit three nonprofit organizations: Market Umbrella,  devoted to cultivating the field of public markets for public good; Idea Village, a leader of local entrepreneurship; and The Lens, an award-winning, Web-based news site. Learn more about these organizations and share best practices in communications with your peers.

Session Designer(s): Julia Boyer, Communications Assistant, Greater New Orleans Foundation; Martha McDermott Landrum, Vice President of Marketing and Communications, Greater New Orleans Foundation

Meeting Room: Offsite
2:35 p.m. - 2:55 p.m.
Hot Off the Presses: The Latest in Legal Publications (Learning Lab)

Hear about the latest and greatest publications available from the Council’s legal team—available for purchase on-site—and get a sneak peak at what’s on the horizon.

Presenter(s): Kelly Shipp Simone, Vice President Legal Affairs, Council on Foundations
Session Designer(s): Kelly Shipp Simone, Vice President Legal Affairs, Council on Foundations

Meeting Room: Storyville Hall Learning Lab
2:50 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.
Film + Video Festival: To Be Heard

A film by Roland Legiardi-Laura, Deborah Shaffer, Amy Sultan, and Eddie Martinez

This award-winning PBS production tells the story of three Bronx, N.Y., high school students and three innovative, courageous educators who develop a unique program using literacy and poetry to empower young people through language. In our country—where two thirds of all those enmeshed in the penal system are functionally illiterate and only one in eight adults can read well enough to understand the U.S. Constitution—"To Be Heard" helps show why we are in need of new approaches to these problems.

 

Meeting Room: TBD
3:30 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Break

Meeting Room: Storyville Hall, Level Three
4 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Leader to Leader: Collective Impact

Open to CEOs and Board Members

Collective impact is generating a lot of buzz across the community foundation field. What is it? How is it different from other forms of collaborative action? What is the role of community foundations in leading and supporting these efforts? These questions and others will be answered during this special session for trustees and CEOs.

Presenter(s): Kathryn E. Merchant, President and CEO, The Greater Cincinnati Foundation
Session Designer(s): John Kania, Managing Director, FSG ; Kathryn E. Merchant, President and CEO, The Greater Cincinnati Foundation

Meeting Room: Tuxedo Boardroom, Level II
4 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions
A new generation of community foundations: New wine in old bottles?

In recent years, community foundations have emerged in Zimbabwe, Egypt, Palestine, Thailand, and elsewhere. What distinguishes these community foundations—many of which operate in situations of extreme poverty, political instability, and aid-dependence—from their older counterparts? Are the two generations at odds with each other, or do they still belong to the same family? What does the new generation have to offer the old generation and vice versa? Enjoy this preview.

Interested in learning more about global grantmaking? Be sure to register for the preconference seminar, “Preparing Your Community Foundation for Global Grantmaking,” taking place on Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.

Presenter(s): Felecia Jones, Executive Director, Black Belt Community Foundation; Janet Naumi Mawiyoo, Chief Executive Officer, Kenya Community Development Foundation
Moderator(s): Jenny Hodgson, Executive Director, Global Fund for Community Foundations
Session Designer(s): Nick Deychakiwsky, Program Officer, Charles Stewart Mott Foundation; Jenny Hodgson, Executive Director, Global Fund for Community Foundations

Meeting Room: Bucktown Meeting Room, Level Two
Annual Giving at Community Foundations – Lessons Learned

The Pasadena Community Foundation and the Santa Barbara Foundation have both had annual giving programs for many years. While Pasadena uses annual giving to fund operations, Santa Barbara uses it to build endowments. Hear how these programs have evolved over time, and then share your own annual giving strategies, successes, and failures.

Presenter(s): Jennifer DeVoll, Executive Director, Pasadena Community Foundation; Lynette Muscio, Director of Donor Relations, Santa Barbara Foundation
Session Designer(s): Jennifer DeVoll, Executive Director, Pasadena Community Foundation

Meeting Room: Celestin Ballroom IV, Level Three
Big Data: What It Is and Why It Matters for Community Foundations

Learn all about the big data phenomenon and discover how you can use large public datasets—most of them free or inexpensive—to monitor issues, identify opportunities, tell your community foundation’s story, and engage the communities you serve. You’ll leave with specific tools and data sources that you can start using immediately.

Presenter(s): Mark Bolgiano, Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Council on Foundations
Session Designer(s): Mark Bolgiano, Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Council on Foundations

Meeting Room: Treme Meeting Room, Level Two
Curious gifts: Working with donors to convert complex assets to community impact

Community foundations are often asked to consider gifts beyond traditional stock and cash. Hear how three foundations turned these offers into win-win situations for everyone involved.

Presenter(s): Michael R. Hannigan, Executive Director, Pikes Peak Community Foundation; Kevin K. Murphy, President, Berks County Community Foundation; Racheal Stuart, Consultant
Session Designer(s): Kevin K. Murphy, President, Berks County Community Foundation; Racheal Stuart, Consultant

Meeting Room: Celestin Ballroom V, Level Three
HR Department of One (CPE credits available)

Sponsored by Russell Investments

For many community foundations, the HR function is either an add-on to an individual’s job description or the sole responsibility of one person. Learn how to create a sound HR infrastructure for your foundation during this interactive session.

Continuing Professional Education (CPE)
While advance preparation is/is not necessary and there are/are no prerequisites for registering, the seminar is intended for intermediate learners. CPAs who participate in this group-live event can earn 1 CPE credits. Learning objectives include:

• Learn the difference between tactical, consultant and strategic HR.   
• Be able to audit their current HR offering in their organization.    
• Use developed action to implement positive change. 

For questions or concerns, please contact Edward Jones, director, conference programming with the Council at jonee@cof.org or 703-879-0752.

The Council on Foundations is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website: www.learningmarket.org.

Presenter(s): Don Aguilar, Vice President, Human Resources, Silicon Valley Community Foundation
Session Designer(s): Don Aguilar, Vice President, Human Resources, Silicon Valley Community Foundation

Meeting Room: Trianon Meeting Room, Level Two
The History and Future of the National Standards for US Community Foundations

Since the National Standards were adopted in 2000, nearly 500 community foundations have participated in the accreditation program. Come and participate in a spirited discussion about the history, vision, and philosophy of the National Standards, which will be revised again in 2013.

Presenter(s): Brian R. Frederick , President and CEO, Community Foundation of Lorain County; Jennifer Leonard , President, Rochester Area Community Foundation (NY); Diana R. Sieger, President, Grand Rapids Community Foundation ; Judith W. Sjostedt, Executive Director, Parkersburg Area Community Foundation
Moderator(s): Ruben Orduña, Vice President for Development, The Boston Foundation
Session Designer(s): Emily Watkins, Program Specialist, Community Foundations, Council on Foundations

Meeting Room: Irish Channel Meeting Room, Level Two
4 p.m. - 4:20 p.m.
Fostering Innovation in our Communities and Ourselves (Learning Lab)

Hear all about a new program, the Rhode Island Innovation Fellowship, that sits uniquely at the intersection of community problem-solving, donor stewardship, and targeted grants. Fellows will receive up to $300,000 over a three-year period to develop, test, and implement ideas that could dramatically improve life in the state.

Presenter(s): Jessica David, Vice President for Strategy, Planning and Special Projects, Rhode Island Foundation
Session Designer(s): Jessica David, Vice President for Strategy, Planning and Special Projects, Rhode Island Foundation

Meeting Room: Storyville Hall Learning Lab
4:20 p.m. - 6:10 p.m.
Film + Video Festival: A Conversation About Freedom Riders

A film by Stanley Nelson

This film is the powerful, harrowing, and ultimately inspirational story of six months in 1961 that changed America forever. From May until November 1961, more than 400 black and white Americans risked their lives—and many endured savage beatings and imprisonment—for simply traveling together on buses and trains as they journeyed through the Deep South. Deliberately violating Jim Crow laws, the Freedom Riders met with bitter racism and mob violence along the way, sorely testing their belief in nonviolent activism. We will view clips from the film during this special session as Saket Soni, executive director of the New Orleans Workers’ Center for Racial Justice, leads a lively discussion about the continuing relevance of the Freedom Riders in today’s society.


 

Meeting Room: TBD
4:30 p.m. - 4:50 p.m.
Supporting resilient nonprofits: What have we learned and where do we go from here? (Learning Lab)

Community foundations lead the field in engaging grantees in decision-making and collaborating with other funders. How do we translate what we’re learning into strategies for building resilient nonprofits? Panelists will share the surprising findings from recent research on grantmaking practices and profile community foundations that are equipping nonprofits to serve their communities for many years to come.

Presenter(s): J McCray, Chief Operating Officer, Grantmakers for Effective Organizations
Session Designer(s): J McCray, Chief Operating Officer, Grantmakers for Effective Organizations

Meeting Room: Storyville Hall Learning Lab
5 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Happy Hour in Community Central

Meet fellow attendees and get the evening off to a great start with delicious refreshments.

This event is sponsored by Stellar Technology Solutions.

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Free Wi-Fi is available in all meeting rooms, September 10–12. Check your e-mail and share conference stories with colleagues, family, and friends.

Meeting Room: Storyville Hall, Level Three
6 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Next Gen Reception

Sponsored by Razoo Global Corporation

Join us at the Next Gen Reception to celebrate the strengths of the next generation of community foundation leaders and to share the successes of their multi-generational mentors. Next Gens and non-next gens alike are invited to enjoy some mixing and mingling followed by a short presentation by Razoo on innovation and best practices to take your community match day to the next level!

Meeting Room: Celestin Ballroom I, Level Three