In the Rural Arena, you'll have a chance to discuss your foundation, its mission, and your work with other leaders from around the country. We will have a small resource area set up to provide your organization with high visibility throughout the conference. Space is limited. To discuss opportunities, please contact Rochelle Colclough at firstname.lastname@example.org or 704-688-9782.
Please note that to significantly reduce the price of conference registration, meals during plenary sessions are not provided unless indicated. The conference hotel is conveniently located within walking distance of numerous restaurants for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, so please enjoy the local cuisine with your colleagues.
Monday, July 25
|9 a.m.||Registration Opens|
|10 a.m.||Preconference Session: Disaster Grantmaking and Preparedness|
Funders often need to act quickly and effectively after a disaster strikes. Join four leaders involved with various aspects of disaster grantmaking as they discuss preparedness and mitigation, coordination with regional leaders, and effective long-term recovery strategies.
Speakers: Regine Webster, executive director, Center for Disaster Philanthropy; John Cooper, program director, MDC, Margaret Doughty, founder, Literacy Powerline; Jean Paul Chaurand, senior vice president, Greater Kansas City Community Foundation
|12:30 p.m.||Opening Plenary - Demographics in Rural America|
During the next few decades, rural communities will experience significant demographic shifts in their populations. Dr. Robert Groves, director of the U.S. Census Bureau, and Mil Duncan, research director, AGree, will discuss these trends and provide you with some of the future scenarios rural communities will encounter due to their changing populations. Learn the best way to prepare for the future, and participate in a dialogue with the speakers and other audience members.
Speakers: Dr. Robert Groves, Director, US Census Bureau; Mil Duncan, Research Director, AGree
|3 p.m.||Concurrent Sessions: Round One|
The Rural Philanthropy conference consists of three themed tracks focusing on different factors important for rural communities and philanthropy. Attendees will choose one track to follow throughout the course of the conference. Each concurrent session in a track will involve highly interactive discussions led by funders to ensure attendees share their own experiences and explore best practices most suitable for their communities or regions.
|6 p.m.||Networking Event – An Up Close Look at America's Pastime (Dinner Provided)|
Through the gracious hospitality of the Laura McKnight, Brenda Chumley and the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation, join us for an evening with friends at the Kansas City Royals Ballpark. We will have an opportunity to hear the history of the Royals organization, its ties with the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation and a chance to tour the infield, the visitor's dugout and locker room while the Royals are playing out of town. You don't want to miss this terrific opportunity to relive every Little Leaguers dream of playing in the Major Leagues!
Tuesday, July 26
|8:30 a.m.||Morning Plenary - Keeping the Transfer of Wealth at Home in Rural America|
In an era of severe budget cuts and government gridlock, rural communities face significant financial challenges. At the same time, studies have found many rural communities harbor tremendous wealth. Hear from rural leaders who are not only sustaining this wealth but using it to improve their communities. You’ll leave this plenary session with ideas for taking advantage of wealth transfer in your own community.
Speakers: Don Macke, director of strategic engagement, Center for Rural Entrepreneurship; Bob Sutton, president, South Dakota Community Foundation; Jeff Pickering, president and CEO, Kern Community Foundation; Donnell Mersereau, vice president, community foundations, Council of Michigan Foundations; Jeff Yost, president and CEO, Nebraska Community Foundation; Steve Gunderson, president and CEO, Council on Foundations
|10 a.m.||Concurrent Sessions: Round Two|
|Noon||Lunch Plenary - A Conversation with Henry Bloch and Tom Bloch (Lunch Provided)|
Originally from the Kansas City area, the Bloch family has been instrumental in the success of many of the region's major initiatives. In 1955 Henry and his brother Richard founded H&R Block, which today is the largest commercial tax preparation firm in the world. Tom, Henry's son, followed in his father's footsteps, serving as the company's CEO before resigning in 1995 to become a math teacher and the co-founder of University Academy, an urban college preparatory charter school. Tom's book, Many Happy Returns, explores the essential aspirations and indispensable philosophies of Henry Bloch and provides fresh insights into the importance of social entrepreneurship and strategic philanthropy in today's society. Please join us to hear Henry and Tom's personal philanthropic stories firsthand.
Speakers: Henry Bloch, Co-Founder and Honorary Chairman of the Board, H&R Block; Tom Bloch, Founder, University Academy and Author of Many Happy Returns: The Story of Henry Bloch, America's Tax Man
|2 p.m.||Concurrent Sessions|
|4:15 p.m.||Roundtable Discussions|
Join representatives from federal agencies and foundation leaders for a discussion about government grant programs and legislation affecting rural philanthropy. Funders will have an opportunity to share their insights to ensure that rural communities are fully represented in guidelines for agency grants and other government funding programs. Join a discussion:
Rural Philanthropy Growth Act
Nebraska Community Foundation President and CEO Jeff Yost and the Council's Government Relations team will lead a discussion on the Rural Philanthropy Growth Act, an outline for legislation that would encourage community leadership and community philanthropy to revitalize and sustain rural communities throughout America.
Rural Sustainable Housing and Communities
Officials from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) will talk about the many new programs and grants available for rural communities as part of the Office of Sustainable Housing and Communities. HUD is also seeking insight from rural funders about how to partner most effectively with rural regions.
Rural communities face many unique education challenges. Suzanne Immerman, special assistant to the director of Philanthropic Engagement at the Department of Education, will discuss ways to improve outreach and service to rural educators and students, and solicit ideas on improving grant funding processes to rural areas.
|5:15 p.m.||Campaign for Grade-Level Reading Reception|
Learn more about the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, a collaborative effort to close the gap in reading achievement that separates many low-income students from their peers; raise the bar for reading proficiency so that all students are assessed by world-class standards; and ensure that all children, especially those from low-income families, can meet those standards. Heavy hors d'oeuvres and refreshments will be provided.
Wednesday, July 27
|8:30 a.m.||Morning Plenary - A Look Back: The National Rural Funders Collaborative
For the past ten years the National Rural Funders' Collaborative has expanded resources for families and communities in regions of persistent poverty, especially areas where concentrations of poverty and communities of color overlap. In the plenary we will hear about the successes and lessons learned from the funders' and grantees' perspectives.
Speaker: Jim Richardson, executive director, National Rural Funders Collaborative
|10:30 a.m.||Closing Plenary - Defining Philanthropy's Role in Society|
Public policy's impact in rural communities has been significant for many decades. However, with a government that is both broke and broken, rural communities should expect significant changes in how public policy will shape rural economies and services. In this plenary we will hear about government's future role in rural America and how philanthropy can best define its role in this changing environment.
Speaker: Tom Vilsack, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture
|12 p.m.||Legislative Update|
After the closing plenary, Chatrane Birbal, the Council’s director of Government Relations, will provide an update on the latest events and legislation developing on Capitol Hill and its effects on philanthropy. Box lunches will be provided for all participants.