Separate registration is required for all of these events. Space is limited. Register now! If you are already registered for the conference and would like to add an additional preconference event to your registration, please use the paper registration form and fax or mail in the forms with payment.

Friday, October 17 Saturday, October 18 Sunday, October 19

Advancement Network

Friday, October 17; Saturday, October 18; and Sunday, October 19
$325.00 Member

The 2014 Conference will offer quality sessions and fantastic opportunities for networking and learning with your peers. A complete schedule of sessions coming soon!

To register, make travel and hotel reservations and to view the updated schedule of events, please visit the AdNet Conference Site.


**SOLD OUT** Center for Community Foundation Excellence Community Foundations Fundamentals Course

This session has reached capacity, and is now sold out. If you wish to be added to the waiting list, please email registration@cof.org.

Saturday, October 18th 8:30 a.m.- 5 p.m. & Sunday, October 19th 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
$595.00 Member/$809.00 Nonmenmber

A well-trained staff and a well-informed board are crucial to community foundation success in a fast-changing world. This two-day course helps new and experienced foundation stakeholders build essential skills they need. Created and led by experienced leaders, this course includes:

  • Updates on key legal and legislative issues;
  • Information on grantmaking;
  • Review of community leadership and fiduciary responsibilities.

Speakers: Michael L. Batchelor,President, The Erie Community Foundation ; Mr. Brian R. Frederick, President/CEO,Community Foundation of Lorain County


ProNet Preconferece

Sunday, October 19 – 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
$125 Member/$150 Nonmember

This day-long professional development opportunity will focus on the evolving role of program officers in the community foundation field. As the Council's fall conference provides a macro-level view of philanthropy and the community foundation field, the ProNet Preconference will offer content specific to grantmaking and how program officers can approach their work better, more efficiently and more creatively. Sessions will feature experts in the grantmaking field as well as significant opportunities for peer to peer learning that will give attendees concrete ideas to take back to their foundations.

The Pre-Conference keynote speaker is Bill Somerville, a nationally recognized expert on creative grantmaking with over 50 years of experience in the field of philanthropy. Bill is President and Founder of Philanthropic Ventures Foundation, which specializes in creative giving programs customized to donor interests. In addition, Bill spent 17 years as Executive Director of the Peninsula Community Foundation (now known as the Silicon Valley Community Foundation).

The preconference will also feature an innovation lab facilitated by the dynamic Beth Kanter, who has over 30 years experience working in the nonprofit sector in technology, training, capacity building, evaluation, fundraising, and marketing. This interactive learning lab will lead to new ideas about how community foundation program officers can think about their work and grantmaking differently.

Session topics will also include "Raising Unrestricted Dollars," led by Ralph Serpe, Vice President of Development for the Baltimore Community Foundation and an interactive, round-robin style exchange featuring hot-button issues for program officers such as: measuring impact, proactive grantmaking, grantee/funder relationships, grantmaking technology, and funder collaboratives, among others.

Please visit the ProNet Website to register.


Anchor Institutions: Peer Learning Exchange

Sunday, October 19 – 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
$125 Member/ $225 Nonmember

As anchor institutions, community foundations are uniquely positioned to serve as brokers, convene successfully, and leverage various resources from numerous anchors for collective impact.  As community foundations enter their second century of existence, their ability to engage locally and convene multiple stakeholders in their regions will be increasingly significant. While this is a role suited for community foundations, it is important to build the capacity to engage effectively and facilitate extensive community dialogues with a wide range of stakeholders.  Join us for a peer learning exchange among community foundations about their role as anchor institutions in their communities. This session will include three case examples of community foundations' efforts to engage and convene, with honest peer discussion, about the promising practices, challenges, and future opportunities around this important role as well as the multifaceted considerations involved in being a convening anchor institution.

Speaker: Dr.David Maurrasse, Founder and President, Marga Incorporated

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If you are already registered for the conference and would like to add an additional preconference event to your registration, please use the paper registration form and fax or mail in the forms with payment.


CEO Retreat: Donor Advised Funds and Public Policy

Sunday, October 19 - 10  a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
$150 Member/Nonmember
This event is for community foundation chief executives only.

Through our conversations with community foundation leaders and other stakeholders, we’ve heard an increasing demand for a high-level in-person meeting with community foundation leaders on how to best respond to harmful policy proposals—specifically, a proposed 5-year payout for all donor advised funds. Community foundation leaders attending the retreat will assist in developing a multi-year tax reform campaign for community foundations.  The second half of the retreat will provide opportunities for robust discussion and networking.

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If you are already registered for the conference and would like to add an additional preconference event to your registration, please use the paper registration form and fax or mail in the forms with payment.


Resilient Communities Confronting Climate Change:  A Pivotal Role for Community Foundations

Sunday, October 19th – 10 a.m.-4 p.m
$75 members/$125 nonmembers

Everything will be “above average.”  But, we aren’t talking about the citizens of Lake Wobegon, Minnesota! 

Higher than average temperatures.  Rising sea levels.  More severe droughts. Increased frequency of extreme weather. Greater public health threats from mosquito-borne diseases.  Elevated threats to food and national security.  Climate change is a complex problem. Impacts from a changing climate touch on all major sectors of society, from energy policy and transportation infrastructure to agriculture and human health.  Individual investments by federal science agencies, local governments, philanthropy, and the private sector have helped to raise awareness of the issues and promote development of mitigation and adaptation solutions.  But, for communities to be truly prepared and resilient, a more integrated, “all hands on deck” effort will be required.

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If you are already registered for the conference and would like to add an additional preconference event to your registration, please use the paper registration form and fax or mail in the forms with payment.


Building Collaboration: A Conversation for Foundation and Higher Education Leaders

Sunday, October 19 - 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Closed Session - By Invitation Only*

The Council on Foundations and Campus Compact are pleased to present this intimate pre-conference session that is designed to open and deepen a dialogue between place based higher education and philanthropic institutions about the importance of collaborating to create our next generation of civic leaders and philanthropists. Designed to capture the voices and experiences of all attendees through small and full group discussions, this event will showcase successful examples of partnerships between community foundations and colleges focused on innovative ways to increase access to higher education, build public and philanthropic leadership, and impact communities. This discussion is for CEOs or high-level administrators about the joint role of place-based foundations and colleges in creating educational pathways for all students and educating them for community leadership.

*Please note that the invitations for this event have already been extended to the previously identified participants.