June 8-10| Preconference June 6-7 | Washington, DC

2014 Annual Conference

Philanthropy Exchange

Democratic Practice

This year's conference is centered on our spotlight issue the role of philanthropy in an increasingly polarized and fractured society. The conversation will be structured around five of the most contentious issues being addressed today by philanthropy, our nation, and our world—democratic practice, education, environment, health, and poverty.

Political partisanship dominates headlines and divides policymakers, making it difficult to find common ground on critical issues like immigration, inequality, and government transparency. With the 2014 Midterm Elections around the corner, Philanthropy Exchange will host a dialogue session on how foundations and grantmakers can work together to bridge ideological divides by facilitating community discourse, strengthening social ties, and promoting broad civic engagement. In breakout sessions and plenary activities, we’ll discuss the various roles of youth, journalism, policymakers, and community leaders in developing effective campaigns.


  • Making Rights Real: Civic Literacy, Media Access, and the Democratic Imperative - Monday, June 9 - 8:45-10:30 a.m.
  • Are Foundations People Too? - Monday, June 9 - 11:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
  • Fostering Bipartisan Problem Solving - Monday, June 9 - 1:30-2:45 p.m.
  • What is Philanthropy's Role in Supporting or Building Movements? - Monday, June 9 - 3:15-4:30 p.m.
  • Fostering Philanthropy and Civil Society Globally - Tuesday, June 10 - 9:15-10:15 a.m.