2016 Annual Conference | April 8-12, 2016 | Washington, DC

The Future of Community

 Identity.  Purpose.  Place.

Networking Events

Saturday, April 9

All conference attendees are welcome to attend these preconference events.

Networking Reception for Community Foundations featuring The Harwood Institute

5:15-6:15 p.m. — Georgetown, Concourse Level

We live in an era of mistrust, fragmentation and where too many groups and individuals are pursuing their own good at the expense of the common good. And yet, even amidst our differences, Americans are yearning to come together and get things done. Rich Harwood will talk about the critical role community foundations can play in this environment - in engaging communities and marshaling collective resources to combat the negative conditions that are holding us back and creating a new trajectory of possibility and hope.

The Council is grateful to Lilly Endowment Inc., for their generous support as Lead Sponsor of Community Foundation programming.


Networking Reception for Corporate Philanthropy

5:15-6:15 p.m. — Monroe, Concourse Level

Join others working in the field of corporate philanthropy and corporate social responsibility for a chance to mingle with peers over light snacks and refreshments. Vikki Spruill, the CEO of the Council on Foundations, and Paula Wolferseder Yabar, the Council’s Senior Vice President of Membership and Development, will speak about the Council's commitment to advancing the field and provide insights into the Council’s planned future contributions to the work of corporate philanthropists.

Networking Reception for Global Philanthropy

5:15-6:15 p.m. — International Terrace, Terrace Level

Before heading to the Global Philanthropy Dinner, meet international attendees and U.S. funders working in global programs over drinks and great conversation. You'll also get a chance to meet the Global Philanthropy Working Group and Council staff.

With thanks to “la Caixa” Foundation, Lead Sponsor of the Global Dinner and Reception, for their generous support.

Networking Reception for Private-Family Foundations

5:15-6:15 p.m. — Holmead, Concourse Level

Are you tired of going to receptions where everyone is standing around only talking to the people they already know? Do you want a fun way to meet new people and start to build relationships with other private and family foundation peers? Then the Private-Family Foundation reception is for you! The Working Group has planned a FUN way for attendees to meet new people and expand your networks. Bring lots of business cards and your appetite for good food and networking!

2016 Elections Event

6:15-7:30 p.m. — International Ballroom Center & West, Concourse Level

Welcome to Washington, D.C. in 2016! It’s election season. Who is winning? Who is losing? What is gaining traction? What is falling behind? Who will take the White House and what of Congress?

The Council and Independent Sector are co-hosting this campaign-style reception — complete with all the Star-Spangled bells and whistles that are fixtures during election season. The evening's entertainment will be provided by the ever-compelling duo, Charlie Cook and Stuart Rothenberg, as they share their insights and observations about this this year's election cycle.

Co-Hosted by:

Global Philanthropy Dinner - Uprooted Communities: Our Global Migration Challenge

7:30-9:00 p.m. — Lincoln, Concourse Level

The 2016 Annual Global Philanthropy Dinner will provide a space for conference attendees to meet and connect before the full conference begins on Sunday. Dinner will feature a number of leading experts who will discuss how the global migration challenge is impacting communities around the world, the root causes and challenges that have led to growing migration flows, and what role philanthropy can play when responding to this crisis.

For attendees of the Council's annual conference, this event is free thanks to the generous sponsorship support of La Caixa Banking Foundation, but registration is required.

With thanks to “la Caixa” Foundation, Lead Sponsor of the Global Dinner and Reception, for their generous support.

Thanks to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for their table sponsorship.

Sunday, April 10

Opening Networking Reception at the National Museum of the American Indian

7:00-9:00 p.m.

Buses to the Museum of the American Indian will load and depart from the T Street Entrance on the Terrace Level beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Please join us for an exciting networking experience at one of Washington, D.C.'s most beloved locales. The National Museum of the American Indian houses one of the world's largest and most diverse collections of its kind. The museum's sweeping curvilinear architecture, its indigenous landscaping, and its exhibitions, all designed in collaboration with tribes and communities from across the hemisphere, combine to give visitors from around the world the sense and spirit of Native America.

Take part in live silk screening or peruse unique exhibits and enjoy delightful food and drinks while mingling with your peers.

Live silk screening provided by Hit+Run, thanks to our Arts Partner, Americans for the Arts.

Sponsored by:

Monday, April 11 

Reception Row

6:00-7:00 p.m. — Heights Conference Rooms, Lobby Level

Join your fellow attendees in the Heights Conference Rooms on the Lobby Level for networking and light fare. The following rooms will be hosted by or focused on:

  • Rural Philanthropy Sponsored by the Blandin Foundation
    Northwest, Lobby Level
  • Philanthropy for Active Civic Engagement (PACE)
    Jay, Lobby Level
    Please note, this reception is by invitation only.
  • U.S. Department of Education and MBK School Success Mentors Initiative 
    Holmead, Lobby Level
  • Worldwide Initiatives for Grantmaker Support (WINGS)
    Morgan, Lobby Level
Book Signing with Ambassador James A. Joseph

6:30-7:30 p.m. — Heights Conference Center Foyer, Lobby Level

Please join James A. Joseph, former Council President & CEO and Ambassador to South Africa, as he greets attendees and signs copies of his book, Saved for a Purpose: A Journey from Private Virtues to Public Values.