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

The Future of Community

 Identity.  Purpose.  Place.

Site Sessions

Want to see outside the walls of the conference hotel and experience philanthropy at work? Sign up for a site session and participate in and excursion to organizations making a difference in the community that is the National Capital area.

If you would like to add one of these site sessions to your Annual Conference experience, contact registration@cof.org or 703-879-0600.

Both Site Sessions will depart from the T Street Entrance on the Terrace Level at 12:45 p.m.

Intersections of Economic Security: Building Skills, Securing Food, Strengthening Communities

DC Central Kitchen

For over 27 years, DC Central Kitchen has worked to rearrange DC’s existing resources to liberate hungry and homeless individuals from poverty. Their belief is that “food can do so much more than fill stomachs.” Explore DC Central Kitchen’s main distribution center and witness the transformative power of their Culinary Job Training program for unemployed men and women. In addition to learning about their innovative food recycling program, replicated school food program and anti-food desert “Healthy Corners” program you’ll hear from Capital area leaders who are utilizing dynamic and innovative approaches to employer engagement, supporting small business, and addressing economic security for high-barrier populations including immigrants and refugees, low-skill and low-literacy adults, and returning citizens. Explore and learn about DC Central Kitchen and more of the Washington region’s best programs that are exploring the intersections of workforce development to break the cycle of poverty and hunger.

Please note, space is limited to 25 participants.

Partnering for Creative Place-Making


Through a collaboration of partner organizations (public and private), THEARC - Town Hall Education Arts Recreation Campus – provides access to high quality educational, health, cultural, recreation and social service programs to the community revitalization of Southeastern Washington. Take a tour of this one-of-a-kind campus that houses everything from a professional-style ballet studio to a world-class 365 seat theater in addition to the services of Covenant House Washington and the Children’s Medical Center. THEARC’s programs range from their urban farm promoting nutrition and healthy eating to their 11th Street Bridge Park project which will be a new venue for environmental education. Hear from community leaders and pioneers in community revitalization about the journey of collaborating for success and plans for the future.

Please note, space is limited to 45 participants.

The Council on Foundations would like to thank the following champions for helping to create these off-site experiences:

Rose Ann Cleveland, Executive Director, The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation

Bruce McNamer, President and CEO, The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region

Emily Peck, Vice President of Private Sector Initiatives, Americans for the Arts