Veteran's Philanthropy Exchange: Successes and Challenges in Veterans Transition - Agenda

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Day One: Knowledge Development and Group Discussions

10:00 am – Welcome and Introductions

  • Don Cooke, Vice President for Philanthropy, Robert R. McCormick Foundation 

10:45 am – National Update: Veterans Administration Priorities and Desired Funder Collaborations

  • Dr. Lynda Davis, Chief Veteran Experience Officer, Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Deborah Scher, Executive Advisor to the VA Secretary, Secretary’s Center for Strategic Partnerships U.S., Department of Veterans Affairs

11:30 am – What Successful Transition Outcomes Look Like: Characteristics and Metrics

  • Daniel Perkins, PhD, Founder and Principal Scientist of the Clearinghouse for Military Family Readiness
  • Jackie Vandermeersch, Director of Resource Development, Strategic Initiatives, and Public-Private Partnerships, The Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine, Inc.

12:15 pm – Lunch Table Discussions — Applying baseline transition/community integration metrics to philanthropic investment strategies

1:30 pm – Regional Philanthropy in Action: Transition and Integration Strategies in Pittsburgh

  • Grantee panel moderated by Megan Andros, Senior Program Officer, The Heinz Endowments

3:00 pm – Break

3: 15 pm – Presentation and Large Group Discussion --  Reinventing the Social Contract with Veterans:  Could community-based collaboration be the breakthrough we are looking for?

  • Nancy Berglass, CEO, National Veterans Intermediary (Moderator)
  • Kelly Land, Executive Director, Combined Arms
  • Hugo Lentz, Chief Strategic Partnership Officer,Travis Manion Foundation
  • Nick Swayne, Executive Director, 4-Virginia

5:00 pm – Day One Wrap-Up

5:30 pm – Travel to Reception

6:00 pm – Networking Reception at The Warhol Museum with Pittsburgh-area funders and grantees

  • Welcome from Grant Oliphant, President & CEO, The Heinz Endowments
  • Story-telling Presentation by the Veteran’s Breakfast Club
  • Docent tours of the Museum

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Day Two: Public Policy, Philanthropic Practice, and Peer Sharing

8:00 am – Breakfast

8:45 am – Moving Veterans Philanthropy Public Policy Priorities Forward:  Background of Priority #1-DOD/VA Collaboration 

9:15 am –  Lessons from Funder-led Public Policy Initiatives: Getting Past DOD and VA Collaboration Challenges 

  • Catharine Grimes, Bristol Myers Squibb Foundation (Facilitator)
  • Josh Protas,  Vice President of Public Policy, MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger
  • David Sandman, President and CEO, New York State Health Foundation

10:00 am - Break

10:15 am – Table Discussions  — Identifying ways funders can impact DOD-VA collaboration: Action steps to drive positive change

12:00 pm – Lunch and Guest Speaker — "What is inherently government's role in supporting the nation's veterans? if not government, then who? 

  • Dave Lapan, Vice President, Communications, Bipartisan Policy Center

1:15 pm –  Large Group Discussion: Clarifying Philanthropy's Role After the "Sea of Goodwill"

1:45 pm – Convening Wrap-Up & Next Steps

2:00 pm – Post-Meeting Webinar: What the 2018 Midterm Outcomes Mean for the 116th Congress
This webinar will focus on what the results of the Midterms will mean for the philanthropic sector's public policy strategy for the next year and will feature policy analysis from Council Government Relations staff and national policy experts.

3:00 pm – Webinar Reaction Discussion