Inclusive Economic Prosperity in the Midwest

Inclusive Economic Prosperity IconWhat is Philanthropy's Role in Economic Development?

To understand the role that philanthropy can play in inclusive economic prosperity, it helps to examine the landscape that contributes to a healthy economic ecosystem that is both equitable and innovative.

The Council on Foundations and our partners, The Minnesota Council on Foundations and the McKnight Foundation, invite you to a dynamic two-day convening where we will consider the factors that make up a healthy local and regional economy that strives to be inclusive and promotes innovation.  Our task will be to delve into the role foundations can play in this unique approach to creating a regional economic innovation ecosystem. Immerse yourself in the economic drivers of the Midwest and what constitutes an innovation ecosystem.  Exchange ideas with subject matter experts and peers on topics such as community leadership, capitalization and impact investing, resource alignment, and competitive talent development.

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Keynote Speaker

Jeff Hoffman

Jeff Hoffman
Managing Partner, Legend52 and
serial entrepreneur from Priceline.com and uBid.com

Convening Facilitators

Mike Green

Mike Green
Co-Founder
ScaleUp Partners

Chris Gergen

Chris Gergen
CEO, Forward Impact and Founder
Forward Cities


Thanks to our regional partner, Minnesota Council on Foundationsfor collaborating with the Council on Foundations to bring this event to Minneapolis.

For any matter regarding accessibility, please contact our accessibility coordinator.


Lead Partners


Bush Foundation LogoMcKnight Foundation LogoWells Fargo Logo


Convening Partners


Saint Paul Minnesota Community Foundation Logo


Regional Partner


Minnesota Council on Foundations Logo