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, Minnesota Council on FoundationsCouncil of Michigan FoundationsForefront, the Indiana Philanthropy Alliance, the Iowa Council of Foundations, the Kansas Association of Community 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.


Keynote Speaker

Jeff Hoffman

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

Strategic Advisor

Mike Green

Mike Green
Co-Founder
ScaleUp Partners


Subject Matter Experts

jamie Bracey

Dr. Jamie Bracey
Director, Center for Inclusive Competitveness
Temple University

maureen conway

Maureen Conway
Vice President for Policy and Programs
Aspen Institute

Chris Gergen

Chris Gergen
CEO, Forward Impact and Founder
Forward Cities

bonny moellenbrock

Bonny Moellenbrock
Advisor, LOCUS Impact Investing
Principal, Millbrook Impact

Thanks to our regional partners, Minnesota Council on FoundationsCouncil of Michigan FoundationsForefront, the Indiana Philanthropy Alliance, the Iowa Council of Foundations, and the Kansas Association of Community Foundations, for collaborating with the Council on Foundations to bring this event to Minneapolis.

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Lead Partners


Bush Foundation LogoMcKnight Foundation LogoWells Fargo Logo


Convening and Contributing Partners


Saint Paul Minnesota Community Foundation Logo


Regional Partners


Minnesota Council on Foundations LogoCouncil of Michigan FoundationsForefrontIndiana Philanthropy AllianceIowa Council on FoundationsKansas Association of Community Foundations