Inclusive Economic Prosperity in the South

Inclusive Economic Prosperity IconWhat is philanthropy's role in economic development?

To determine the role that philanthropy can play in inclusive economic prosperity, we need a big picture look at the landscape that contributes to a healthy economic ecosystem that is both equitable and innovative.

The Council on Foundations, in partnership with The Spartanburg County Foundation, invites you to a dynamic two-day convening at the innovation centers of two prominent Southern corporations — Milliken and BMW Manufacturing — where we will consider the factors that make up a healthy local and regional economy and how foundations can contribute meaningfully to this ecosystem. Immerse yourself in the economic drivers of the South and talk with subject matter experts and peers on topics such as community leadership, capitalization and impact investing, resource alignment, and competitive talent development.


Day 1

  • 9:00 - 10:00 AM - Plenary 1: Shaping the Innovation Landscape in the South
  • 10:00 - 11:00 AM - Plenary 2: The Building Blocks of Innovative Economic Ecosystems
  • 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM - Plenary 3: A Deeper Dive into Regional Success and What It Involves
  • 1:00 - 3:15 PM - Workshop: Peer-Expert Exchanges
  • 3:30 - 4:00 PM - Case Studies: Building Innovative Ecosystems
  • 5:30 - 7:30 PM - Networking Reception

Day 2

  • 8:30 - 9:00 AM - Peer Speakers: Foundations' Roles in Fostering Inclusive Economic Prospertiy
  • 9:00 - 10:00 AM - Concurrent Sessions 1
  • 10:15 - 11:15 AM - Concurrent Sessions 2
  • 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM - Plenary 4: Mind the Gap: Ensuring Fast-Paced Innovation Doesn't Leave Behind Vulnerable Populations

Thanks to our community partner, The Spartanburg County Foundation, for collaborating with the Council on Foundations to bring this event to South Carolina. Thank you to the Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation, the Coastal Community Foundation, the Community Foundation of Greenville, The Graham Foundation, the Jolley Foundation, United Way of Greenville County, and United Way of the Piedmont for generously sponsoring this event.

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For any matter regarding accessibility, please contact the Council's accessibility coordinator.