Leading Together Conference | Miami, Florida | April 29-May 1, 2019

Climate Impact & Vulnerabilities Concurrent Sessions

Throughout history, from the Green Revolution to the proliferation of renewable energy at local levels today, foundations have catalyzed action that helps communities adapt to changing ecosystems. Today, major environmental grantmakers are calling for increased investment in climate initiatives, since less than 2 percent of philanthropic dollars fund climate-related initiatives. How are foundations helping to create more resilient communities in the US and around the world? Learn how foundations of all types are responding to climate’s complex challenges, from work on energy systems to strengthening infrastructure and funding technological innovation.

Fire & Water: Foundations on the Front Lines of Climate (No Matter What We Call It)

Tuesday, April 30 — 10:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

Place-based funders tackle a range of geographic, social and political challenges. This session provides a case study of how two Foundations in seemingly polar environments are gaining ground. From Redding, California to Miami, Florida we will explore: How are private sector, nonprofit organizations and government collaborating to address risks to the economy and our most vulnerable communities? What is the role of the philanthropic sector to support an investment in the human and physical infrastructure needed to protect our future?

Building Inclusive Conversations Around Climate Action

Tuesday, April 30 — 3:15 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.

Addressing climate change is not going to be achieved by any single constituency. Securing substantive and lasting policy solutions to expanding clean energy requires broader political acceptance and a diverse coalition of stakeholders with different objectives. In this session, hear from a conservative who views clean energy solutions through a national security and economic development lens and an Atlanta native working to engage low-income, communities of color in an equitable transition to clean energy.

Speakers: James Dozier, Executive Director and Chairman, Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions; Michelle Moore, Chief Executive Officer, Groundswell; Nathaniel Smith, Founder/ Chief Equity Officer, Partnership for Southern Equity

Moderator: Mijo Vodopic, Senior Program Officer, Climate Solutions, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation


In the Wake of the Storm: Philanthropy as a Tool for Resiliency and Community Development

Tuesday, April 30 — 3:15 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.

We live in an increasingly unstable and volatile climate causing wider spread damage across the United States. A spotlight was briefly placed on the challenges facing America’s isolated Territories in the US Caribbean following the devastation of two Category 5 Hurricanes in September 2017.   In the wake of those storms, progressive new models of philanthropy that support under-served and vulnerable communities emerged that go beyond grantmaking and nurtures an innate resiliency and holistic community approach. Hear why community philanthropy plays a critical role in responding to disasters.  Explore the type of matrix required to manage the variables in disaster recovery.  Understand the need for philanthropy to be aligned with a public-private partnership for resiliency. 

Speakers: Dee Baecher-Brown, President, Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands; Deanna James, Executive Director, St. Croix Foundation for Community Development

Moderator: Laura Olson, Principal, Laura Olson & Associates LLC, Consultancy & Research

Scaling Up Climate Resilience Around the World

Wednesday, May 1 — 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Increasing temperatures and extreme weather events will have profound effects on the economies and health of the world’s most vulnerable communities. In this session, participants will learn how foundations are working to build resilience to climate change by investing in innovative local actions that can be scaled up and replicated nationally, regionally, and globally. Highlighted cases will include examples from a range of geographies and explore the role that partnerships play in working with governments, civil society, and the private sector to build climate resilience globally.