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

Preconference Programming

We are pleased to offer three (3) preconference and three (3) site sessions for attendees interested in diving deep into hot topics impacting philanthropy now and seeing and supporting local philanthropy in action in the field. All sessions will take place on Monday, April 29, 2019, from 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, in advance of the official start of Leading Together 2019.

Preconference Sessions require advance registration and have an additional fee ($299 for members and $549 for nonmembers). Individuals can register for a session independently from the full conference.

Site Sessions require advance registration and are included in the conference pricing. All host sites are ADA compliant.

Register for your preferred preconference session or site session while registering for the full conference. Please note that all preconference events occur simultaneously, so please only select one (1). Email registration@cof.org or call 703.879.0645, if you: have completed your registration and would like to add a pre-conference or site session; or want to attend a pre-conference session and not the full conference.

A Community Foundations Excellence (CFE): Fundamentals course will also be offered on Sunday, April 28 - Monday, April 29, 2019. Registration for CFE: Fundamentals must be done separately and cannot be done while registering for the full conference.


Preconference Sessions

U.S. Communities in Crisis

Monday, April 29 - 12 p.m. - 5 p.m. | Registration Cost - $299 Members $549 Nonmembers

Over the last several years, many U.S. communities have experienced crises that have had a physiological effect on neighborhoods and traumatized children, youth and families. The violence in Parkland, Las Vegas, Charlottesville, Pulse Night Club, Flint, Detroit and Sandy Hook, among others, propels us to attempt to solve the intractable problems our communities are facing today. But what exactly is the role of philanthropy in responding to communities in crisis? In situations like the violent situations listed above, philanthropy played a pivotal role in responding to tragedies and civil discourse. Around the country, foundations are convening communities and bridging divides on some of America’s most pressing issues: race, politics, religion and social economics. This pre-conference will feature case studies and best practices on how to take a leadership role and partner with your local government and will breakdown the different aspects of crisis response: immediate, preparedness to resiliency and long-term recovery.

  • 12:00 – 12:45 pm Opening: Traumatized Communities in America
    Enjoy lunch with a powerful keynote speaker who will provide insights into the deep impact of traumatized families, neighborhoods and communities caused by hate, violence, and tensions in America.
  • 1:00 – 2:30 pm | Philanthropy’s Response to Divisiveness
    Three 30-minute action learning conversations with philanthropy leaders who have or are responding to crises in their communities related to hate and civility, gun violence, and public health.
  • 2:45 – 4:00 pm Building Resilience and Root Cause Solutions
    Spark talks on solutions and tools being deployed by funders to build resilience and address root causes within communities.
  • 4:15 – 5:00 pm Closing: The Unenviable Task of Putting a Value on Human Lives
    Close out with the all-too-real conversation that philanthropy finds itself in times of crisis—providing the philanthropic dollars to respond and distributing funds to assist individual victims and their families that comes with life’s misfortunes.

Global Grantmaking Models: Options and Innovation for US Grantmaking

Monday, April 29 - 12 p.m. - 5 p.m. | Registration Cost - $299 Members $549 Nonmembers

Does U.S. philanthropy fare better at helping sustain local civil society organizations around the world than official development aid? Foundations have a plethora of options for how to fund programs overseas – from making grants to US-based international NGOs implementing programs overseas or working with intermediary US-based partners to directly funding grassroots groups around the world. As global grantmaking continues to increase, what innovations are helping US foundations improve their impact globally? Join us for this half-day pre-conference where we’ll hear from organizations that are exploring new approaches to international giving. Funders will leave this pre-conference with concrete examples for how to effectively work with grantees in the US and around the world, including in challenging situations with rapidly closing space for civil society and increased foreign funding restrictions. From veteran global grantmakers to those new to the process of global giving, this session will have valuable insights for any US foundation working internationally.

  • 12:00 – 12:45pm Welcome, Introductions, and Data Trends in Global Giving by US Foundations (over lunch) 
    Over lunch, speakers will outline the latest data trends for how US foundations are supporting global programs, including how much is flowing directly to organizations implementing programs in the country where they are located. 
  • 12:45 – 2:00pm #ShiftThePower: Innovations in Global Giving 
    In a series of inspiring spark talks, leaders from around the globe will share how they are piloting new ways to enhance funding flows directly to communities, from technological solutions to new financing models. 
  • 2:30 – 3:30pm Direct Grantmaking Strategies Amidst Increasing Restrictions 
    How are funders working amidst the challenges of “closing space” that can make it harder for philanthropic grants to flow across borders? Hear from a variety of funders working in difficult contexts for how they effectively navigate the changing regulations impacting cross-border giving. 
  • 3:30 – 4:30pm New Ideas for Non-Financial Support of Global Programs 
    Are you effectively leveraging non-financial ways to support global programs? Funders will share concrete examples of non-financial resources, from convening to technical assistance, they are employing to strengthen relationships with partners around the world. 
  • 4:30 – 5:00pm Closing Keynote – Future of Grantmaking by US Philanthropy 

Harnessing the Power of Advocacy to Support Achieving Your Mission

Monday, April 29 - 12 p.m. - 5 p.m. | Registration Cost - $299 Members $549 Nonmembers

Building on the conversations from our inaugural Public Policy Summit in 2018, the Council on Foundations is convening a preconference to further explore how foundations can, should, and might engage in effective advocacy and public policy work. This preconference will offer a space for foundation leaders to share and learn from each other’s experiences in support of a broader conversation about how the philanthropic sector makes use of public policy tools to further their charitable missions. The conversation will equip participants with the means and network of colleagues to support these efforts.

  • 12:00 – 12:45pm | Networking lunch, followed by Welcome & Introductions
  • 12:45 – 1:45pm | Keynote Address: The Relationship Between Public Policy and Philanthropy
    This presentation will offer a perspective on how philanthropy’s voice should show up in public policy conversations.
  • 2:00 – 3:15pm | Panel Discussion: How Foundations Have incorporated Public Policy into Their Strategic Approach
    Hear from a panel of foundation leaders who have spearheaded efforts to achieve their organization’s goal using a public policy approach.
  • 3:30 – 4:20pm | Small Group Discussions
    Participants will break into small groups for a deep-dive discussion with peers around strategies and tactics for incorporating public policy and advocacy into their work around one of the following issues.
  • 4:20 – 4:50pm | Small Group Report Out
  • 4:50 – 5:00: Summary and Reflections

Site Sessions

Bridging Divides — Community, Philanthropy, and the Arts

Monday, April 29 - 12 p.m. - 5 p.m.

PAMM Museum WaterfrontPAMM Museum Hanging GardensPerez Art Museum Front Entrance

Cities around the world are emerging as creative forces thanks to their burgeoning arts and creative districts — attracting talent and investment, spurring business, and boosting quality of life. Communities are also leveraging arts and culture to unite and encourage discussion of sensitive issues.

Miami has been viewed as a model for how arts and culture can flourish citywide and spur economic growth and community building. How Miami got its art scene can be traced to the philanthropist Jorge M. Pérez. In addition to supporting several arts and culture organizations including the National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts, Miami International Film Festival, Adrienne Arsht Center, Gables Stage, Miami Music Project, Arts for Learning Miami, Miami New Drama, Nu Deco Ensemble, South Florida Art Center and The Fountainhead Experience, Pérez provided a generous leadership gift to construct a new home for Miami Art Museum, ultimately helping to transform a derelict 30-acre waterfront site into Museum Park and affirm the region’s growing stature as a global capital.  In 2013, the museum was renamed Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM).

PAMM helped Miami further retain its creative reputation by luring the heralded art critic, editor, writer, and curator Franklin Sirmans to be its director. Since 2015, Mr. Sirmans has ensured that PAMM’s art program reflects the community in Miami and has secured some of the largest donations of works in the museum’s history.

Our visit to PAMM will feature an intimate conversation between the two creative leaders who are making Miami central to the arts world. Learn and discuss how philanthropy can play a role in the intersection of art, economics, and community. Guests will also be treated to a guided tour of the galleries, followed by a private reception overlooking the waterfront.

Speakers: Franklin Sirmans, Director, The Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAM); Jorge M. Pérez, Chairman & CEO, The Related Group

Inclusive Economic Prosperity — Affordability: Liberty City and Brickell

Monday, April 29 - 12 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Brickell View Terrace Post Completion PhotosBrickell View Terrace Post Completion Photos

In February 2015, Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez committed $74 million for an initiative to revitalize Liberty City and Liberty Square. This area is the oldest public housing project in the southeast US and was built in 1937 under President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. The ambitious redevelopment project involves demolishing and rebuilding Liberty Square’s 709 public housing units in phases, and will be undertaken by Related Urban Development Group, the affordable housing arm of Miami’s biggest luxury condo developer. The end product will be a bustling, mixed-income community with shops, parks, community facilities and 1,400 residences, townhouses and apartments. The initiative seeks to address the issues of crime and poverty in the area by raising the standard of living for residents and creating new opportunities, through economic development. The project is a partnership between Related Group and Miami-Dade County.

Established in 1997, Pinnacle Housing Group is a full-service real estate development company committed to solving the critical need for high-quality housing attainable for working families and seniors in the Southeastern United States' urban centers, suburban areas and rural communities. Brickell View Terrace is a mixed use/mixed income multi-family development in the prestigious Brickell Avenue area in downtown Miami. The development is located adjacent to the Brickell Metro Rail Station, just west of Mary Brickell Village on SW 1st Avenue between SW 9th street and SW 10th Street. The development consists of 100 affordable housing units, another 76 market rate units, and approximately 7,300 SF of retail within the residential tower. The retail is on the first floor of the residential tower, with the structure rising to a total height of twenty-three stories. It is located in what has become one of most dense urban areas in the country.

This site visit will tour the Liberty City and Brickell housing initiatives, providing an opportunity to see philanthropic dollars in action developing homes for underserved communities. After the tour, join in a conversation with Alberto Milo and Kareem Brantley from Related Group and Mitch Friedman from Pinnacle Housing Group to talk about the projects, challenges they faced, and their impact on the communities. 

Speakers: Alberto Milo, President, Builders Association of South Florida; Kareem Brantley, Managing Partner, Bravis Fund Group; Mitchell Friedman, Partner, Pinnacle Housing Group; Louis Wolfson III, Partner, Pinnacle Housing Group

Climate Impact & Vulnerabilities — Everglades + Rural South Dade

Monday, April 29 - 12 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Everglades PhotoEverglades Educational excursion photoMiami WaterKeepers educational photo

Miami is often referred to as “ground zero” when it comes to sea-level rise. The 2017 Preliminary Resiliency Assessment from Resilient305, a member of the Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities network, presented a stark picture of the “Shocks and Stresses” facing Miami’s natural systems which are strained by climate change and urbanization. Everglades restoration is considered south Florida’s best strategy to protect drinking water supplies, provide natural buffers from flooding, and reduce carbon. Visitors to South Beach rarely appreciate that national parks, marine protected areas, marine sanctuaries and water management areas make up 2/3 of Miami-Dade county lands.

South Florida is home to the largest ecosystem restoration project ever undertaken and a world famous coral Florida coral reef tract that is as unique as the giant sequoias in California or network geysers of Wyoming. Our visit to the Everglades National Park will provide and in depth look at the significant challenges facing Greater Miami in protecting its natural systems, and options we have to address them. We will meet nonprofit leaders from Miami Waterkeeper and South Florida National Parks Trust — two local nonprofits who are working to protect remarkable natural places in South Florida from climate risk, which have vast benefits for our low-lying urban environment and our economy.

Community Foundation Excellence Course

Community Foundation Excellence (CFE) Fundamentals

Sunday, April 28 - Monday, April 29 | Registration Costs - Members $595 Nonmembers $809

A well-trained staff and an informed board are critical to the success of community foundations in our fast-changing world. This two-day course helps new and experienced community foundation staff build the essential skills they need to balance governance and management. Created and led by experienced leaders, this course includes basic information on resource development and donor relations, governance, updates on key legal and legislative issues, and a review of community leadership and fiduciary responsibilities.

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