Leading Together 2021 | A Virtual Experience

June 14-17

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These sessions will spark conversations that challenge philanthropy to bridge divides, explore unlikely partnerships and engage with different points of view. This conference theme is generously supported by the Walton Family Foundation.

Collective Action Strategies for Advancing Health Equity: Addressing Root Causes of Pain and Despair

Black, Brown, Indigenous and Immigrant populations have suffered disproportionate rates of hospitalization and death from Covid-19. The death of George Floyd reiterated the need to address racial justice and equity in our sector. This confluence of racial injustice and health inequities are propelling philanthropic solutions grounded in collective action and led by community voice. This session will present a collective action framework and real time examples of how foundations can foster sustainable systems change.

Bridging Federal and State Political Divides to Address Family Economic Inequality

Join the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, HHS’ Administration for Children and Families, and the American Public Human Services Association on their journey to advance whole family approaches to economic mobility, leveraging a unique public-private partnership with diverse perspectives: legislators, state and federal officials, business leaders, nonprofits, philanthropy and parents. These partners bridged jurisdictions, party lines, and state borders during very divisive times to find bipartisan solutions to overcome policy barriers across government and advance family economic mobility.

Introducing Ethos: A Way to Address Dilemmas with Empathy and Integrity

To make progress on the urgent challenges faced today, we need to stop funding just the “usual suspects” and bravely invest in movements and traditionally under-funded changemakers. Choosing equity isn’t without risks. Philanthropists and those who support them face many ethical dilemmas because of their commitment to openness and inclusion. Together, GlobalGiving and its peers have created Ethos, a framework for addressing philanthropic challenges. Join to test out Ethos and learn to make more confident ethical decisions with curiosity, empathy, and integrity.

Please Forgive Our Mess. We’re Building Trust Here.

Building relationships and trust is messy. Where do you start? And how do you keep moving forward, when sometimes it seems impossible to find common ground? York County Community Foundation embarked on a journey starting in 2018 to intentionally build bridges and work together with people of color to acknowledge where our community has been and develop opportunities to move forward together. Come learn from our experience, as we share candid insights.

Community Foundations as Civic Homes

In 2020, a cohort of five California community foundations partnered with Justice Funders to imagine new possibilities for the future of community philanthropy. We explored concepts of civic identities and political journeys, questioned our notions of what makes a home and co-created a vision of community foundations as inclusive hubs of civic engagement. In this conversation you’ll hear the challenges, opportunities and experiments that our community foundation cohort navigated, and have an opportunity to share your own vision for civic homes in your community.

Crisis, Connection, & Collaboration: Learning and Growing Impact in a Challenging Year

2020 forced everyone to think differently. For many communities in East Texas and Louisiana, the crisis of the pandemic was an additional blow to families already struggling due to devastating storms and chronic systemic disparities. However, new opportunities have emerged spurred by the realization that there is power in convening and learning from each other, and through that learning and collaboration change is occurring. In Louisiana, a corporate foundation convened regional philanthropic groups which have fostered the spread of new ideas. In Houston and East Texas, a health foundation has been supporting the establishment of a network of clergy working to advocate for Medicaid expansion to help reduce health disparities in the state. This session will discuss how unique collaborations and connections are leading to impactful community change.

A Census Like No Other: A Multi-Sector, Community-Focused Partnership

Despite having millions of households considered “hard-to-count,” and being challenged by a global pandemic, California successfully implemented Census outreach in 2020, generating a 69.6% response rate, higher than the national average response rate. In this session, foundation, advocacy, and government voices detail how their partnership supported this success, and what they did – and what you can do – to build and strengthen multiracial democracy.