Monday, April 29

8:00am - 2:00pm - Presidents' Council on Impact Investing Meeting

This session is closed.

8:00am - 11:30am - Community Foundation Executive Roundtable: Miami

The Council on Foundations is inviting executive staff of community foundations for an exchange of ideas to help strengthen communities across the United States. As a field, we need to come together to discuss the current mischaracterization of donor advised funds, and how we can implement strategies for success for all community foundations.

The Community Foundation Executive Roundtable in Miami, FL, is a half-day, roundtable ahead of the Leading Together 2019 Conference that will bring together community foundations of various size, scope, and location to gain understanding from diverse viewpoints. 

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10:15am - 4:30pm - Climate Impact & Vulnerabilities — Everglades + Rural South Dade

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.

Please note: Busses will begin loading for this site session at the Loews at 10:15 am

11:00am - 4:00pm - Bridging Divides — Community, Philanthropy, and the Arts

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.

12:00pm - 5:00pm - Global Grantmaking Models: Options and Innovation for US Grantmaking

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.

Speaker(s): Ana Marie Argilagos, President & CEO, Hispanics in Philanthropy; Sonia Balcazar, Consultant, Synergos Consulting Services; Nina Blackwell, Executive Director, Firelight Foundation; Lauren Bradford, Director, Global Partnerships, Candid.; Teresa Crawford, Executive Director, Social Sector Accelerator at Counterpart; Nick Deychakiwsky, Program Officer, Civil Society, The Charles Stewart Mott Foundation; Jessie Krafft, Vice President, Donor Advised and Grant Services, CAF America; Martha Lackritz-Peltier, Senior Counsel, NGOsource: TechSoup; Jennifer Lentfer, Director of Communications, Thousand Currents; Ferne Mele, Director, The Synergos Institute; Felix Oldenburg, Secretary General, Association of German Foundations; Thomas Hilbink, Director, Grant Making Support Group, Open Society Foundations; Alix Guerrier, CEO, GlobalGiving
12:00pm - 5:00pm - Building a 2020 Policy Agenda Together

Having a strong policy presence in Washington is a priority for the Council. We want to hear from you!

This Pre-Conference Session will offer a dynamic afternoon starting with lunch with the Board of the Council and our new Council President Kathleen Enright. During the afternoon we will learn from highly successful advocates and share advocacy experiences with peers. Recognizing the diversity of Council membership and different policy priorities, we will have time for break out discussions with just private foundations and community foundations.

Representatives from federal agencies will join us to explore mission related policy opportunities and the Council’s valued role as a gateway to leveraging philanthropy’s individual and collective missions. In considering the many issues facing philanthropy, we look forward to your help in prioritizing the issues that should frame the Council’s Policy Agenda for the Federal Government.