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.

Speaker(s): Noah Berger, Director, Policy Reform and Advocacy, Annie E. Casey Foundation; Lucy Bernholz, Director, Digital Civil Society Lab, Stanford DCSL; Melissa Lim Brodowski, Strategic Initiatives Lead, Administration for Children and Families; Cynthia Campbell, Director, International and Philanthropic Affairs, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development; Robert S. Collier, Senior Policy Advisor, Council on Foundations; Mishaela Durán, Director, HHS/Administration for Children and Families; Eileen Ellsworth, President and CEO, Community Foundation for Northern Virginia; Patrick Guerriero, Founding Partner, Civitas Public Affairs Group; David McGhee, Associate Vice President of Organizational Excellence and Impact, The Skillman Foundation; Stephanie Powers, Senior Advisor for Public Policy & Partnerships, Council on Foundations
12:00pm - 5:00pm - Inclusive Economic Prosperity — Affordability: Liberty City and Brickell

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. 

12:00pm - 5:00pm - U.S. Communities in Crisis

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.

Speaker(s): Mark Brewer, President and CEO, Central Florida Foundation; Eileen Bulger, MD, Chair, American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma, American College of Surgeons; Tim Daly, Senior Program Officer in the Gun Violence Prevention & Justice Reform Program, The Joyce Foundation; Brennan Gould, President & Chief Executive Officer, Charlottesville Area Community Foundation; Deborah E. Greenspan, Partner and Co-Chair of Energy, Environment & Mass Torts Practice Group, Blank Rome LLP; Joshu Harris, Chair, Standing Committee on Gun Violence, American Bar Association; Amy Horton-Newell, Director, Center for Public Interest Law, American Bar Association; Kabir Kumar, Senior Director, Community, Walmart Foundation; Ellen W. Quigley, Vice President of Programs, Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation; K. Sabeel Rahman, President, Demos; Isaiah Oliver, President & CEO, Community Foundation of Greater Flint; Sabrina Wu, Senior Fellow, Inclusive Economy, East Bay Community Foundation; Karen McNeil-Miller, President and CEO, Colorado Health Foundation
5:30pm - 6:30pm - Welcome Reception

Kick off the Conference in style, pool-side on the Americana Lawn at Loews Miami Hotel. During the reception, attendees can enjoy the ocean views and savor the tropical flavors Miami Beach has to offer. This offers a great opportunity for networking and peer-sharing.

5:30pm - 6:30pm - Keeping the Light of Philanthropy Shining: Puerto Rico Community Foundation Reception

After Hurricane María’s devastating impact on the island, the network of community foundations in the US were the first to mobilize resources. This solidarity action allowed the Puerto Rico Community Foundation (PRCF) to provide immediate relief grants and supplies to community first responders (community based non-profit organizations) and to design a strategic framework to collaborate with Puerto Rico’s sustainable renovation.

In gratitude to the community of foundations who provided support and in an effort to provide accountability of the resources received and the progress of the island, the Puerto Rico Community Foundation welcomes all attendees, especially community foundation colleagues, to join them for this reception. Hear from Javier Soto, President and CEO of the Miami Foundation, and Dr. Nelson I. Colón, President of the Puerto Rico Community Foundation, as they speak to the importance of transnational and cross border giving, as well as the significance of the solidarity network that community foundations have formed to support one another. 

7:00pm - 9:00pm - Veterans Philanthropy Exchange Dinner for Community Foundations

This is a special pre-convening dinner of the Veteran's Philanthropy Exchange: 2019 Annual Funders Convening for community foundations on donor recruitment for veterans support. To RSVP for this event, please email

Tuesday, April 30

6:30am - 7:30am - Wellness Program

Start the day open and refreshed! Get your mind, body, and soul ready to tackle our dynamic Leading Together Conference with a 60 minute flow yoga class on Americana Lawn.

7:45am - 10:00am - Breakfast & Opening Plenary - Successful Philanthropy for the Future: Challenging Our Assumptions About Giving to Lead Together

How can we help the philanthropy sector become more effective and inclusive? This plenary brings together foundation leaders and advocates who are challenging foundations to focus on power structures in society, address racial equity, and think differently in order to drive social change. From a variety of foundation types and ideologies, these leaders are innovating within their established institutions to work differently within and across sectors. They will discuss how new forms of philanthropy are shaping the future of the field and explore how traditional philanthropy can react and work within the evolving framework of giving required by the rapidly changing world.

Speaker(s): Don Chen, President, Surdna Foundation; Kathleen Enright, President & CEO, Council on Foundations; Dan Gelber, Mayor, Miami Beach; Brian Hooks, President, Charles Koch Foundation; Jamie Merisotis, President & CEO, Lumina Foundation; Jessamyn Shams-Lau, Executive Director, Peery Foundation; Javier Alberto Soto, President & CEO, The Denver Foundation
Moderator(s): Tonya Allen, President, McKnight Foundation
10:00am - 10:30am - Networking Break
10:30am - 11:45am - Prioritize 2020 Census - An Urgent Opportunity to Protect Communities

There is concern that the upcoming 2020 Census may be under-resourced and over-politicized, which can lead to low response rates and the undercounting of residents of some of the most at-risk communities. All funders and communities stand to lose in this scenario, losing everything from data for planning local needs, services and hiring decisions; federal funding for programs; and representation in Washington, as well as decreasing the economic viability of rural and small-town America. While significant challenges remain to achieving a fair and accurate count in 2020, philanthropic leaders, together with grantees and other partners, are responding. Join this discussion on the opportunities funders still have to address this need, and ensure that these crucial numbers are accurate.

Speaker(s): Carrie L. Davis, Democracy Program Director, The Joyce Foundation; Debbie McKeon, President & CEO, San Diego Grantmakers; Arturo Vargas, Chief Executive Officer, NALEO Educational Fund
10:30am - 11:45am - Helping Foundations Understand their Connection to Social Impact… with the Arts

Please note this session has limited seating and will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Using as a jumping off point Americans for the Arts' new interactive tool, the Arts + Social Impact Explorer, this interactive workshop will engage participants in a dialogue about how foundations can support work being done at the intersection of social sectors, the arts and healthy and vibrancy communities. The Arts + Social Impact Explorer is an online primer that draws together top-line research and case studies at the intersection of the art and 25 other sectors in a visually appealing, highly interactive tool. This tool is meant to drive conversation, and is accompanied by customized Fact Sheets that are downloadable and printable for sharing with board members, public and private sector policymakers, and more. It also is mobile-friendly, and future work on this project will be about aligning the information in the Explorer with advocacy and decisionmaker education efforts to help expand the conversation about the arts and their value to communities. Functioning as the surface of a “lake” of knowledge, this tool is sourced so that people who wish to can visit the websites of all the example projects, click directly to the research referenced, and engage directly with the other partners doing this work around the country. We will highlight several specific topic areas and then facilitate dialogue about social impact.

Organized by Americans for the Arts


Speaker(s): Robert L. Lynch, President & CEO, Americans for the Arts
10:30am - 11:45am - Tapestry Grantmaking: Weaving Communities, Populations and Resources Together

Please note this session has limited seating and will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

How can funders effectively remove barriers around historically underfunded and under-resourced populations in order to create equitable grantmaking opportunities for communities with the highest need? The Albuquerque Community Foundation will discuss how their new community-based grant program, TAPESTRY: A City Woven Together, is bolstering economic and social prosperity, and building bridges between geographic communities, diverse populations and burgeoning local industries. This presentation will focus specifically on Albuquerque’s International District (previously referred to as the “War Zone”) and how TAPESTRY is [planning to] leverage multiple community and corporate partnerships to support Albuquerque’s immigrant and refugee populations.

Organized by the Albuquerque Community Foundation


Speaker(s): Joanna Colangelo, Community Impact Director, Albuquerque Community Foundation; Kelli Cooper, Vice President, Albuquerque Community Foundation
10:30am - 11:45am - Strategy and Tactics for Leading Systems Change Amidst Complexity

Does your foundation have the strategy and systems in place to effectively address the complexity of the challenges you aim to impact? Join a conversation with leading funders and thinkers who have developed frameworks and approaches that enable creative thinking around how to effectively change systems. Exploring applications to a range of issues that are relevant to funders today, we’ll hear about (and try out) strategic and tactical approaches that foundations can leverage when taking a systems approach to your work, even amidst the increasing complexity of the world we live in. 

Speaker(s): Heather Grady , Vice President, Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors; Tony Mestres, President & CEO, The Seattle Foundation; Lauren A. Smith, Co-CEO, FSG
Moderator(s): Natalie Ross, Vice President, Membership, Development and Finance, Council on Foundations
10:30am - 11:45am - Bite-Size, Right Size: How CDFIs Help Advance Place-Based Impact Investing in Rural and Urban America

Investing in place is a tool that foundations are exploring as a means toward achieving more – and more equitable – local impact. In many cases, place-based investing does not require a complex foundation investment strategy; rather, some foundations are finding success by sticking a toe in impact investing waters and learning by doing. Often, these foundations turn to Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) as the right partner to work alongside. CDFIs are mission-aligned, nonprofit partners who can help foundations scale their efforts to support affordable and workforce housing, fresh food financing and community facilities. Participants will hear from three place-based investing practitioners who are working alongside of local CDFIs to creatively deploy philanthropic assets to better address financing gaps and create impact in both rural and urban America – one step, one investment at a time.

Speaker(s): Beth Lipson, Treasurer, Opportunity Finance Network; Teri Lovelace, President, LOCUS Impact; Stephanie Randolph, Program Officer, Cassiopeia/Impact Appalachia
10:30am - 11:45am - Addressing Financial Vulnerability: What Households Need and Opportunities to Help

The usual metrics used to assess the national economy hide an enormous variety of experiences for workers and communities—flattening America’s rich diversity to a single number. Families have detailed knowledge of their own economic situations that may not align with the narratives used in policy and funding conversations, leading to programs that do not match their actual needs. Join us to learn what workers and communities across the U.S. say can help improve their financial lives, what employers, municipalities, and others can do to support those needs, and how philanthropy and research can inform and shape programs to assist financially fragile workers. Panelists will share insights learned from their respective efforts and will engage with the audience to learn and share perspectives from their work.

Speaker(s): Sheida Isabel Elmi, Research Program Manager, The Aspen Institute; Nisha G. Patel, Managing Director, Narrative Change & National Initiatives, Robin Hood; Travis Plunkett, Senior Director, Family Economic Stability, The Pew Charitable Trusts
Moderator(s): Leigh Tivol, Vice President, Strategy & Engagement, Prosperity Now
10:30am - 11:45am - Fire & Water: Foundations on the Front Lines of Climate (No Matter What We Call It)

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?

Speaker(s): Alex Carter, Director of Land Management, The McConnell Foundation; Yana Garcia, Assistant Secretary for Environmental Justice and Tribal Affairs, California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA); Rachel Hatch, Program Officer for Community Vitality, The McConnell Foundation; Kabir Kumar, Senior Director, Community, Walmart Foundation; Dawn Shirreffs, Director of Public Affairs, The Miami Foundation
Moderator(s): Nadege Green, Journalist, WLRN News
10:30am - 11:45am - All Politics is Local

Local journalism plays a key role in our democracy by helping ensure that communities are informed and civically engaged. With the digital disruption dismantling the traditional business model for local news and contributing to the loss of more than 23,000 local journalism jobs in the last decade, we must identify new methods and models to inform communities and support reporting that will hold government and institutions accountable. Alberto Ibarguen, President of the Knight Foundation, will moderate a terrific lineup of speakers, including John Thornton, founder of the Texas Tribune, who are building trust in journalism and serving local communities.

Speaker(s): Liza Gross, Vice President, Newsroom Practice Change, Solutions Journalism Network; Scott Lewis, CEO/Editor in Chief, Voice of San Diego; Mariam C. Noland, President, Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan; John Thornton, Founder, American Journalism Project
Moderator(s): Alberto Ibarguen, President & CEO, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
12:00pm - 1:00pm - Networking Lunch For Community Foundations

Join your peers to network over lunch and discuss critical trends facing philanthropy today.

12:00pm - 1:00pm - Networking Lunch For Private Foundations

Join your peers to network over lunch and discuss critical trends facing philanthropy today.

12:00pm - 1:00pm - Partners Thank You Lunch

This session is by invitation-only.

12:00pm - 1:00pm - Networking Lunch For Corporate Foundations

Join your peers to network over lunch and discuss critical trends facing philanthropy today.

12:00pm - 1:00pm - HUD Secretary's Award for Public-Philanthropic Partnerships Lunch

The Secretary's Award for Public-Philanthropic Partnerships recognizes cross-sector partnerships between the philanthropic and public sectors that effectively increase the quality of life for low- and moderate-income residents across all American geographies—urban, suburban, and rural. Awards will be presented by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in partnership with the Council on Foundations to ten foundations for completed or ongoing initiatives executed in partnership with any local, regional, or federal government during this session. Join us for a lunch to celebrate this year's recipients of the HUD Awards.

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Speaker(s): David J. Byrd, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Policy Development, U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development
1:15pm - 2:30pm - Foundations and Democracy: What Is Philanthropy's Role in a Time of Division and Mistrust?

While polarization and mistrust have been building for decades in the United States, our political climate seems to have reached new levels of anger and divisiveness. Given the magnitude of the many challenges facing our society, our country urgently needs to come together; despite this, we are more divided than ever. Moreover, such a climate has implications for philanthropy, as disagreements over philanthropy’s public purposes intensify, and the very notion of a “common good” is threatened. Building on a new report by the Council on Foundations and the Kettering Foundation, Our Divided Nation: Is There a Role for Philanthropy in Renewing Our Democracy?, this session aims to catalyze thinking on how the philanthropic sector can best serve our democracy, and itself, in these challenging times.

Organized by the Kettering Foundation and the Council on Foundations

This session is by invitation only.

1:15pm - 2:30pm - Creating a Health Equity Movement for Inclusive Economic Prosperity

In 2015, a new, place-based private foundation embraced an activist health equity mission in Pinellas County, Florida, just a generation after the segregation and discrimination of the Jim Crow era. After four years of listening within the community, the Foundation for a Healthy St. Petersburg is launching a social change incubator in order to provide space, technology, funding, information on advocacy, and other resources to support multisector efforts to achieve equity across the social determinants of health. This approach is helping the Foundation and community partners advance a comprehensive strategy for economic equity in a southern community with a legacy of racial injustice. Join us for lessons learned and provide input on the formation of the Pinellas Equity Center.

Organized by the Foundation for a Healthy St. Petersburg

Speaker(s): Katurah Jenkins-Hall, PhD, Board Chair, Foundation for a Healthy St. Petersburg; Janine Lee, President and CEO, Southeastern Council of Foundations (SECF); Chris Steinocher, President and CEO, St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce
Moderator(s): Randall H. Russell, President and CEO, Foundation for a Healthy St. Petersburg
1:15pm - 2:00pm - 2019 Grantmaker Salary and Benefits Survey Demo

Interested in the Grantmaker Salary and Benefits Report? Join Council staff for a demonstration of the survey process and learn how you can participate in this important resource for the field.

1:15pm - 2:30pm - HUD Awards Salon: Impact Investing Trends in Place

A special presentation of the 2019 HUD Awards program

Is your foundation working solo? Or are you part of a team working together to change the place that you care about? Successful leaders recognize that by expanding their networks to build bridges across sectors, they can more easily identify and combine the many types of capital needed to get to community solutions. This lively salon-style conversation will focus on community capital stacks and bring to light unique solutions, including collaborative impact investing around affordable housing, ensuring diverse workforces benefit from opportunity zones legislation, and providing career development opportunities in a rapidly changing landscape.

Speaker(s): Shena Ashley, PhD, Vice President, Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy, Urban Institute; Kimberlee Cornett, Managing Director, Social Investment Practice, The Kresge Foundation; Annie Donovan, Senior Fellow, Beeck Center for Social Impact and Innovation at Georgetown University/Center for Community Investment at the Lincoln Institute; Mike Nellis, President and CEO, Austin Community Foundation
Moderator(s): Melanie Audette, Senior Vice President, Member and Partner Engagement, Mission Investors Exchange
1:15pm - 2:00pm - Closing the Needs Gap

According to The Center for Effective Philanthropy’s recent Strengthening Grantees Report, there is a gap between the support foundations provide and the support nonprofits actually need, which is pervasive and challenging to overcome. Can funders support grantees’ actual needs when nonprofits do not directly communicate it? In this session, participants will gain a deeper understanding of the type of projects and functional areas that nonprofits seek out when given the opportunity to choose what they need most. Catchafire will share what it has learned about the needs of organizations as a result of serving more than 10,000 nonprofits over nearly 9 years. This session will also explore how unfiltered insights on nonprofits’ needs can provide a scalable and effective feedback loop and inform foundation grantmaking strategies. Participants will have the opportunity to learn about methods to strengthen relationships between funders and grantees, all with the ultimate goal of closing the needs gap.

Supported and Presented by Catchafire

Speaker(s): Katherine Wu Brady, Chief Operating Officer, Catchafire
1:15pm - 2:30pm - Building Resilient, Inclusive, and Agile Economic Ecosystems

Public and private sector organizations, anchor institutions like community colleges and universities, and philanthropy all play a vital role in strengthening local economies. Together, they can serve as powerful drivers for building inclusive and equitable communities. Leadership and action are critical to creating new pathways to prosperity. By examining inherited economic issues (like historical inequities) and present-day factors impacting local economies, such as access to capital and resources in an accelerated tech-based innovation economy, organizations can help create the situations in which equity and innovation can occur. This Leadership in Action will highlight thought leaders who are working on a broad range of solution-oriented ideas, with insights and promising practices that are aimed at the development of inclusive economic innovation ecosystems.