Concurrent Sessions

Wednesday, May 13 10:45 - 12:15


Structuring and Catalyzing a Social Movement: The Tools Funders Need for Large-Scale Systemic Impact [track 3]

  • Session Organizer: Matt Bond, DentaQuest Foundation
  • Additional Presenters: Stacey Chazin, Center for Healthcare Strategies
  • Sarah Bedard Holland, Virginia Oral Health Coalition
  • Carrie Hepburn, Tampa Bay Healthcare Collaborative

Explore upstream strategies and tactics necessary to structure a social movement to accomplish large-scale system changes and a corresponding shift in the social norm around the issues of focus. Funders and grantees will share an example of movement building in action and take away an understanding of the role of foundations in catalyzing a social movement. #Strategy #Analytical

Room: Maringy 1


Community Revitalization in New Orleans: A Cross-Section of Economic Development & Arts and Culture [track 2]

  • Session Organizer: Ashley Bowden, Cool Culture
  • Additional Presenters: Vaughn R. Fauria, NewCorp, Inc.
  • Brandan Odums, 2-Cent Entertainment LLC
  • Jackie Harris: New Orleans Arts and Cultural Host Committee / Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong Summer Jazz Camp

Leaders representing arts-based community revitalization initiatives will discuss the ways their projects seek to combat poverty, and maintain New Orleans’ rich history and arts and cultural scenes. The session’s goals are to: (1) Raise awareness about New Orleans’ art-based community revitalization efforts; (2) Show how different entities are using arts as a way to build strong communities; and to (3) Explore best practices for implementing and sustaining such projects. #Innovation #Problemsolving

Room: Uptown 3


People, Place & Planning: Engaging Residents & Using Data in Revitalization [track 1]

  • Session Organizer: Crystal Dundas, Program and Communications Officer, Wells Fargo Regional Foundation
  • Additional Presenters:Lois Greco, Wells Fargo Regional Foundation
  • Paul Calistro, West End Neighborhood House

How can you create and sustain long-term neighborhood change that engages and energizes residents, leverages assets, and assesses whether you accomplished what you set out to do? Experience a participatory neighborhood planning process through the eyes of a stakeholder and hear first-hand how one community is revitalizing based upon its resident driven plan. Take away evaluation tools that support and assess the impact of these activities. #Analytical #Decisionmaking

Room: Uptown 1 & 2


Transforming Communities: Funder-Supported Social Justice Models [track 1]

  • Session Organizers: Libby Lok, Frontline Solutions
  • Andrew Ford, Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation
  • Ashley Shelton, One Voice Louisiana
  • Additional Presenters: Marc Philpart, PolicyLink
  • Saket Soni, New Orleans Workers Center for Racial Justice

This session will highlight three models where funders have worked with local advocates as partners to advance social justice agendas in local places - Arkansas, California, and New Orleans. Each panelist has a different role in the collaborative they represent – funder, research center, and local advocate. We will discuss how funders have been bold and innovative in their approaches for funding, partnering, and defining change. #Social Justice #Racial Analysis

Room: Salon 1 & 2


Wednesday, May 13 2:15 - 3:45


“Build It. Fund It. Change It.” — How to successfully fund collaboration, not competition.  [track 2]

  • Session Organizer: Mari Brennan Barrera, Hunt Alternatives; Madeleine Steczynski, ZUMIX; ARTWorks for Kids Coalition
  • Additional Presenters: Tanisha Garner, ARTWorks for Kids, a program of Hunt Alternatives

Hunt Alternatives, a private operating foundation in Cambridge, provided grants and technical assistance to bring leaders from thirty youth arts organizations to collaborate in the ARTWorks for Kids coalition, netting over $8.1 million to increase public funds to support youth arts programs in Boston and across the state. Participate in coalition building exercises for nonprofit leaders and hear how coalition members collaborate, not compete, for grant dollars, board members, and public recognition for their work. #Leadership #Influencing

Room: Maringy 1


Do No Harm: How funders can support movements and sustainable grassroots organizations [track 3]

  • Session Organizers: Kate Locke and Deepti Sood, TCC Group
  • Christen Lee, Asian Immigrant Women Advocates

Explore how funding impacts campaign and coalition dynamics, how grassroots organizations can leverage their campaign experience to advance their mission, and how funders can support the long-term capacity of grassroots communities after the campaign is over. #Leadership #Social Justice

Room: Uptown 3


Baking It In: Integrating a Talent Lens into Grantmaking & Fundraising [track 3]

  • Session Organizer: Rusty Stahl, Talent Philanthropy Project
  • Additional Presenter: Claire Peeps, The Durfee Foundation

To build strong social movements, we must invest in our greatest assets – the people who do the work - yet funders only spend 1% of their grant dollars on leadership and staff development for nonprofits. The result? The nonprofit norm has become low morale and high burnout, which leads to mediocre performance, impact and sustainability. This session will empower and equip you to integrate talent-investment into your grantmaking or fundraising, so that you can help to build a strong, well-supported, diverse social change workforce. We will provide new research, ideas and tools from Talent Philanthropy Project and highlight the “case study” of The Durfee Foundation, which invests heavily in nonprofit leadership in LA. #Leadership #Management

Room: Uptown 1 & 2


Learning Together in Place: Enhancing Your Impact through Regional Associations and Other Member Networks [track 1]

  • Session Organizers: Christopher Johnson, Florida Philanthropic Network
  • Will Kauffman, Southeastern Council of Foundations
  • Emily Wexler, Grantmakers for Effective Organizations

Understand your place as a place-based grantmaker through the value of regional associations, identify ways to further innovation, and show how impact can be enhanced by working and learning collectively with other key stakeholders. #Problem Solving #Leadership

Room: Salon 7


Community Change from the Inside Out [track 1]

  • Session Organizers: Joann M. Ricci, Kellie Chavez Greene, Flint Mitchell and Jeffrey Glebocki, Greater New Orleans Foundation

This interactive session will draw participants into powerful conversations through a facilitated “fish-bowl” format and explore the contextual dynamics of place-based grantmaking and community change in the South, and how this effort intentionally engaged local nonprofits to co-create, implement and take ownership of the initiative. An emphasis will be on practical strategies for engagement and development, such as the use of a Community of Practice for the 12 organizations in the initiative. #Strategic #Analytical

Room: Salon 1 & 2

Wednesday, May 13  4:00 - 5:30


Empowering Communities through Arts and Music Education [track 2]

  • Session Organizers:
  • Julie Lata, Silicon Valley Community Foundation
  • Emma Leggat, StubHub
  • Tricia Steel, Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation
  • Additional Presenters:
  • Kristin Schillinger, The Roots of Music

Music and arts education provides a unique outlet for youth to share their ideas on community, dreams and hopes for the future. Attendees will leave this session with a more comprehensive understanding of the importance of arts education within the context of social justice and economic development, as well as practical advice on how best to integrate arts and music support into current and future initiatives. #Social Justice #Influencing

Room: Maringy 1


Giving Beyond the Grant – How Human Capital Can Drive Philanthropy Forward [track 3]

  • Session Organizer: Rachel Chong, CEO, Catchafire

Maximize philanthropic impact beyond traditional grantmaking by prioritizing a hugely underutilized resource: human capital. Resource-constrained nonprofits can now access talented people and networks, essentially driving change in the nonprofit sector. This interactive panel will highlight how Catchafire works with partners such as Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina, Hawaii Community Foundation, and Segal Family Foundation to build innovative partnerships that deepen relationships between foundations and grantees while driving capacity building resources to participating nonprofits. #Innovation #Problemsolving

Room: Uptown 3


Out in the South: Increasing Funding for LGBTQ Southern Communities [track 1]

  • Session Organizers: Naa Hammond, Kristina Wertz, Lyle Matthew Kan, Funders for LGBTQ Issues
  • Additional Presenters: Alfredo Cruz, Foundation for Louisiana
  • Wes Ware, BreakOUT!
  • Deon Haywood, Women With A Vision 

The South is home to more LGBTQ adults than any other region in the U.S., yet each year, the South receives only 3-4 percent of domestic LGBTQ funding, despite being a region rich in community assets that advance the legal equality, cultural change, and lived experience of all LGBTQ Southerners. Dive deep into trends, opportunities and gaps in foundation funding for LGBTQ issues in the South using data on the state of foundation funding in the South, an interactive scan of the rich network of southern LGBTQ community assets, and the growing network of place-based funders dedicated to LGBTQ issues in the South. #Social Justice #Fundraising

Room: Uptown 1 & 2


6 Best Practices for Collaboration & Advocacy: Lessons from a Southern Case Study [track 1]

  • Session Organizers: LaTosha Brown, Project Director, Grantmakers for Southern Progress
  • Christine Reeves Strigaro, Associate Director of Foundation Programs, Alliance for Justice
  • Jera Stribling, Executive Director, Joseph S. Bruno Charitable Foundation & Alabama Giving

Are you ready to map collaboration, advocacy, and philanthropy in the South? In this hands-on session, participants will learn about philanthropic collaboration and advocacy, from a national and a Southern perspective, focus on a  case study of philanthropic advocacy collaboration in Alabama, and map out 6 best practices (and 6 cautionary tales) in small groups. #Influencing #Analytical

Room: Salon 1 & 2


Thursday, May 14  2:30 - 3:30


Pop Culture Interventions: Why We Need More ‘Halal in the Family’ [track 2]

  • Session Organizer: Miriam Fogelson, Moore & Associates, Kashif Shaikh, Pillars Fund and the Robert R. McCormick Foundation

Pop culture and media can effectively shift culture in support of progressive values and advance social justice movements. Join us for an interactive funder conversation who produce pop culture strategies through mainstream initiatives that highlight inequity, cross sectors, and silos. We will also share our personal experience collaborating on the development of “Halal in the Family”, a new web-series sitcom parody with Aasif Mandvi that uses satire to combat anti- Muslim bias. #Communications #Racial Justice

[Please note this session will only run for 45 minutes.]

Room: Salon 1 & 2

#Revolution – Building a Digital Grassroots Movement (the freemium model) [track 3]

  • Francesca Dulce Larson and Vanessa Byrem-Tangy, Mosaic Strategies Group

Free and low cost organizing technology is available by harnessing your resources, avoiding wasteful spending, and launching a full-scale #revolution. Together we will simulate the launch of an on-the-ground initiative using new media. The session will be split into 3 parts: taking existing messaging and transforming it for online action, creating visuals & media using only a smartphone or tablet, and choosing networks to engage supporters. Participants are encouraged to bring their own laptops, tablets, and/or smartphones. #Communications #Innovation

Room: Uptown 1 & 2