Preconference Mini Dives & Site Visits (Add-on)

Looking for something enlightening and engaging to do the morning of the conference? We've got you covered. Preconference tickets can be purchased as a $25 add-on option when you register for the conference. 

Trust-Based Philanthropy: Cultivating a Culture of Trust 

Speakers: Philip Li, President/CEO, Robert Sterling Clark Foundation; Drew Black, Director of Grantmaking, Arthur Dean Foundation; Jennifer Danic, President/CEO, Steuben County Community Foundation

People think they know what trust-based philanthropy is—unrestricted grants and streamlined paperwork—but it’s actually much more. Through relationships based on transparency and mutual learning, power imbalances are addressed and a more equitable, impactful nonprofit sector is realized. Li, an early champion of trust-based philanthropy, will lead this mini-dive with Drew Black of the Arthur Dean Foundation and Jennifer Danic of Steuben County Community Foundation. They will take you through the process of creating a culture of trust and mutual accountability. 

Depolarizing Within: Looking Inward & Changing Attitudes

Speakers: Lili Lutgens and Don Byrd, Braver Angels

Ever find yourself feeling contempt for the “other side” of the political divide? You’re not alone. Political polarization is one of America’s most pervasive and serious problems—because of it, many of society’s problems go unresolved. Experts from Braver Angels, the preeminent national organization dedicated to bridging the partisan gap, will lead the session. You will walk away with new methods to engage politically without demonizing.

Equitable Grantmaking in Practical Terms

Speakers: Eric Weinheimer, Senior VP and Philanthropic Strategist, Bank of America

Equitable grantmaking is a buzzy term, but how do you apply it in the real world? Eric Weinheimer of Bank of America will guide you through his journey the lessons he learned along the way. He will explore how internal DEI work creates a more equitable grantmaking process and the possibilities that open up as a result. No matter where you are on the DEI path, you will find value from this session. In addition to a panel discussion, there will be opportunities for engagement in activities and discussion. 

Foundant Insider Scoop

Join Foundant Technologies and your grant management colleagues for networking and learning. Here you will receive a Foundant company update, walk-through the most recent CommunitySuite release information, and be part of a discussion around the company’s anticipated 3- to 6-month product road-map.

Impact Investing Site Visit: Cook Medical & Goodwill 

Speakers: Juanita Easterling, Director of Plant Operations, Goodwill of Central & Southern Indiana

Join this site visit and see a great example of impact investing and multi-sector collaboration done right—the new medical device manufacturing facility on Indianapolis’ east side. You will travel to the facility, a result of the combined effort of The Indianapolis Foundation, Cook Medical, IMPACT Central Indiana, and Goodwill Commercial Services, and learn how it came about and its benefits to the community. You will also hear from Indy Fresh owners Michael McFarland and Marckus Williams and have the opportunity to meet and interact with plant workers and members of the missions team from Goodwill, learn their stories and experience this exciting project firsthand, while enjoying some early morning refreshments. BONUS: After seeing the work in action, hear from the architects of the project on Thursday, September 29 at the 9:00 a.m. session Addressing the Complexities of Poverty: A Case Study of Collaboration.

Agape Therapeutic Riding Site Visit

Interested in learning about a great organization while enjoying beautiful fall weather? This session is for you. Did we mention you’ll get to ‘horse around’ with elegant equines? You will explore the charming Greenfield grounds of Agape, where individuals with physical, emotional, cognitive, and social disabilities receive horse-assisted learning and therapy programs. You will see why horses are great teachers—and much more. 

Date & Time: 
Tuesday, September 27, 2022 -
8:30am to 11:30am EDT