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
Trust-based philanthropy is much more than unrestricted grants and streamlined paperwork. At its core, this approach is fundamentally about recognizing and addressing power imbalances in service of a healthier, more equitable, and more impactful nonprofit sector. This requires a commitment to relationships based on transparency and mutual learning—both internally within our organizations and externally with our grantee partners. Led by Phil Li of the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation, an early adopter of trust-based philanthropy, this mini dive explores what it takes to embody the spirit of this work, the process of building trust and mutual accountability, and what we need to do inside our organizations to build a culture that enables the work to unfold. Additionally, you will learn about two foundations’ journeys in trust-based philanthropy so far, including their pitfalls, successes, and possibilities for the future of their grantmaking and community partnerships.
Depolarizing Within: Looking Inward & Changing Attitudes
Speakers: Lili Lutgens and Don Byrd, Braver Angels
Do you ever find yourself feeling contempt and ridicule for the “other side” of the political divide? You’re not alone. Political polarization is one of the most pervasive and serious problems in America—because of it, many of society’s problems go unaddressed. The Depolarizing Within workshop will ask participants to look within themselves and learn strategies for engaging politically without demonizing. The session will be led by Braver Angels, a national organization dedicated to bridging the partisan gap and strengthening the country.
Equitable Grantmaking in Practical Terms
Speakers: Eric Weinheimer, Senior VP and Philanthropic Strategist, Bank of America
Equitable grantmaking is a buzzy term, but how is it applied in the real world? Eric Weinheimer of Bank of America will lead attendees through his journey and provide the lessons 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 attendee 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
Collaboration isn’t easy, but when done right, is incredibly worthwhile. This site visit offers the opportunity to see one such partnership in action—a new medical device manufacturing facility on Indianapolis’ east side that was the result of the combined efforts of The Indianapolis Foundation, Cook Medical, IMPACT Central Indiana, and Goodwill Commercial Services. Attendees will travel to the new facility at the corner of Sheridan & 38th Street to learn more about how it came about and how it benefits the community. 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
Are you looking for an opportunity to learn about a great organization while also getting to enjoy the beautiful fall weather? This session is for you. Oh, and did we mention that you’ll get to ‘horse around’ with elegant equines? Attendees will visit the charming Greenfield grounds of Agape, which provides horse-assisted learning and therapy programs to individuals and groups of all ages who have physical, emotional, cognitive, and social disabilities. You’ll learn about why horses are great teachers—and much more.