Working with Local Government
Philanthropy is an attractive collaborator for local government because it can build partnerships across sectors, help to leverage public funding, and is free of short-term mindset of elected bodies.
By working with local government, philanthropy can access information and resources that increase its effectiveness while ensuring both public and private institutions are working together in a shared community towards common goals.
The first part of this program will cover the basic structures of local government and sources of funding with Jim Higgins (Partner, LWG CPAs & Advisors) and Heather Presley-Cowen (CEO, CED Services). They will share stories of collaboration and highlight what is possible through partnership with your local government.
We will also hear from Rhonda Cook, Deputy Director and Chief Federal & State Policy Officer at Accelerate Indiana Municipalities (AIM). Rhonda will share challenges local governments have faced since the pandemic started and challenges they might face going forward.
The second part of the workshop will highlight a panel that includes city officials and IPA members from community and private foundations. They will share real-world examples of projects that highlight collaboration between philanthropy and local government. Facilitated by Amy Haacker, IPA’s vice president of community foundation programs, attendees will be invited to ask questions and interact with the panelists.
- Rhonda Cook, Deputy Director and Chief Federal & State Policy Officer, Accelerate Indiana Municipalities (AIM)
- Cathy Gross, Mayor of the City of Monticello
- Amy Haacker, Vice President of Community Foundation, Indiana Philanthropy Alliance
- Jim Higgins, Partner, LWG CPAs & Advisors
- Doug Inman, Executive Director, The Portland Foundation
- September McConnell, CEO, Whitley County Community Foundation
- Heather Presley-Cowen, CEO, CED Services
- Jenna Wachtmann, Vice President, Ball Brothers Foundation