Conference Pre-Work Due on January 29

In order for the Conference Notebook to go out two weeks prior to the conference, we need to have all materials submitted no later than Friday January 29 to guarantee that your info is included.  This includes:

Please contact Amy Daly-Donovan with any questions! or 206.923.3234

Confirmed: Senator Olympia Snowe and Jason Grumet, Bipartisan Policy Center

We are very pleased to announce that Senator Olympia Snowe and Jason Grumet from the Bipartisan Policy Center will join us on Friday morning to discuss what’s on the horizon legislatively and issues of interest to Community Foundation leaders.  Please plan your travel accordingly so you can participate!

See the full agenda here.

2016 Agenda + Deep Dive Case Studies

The agenda for the 2016 conference is ready and we are excited to bring a variety of excellent guest speakers as well as plenty of opportunity for networking, learning, and sharing.  Back by popular demand, we will offer Deep Dive Case Studies on Wednesday afternoon. Download the RFP and submit your idea for sharing a specific outcome and lessons learned by January 11, 2016.  Contact Amy Daly-Donovan ( with any questions!

Conference 2016 Coming Together!

This year’s planning committee, led by Mike Parks (CEO, The Dayton Foundation) is working hard to create another great gathering, this year in Rancho Santa Fe, California.  The agenda and conference registration will be ready in a few weeks.  Stay tuned!

2015 CEO Summer Meeting Set For July 22

Stay tuned for more details, but in the meantime mark your calendar for the 3rd annual CEO summer meeting on Wednesday July 22, 2015 in Chicago – thank you to Terry Mazany and Chicago Community Trust for hosting again this year!  A dinner will be planned the evening prior.  Agenda and other details coming soon.

Conference Materials Available

Materials from several conference sessions are now available for downloading on the Materials page.

Conference Notebooks are Ready!

Electronic copies of the 2015 Conference Notebook are ready!  Conference attendees will receive an email with a link to access each section of the notebook for downloading and local printing.  If you requested a hard copy of the notebook to be shipped to your foundation’s address, it should arrive no later than Friday 2/13.  Please contact with any questions or problems.

Conference Pre-Work Due January 21 (deadline extended)

We’ve extended the initial deadline … please submit the following by January 21st to ensure inclusion in the Conference Notebook (available about 2 weeks prior to the conference):

Contact Amy Daly-Donovan with questions (

Bob Putnam Confirmed

We are thrilled to announce that Bob Putnam will join us on Thursday morning to discuss his current research and new book on issues around class and inequality, dubbed “The Opportunity Gap”.  Known for his work on social capital through his books “Bowling Alone” and “Better Together”, Mr. Putnam will share his insights on the growing youth class gap in America.

Submit a Proposal

Back by popular demand, the agenda provides for two opportunities for Deep Dive Case Studies and another round of “Big Ideas”! Please let us know if you have something you’d like to share by completing the linked Request for Proposals and returning to Amy Daly-Donovan ( by January 16th.

RFP for Deep Dive Case Studies

– Two sessions:  Wednesday afternoon (open topics) and Friday morning (focus on revenue diversification)

RFP for Big Ideas Sessions

– Like “TED Talks”, these are 10-12 minute presentations sharing a big concept or idea, with 5-10 minutes for reaction from the group