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

Registration for 2015 Now Open

We are ready and raring to go, and looking forward to a spectacular conference in La Jolla, CA on February 25-27th!  The agenda is just about finalized … stay tuned and check in regularly for updates.

Please use the REGISTER NOW button to reserve your spot and hotel accommodations for the conference.  Please do not make your own hotel reservation … our discounted rate is based on the number of rooms we book so we need to use our contracted room block.  If you have special needs or requests you can note them in the online registration and Sherrie will take care of everything for you.

Deadline for registration is January 9th.   After the first of the year, we will also ask you to submit  information for inclusion in the conference notebook:  an updated bio, your foundation’s financial and organizational summary report, and your Foundation Highlights.

Contact Amy Daly-Donovan ( with any questions.  See you in February!

2015 Agenda Shaping Up!

The agenda for the February 25-27, 2015 conference is nearing completion.  Guest speakers from a variety of disciplines as well as returning favorites “Deep Dive Case Studies” and “Big Ideas” – as well as plenty of opportunities for CEOs and Board Chairs to interact and network – will be offered at this year’s conference.

We will be asking for proposals for the Deep Dive Case Studies as well as the Big Ideas session (much like TED talks) – stay tuned for more info coming soon.  In the meantime, contact Amy Daly-Donovan with any conference-related questions.  (

2014 CEO Summer Meeting – July 23

Join the Larger Community Foundation CEOs for the 2nd annual summer meeting in Chicago!  Plan to join for an optional dinner on Tuesday July 22, followed by a full-day agenda on Wednesday July 23 at Chicago Community Trust (thank you to Terry Mazany for hosting again this year).

We’d love your input to help shape the agenda – respond to a short interest survey here.

A block of rooms at the discounted rate of $219 is being held at Swissotel Chicago (within walking distance).  Contact Sherrie Chelini ASAP to reserve a room.

More details to come – thanks to Terri Freeman, Will Ginsberg, Lorie Slutsky, and Neil Steinberg for taking the lead on organizing the meeting.

Please RSVP to Amy Daly-Donovan:

Additional Materials

A few additional materials have been added to the pre-reading for the conference:

5 Myths About Payout Rules for Donor-Advised Funds – for the CEO Breakout Session

Board Governance Survey 2014 – for the Board Chair Breakout Session

Additionally, here are some dining recommendations from a local foodie:

Austin Dining Recommendations

Conference Notebook Ready

The conference notebook is ready to go!  Access to the electronic copy was emailed to participants this morning and hard copies (if ordered) will be shipped this week, to arrive no later than Friday.  Pre-reading materials are also available on the Conference Materials page of this website.

Please contact Amy ( if you have trouble accessing the files or do not receive the hard copy(ies) you ordered.

Thursday Night Event: Austin Community Development

With many thanks to our friends at the Austin Community Foundation, a fascinating and engaging evening has been planned.  From Airport to Community: The Mueller Redevelopment Project will give us a behind-the-scenes view of a major community development project.  When Austin’s close-in airport closed in 1999, it opened up more than 700 acres of prime property near historically Hispanic and African-American neighborhoods. The ambitious effort to redevelop Robert Mueller Municipal Airport into a mixed-use urban village in the heart of the city has helped Austin chart new directions. The award-winning Mueller master plan and the ambitious Master Development Agreement with Catellus Development Group and the City of Austin are the culmination of decades of community planning efforts from visionary neighbors and active citizens.

Sustainable development is one of the six guiding tenets of Mueller (pronounced Miller) and included recycling the airport runway, planting 15,000 trees, green-building standards and an innovative power plant that provides electricity to the Mueller microgrid.

Now the family-oriented Mueller neighborhood is home to:

  • More than 5,700 single-family and multifamily homes (at least 25% in the Mueller Affordable Homes Program)
  • A town center with shops, plazas and live/work spaces
  • 13 miles of new hike and bike paths and lanes
  • The University of Texas Medical Research Campus
  • Austin Film Studios
  • Connections to public transportation
  • Class A office space
  • Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas
  • The Thinkery – children’s museum

Read more about the project: and


5:00 Bus departs Hyatt; guided tour of Mueller
5:30 Arrive at The Thinkery; enjoy a cocktail reception and browse this fabulous children’s museum
6:45 Bus departs for Dell Children’s Medical Center
7:00 Arrive at Dell Children’s Medical Center; be seated for dinner
7:30 Panel Discussion on the Mueller project:

  • Greg Weaver, Catellus
  • Ava Wood, Dell Children’s Hospital
  • MariBen Ramsey, Austin Community Foundation (moderator)
8:00 LCF Presentation
8:45 Board busses for return to Hyatt


Pre-Work/Conference Notebook Info Deadline Extended

Conference pre-work is now due no later than Monday January 20th to ensure inclusion in the conference notebook!  This is a hard deadline, so early submission in encouraged.  Please be sure to submit the following:

A one-page bio (in Word format) + high resolution photo for inclusion in the conference notebook.  If no updated information is received by the deadline, we will use what’s currently on file.

Your Foundation Profile Summary report data:

The Foundation Highlights questions are a bit more open-ended this year: Foundation Highlights Questions 2014

We are also inviting you to share a template or tool that you use to track/share foundation metrics, performance management, or other operational issues – feel free to include that as well.  We will have a separate section in the notebook containing tools similar to those on the “Shared Resources” tab.

All info should be emailed to

Conference Pre-Work due on January 13, 2014

The following pre-work is due on January 13, 2014 to ensure inclusion in the conference notebook:

  • Your one-page bio + high resolution photo (we will use current info on file if not received by the deadline)
  • Your Foundation Profile Summary (financial and organizational info)
  • Your Foundation Highlights (questions coming soon)

Request for Proposals

We want your input and ideas – we will be offering two opportunities that require your involvement to be successful!  Back by popular demand, we will be offering two sessions of the Deep Dive Case Studies and one agenda segment featuring Big Ideas (format similar to TED Talks).  Click to review the RFPs and consider submitting or nominating a colleague to present and share.  The deadline for submission is Wednesday, January 8th.  Please contact Amy with any questions (

Deep Dive Case Studies RFP

Big Ideas RFP