NFG National Convening

NFG National Convening: June 14-16, 2016, Oakland, CA 

Philanthropic Strategies for People, Place and Power. 

You won’t want to miss this dynamic event designed to help you grapple alongside colleagues with the big issues related to people, place and power in our complex moment. Together, we will explore philanthropic strategies for social, racial and economic justice, uncovering local and regional lessons relevant to national conversations.

Our conference theme offers us an opportunity to explore:

  • A variety of perspectives on this particular moment in social change and in philanthropy
  • An exploration of multiple dimensions of power (political, economic, cultural, etc.)
  • A look at local successes and models from around the country
  • Consideration of intersectionality among issues and identities
  • An assessment of what philanthropy needs to be doing differently to advance community well-being
  • Strategies and skills for improving our grantmaking practice.

Conference Co-Chairs:

Michael Brown, Seattle Foundation
Andrea Dobson, Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation
Sandra Witt, The California Endowment

Planning Process:

1. Call for Input distributed to NFG membership to elicit broad input from our community on topics and conversations of interest (October)

2. Program committee reviews feedback from Call for Input, curates list of conference session topics (November)

3. Program committee recruits session designers and session outlines/proposals (December)

4. Refinements to session outlines/proposals (January)

5. Presenter recruitment (February)

6. Program finalized and published (March)


Conference Program Committee

James Head, East Bay Community Foundation
Marjona Jones, Unitarian Universalist Veatch Program
Felecia Jones-Lucky, Blackbelt Community Foundation
Kevin Ryan, New York Foundation
Michael Shaw, Kresge Foundation
Scot Spencer, Annie E. Casey Foundation
Aditi Vaidya, Solidago Foundation
Judith Bell and Tessa Rouverol Callejo, San Francisco Foundation
Alison Corwin and Jess Garz, Surdna Foundation