Evening Networking Events

Evening Events

The Perfect End to a Busy Day

Networking Event: The Art Institute of Chicago

Sunday, April 7 - 6:30- 8:00 p.m.
Relax with your colleagues at a private reception inside the magnificent Art Institute of Chicago—one of the leading cultural institutions and the second-largest art museum in the nation. Enjoy spectacular city views plus more than 50 centuries of superb artwork. Our gala reception is in the spectacular Modern Wing, designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Renzo Piano.


The Philanthropy Without Borders Party: Going Beyond the Usual Suspects

Monday, April 8 - 9-11 p.m.
Solving the world's problems requires our best thinking. We need all hands on deck, all the resources we can bring to bear, and technology that helps us realize new solutions to the challenges we face. Organized philanthropy is at its best when it is inclusive and forward thinking. Innovation is possible when we get out of our silos, build new relationships, and personally commit ourselves to finding new ideas that can lead to impact.

The Council on Foundations and Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy invite all generations to come network, mingle with our sector’s emerging leaders, and be a part of philanthropy's future at this special event being held at Buddy Guy's Legends—a mecca for the blues and home to a major archive of blues memorabilia. We thank Microsoft and the D5 Coalition for their generous support of this event.

Tickets will not be available at the door. RSVP in advance online or on-site at the Registration Desk in Resource Central. Admission is complimentary to Council conference attendees; for other guests tickets are $35.

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Magnificent Meals: Not Your Typical Dine-Arounds

Monday evening, April 8

Make exciting new connections, participate in dynamic discussions, and indulge your palate at one of our conference dine-arounds. Don't miss the opportunity to break bread with thought leaders and luminaries focused on innovation and collaboration. Choose from a variety of exclusive, intimate salon dinners with groundbreaking cross-sector leaders who will provide rich insights on topics that matter to you and your community.

Register online to attend. Cost is $59.00 per person and includes the cost of your meal, tax, and gratuity. Space is limited, so be sure to register early!

  • Forks, Fun, and Kitchen Philanthropy, Featuring Art Smith
    Monday, April 8 starting at 6:15 p.m.
    Belly Q

    Learn more about celebrated chef Art Smith's innovative culinary training program Common Threads, and how he is transforming the art of cooking for a new generation. Join Art and Common Threads students for a modern Asian feast at Bill Kim's renowned restaurant, Belly Q. You'll learn how these committed young people are learning how to cook healthy meals on a budget, while celebrating their cultural differences.

  • Arts and Activism, Featuring Eve Ensler
    Monday, April 8, starting at 7:30 p.m.
    Mercat a la Planxa

    Join distinguished playwright, performer, and activist Eve Ensler for an inspiring, provocative discussion about the intersection of arts and activism, and about her global awareness campaign, V-Day, which works to stop violence against women and girls around the world.

  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship to Build Safe Communities, Featuring Jonathan Greenblatt
    Monday, April 8, starting at 7:30 p.m.
    Table 52

    Spend an evening with Jonathan Greenblatt, White House special assistant to the president and director of the Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation, along with social entrepreneurs—Cure Violence, 826CHI, and the David Lynch Foundation—focused on innovative, results-oriented strategies that can help ensure safe communities. Learn how to amplify your local philanthropic efforts and share your strategies with like-minded peers to make your community safer and stronger.

  • Beyond the News: Impact Your World, Featuring CNN's Tonja Brown, Kim Bui, and Lila King
    Monday, April 8, starting at 7:30 p.m.
    The Berghoff

    Join CNN's Tonja Brown, Senior Director of Strategic Integration, Kim Bui, Executive Producer of CNN Special Projects, and Lila King, Senior Director of Social Media for CNN Worldwide to learn more about Impact Your World - an empowerment initiative that connects its worldwide audience to the interests, passions and causes they care about. Learn more about where philanthropy and journalism intersect and how you can leverage social media and technology to create solutions for your own work.

  • The Global Philanthropy Working Group: New Frontiers in Global Public-Philanthropic Partnerships, Featuring the U.S. Department of State
    Monday, April 8, starting at 7:30 p.m.
    Brasserie by LM

    The U.S. Department of State recently launched the Global Philanthropy Working Group, an effort to bring the agency's assets to bear on the promotion of global philanthropy and civil society. The Council on Foundations and the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law are proud to have been selected as the civil society co-chairs of the working group. Come learn about this important new initiative and share your ideas on how the working group can best serve your interests.
    This dine-around is by invitation only. To learn more about the Global Philanthropy Working Group, please contact John Harvey.

Register online to attend. Cost is $59.00 per person and includes the cost of your meal, tax, and gratuity. Space is limited, so be sure to register early!

The Council on Foundations is a national nonprofit association of more than 1,700 grantmaking foundations and corporations. As the leading advocate for philanthropy, we strive to increase the effectiveness, stewardship, and accountability of our sector while providing our members with the services and support they need to advance the common good.