Plenary Sessions

Opening Plenary and Reception

Sunday, September 22, 8-10 p.m.

Gina Rudan, author of Practical Genius: A 5-Step Plan to Turn Your Talent and Passion Into Success, will inspire you with her insights on how to tap your passion and expertise to unlock your inner genius. She’ll join The Chicago Community Trust's president and CEO, Terry Mazany, as he frames the conference with key insights from the new book Here for Good: Community Foundations and the Challenges of the 21st Century, also edited by Mazany and David C. Perry. In this interactive and inspirational opening session, you will have the opportunity learn what is new and different about this year's conference as well as meet with your colleagues in a fun and engaging experience.

Speakers: Terry Mazany, President and CEO, The Chicago Community Trust; Gina Rudan, Founder and President, Genuine Insights, Inc.; Kevin Murphy, President Berks County Community Foundation and Chairman of the Board, Council on Foundations

Reconnecting to Community

Monday, September 23, 8-8:45 a.m.

The first full day of the conference with an early morning breakfast and context-setting session. Hear from Conference Chair, John Kobara as he provides a framework for our day of learning together. You will also learn more about the 11 learning tours as well as the nuts and bolts to help you prepare for and maximize your time in the field as we reconnect to community and use San Diego as our canvas for learning. Note: This plenary is mandatory as all Learning Tours will leave directly from this plenary.

Speaker: John Kobara, Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, California Community Foundation

Trends and Realities—A Unique Opportunity for Community Foundations

Monday, September 23, 2-3:30 p.m.

Upon returning from your Learning Tours, join colleagues in a highly interactive plenary led by Dr. Manual Pastor. This plenary will leverage your skills and talents. First, Dr. Pastor will engage you in a dialogue about your Learning Tour experiences. Share what you learned and as well engage in a deeper conversation about how your experiences relate to your own work and the field of community foundations. In the second half of this session, Dr. Pastor will provide us with key research regarding the shifting demographics in our society. With this research as a foundation, you will have an opportunity to discuss these trends with your colleagues as well as begin thinking of the implications for your work.

Speaker: Manuel Pastor, Professor, University of Southern California

What's Next for Community Philanthropy

Tuesday, September 24, 8-10 a.m.

What will the coming years have in store for community philanthropy? As the centennial anniversary of the community foundation model approaches in 2014, the Monitor Institute is leading a year-long innovation and design process to help community foundations think creatively about their futures. In this plenary session, Gabriel Kasper of the Monitor Institute will lead an interactive conversation about how the world is changing around community foundations, what those shifts might mean for communities and for philanthropy, and how funders and others are already responding. Engage in a dialogue with your peers as we challenge old assumptions about how community foundations work and imagine what might be next for community philanthropy.

Speaker: Gabriel Kasper, Monitor Institute

Telling Our Story: Why Community Foundations Matter

Wednesday, September 25, 8-9:30 a.m.

Community foundations are a vital asset in our communities and often remain in the background in their “behind the scenes” role.. How do we tell our stories in ways that are effective and meaningful—honoring our work and our communities? Join Sonal Shah, Senior Fellow at the Case Foundation, in a highly engaging series of Ignite presentations. Be inspired by leaders including HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan and others as they share their stories of change and innovation. Have a chance to craft your own story about your work, your passion, and your community. We all have inspiring stories to tell.

Taking It Home: The Stanford d.School and Centennial Countdown

Wednesday, September 25, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

The Stanford d.School is back with a new session that will use their innovative prototyping methodology to help you translate your conference experience into a practical roadmap to further your community foundation’s mission. The d.School has customized this session specifically for this conference as a way to support your learning and provide a tool for your future use.

With an eye towards Cleveland, we will close out our learning journey together to both acknowledge the impact of the first 100 years of community philanthropy and look forward to the next 100 years.

Speakers: Nadia Roumani, Fellow and Lecturer, Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford, Evelyn Huang, Lecturer, Executive Education, Hasso Plattner Institute of Design At Stanford, Leslie Dunford, Vice President for Corporate Governance, The Cleveland Foundation

The first 1,000 registrants receive a free copy of Here for Good: Community Foundations and the Challenges of the 21st Century by Terry Mazany and David C. Perry.

2013 Fall Conference for Community Foundations Task Force

The Council on Foundations is a national nonprofit association of more than 1,700 grantmaking foundations and corporations. Our mission is to provide the opportunity, leadership, and tools needed by philanthropic organizations to expand, enhance, and sustain their ability to advance the common good.

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