2019 Annual Conference – Agenda


(Agenda updated on 08/13/2019)

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Pre-Conference Sessions 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

  • Vender Training & Demonstrations
  • Education Affinity Group Session
  • New Member Orientation Session

10:00 AM ~ Registration Opens
Drinks and snacks will be available for early arrivers.

12:15 PM – 1:45 PM ~ Luncheon Keynote Plenary
Speaker: Diana Bucco, President of The Buhl Foundation

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM ~ 1 Hour Concurrent Workshop
Maximizing Partnerships through Policy & Government Advocacy: Engaging partners in the public sector can enhance the impact of your grantmaking.  Nonprofit, funder, private, & public sector feedback.  What works well and what’s not working well.

2:00 PM – 4:00 PM ~ 2 Hour Skill-Building Seminar Sessions

  • Legal Session ~ Evolving World of Legal Issues for Foundations: What Board, Staff, & Advisors Should Know! With guest speaker John Tyler, General Counsel, Secretary, & Chief Ethics Officer of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.
  • Small, but MIGHTY ~ Strategies any size foundation can use to address Substance Use Disorder (SUD)

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM ~ 1 Hour Concurrent Workshop
Wild & Wonderful Adventure: Lessons on Impact Investing

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM ~ Break for Hotel check-in
Network with your peers and be sure to visit with our VENDORS!

5:00 PM – 6:00 PM ~ Reception & 2019 Annual Members Meeting
Join us as we kick off the 2019 Annual Conference with a reception in the Patio Tent at the Blennerhassett Hotel, followed by our 2019 Annual Members Meeting

6:00 PM – 7:30 PM ~ Dinner & Conversation with a Philanthropist(s)

8:00 PM ~ Adjourn for the evening

Thursday, November 7, 2019

8:00 AM ~ Registration Opens & Breakfast Begins

8:30 AM – 9:45 AM ~ Morning Keynote
Speaker: Kathleen Enright, President & CEO of the Council on Foundations

10:00 AM – 11:15 AM ~ Morning Breakout Sessions I

  • Session A. Board Member & Trustee Track: Succession Planning & Generational Transitions
  • Session B. CEOs & Executive Directors Track: A deeper dive with Keynote, Diana Bucco, on leading and building strong Placed Based Partnerships.
  • Session C. Program Officers & Grant Managers Track: Implementing Equitable Practices with guest speaker  Melissa Sines, Programs & Knowledge Director of PEAK Grankmaking.
    Forget best practices.  Well, at least set them aside for now.  We suspect many of those practices support the status quo.  If we were to design the grantmaking process to contribute to a more just and equitable world, what would that look like?  Join us in this session as we get specific about the types of grantmaking practices that support – or hinder – equity.  We’ll work through a design-thinking exercise to help us lead change inside our own organizations.

11:15 AM ~ Break
Network with your peers and be sure to visit with our VENDORS!

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM ~ Morning Breakout Sessions II

  • Session 1. Funding Capacity Building Collaboratively: A Case Study of the Nonprofit LEAD Program with guest speaker Amy Elliott, Program Director of Nonprofits LEAD
    While “collaboration” and “capacity building” are popular concepts among some parts of the philanthropic landscape, very few communities have been able to combine the two effectively.  The Mid-Ohio Valley (Wood County, WV and Washington County, OH) is the exception to this rule with the Nonprofit LEAD program.  This presentation outlines the history and model of the 10-year-old program, as well as lessons learned along the way.  There will be time and space for questions.
  • Session 2. Grantees’ Perspective – Successes & Challenges of Working with Funders
    Three nonprofit leaders will share what’s working and not working with foundations’ practices and ways to improve relationships.

12:30 PM ~ Break
Network with your peers and be sure to visit with our VENDORS!

12:45 PM – 1:45 PM ~ Closing Luncheon & Keynote
Speaker: Dr. Michelle Foster, President & CEO of The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation
Championing Diversity & Inclusion in Grantmaking, Boards, Committees, and Communities

1:45 PM – 3:00 PM ~ WV Spirit of Philanthropy Awards Ceremony