2021 Annual Conference Recordings

Philanthropy West Virginia’s 2021 annual conference was hosted virtually on October 27-29 hosted on Zoom. We are happy to provide recording of the sessions to conference attendees, as part of our conference experience.

This archive is intended for paid registrees, moderators and speakers at the conference. Access to these recording is available to non-registrees for $150; please email info@philanthropywv.org for details.

The theme for this year’s conference is “Lifting Up and Leading Forward”, reflecting the spirit of hope we are all carrying into the years ahead, supporting stronger communities, the continued leadership of our partners, and our shared desire to elevate the our state and its people.

Day 1, Weds Oct 27

Philanthropy WV New Member Orientation – 30 minute orientation for new Philanthropy West Virginia members.

Advancing Trust Based Philanthropy through and after the Pandemic with Phil Li, President & CEO of the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation. What have we as funders learned about our recent adjustments during the pandemic and what do we change going forward? Join Phil Li for a 2.0 discussion on how your foundation can simplify your grant application practices, strengthen partnerships with your grantees, and what philanthropy looks like going into 2021 and beyond.

Legal Deep Dive on Evolving Issues & Examining Changes with Ben McDearmon, JD of the Council on Foundations – For board members, executive directors/CEOs, staff, and lawyers, learn about changes and updates on legal matters for foundations and other funders inclusing corporate giving and grantmaking legal matters.

Advancing New Practices & Changes at the CEO & Board As a funder creates new practices or implements changes it is a team approach at the board and staff level. Watch an in-depth discussion among foundation leaders creating new practices at their organizations and how other board members and CEOs/executive directors can coordinate similar processes. Discussion panelists include:
– Phil Li, President & CEO of the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation
– Beth Collins, Executive Director of Sisters of St. Joseph Health & Wellness Foundation
– Jessica Rine, Executive Director of United way of the Upper Ohio Valley

Leveraging this Moment to Lift Up WV’s Communities State and national philanthropy, government, nonprofit, and business leaders lead an action oriented discussion on using the attention on rural communities, national funding opportunities, and local solutions to build up West Virginia’s communities stronger for the future. Think Big, Be Bold, and Drive Change! Panelists include:
– Brandon McBride, Executive Director of Applachian Regional Commission
– Stephanie Tyree, WV Community Development Hub
– Danielle Vetter, Ascendium Education Philanthropy
– Doug Lynott, U.S. Economic Development Administration

Day 2, Thurs Oct 28

Philanthropy’s Role in advancing Housing as Infrastructure with Amanda Andere, CEO of Funders Together to End Homelessness. As the recovery begins from the pandemic, homelessness and challenges of accessing quality housing for all West Virginians has grown. This keynote will discuss the importance of housing access and roles that philanthropy can lead and support to improve housing access.

Addressing Housing: Deep Dive on Collaborative Response to Housing JusticeThis panel discussion among funders, partners, and government officials identify ways that philanthropy can leverage collaborations that improve housing access and quality in West Virginia.
Moderator – Amanda Andere, CEO of Funders Together to End Homelessness
Panelists include:
– Brett White, CEO of Tygart Valley United Way
– Marlo Long, Senior Vice Presiden, CRA & Community Development for Truist
– Tiffany Hollin-Wright, Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond

Six Things every Funder Should Know on Blind Spots & Barriers with Ron Scott, YWCA of Wheeling, WV – Mr. Scott discusses how board and grants committee members, staff, CEOs, and others can ensure that your grantmaking is engaging your full community. He provides his Six Things “phone, keys, wallet” check list to ensure the inclusion of your fellow community members, representing the minority or disenfranchised, so that our blind spots are not preventing full community engagement. The presentation facilitates thought and discussion among any demographic that is considered a majority or members of the status quo.

Day 3 – Fri Oct 29

F.A.I.L.* Fest: a high-energy session for celebrating failure as a mark of innovation, risk-taking and learning. Three panelists will share humorous and real stories of failures of which they learned from and made their work better.
Moderator: Satonya Fair, President & CEO of PEAK Grantmaking
Panelists inclue:
Cathy McAlister, Highmark
George Montgomery, African American Philanthropy in Action Giving Circle
*F.A.I.L. = first attempts in learning

Leveraging Your Impact: From Broadband to Building Up Rural Communities Better. Learn from peer grantmaking foundations and nonprofit partners that are using their grantmaking to leverage more impact on larger initiatives (broadband, workforce, community development, and more). Foundations of all sizes can have mighty impacts on addressing the opportunities and challenges for WV.
Panelists include:
Judy Moore, WV Hive
Natalie Roper, departing Executive Director for Generation WV & partner on the Benedum Foundation Broadband Initiative
Adam Sanders, Roy & Gwen Steeley Foundation

Building your Digital Fundraising beyond COVID. Is your United Way, Community Foundation, or other funder that raises money looking at how to build and/or update your digital fundraising? Come to this session to hear from the experts in online giving and practitioner and Philanthropy WV member at the Parkersburg Area Community & Regional Affiliates on ways to update, improve, and maximize your online fundraising presence.
Panelists include:
Julie Posey, PACF & Regional Affiliates
– Erik Bruan, GiveGab’s Director of Civic Engagement
– Aaron Godert, GiveGab’s Chief Technology Officer

Lessons on Lifting Up Your Community from America’s Best Communities – Join Huntington, WV’s 2017 America’s Best Communities Grand Prize Winning Team who won the national community revitalization competition. Their cross sector partnerships has resulted in securing $3 Million for the community and its being leveraged for transformation in the community. The discussion with the leadership team including government, philanthropy, business, and nonprofit leaders will share lessons learned from Huntington that any funder or partner can use for their region to focus on significant collaboration across sectors to build up a stronger community, county, and region.
Panelists include:
Steve Williams, Mayor of Huntington, WV
Mary Witten Wiseman, CEO for the Foundation for the Tri-state Community,
– Margaret Mary Layne, President of Layne Consulting, Inc.