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2020 Annual National Conference for Growing Community Foundations

Monday, October 26, 2020 (All day) to Tuesday, October 27, 2020 (All day)
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Kansas Association of Community Foundations


Join your community foundation colleagues online for the 2020 Annual National Conference for Growing Community Foundations, explore what new technology has to offer to help you meet with old friends and make new connections. Dive into the expanded content live or listen to the recording at your convenience later during the year. From “blind-dates” matched by your interests to group discussions, interactive sessions, special events, and virtual “bar hopping” --- there are plenty of fun ways to connect, learn, and grow! The West and the East, the North and the South come together to network and share experiences with others just as passionate about community foundations. 

The Annual National Conference for Growing Community Foundations is an outgrowth of those convened by the Kansas Association of Community Foundations over the last thirteen years, which has gained national recognition and attendance. This year’s theme is “Sustainable Community for All”. 2020 is a seminal year for communities across the United States. National elections, changing economic and environmental issues, Covid-19 realities, the peak phase of the transfer of wealth, equity and social justice concerns are just a few of the national headlines. At the heart of urban and rural communities, regardless of size or location, is the desire to have a thriving way of life with access to quality health care and schools, a strong and growing local economy, along with a vibrant culture and recreation scene.  Across the country, everyone is adapting and growing to meet this ever-changing world. For community foundations, how do we manage our time and resources to maintain and nurture a place to call home? 

From local to national, and back again, this conference provides a menu of retreats, deeper dives and sessions to give every attendee a rich blend of ideas, programs, tools and networks to better position them to do this important work in rural, small urban and suburban communities. This year’s theme will frame two days of over 30 concurrent sessions, three plenaries, 6 deeper dives, and 6 retreats on topics related to: asset development, legal aspects, governance, communications and marketing, finance and operations, programs, public policy and advocacy, and leadership. The Conference developed rural, fundamental and intermediate/advanced tracks to fit the diverse learning needs of attendees and provide a powerful platform for the exchange of knowledge and practical solutions. Best practices, and know-how are shared to help increase a foundation’s capacities and impact in the community.

FPN Member Representation

FPN Members Sarah Owen, president and CEO of the Southwest Florida Community Foundation, and Sandi Vidal, vice president of community strategies and initiatives at the Central Florida Foundation, will share their perspectives as panelists on the conference's opening plenary, Sustainable Community for All, which looks at the framework of setting sustainable development goals as part of rebuilding and growing communities.


The conference is tailored but not limited to small-staffed and volunteer-led community foundations in rural, small urban, and suburban America. It is designed to meet the needs of both new and seasoned board members and staff in practical training to enhance skills in all major areas of community foundation management. The conference welcomes all board members and other volunteers, executive directors and other staff of community foundations from the USA and beyond.

Visit the conference website to register. 

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