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LEADING TOGETHER SCHEDULE SUNDAY, APRIL 26 CONCURRENT SESSIONS 11:15 am – 12:15 pm Golden Gate C1 B2 Level Case Study: Engaging the Next Generation on Climate Change with Divest/Invest Philanthropy The rapid expansion of the Divest/Invest Philanthropy campaign over the past year has greatly contributed to the overall focus of foundations addressing climate change. Divest/Invest has been of particular interest to younger trustees of family foundations who have higher levels of awareness and concern about climate change, and tend to be deeply engaged in impact and mission investing. The session will begin with an overview of the Divest/Invest effort. This session will use a case study approach to examine how two foundations, the Russell Family Foundation and the Hill-Snowdon Foundation, decided to join the Divest/ Invest Philanthropy campaign. Attendees will examine the role that next generation trustees played in helping achieve this. Two trustees will also discuss how they worked with their boards and family members to change the way their foundations engaged with this issue. LEADERSHIP IN ACTION 12:15 pm – 1:30 pm Yerba Buena Salon 7/9 Lower B2 Level Lunch will be served Leadership in Action: Civil Society with Cornell Williams Brooks The recently appointed president and CEO of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Cornell Brooks takes the helm of an historic organization 50 years after Selma and the passage of the Civil Rights Act. America continues to struggle with issues of equality, justice, and fairness in our civil society – from new forms of voter suppression and growing tensions with law enforcement to a widening economic opportunity gap and chronic disease. At this session you can engage with Mr. Brooks in meaningful dialogue about his leadership vision for addressing these tough challenges. This session will include thoughtful insights from Mr. Brooks whose leadership spans both the religious and secular worlds. LEARNING LAB 1:30 pm – 2:00 pm Council Central Don’t Reinvent the Wheel, Join the Exchange The Philanthropy Exchange is an active website for Council members to discuss common issues, share resources, and develop stronger relationships that advance their work. Allison Carney, community manager for the Council, will walk through the platform, answer any questions, and make sure you and your staff are set up for success on the Exchange. CONCURRENT SESSIONS 1:45 pm – 2:45 pm Yerba Buena Salon 10/11 Lower B2 Level When the Impossible Becomes Inevitable: Collaborations that Tip the Scale for a Healthy Planet This session will present examples of corporate/NGO partnerships that dramatically changed social and market landscapes. The session will emphasize how philanthropy can instigate dialog and support collaboration to solve complex, cross-sector social problems that threaten environmental health. CONCURRENT SESSIONS 1:45 pm – 2:45 pm Yerba Buena Salon 5/6 Lower B2 Level Coordinated Disaster Response: Working with Government for More Efficient Outcomes (CLE) Foundations and other charitable organizations are often the first to respond to local disasters, but government agencies and state regulators are a critical part of the equation. In this session, a moderated panel will examine the role of state regulators and other government agencies in a coordinated disaster response effort and review concepts such as disaster declarations, charitable solicitation laws, and need determination. CONCURRENT SESSIONS 1:45 pm – 2:45 pm Yerba Buena Salon 12/13 Lower B2 Level Moving Deals Forward: Creating an Ecosystem for Investable Opportunities (CPE) Not all funders are looking to create one strategy that will fix all their community’s economic woes. Often grantmakers are trying to create the pre-conditions for attracting investment capital, facilitating an emerging development deal, growing a single business, or maximizing existing infrastructure. This session focuses on the realities facing foundations that are trying to attract capital and resources in order to make progress in their community. 20 Council on Foundations 2015 Annual Meeting |

HOPE AND OPPORTUNITY IN A DESTABILIZED WORLD SUNDAY, APRIL 26 SCHEDULE #COFAnnual #Philanthropy Inside Divest/Invest Philanthropy: How Foundations Are Moving Minds, Investors and Assets on Fossil Fuels (CPE) Taking a case study approach, the panelists will offer candid, in-depth views of the Divest/Invest Philanthropy campaign from the inside out—including its implications for philanthropy-at-large and sustaining the planet. We’ll follow the Divest/Invest Philanthropy story from the spontaneous actions of a small group of foundations to a growing coordinated global movement in philanthropy aligning itself with other investor sectors: higher education, NGOs, faith communities, labor & pension funds. Panelists will share the practical mechanics of board education, investment committee decision-making, managing divestment/reinvestment, and civic engagement on these matters. CONCURRENT SESSIONS 1:45 pm – 2:45 pm Golden Gate C3 B2 Level The Power of Communications: Enhancing Philanthropic Impact Communications is a powerful tool. It can help to spotlight grantees and issues and to galvanize support. Three philanthropic communications professionals share what they have learned about when and how communications can best be deployed to enhance impact, drawing on such diverse examples as conservation, living wage, and the so-called MacArthur “genius grants.” CONCURRENT SESSIONS 1:45 pm – 2:45 pm Nob Hill A/B Lower B2 Level Built to Last: Community Foundations as Anchor Institutions Community foundations are changemakers in their communities beyond their grantmaking. This session will focus on the specific ways community foundations are community anchors: funding, convening, collaboration, research, and policy roles. This session will build from the preconference session that was held at the 2014 Fall Conference for Community Foundations. CONCURRENT SESSIONS 1:45 pm – 2:45 pm Nob Hill C/D Lower B2 Level We Have the Most Space to Innovate: An Example of Evolving Family Philanthropy Family philanthropists often have unique opportunities to pioneer new approaches to funding and fostering change. They can test new methods that other funders are unable to utilize or use unconventional sources to determine how to direct funding priorities. Even relatively traditional family philanthropists can benefit from learning about new models that can expand their intended impact, both in scope and time. This session will explore the lessons learned by family philanthropists who have explored new ways of achieving their mission. In a highly interactive and candid session, you will be invited to discuss the ups and downs of pursuing a new path and share your own experiences with innovating beyond the traditional grant. CONCURRENT SESSIONS 1:45 pm – 2:45 pm Golden Gate C1 B2 Level The Value of Corporate Social Investments: Defining, Measuring and Reporting Part 1 Changing attitudes about the role of business in society in the past thirty years have increased the pressure on business to define how it addresses higher purposes beyond financial gain. Join us for a two part series that will examine key efforts to define the role of business in delivering value over three decades with an emphasis on corporate philanthropy. CONCURRENT SESSIONS 1:45 pm – 2:45 pm Yerba Buena Salon 3/4 Lower B2 Level Part One will discuss the challenges corporate philanthropy leaders face and best practices in defining, measuring, and reporting on the social impact of their investments. Key points to be covered include deciding “what” and “how” to measure; defining and developing strong output, outcome, and impact indicators; challenges and solutions with measuring impact in shorter-term programs; building measurement and evaluation capacity among grantee partners; and managing data systems. | Council on Foundations 2015 Annual Meeting 21

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