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LEADING TOGETHER

LEADING TOGETHER SCHEDULE TUESDAY, APRIL 28 CONCURRENT SESSIONS 8:30 am – 9:30 am Yerba Buena Salon 3/4 Lower B2 Level Corporate Policy Engagement and Advocacy in Social Change This session demonstrates how corporate philanthropy and CSR efforts can influence the policy debate at the state and national levels. Together, corporate foundations and their partners in government affairs have stimulated policy discussions through social change efforts that are playing out in areas such as education, healthcare, and environmental stainability. Come hear speakers from diverse companies to better understand how alignment between policy and philanthropy can enhance reputation and impact in both areas. CONCURRENT SESSIONS 8:30 am – 9:30 am Nob Hill C/D Lower B2 Level Making our Hardest Hit Cities Whole Again: Lessons from Detroit and Beyond (*CPE) This year some of the country’s leading philanthropies shaped a plan that helped Detroit honor its pension commitment to its retired workers and simultaneously protected the integrity of the remarkable collection of the Detroit Institute of Arts. This deal has been touted as a path-breaking effort to help the city get back on its feet. Yet it also raises important questions about the responsibilities and capabilities of philanthropy in addressing public insolvency and in ameliorating government dysfunction. This session will look at the decision process that led to one of the most significant philanthropic efforts in history. CONCURRENT SESSIONS 8:30 am – 9:30 am Golden Gate C2 B2 Level Learning from Global Community Philanthropy This session will take a deeper dive into four resources that were introduced at last year’s community foundation centennial: • Community Foundation Atlas; • What’s Next for Community Philanthropy’s Think Global tool; • WINGS’ Community Philanthropy Infrastructure Support Report; and • Mott’s Community Foundation Centennial Microsite. Come learn how these rich resources can help you think about your community foundation’s work and ways to expand your impact. CONCURRENT SESSIONS 8:30 am – 9:30 am Yerba Buena Salon 12/13 Lower B2 Level The Role of Foundation Trustees in Creating Positive Change Foundation trustees play a unique role in guiding and advancing their foundation’s mission. This interactive session will root participants in the core responsibilities of foundation trustees, with an emphasis on the important role that trustees can play as external ambassadors for their philanthropic priorities through engaged leadership in the community. CONCURRENT SESSIONS 8:30 am – 9:30 am Foothill G Second Level Re-Imagining Your Philanthropy: Challenging Established Orthodoxies Every organization has orthodoxies—deeply held beliefs about how things are done that go unquestioned and can become blind spots over time. This interactive session engages funders in a card game that will help them question their assumptions and imagine new ways of doing their work in the future. 32 Council on Foundations 2015 Annual Meeting | www.cof.org

HOPE AND OPPORTUNITY IN A DESTABILIZED WORLD TUESDAY, APRIL 28 SCHEDULE #COFAnnual #Philanthropy Leading Together with Policymakers: How Funders Can Work with Policymakers to Address Root Causes As long-standing, place-based anchor institutions, Community Foundations are increasing their role and presence as civic leaders. A growing number of community foundations are now directly engaging in advocacy and organizing to have a greater impact on achieving scale and working for the cure. Using case studies and examples of mature and emerging efforts, this session will focus on strategies, tactics and action agendas needed to get behind some large scale coordination and policy-change initiatives. Participants will engage in conversations about the most effective and appropriate ways to leverage these resources through researching root causes, re-framing agendas, building unlikely coalitions, and the use of media strategies. CONCURRENT SESSIONS 8:30 am – 9:30 am Nob Hill A/B Lower B2 Level Tackling Transitions and Avoiding Avoidance Family foundations and/or donor-advised funds will inevitably experience transitions. This session will examine key transition or turning points in the life of your fund. Learn how to see transitions as both opportunities AND challenges. We will take a deeper dive into several tumultuous transitions, including the retirement or death of the founder, generational inclusion and succession, transition in board leadership and geographical dispersion. CONCURRENT SESSIONS 8:30 am – 9:30 am Golden Gate C1 B2 Level During transitions, family dynamics can be both a family foundation’s greatest asset as well as its vulnerability. This session will explore how family dynamics can lead to avoidance of difficult or challenging topics and how to avoid avoidance. Addressing and managing conflict begins with an understanding of the nature of conflict and an examination of some of the most common conflicts in family philanthropy. The session will leave you with creative strategies that high-performing boards use to address conflict in a healthy, productive way. Building a Civil Society with Police: Getting to Trust Fundamental to an individual’s ability to live freely within a democracy is the trust of individual security and community safety through the judiciary system, including law enforcement. When community safety and public trust becomes fragile, it puts our collective society at risk. What are ways in which individuals and communities are proactively working with law enforcement to more fully exercise their democratic rights, reduce violence - in some cases dramatically - and create lasting trust? How can philanthropy support this? CONCURRENT SESSIONS 8:30 am – 9:30 am Yerba Buena Salon 1/2 Lower B2 Level Public Interest Reporting: The Non Profit Media Landscape (CLE) Nonprofit media organizations are diverse nonprofits that serve a valuable role in educating citizens through in-depth public interest reporting, particularly at the local level. However, these organizations often struggle with the process of obtaining tax-exempt status from the IRS. Join us as we unveil an update to the Council’s 2013 report on the challenges these organizations face, The IRS and Nonprofit Media: Toward Creating a More Informed Public. CONCURRENT SESSIONS 8:30 am – 9:30 am Yerba Buena Salon 5/6 Lower B2 Level A legal expert who authored the report update will examine persistent challenges these organizations experience in obtaining 501(c)(3) tax-exemption. We’ll also be joined by a leader from a nonprofit media organization who will share first-hand experience from the field and explain his organization’s mission and operations, and his thoughts on the valuable role that nonprofit media organizations play in society. Finally, we will hear from a grantmaker who funds in the media space who can speak to why his organization chooses to support nonprofit media organizations. www.cof.org | Council on Foundations 2015 Annual Meeting 33

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