2015 Council on Foundations Annual Meeting | www.cof.org 6 THE LEARNING JOURNEY OF THE ANNUAL MEETING The Council’s 2015 Annual Meeting will focus on various ways philanthropic leaders can collaborate more effectively in order to meet some of today’s most complex challenges. The meeting will also provide opportunities to observe philanthropy in action, discover innovative ideas, connect with colleagues, and learn approaches that can support philanthropic leaders as you lead and effectively serve your communities. Attendees can look forward to: Day 1: Leading Together – Creating a Shared Framework for Impact Many foundations are addressing similar challenges – from addressing climate change to developing local economies. The task of tackling these issues, however, is greater than any one foundation can overcome alone. On our opening day, learn about the key challenges that we are facing in this destabilized world. Day One sessions focus on creating a shared understanding of these challenges and the many ways foundations are successfully addressing them. Attendees will also have the opportunity to explore how lessons learned from the technology sector can be translated to philanthropic practice. Day 2: Sharing Information, Ideas, and Knowledge Philanthropy is vibrant with perspectives from many different cultures and walks of life. Each diverse voice helps our field create meaningful progress as we move forward as one community. Day Two sessions will explore the powerful ways foundations can enhance their capacities to strengthen our collective efficacy. How are colleagues successfully tackling these issues? How is important information being shared? How can foundations learn best practices and key lessons from their peers? Colleagues across the field will come together in an open dialogue during these sessions, sharing stories of success and progress. Day 3: Building Hope and Opportunity Through Leadership Strategic partnerships in philanthropy may begin in San Francisco, but the real purpose of our work is in creating opportunity for real progress. The tools, ideas, and relationships from the Annual Meeting must be brought home to our communities, and transformed into action. Day Three sessions will inspire attendees to continue advancing the common good in their communities, and converting conference connections into meaningful change.
LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS FOR EVERY LEARNING STYLE! CPE CREDITS The Council on Foundations is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have the final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Conference participants can earn up to 5 CPE credits in the Specialized Knowledge and Applications field of study. See the session descriptions with the CPE designation for more information. CONCURRENT SESSION Conference attendees will choose from 10 -11 sessions given during the same time spread out among seven time blocks on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. These sessions are 1 hour and allow for discussions of various topics within the the topics of Natural Resource & Energy, Economy and Finance, Civil Society, Community Foundations, Family Foundations, Corporate Foundation, Global Philanthropy and Leadership. DEEP DIVE During the Annual Meeting, attendees will have one Deep Dive session to choose from. Deep Dives are sessions that immerse conference attendees into a topic and discuss all aspects of the issue from problem solving to idea creation and implementation. LEARNING LABS Learning Labs give companies an opportunity to provide education to conference attendees. The labs are small and intimate, designed to create a comfortable and casual environment for presentation by service providers on a specific topic. PLENARY The Annual Meeting offers 4 plenary sessions featuring some of the industry’s most innovative speakers and topics. All conference attendees are invited to attend these sessions and experience their messages simultaneously. SITE SESSIONS During the Annual Meeting, we will have 3 tours that will explore successful cutting-edge programs in and around the San Francisco area. Gain new perspectives and ideas to implement in future philanthropic programs. KNOW & GO’S Back by popular demand, we’re pleased to offer these short, focused, bite-sized learning opportunities and allow participants to acquire “knowledge nuggets” in less formal environments in less time. KNOW & GO SESSIONS COME IN THREE TYPES: FLASH PRESENTATIONS These presentations tell personal and professional stories of success, achievement, failures, passion and more. It’s exactly five minutes long with exactly 20 slides. FRED TALK These presentations showcase ideas in 20 minutes or less and focus on innovative thinking and new approaches to challenges. PEER SHARE Why reinvent the wheel when a colleague may have a solution, an idea or a resource you can adopt? These 15-minute sessions provide time for a peer presented overview of a model, project or initiative and why it has been successful.