2019 Forum Annual Conference - July 15-17 in Cleveland, OH
The Forum’s 2019 Annual Conference will be the nation’s largest gathering of regional and national philanthropy-serving organizations.
#ForumCon19 will bring together the leadership and staff of all PSOs working to advance, inform and support the nation’s philanthropic sector. It’s the only conference where we can delve into our unique role as CEOs and staff of regional and national PSOs, connect with others in similar roles, and explore how we can work together to increase philanthropy’s impact.
The conference will focus on two major themes: advancing racial equity, diversity and inclusion in philanthropy; and advancing partnership and collaboration in philanthropy; focusing on the role for PSOs in this work. You’ll be inspired by a roster of engaging keynote speakers; build your skills in key functional areas for PSOs; have plenty of structured and informal time to network with your peers; and have several opportunities to explore Cleveland.
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CEO Summit for the chief executives of regional and national PSOs to come together for a fully day with your peers for in-depth learning, sharing and reflection.
Sessions for each of the Forum's Peer Communities to take a deep dive into your work and to connect with those who share your job responsibilities.
Emerging Practitioners Conversation for attendees with 10 years or less in philanthropy.
Mid-Level Practitioners Conversation for attendees neither at the beginning nor at the peak of leadership in your professional journey but somewhere in between.
Welcome reception at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
A selection of highly practical and interactive skill-building sessions covering issues relevant to our unique roles at PSOs in areas of communication, policy, membership, programming and more.
Practical sessions on racial equity, diversity and inclusion to help you advance these issues in your organization and with your members.
Wednesday, July 17
“I think we undervalue nonprofits and nonprofit leaders in this country.”
Phil Buchanan, President of the Center for Effective Philanthropy, is a passionate advocate for the importance of philanthropy and the nonprofit sector and deeply committed to the cause of helping foundations and individual donors to maximize their impact. He'll discuss his new book Giving Done Right, a practical, inspirational guide to philanthropy at all levels of giving in a conversation with Janine Lee, President & CEO of the Southeastern Council of Foundations.
Tuesday, July 16
David Callahan is Founder and Editor of Inside Philanthropy. He has written extensively on trends in philanthropy, as well as American culture, public policy and business. Callahan is author, most recently, of The Givers: Wealth, Power, and Philanthropy in a New Gilded Age. He is the author of seven other widely reviewed books on domestic and international issues, including The Cheating Culture: Why More Americans Are Doing Wrong to Get Ahead. He'll join two other leading authors, speakers and thinkers who will share new perspectives and thinking about philanthropy and you will have the opportunity to engage in a deeper presentation and discussion with one of the three speakers.
Dr. Jennifer L. Eberhardt
Tuesday, July 16
Dr. Eberhardt is the author of the 2019 book Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice That Shapes What We See, Think and Do - a look at unconscious bias and how ingrained stereotypes can infect our visual perception, attention, memory and behavior. She is a Professor, Department of Psychology at Stanford University. where she investigates the consequences of the psychological association between race and crime. She is also a recipient of a 2014 MacArthur “genius” grant. She'll join two other leading authors, speakers and thinkers who will share new perspectives and thinking about philanthropy and you will have the opportunity to engage in a deeper presentation and discussion with one of the three speakers.
Wednesday, July 17
Vanita Gupta is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights. She previously served as Acting Assistant Attorney General and Head of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division. Appointed by President Barack Obama as the chief civil rights prosecutor for the United States, Gupta oversaw a wide range of criminal and civil enforcement efforts to ensure equal justice and protect equal opportunity for all during one of the most consequential periods for the division. She'll join other speakers in our closing plenary about how we can be disruptive and innovative in our work and help philanthropy continue to evolve to better serve our communities and country.
Monday, July 15
Tyehimba Jess, a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, will open our conference with excerpts from his award-winning work Olio. Jess' purpose behind writing Olio was to put together the work of first generation freed slaves to share their story and their suffering, as well as to create a piece of work that each reader will experience differently. We'll recognize the power of art and storytelling as tools to open our hearts and minds to the issues of racial equity. Olio won the 2017 Pulitzer Prize, the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, The Midland Society Author’s Award in Poetry, and received an Outstanding Contribution to Publishing Citation from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association.
Tuesday, July 16
"We have to be honest about the sources of wealth and how wealth was accumulated in this country—a great part of it was on the backs of people of color, and now those communities are benefiting from just a very small percentage of dollars… Once you know, how can you not be equitable about how you’re distributing the money?”
Edgar Villanueva is a globally recognized expert on social justice philanthropy and the author of the 2018 book Decolonizing Wealth: Indigenous Wisdom to Heal Divides and Restore Balance, which offers hopeful and compelling alternatives to the dynamics of colonization in the philanthropic and social finance sectors. He'll join two other leading authors, speakers and thinkers who will share new perspectives and thinking about philanthropy and you will have the opportunity to engage in a deeper presentation and discussion with one of the three speakers.