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2023 Annual National Conference for Growing Community Foundations

Wednesday, October 18, 2023 to Friday, October 20, 2023
Wichita, KS
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Please join your community foundation colleagues in person for the 2023 Annual National Conference for Growing Community Foundations.

Travel to the Wichita Marriott for some good old-fashioned networking and professional development to embrace peers you have missed and make new acquaintances --- there are plenty of fun ways to bond, 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!

Over the years, the Annual National Conference for Growing Community Foundations, hosted by the Kansas Association of Community Foundations in partnership with various USA-based organizations, has gained national recognition and developed a genuine grassroots support from a variety of entities across the country turning into a collective effort, establishing a history, philosophy, and traditions that community foundations have come to rely on, respect, and trust. We appreciate and welcome support from those who care about community philanthropy and invite community foundations and other visionary organizations and individuals to make a gift to sustain the Conference – the peer-learning and growing together.

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. We welcome all board members and other volunteers, executive directors and other staff of community foundations from the USA and beyond.

2023 theme is Strengthen Practice + Broaden Connections

From local to national, and back again, this conference provides a menu of deeper dives and sessions to give every attendee a rich blend of ideas, programs, tools and networks to better position community foundations to do this important work in rural, small urban and suburban communities. This year’s theme will frame 3 days of 24 concurrent sessions, 3 plenaries and 10 deeper dives.

Last year, over 525 participants from 215 community foundations representing 39 states, and 7 other countries: Germany, Canada, Mexico, Bermuda, Romania, Bahamas, and Brazil, attended the conference enriching the experience of all attendees. Don’t keep this Conference a secret! Please share it with others who might benefit from this opportunity designed by the National Advisory Group comprised of community foundation practitioners in the United States.

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