October 14-16, 2018 | Wichita Marriott Hotel
Inspiring Thriving Communities
Inspiring Thriving Communities

Day 1 – October 2, 2017 

8:30 Registration Opens


Navigating Trends in Family Philanthropy

(Board Member's Retreat)

Tony Macklin Salon 2 - 125

Family funds and foundations serve two purposes – to fulfill a philanthropic mission and to keep family members connected to each other and family legacy. Fulfilling those intertwined purposes isn’t easy over time. Current trends in society and philanthropy will challenge both purposes. Families’ goals for both purposes will inevitably evolve. And, initial decisions families and their advisors make about giving vehicles, governance, family engagement, and operations often aren’t useful as new generations emerge. This workshop will strengthen your community foundation’s ability to help philanthropic families more effectively prepare for, and be resilient through, the trends and changes.


Unlocking Performance with the Science of Purpose

(CEO Retreat)

Arthur Woods Atrium Rm - 132

As leaders we constantly seek the most effective ways to drive performance and strong culture for our organizations. Breakthrough research from Imperative has confirmed that key to unlocking culture and performance is shifting work to an emphasis on purpose. Imperative has led the global research and innovation on the science of purpose at work, uncovering the business case behind purpose and the ways in which forward-thinking employers are shifting their entire talent strategies around it. In this interactive session Imperative cofounder Arthur Woods will share breakthrough research on evolving our talent strategies around purpose - the measurable case studies of the companies that are, and immediate steps you can take to start on the journey in your organization.


Have Your People Spoken? Engaging Residents to Propel Positive Impact

(Program Officer's Retreat)

Janet Topolsky, Deb Markley Sedgwick - 50

Once upon a time, a community foundation tried to act on an important local issue, but it all drizzled to a fizzle. Why was that? One possibility is that no one consulted first with the “residents” – that is, the families, organizations, businesses or leaders in the community that the foundation was trying to help. Community foundations across the country are trying more and more to co-create better solutions and accelerate buy-in to new approaches by engaging their residents at the outset. But what are the ways to do that? Come to this session to noodle through how your foundation might strengthen your impact by acting on this value: “Do nothing about me without me!”


Community Foundation Basics Part 2

Indiana Philanthropy Alliance Corporate Hills Ballroom - 156

*This session is supported by Indiana Philanthropy Alliance

Community foundations are unique and complex organizations and the task of orienting and training new staff and board members is a constant challenge. “Community Foundation Basics” is a fast-paced overview of all the major functions of a community foundation. Topics over the two days include:

  • History, Purpose
  • Governance
  • Fund Management
  • Asset Development
  • Grantmaking and Community Leadership
  • Finance and Investments
  • Legal Issues
  • Operational Sustainability
  • Lifecycles of Community Foundations


Branding: Don’t waste your money on Logos and Mission Statements

(Marketing/Communications Retreat)

Rick Schwartz Salon 1 - 100

Charitable people (and nonprofits) do not choose to work with your community foundation because of your logo and mission statement. Period. They might say they like one or the other, but that’s not why they’re doing business with you. And yet, you and your board really believe you should spend thousands of dollars and lots of hours discussing designs, color palettes, typefaces, and usage (logo) and mushy, ambiguous, safe language that serves little purpose (mission). Instead, let’s focus on the 5 characteristics that everyone (you and I included) uses to brand everything from restaurants to doctors to…yes, community foundations. Audience participation? Of course!


*Conference Partners: Kansas Health Foundation and Foundant Technologies

12:00 – 1:15 LUNCH PLENARY

You may be small, but you can be mighty!!

Bonnie Gettys Salon 1 - 100

*This session is supported by: Dane G. Hansen Foundation and Network for Good

This is the story of a small, new community foundation in rural Michigan that builds all kinds of assets – not just financial ones. Creating stronger communities means investing in relationships and ideas, taking calculated risks and creatively challenging the status quo.

1:15 – 1:30 BREAK

1:30 - 2:30 SESSION 1

Tips for Transforming Your Board into a Strategic Partner & Fundraising Ally

(Basic Level)

Neel Hajra Salon 2 - 125

*This session is supported by Commonfund

We all want the same things from our boards: engagement, guidance, and help with fundraising. The good news is that a solution might be closer than you think. Come learn how some fundamental practices can help put your board on the path to becoming a productive partner instead of a necessary evil. We’ll cover a lot of bases in a short time, including tips on recruitment, planning, effective meetings, board roles in fundraising, and more.


Growing Your Assets Through Youth Philanthropy

(Intermediate Level)

Rick King, Gavin Sorensen, Kristin Vogen, Joe Smith Atrium Rm - 132

*This Session is supported by Kittleman & Associates, LLC

There are hundreds of youth grant making programs located across the country. But what about a program that engages teens to not only distribute grants but also to raise money to build an endowment that can sustain their grant making in perpetuity? The Oak Park-River Forest Community Foundation in Illinois, which has been running its Future Philanthropists Program for the past seven years, has so far created an endowment fund valued in excess of $700,000 and distributed $175,000 in new grants to local nonprofits, all of it accomplished by high school students. Learn how this innovative and highly replicable model can work in your community.


Positioning Your Community Foundation In Challenging Times- Civic Leadership Implications For Philanthropy 

(Intermediate Level)

Julia Fabris McBride, Patty Clark  Sedgwick – 50 

*This session is supported by Network Kansas

Kansas Leadership Center’s leadership principles and competencies help frame a conversation about the role of Community Foundations in promoting civic engagement during challenging times. What are the conversations your community needs to have? Where are the gaps in quality of life? What values are in conflict? What are the pressing issues? What role can your community foundation play in helping make progress? How will you exercise the leadership necessary to get these conversations started?

Community foundations can act as convener and advocate, helping communities acknowledge competing values while developing strong and cohesive ways forward. This session is an opportunity for you to share examples, learn from one another, and gain new approaches to leadership. Come prepared to share your stories of advocacy and convening work. Leave more energized and empowered to help people in your community to connect, understand one another and move forward together. Gain leadership skills as you build a plan for making your community foundation an advocate and inspirer of collaboration and positive change.


Standing Out in the Crowd: Assessing the Competition and Positioning your Foundation for Success

(Advanced Level)

Jason Franklin Corporate Hills Ballroom - 156

The field of philanthropy is increasingly crowded with new and growing players including national DAF providers, other public foundations, private bank services, and more. How do you honestly and authentically differentiate your community foundation from others? Where do you have a competitive edge? Where are you actually just one among many reasonable options for donors? Join a conversation to talk about the lay of the landscape today and strategies community foundations are taking to stand out and thrive.


Dollars and Sense – Building a Bond between Finance and Development 

(Intermediate Level)

Jim Gustafson & Jason Kennedy Salon 1 - 100

In this session, you will learn the keys to building a strong, collaborative relationship between your Finance and Development teams. Creating synergy between these two departments will not only result in a heathier work environment, it will foster stronger relationships with all your constituents, and help your community foundation meet its financial goals.



*Conference Partners: Kansas Health Foundation and Foundant Technologies

3:00 - 4:15 SESSION 2 

Planned Giving: Yes, You Can!

(Basic Level)

Mike Lamb Atrium Rm - 132

*This session is supported by Kansas Chapter, National Association for Charitable Gift Planners

Planned Gifts are creating support that is fulfilling for donors and transformational for our organizations. So, why do donors and fundraisers shy away from this meaningful gift option? Using storytelling, case studies and simple language, this session will provide attendees with the answers and tools necessary to invite supporters to consider legacy gifts.


For the Health of It: Sustaining Kansas Communities through Healthy Food Access

(Intermediate Level, Rural Focus)

Tina Khan, Becky Nickel & NM Patton Sedgwick – 50

Tina Khan, project coordinator for the Kansas Rural Grocery Initiative, will be sharing the landscape of healthy food access in Kansas Rural communities in addition to projects developing across the state. NM Patton and Becky Nickel, Sunflower HERO grant awardees, will be presenting information regarding the Marion County healthy food access project.  


Giving Days: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

(Intermediate Level)

Mary Gibble, Brian Fogle & Lea Whitlock Corporate Hills Ballroom - 156

*This session is supported by MicroEdge + Blackbaud

“Giving Days” have become a successful means of engaging younger donors in a 24 hour “give-a-thon” through social media. After several years, however, communities are seeing there are some downsides to weigh against the upsides. This panel will focus on the experiences of their communities, and their own conclusions about the future of giving days for their own regions.


Helping Your Grantees Build Capacity

(Intermediate Level)

Sandra Fruit & Joshua Gibb Salon 2 - 125

Are you willing and prepared to extend your services beyond the traditional role of grant maker? Your local nonprofits depend on your grant support but their continued success requires more than money - leadership, innovation, collaboration, endowment building, strategic fundraising, etc. Is it the role of the community foundation to assist in these endeavors? Join the conversation. 


Executive Transition Planning for Your Community Foundation - Ready, or Not?

(Advanced Level)

Linda Speed & Kelly Wesley Taylor Salon 1 - 100

One way or another, every executive at every community foundation will at some point face their departure from the organization. The best leaders plan for that day well in advance, with the cooperation of their board and staff, for the easiest possible transition in the future, whether planned or unplanned, temporary or permanent, happy or unhappy. Join us to learn best practices for holding that conversation now with your board or CEO, creating a strategy map for departures that appear seamless to the outside world, and preparing your organization to be stronger in the future regardless of the loss of the CEO. Ready or not, transition will come for us all – and it is better for your organization to be ready and prepared before it happens! 


People – Place – Prosperity (Deeper Dive 3:00 – 5:30)

(Advanced Level)

Randy Maiers, Jeff Yost Plenary Room

Throughout America, towns and communities of all sizes are realizing that growth and prosperity can be greatly influenced by quality of place and the unique assets and features that make our small towns a place people choose to live. This session will show you how community foundations are helping their communities create and implement a vision around placemaking and talent attraction. 


The Attorney is In – Legal Consultations with COF Attorneys

Bryan Del Rosario & Suzanne Friday Executive Board Room

*This session is supported by the Council on Foundations

Council on Foundations attorneys Bryan Del Rosario and Suzanne Friday will be available for one on one consultations to discuss legal questions. A sign-up sheet will be provided at the registration desk. 

4:15 - 4:30 BREAK 

4:30 - 5:30 SESSION 3

What’s Up in Washington: Tax Reform, DAFs and Regulatory Updates

(Intermediate Level)

Bryan Del Rosario & Suzanne Friday Salon 1 - 100

*This session is supported by the Council on Foundations

Council attorneys will share the latest news regarding federal tax reform as it affects community foundations including proposals related to donor advised funds, endowment spending, the charitable deduction and charitable giving. An update on the National Standards for Community Foundations program will also be included.


Evaluation of Grantees - Approaches to Collecting Reports on Impact

(Basic Level)

Judy Sjostedt Salon 2 - 125

Do Our Grants Really “Make a Difference”? How do we know if we’re getting it right with our grant making--whether we are actually making meaningful grants with the funds with which we have been entrusted? Come prepared for a thoughtful discussion that starts with the basics of how our foundations each choose to define their success and that moves on to a conversation about how that relates to ways through which we can identify whether our grantmaking is as effective as it could be. Please bring a print copy with you of any guidelines your own foundation uses to assess the effectiveness and impact of its grants or any reports through which it gathers information from its grantees as those may be useful reference documents.


Agriculture + Foundations = Fertile Ground

(Intermediate Level, Rural Focus)

Kelly Taylor Corporate Hills Ballroom - 156

Let’s plow through some fertile ground and learn how farms can help nurture and grow the future of your Foundation! In this session, we will talk about: cultivating partnerships with the agricultural community; harvesting positive returns when using farms as part of strategic marketing; producing yields with farms as part of a diverse portfolio; planting for the future - how farms can be part of planned giving; bringing in Gifts of Grain and how easy it is to do.

Come join us as we dig a little deeper into farmland and how those fields can produce an abundant crop for your Foundation!  


A Sample Stewardship Plan That’s Working

(Intermediate Level)

Dawn Brown Atrium Rm - 132

Do you feel like a one-man band? Are you trying to communicate your message to the masses, yet not seeing results? If you’re brave enough to let go of the way you’ve always done it, come to this session to learn how to do less better by targeting fewer donors, yielding bigger results, receiving larger gifts, developing loyal donors, and maintaining your sanity by planning your work and working your plan.


Practical Tips for Engaging Community Foundation Boards

(Intermediate Level)

Mike Batchelor Sedgwick – 50

Agenda preparation, committee structure, meeting frequency, size, minutes, selection process and strategic planning can help make a board your strongest assets; or your biggest distraction. Learn, and share, practical tips on how to engage, manage and motivate boards. And while we are at it; let's work to keep them focused on strategic issues; and not on micromanagement!


Meet the Conference Partner: Foundant Technologies

Daren Nordhagen Arkansas – 50

Have you ever wanted to learn more about Foundant Technologies, get an overview of their integrated suite of technology solutions for community foundations, and hear what their clients have to say about their software and customer service? Now’s your chance during this one hour demonstration with this year’s KACF National Conference Partner.

6:00 - 11:00 NIGHT ON THE TOWN

Bradley Fair or Old Town

Head to Bradley Fair or Old Town for an evening of great shopping and dining. Grab a friend and explore the shops or enjoy dinner on your own. A shuttle bus will provide transportation between the hotel and the two districts.

Bradley Fair is just a few miles northwest of the conference hotel. It’s a walkable, park-like setting with lots of outdoor seating throughout the shopping center. Brand names are mixed in with local shops. The restaurants offer everything from upscale dining to wood fired pizza. You can top off the evening with wines paired with decadent chocolate at Cocoa Dolce.

Old Town is Wichita’s eclectic renovated warehouse district full of great restaurants, bars, brewhouses and unique shops. Brick lined streets and a walkable environment make for a relaxed setting.


Wichita Art Museum Dinner - an evening of art-infused conversation.

*Supported by: Derby Community Foundation and an Anonymous Donor

Imagine extending the day’s dialogue, networking and “friend-making” to include an evening of fine food and drink surrounded by a notable collection of art. The beautiful Art Museum is nestled along the scenic riverfront that bisects downtown Wichita.

A shuttle bus will provide transportation between the Wichita Art Museum and the hotel. Preregistration is required.