October 1-3, 2017 | Wichita Marriott Hotel
Cultivating Abundance
Cultivating Abundance

Pre-Conference Retreats - October 1, 2017


Community Foundation CEOs: Connecting and Growing

(CEO's Only)

Dave Bennett, Mike Batchelor & Judy Sjostedt Atrium Rm - 132

Community Foundation CEOs have unique challenges and amazing opportunities. As connectors between our communities, staff, board, volunteers and donors, we face the challenge of maintaining meaningful relationships focused on issues that matter. Yet, how can we stay connected to one another as a field of professionals? How can we work together to support growth – both in personal professional development and by nurturing the field of community foundation CEOs nationally?

Incorporating Generative Leadership to Advance Your Board and Your Mission

(Board Chairs’ Exclusive)

Neel Hajra & Randy Maiers  Salon 1 - 100

Board members tend to focus on certain powerful processes that they believe shape their organizations, including mission setting and strategic planning. But these processes are shaped by another powerful process – that of generative thinking. Generative thinking drives all the other processes. It frames the problems that we solve, it determines what needs deciding before we make decisions, it suggests what’s worth a strategy before we develop a strategic plan. During this session, we’ll discuss how to identify the right opportunities for generative discussions, how to facilitate these discussions, and how to work with your Executive Director to help your board make the connection between these wide-ranging conversations and the impact your foundation can ultimately have. Participants will have the opportunity to apply what they learn and practice their new skills.

Community Foundation Basics Part 1

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

CommA Retreat: Social Media Do’s & Don’ts: 10 Best Practices to Thrive Online

Rick Schwartz, Karlie Bowman & Mary Hetherington Salon 2 - 125

It can be tough to keep up with the ever-evolving landscape of social media. As new trends continually emerge, it’s important to have a basic knowledge of what to do (and what not to do) online. Let these tips serve as the foundation for maximizing engagement in our audiences and improving visibility in our communities. 

Foundant User Group

Bryan Geary & Mark Larimer  Sedgwick Room

*This session is supported by Foundant Technologies

If you'll be attending the Kansas Association of Community Foundations Conference or will be in the Wichita area, we'd like to invite you to join other Foundant CommunitySuite users as they gather with Foundant VP of Marketing and Client Services, Mark Larimer, VP of Technology, Chris Dahl, and CommunitySuite Product Manager, Bryan Geary for a few hours of networking and learning at this free User Group event.


  • Foundant Company Update – get the inside scoop on what’s happening with Foundant
  • Review and training on recent updates to CommunitySuite – get an up close and personal look at what’s new with the product and what it’s like to receive Foundant client training
  • Discussion of anticipated 3-6 month product roadmap – get a sneak-peak into what you can expect to see happening in CommunitySuite