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

2018 National Conference for Growing Community Foundations

Please, join your community foundation colleagues in Wichita, Kansas for the 2018 Annual National Conference for Growing Community Foundations.

The dynamic Conference is an outgrowth of those convened by the Kansas Association of Community Foundations over the last eleven years, which has gained national recognition and attendance. It 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.

The Conference brings the West and the East, the North and the South to the center of the country to network, learn and share experiences with others just as passionate about community foundations. This year’s theme – Inspiring Thriving Communities  – will frame three days of 28 concurrent sessions, seven ideas labs, four deeper dives, three plenaries, 12 retreats on topics related to: asset development, legal aspects, governance, marketing, finance and operations, programs, public policy and advocacy, and leadership.

There are rural, fundamental and intermediary/advanced tracks developed to fit diverse learning needs of the attendees and to provide a powerful platform for the exchange of knowledge and practical solutions. Best practices, and know-how are shared to help increase a foundation’s capacities and impact in the community.

This year features free (with Conference registration) ½ day of Pre-Conference Retreats on Sunday, October 14: Board Members, CEOs, Community Foundation Basics, Comprehensive Legal, Disaster Philanthropy and Impact Investment. Monday Pre-Conference Retreats offer two hours of quality content specifically for Program officers, Marketing Staff, Finance and Operations Staff, Executive Directors and Board Members.

New in 2018: sessions by assets size and by region bringing topics pertinent to each group and providing an opportunity to learn and network with those who are “in the same boat”.

Plan to register early as space is limited. Last year, over 300 people attended the Conference from 32 states. We are expecting up to 400 attendees in 2018.

Have fun exploring Wichita! Monday reception will take you to the Wichita Museum of Art.

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.

Conference Buzz:

 “I 100% recommend this conference to my peers. This is the first conference I’ve attended that was ALL about CFs.”
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Conference Registration Fee:

$549 (includes all conference activities: pre-conference retreats, sessions, plenaries, ideas lab, deeper dive and meals);
$150 KACF Members' Rate (Made possible by a Kansas Health Foundation grant)
*Conference Registration and Hotel Reservation Deadline is September 21, 2018