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

2017 National Conference for Growing Community Foundations

Please, join your community foundation colleagues in Wichita, Kansas for the 2017 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 – Cultivating Abundance – will frame three days of 30 concurrent sessions, ideas labs, two plenaries, 9 retreats on topics related to: asset development, legal aspects, governance, marketing, finance and operations, programs, public policy and advocacy, and leadership.

There are fundamental, intermediary and 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 an additional ½ day of Pre-Conference Retreats on Sunday, October 1: the Board Chairs’ Exclusive Retreat, the CEO Only Retreat, CommA, and Fundamentals Bootcamp. Monday Pre-Conference Retreats offer two hours of quality content specifically for Program officers, Marketing Staff, Executive Directors and Board Members. Plan to register early as space is limited. Last year, nearly 300 people attended the Conference from 29 states. We are expecting up to 400 attendees in 2017.

Have fun exploring Wichita! The “Night on the Town” will take you to the destination of your choice: Old Town Center or Bradley Fair District for shopping and meals on your own; or the Wichita Museum of Art dining experience (extra fees apply for Art Museum, registration is limited to the first 100 people).

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 and Canada.

Conference Buzz:

“So very grateful for the information so that I could be a better asset to my foundation!”
“I feel better equipped and also inspired. I can hardly wait to get started!”
“Thank you for thinking big and stepping into a very real gap for quality professional development for smaller, growing community foundations beyond Kansas. We appreciate your warm Midwest welcome!”

Conference Registration Fee:

$549 for Non-Members
$150 KACF Members' Rate (Made possible by a Kansas Health Foundation grant)
*Conference Registration and Hotel Reservation Deadline is September 8, 2017