October 25-27, 2020 | Wichita Marriott Hotel

2020 National Conference for Growing Community Foundations

Please join your community foundation colleagues in Wichita, Kansas for the 2020 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 thirteen 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 is “Sustainable Community for All”. 2020 is a seminal year for communities across the United States. National elections, changing economic and environmental issues, the peak phase of the transfer of wealth, equity and social justice concerns are just a few of the national headlines. At the heart of urban and rural communities, regardless of size or location, is the desire to have a thriving way of life with access to quality health care and schools, a strong and growing local economy, along with a vibrant culture and recreation scene.  Across the country we are adapting and growing to meet this ever-changing world. For community foundations, how do we manage our time and resources to maintain and nurture a place to call home? 

Each community has challenges and opportunities specific to that place and region, yet, there are some common approaches. Community Indicator program like Greater Kanawha CF’s “Seven Forms of Community Wealth,” Southwest Florida CF’s “CompleteLEE: Sustainability Plan,” Canada’s “Vital Signs” and the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals offer common threads across society, economy and the environment. The conference will have a shared focus on how we approach external indicators in ways that shape our unique communities for today and the future. And, how do we use internal measures to better inform foundation operations such as grant programs, donor development, community leadership, impact investing or economic development to serve community foundation’s mission. 

From local to national, and back again, this conference provides a menu of retreats, deeper dives and sessions to give every attendee a rich blend of ideas, programs, tools and networks to better position them to do this important work in rural, small urban and suburban communities. This year’s theme will frame three days of 24 concurrent sessions, three plenaries, 6 deeper dives, and 6 retreats on topics related to: asset development, legal aspects, governance, marketing, finance and operations, programs, public policy and advocacy, and leadership.

The Conference developed rural, fundamental and intermediate/advanced tracks to fit the diverse learning needs of attendees and 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.

2020 continues offering a session by assets size 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 479 participants from 183 CFs representing 36 states, DC, Canada and Bermuda attended the Conference. 

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 appreciated being able to attend a conference with a focus just on community foundations”, “Very thorough and well-designed agenda”, “I’m much better prepared to serve board positions”. 

Curious what your peers are saying about the Conference? Watch this short Video. 

Conference Registration Fee:

$599 (includes all conference activities: pre-conference retreats, sessions, plenaries, deeper dive and meals);

$199 KACF Members’ Rate (Made possible by a Kansas Health Foundation grant)

*Conference Registration and Hotel Reservation Deadline is September 21, 2020