2014 National Conference Archive

Thank you to the 1,000+ participants who joined us for the 2014 National Conference in Washington, DC! 

Member Feedback

"Once again Exponent Philanthropy has produced a superb conference, pushing all of us to reach even higher standards of excellence in our work. Exponent Philanthropy is one of the shining lights in the philanthropy world, providing smaller foundations the opportunity to learn and share our expertise without feeling that to be good funders we have to do it the same way a foundation with 15 professional staff members does it." - Evan Mendelson, The David and Lura Lovell Foundation

#Exponent14 Twitter Highlights

  • So many thoughtful female leaders at #Exponent14 asking insightful questions about philanthropy. Future of #philanthropy is in good hands. -@WPIinsights
  • Need to apply more "high risk, high return" mentality from business success to work of philanthropy @emilytowfdn family's story #Exponent14 -@PhilanthropyCDA
  • So honored to be part of an amazing group of #epnextgen-ers, and to see everyone again at #Exponent14! -@kerryamchugh
  • Never thought the 990 could be so interesting! #Exponent14 -@NickyGoren
  • Great session on flipping orthodoxies. What if fndns didn't only make grants? Didn't avoid risk? Didn't require low admin costs? #Exponent14 -@GrantBookorg

Read the whole conversation on Twitter.  

2014 Schedule-at-a-Glance

Wednesday, October 29, 2014
2:00 – 4:00 pm 
Open House at Exponent Philanthropy Office
2:00 – 6:00 pm*  Finding Focus Intensive for Donors, Trustees & Executive Directors *plus dinner to follow
3:00 – 3:30 pm Exponent Philanthropy New Member Orientation
3:45 – 4:15 pm National Conference Newcomers’ Orientation
8:00 am – 9 pm  Member Meetups
5:00 – 9:00 pm Registration Open
Thursday, October 30, 2014
7:00 – 8:00 am Early Riser Walk
7:00 am – 6:00 pm Registration Open
7:00 am – 5:00 pm Exhibit Hall Open
7:00 - 8:15 am Exhibit Hall Grand Opening & Breakfast
8:30 -10:00 am Opening Plenary Session
10:00 - 11:15 am Hall of Outsized Impact
11:30 am – 1:00 pm    Midday Sessions
1:15 - 2:30 pm Luncheon Plenary & Membership Meeting
2:30 - 3:00 pm Dessert in Exhibit Hall
 2:30 - 5:00 pm  Neighborhood Site Sessions
3:00 - 4:30 pm Afternoon Sessions.
Choose from:
90-Minute Sessions,
Snapshot Sessions,
DC Innovation Fair
5:00 – 7:00 pm Opening Night Reception with Exhibiting Partners, including DC Innovation Fair
7:00 pm

Connections Night: Dinners and activities around town
including Next Gen Convening

 8:00 pm
 Memorials at Night
Friday, October 31, 2014
7:00 – 8:00 am Early Riser Walk
7:00 am – 6:00 pm Registration Open
7:00 am – 5:00 pm Exhibit Hall Open
7:00 – 8:15 am Breakfast in Exhibit Hall
8:30 – 11:00 am Morning Sessions.
Choose from:
Site Session on the Hill,
Neighborhood Site Sessions,
Agency Meetings, 
Learning Labs
11:00 – 11:30 am Break in Exhibit Hall
11:30 am – 12:15 pm  Spotlight Panel
12:15 – 1:15 pm Spotlight Panel Luncheon
1:15 – 2:00 pm Dessert in Exhibit Hall
2:00 – 3:30 pm Afternoon Sessions
3:30 – 4:00 pm Break in Exhibit Hall
4:00 – 5:00 pm Peer Salons
5:00 - 6:00 pm Trick or Treat for Our Troops in the Exhibit Hall
6:30 – 9:00 pm Halloween Host Night Reception
Saturday, November 1, 2014
7:00 – 8:00  am Early Riser Walk
7:00 am – 2:00 pm Registration Open
7:00 – 8:15 am Breakfast Plenary
8:30 – 11:30 am Service Project with City Year DC
8:30 – 10:00 am Early Morning Sessions
10:00 – 10:30 am Coffee Break
10:30 am – 12:00 pm Late Morning Sessions
12:00 – 1:30 pm Closing Luncheon Plenary
2:00 pm Member Meetups and Outdoor Excursion

Veronika-Scott 
CLOSING PLENARY SPEAKER:
Veronika Scott, CEO The Empowerment Plan 

Watch the Closing Plenary Video

Michael Smith 
OPENING PLENARY SPEAKER:
Michael Smith, Director of My Brother's Keeper

"This conference was our first... event as a foundation board, and we found it to be inspiring and informative. We left with a sharpened focus and renewed passion for our foundation's mission."

— Jody Chang, The Campbell Foundation, TX

"... a good way to see and meet many interesting people and learn about their charitable activities. I have been attending for over ten years and will continue to do so."
— Howard E. Mason Jr.
"... an opportunity to hear about new ideas in philanthropy... to network with other funders, and to hear outstanding speakers that give you new perspectives. Overall... very uplifting."                

—    Bob Janson