Schedule at a Glance

Sunday | Monday | Tuesday | Wednesday

Schedule at a Glance

Slides and Resources are listed under their appropriate session.

Sunday, September 25, 2016 

9:00 am – 4:30 pm

Foundations 101 NatCon16-book-icon
Additional Fee; Requires Pre-Registration

Program is now full. 

9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Coaching for Effective PhilanthropyNatCon16-lightbulb-icon
Additional Fee; Requires Pre-Registration

Program is now full. 

12:30 pm – 4:00 pm 

Chicago Walking Tours
Additional Fee; Requires Pre-Registration

Tours are now full. 

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm Connections Mixer
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm  Registration Open
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm Chair's Reception for Donors

Monday, September 26, 2016 

7:00 am – 6:30 pm 

Exhibit Hall Open

7:00 am – 6:30 pm 

Registration Open

8:00 am – 9:00 am  

Morning City Stroll 

8:00 am – 10:00 am

Sustaining Partner Convening 

 8:00 am – 10:30 am Funder Huddle: The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading: What's Working? What's Next? Preregistration required. 

9:00 am – 9:45 am 

New Member Orientation

9:45 am – 10:45 am Wisconsin Funders Informational Event

10:00 am – 10:45 am 

National Conference Newcomers’ Orientation

10:00 am – 11:00 am

Exhibit Hall Grand Opening with music by members of the Academy at the Music Institute of Chicago

11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Opening Plenary Brunch with music by members of the Academy at the Music Institute of Chicago

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm 

Hall of Outsized Impact & Dessert in Exhibit Hall

 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm  Site Visit: Partnership with Healthy Schools

1:30 pm - 2:45 pm 

 Early Afternoon Sessions

  • The 21st Century Foundation Office NatCon16-book-icon

  • A Unique American Story: Public Policy and Private Philanthropy NatCon16-lightbulb-iconNatCon16-20-icon

  • Beyond Transactional Grantmaking: Developing Trust With GranteesNatCon16-gradhat-iconNatCon16-lightbulb-icon

  • Conflict Management Strategies and ToolsNatCon16-book-icon

  • From Good to Great: Moving Your Family Foundation to the Next Level of Effectiveness NatCon16-book-icon

  • Getting Out Into the Community: Identifying Gaps and Leverage Points for ChangeNatCon16-gradhat-icon

  • Impact Investing StrategiesNatCon16-gradhat-icon

  • Many Ways to GiveNatCon16-book-icon

  • What You Should Know About Government's Crucial Role in the Social SectorNatCon16-book-icon

2:45 pm – 3:15 pm 

Coffee Break in Exhibit Hall

 3:15 pm  – 4:30 pm

 Late Afternoon Sessions

  • The Role of Alternative Investments in Foundation Investing NatCon16-book-icon

  • Unlock the Power of Questions and Deep ListeningNatCon16-lightbulb-icon

  •  Up Close & Personal: The Art of Site VisitsNatCon16-book-icon

  • Youth Philanthropy: Making a DifferenceNatCon16-book-iconNatCon16-lightbulb-icon

 Peer Exchanges

  • Community Foundations

  • Donors

  • Giving Internationally

  • Next Gen

  • Experienced Executive Directors*

  • Very Small Funders

 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm

 Opening Night Reception With Exhibiting Partners

 6:30 pm

Dine-Arounds, including the Next Gen Convening
Learn more about hosting a dine-around.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016 

7:00 am – 5:00 pm  Exhibit Hall Open
7:00 am – 6:00 pm  Registration Open
7:30 am – 9:00 am Breakfast Plenary Panel: New Frontiers of Social Innovation
9:00 am – 11:30 am

Learning Labs

  • A Higher ROI: Leveraging Your Resources in the Policy ArenaNatCon16-book-iconNatCon16-lightbulb-icon
  • Be Ready! Leadership Succession PlanningNatCon16-book-icon
  • Collective Impact NatCon16-gradhat-icon
  • Communication Basics for FoundationsNatCon16-book-icon
  • Cultivating An Ecosystem for ChangeNatCon16-gradhat-iconNatCon16-lightbulb-icon
  • Elevating "Small" in Funder Collaboration NatCon16-gradhat-icon
  • Facilitation Skills for More Effective PhilanthropyNatCon16-book-icon
  • Reading, Understanding, and Using Nonprofit Financials NatCon16-book-icon
  • Speaking Truth to Power NatCon16-lightbulb-icon
 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • Service Project: Workforce Development, with Cleanslate
  • Site Visit: Community Organizing & Violence Prevention, with Enlace Chicago
  • Site Visit: Workforce Development & Economic Security, with Inspiration Corporation
 11:30 am – 12:00 pm  Break in Exhibit Hall
 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm Luncheon Plenary & Membership MeetingNatCon16-20-icon
 1:30 pm – 2:00 pm Dessert in Exhibit Hall
 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm 
  • Service Project: Urban Agriculture with Angelics Organic Learning Center
  • Site Visit: Innovation with an Education Lens, with 1871 and LEAP Innovations
 2:00 pm – 3:15 pm

Early Afternoon Sessions

  • Balancing Perspectives: What the Presidential Election Could Mean for Funders and Philanthropy* 
  • Hiring, Managing, and Evaluating Investment Advisors NatCon16-book-icon
  • Implicit Bias in PhilanthropyNatCon16-lightbulb-icon
  • Navigating Tough Conversations at the Family Table NatCon16-book-icon
  • Opportunities for Economic Development in Rural Communities NatCon16-gradhat-icon
  • Stretch Your Imagination: Creative Grantmaking Done LegallyNatCon16-lightbulb-icon
  • Your Leadership: Your Reflective PracticeNatCon16-gradhat-icon
 3:15 pm – 3:45 pm  Break in Exhibit Hall
 3:45 pm  – 5:00 pm

 Late Afternoon Sessions

  • Diversity, Equity, Inclusion: Start Where You Are... But Where Are You?NatCon16-book-iconNatCon16-lightbulb-icon
  • Getting to Impact: Why Evaluation Is KeyNatCon16-book-icon
  • The Journey to Catalytic PhilanthropyNatCon16-gradhat-icon
  • Leadership Strategies for BoardsNatCon16-lightbulb-iconNatCon16-gradhat-icon
  • Leveraging Foundation Dollars With Program-Related Investments and Other ToolsNatCon16-book-icon
  • Philanthropy Lessons Live 
  • Taking Data-Driven ActionNatCon16-gradhat-icon
  • Understanding and Controlling Investment FeesNatCon16-book-icon
 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm  Twilight City Stroll
 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm  Local Engagment Group Coordinators Meet & Greet
 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm The Lawyer Is In 
 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm  20th Anniversary Celebration at Chicago Cultural Center’s Preston Bradley Hall with music by Chicago High School for the Arts' Jazz ComboNatCon16-20-icon
 9:00 pm  Master Juggler Meet & Greet

Wednesday, September 28, 2016 

7:00 am – 2:00 pm  Registration Open 
7:30 am – 8:45 am Breakfast Plenary
7:45 am – 8:45 am The Lawyer Is In
8:45 am – 10:00 am  

Early Morning Sessions

  • Changing Markets and New Strategies for Foundation InvestingNatCon16-gradhat-icon
  • Crisis Response Strategies for FundersNatCon16-lightbulb-icon
  • High Risk, High Return: How to Fulfill the Promise of "R&D"-Style Philanthropy*
  • Planning for a Ramp Up in Foundation Giving and OperationsNatCon16-book-icon
  • Prepping for Tax Season All Year: Tips for the Form 990-PFNatCon16-book-icon
  • Small Assets, Big Impact: Ways to Leverage Your Dollars and Much More NatCon16-book-iconNatCon16-lightbulb-icon
  • Using Technology to Streamline ProceduresNatCon16-book-icon
 10:00 am – 10:30 am  Coffee Break
10:30 am – 11:45 am 

Late Morning Sessions

  • Assessing Your Foundation's WorkNatCon16-gradhat-icon
  • Five Key Elements for Greater ImpactNatCon16-book-icon
  • Hiring and Managing Great StaffNatCon16-book-icon
  • Self-Dealing and Conflicts of InterestNatCon16-book-icon
  • Supporting Nonprofit Resilience Through Capacity BuildingNatCon16-gradhat-icon
     
 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm Closing Luncheon Plenary

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Inspirational topics presented with a philanthropy lens 

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Sessions focused on philanthropy's fundamentals 

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Sessions designed specifically with seasoned practitioners in mind 

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Opportunities to celebrate Exponent Philanthropy’s 20th anniversary 

* Geared toward executive directors with 10+ years experience.