2017 Annual Conference

Read Funders' Network President and CEO Ben Starretts's opening remarks from the 2017 Annual Conference! 

TFN’s 2017 Conference in Saint Paul offered a chance to connect with leaders and innovators in philanthropy,  access to the best practices happening in the region and nationally,  and explore ideas and solutions with others in the field. You’ll participate in inspiring and active learning in a setting that fosters in-depth dialogue about the most pressing issues facing communities, whether they are metropolitan areas or smaller towns and rural areas.

Philanthropy has always played a key role in creating of equitable, sustainable and economically prosperous communities and regions — work that remains critical, now more than ever.

Connect, Learn & Engage

Our three-day conference offered a wealth of plenaries, mobile workshops, and breakout sessions that leverage the extensive resources and expertise we have in our field:

• Hear from experts and innovators who are addressing the most pressing issues facing our communities at the local, regional and national levels.
• Socialize and exchange ideas with a network of philanthropic leaders and influencers.
• Explore Saint Paul, including the Green Line, a light-rail system that connects communities and businesses along an 11-mile corridor.
• Participate in in-depth dialogue and active learning, including off-site mobile workshops.
• Enjoy Saint Paul’s thriving culinary scene and learn about sustainable food practices at our popular Eat Here! reception.


Why Saint Paul?

This vibrant city, built along the banks of the Mississippi and home to an increasingly diverse population,  prides itself on being one of the most livable cities in the country —  with nationally ranked parks, cultural and historic landmarks, and a widely recognized art community. Like other cities, Saint Paul’s government and philanthropic leaders are working together to address critical issues that will determine how we build stronger, more just, and sustainable communities. And like many cities, Saint Paul is also feeling the pressure to become more innovative, create opportunities and address fairness and equity. Although the challenges seem daunting, the region has a dedicated network of non-profits, strong philanthropic sector — including the groundbreaking Central Corridor Funders Collaborative — and a local government that are working to build a stronger, more just and sustainable place to live for all people.