About TFN’s 2021 Virtual Conference: Rise Together

In these uncertain times, we are all doing our best to prioritize the wellbeing of those we care about and the communities we serve. For this reason, The Funders Network has decided to move our 2021 Annual Conference to an all-virtual format.

We hope you will mark your calendars for TFN’s 2021 Virtual Conference: Rise Together, March 15 to 17.

It is precisely because we are in such uncertain waters that it is essential that we take the time to seek out the meaningful connections, strategies and inspirations that fuel and support your work as grantmakers.

While we had originally hoped to come together — in person — in New Orleans, we will nonetheless find ways to lift up and learn from this amazing and resilient community as part of our virtual conference.

We are also seeking ways to minimize the economic impact of this decision, and will be highlighting opportunities to support local New Orleans vendors, artists and community causes as part of our conference offerings. (Stay tuned for the debut of our Shop Here! Virtual Market, featuring an opportunity to order from NOLA-based small businesses.)

We are delighted to share that Carmen James Randolph, vice president for programs at the Greater New Orleans Foundation, and Tené Traylor, fund advisor at The Kendeda Fund, will serve as co-chairs of TFN’s 2021 Virtual Conference.

Carmen James Randolph

Tené Traylor

Read a Message from our #TFN2021 Conference Co-chairs

Stay tuned for more information on our sessions, speakers and other highlights. Please read on for more information about our conference theme and our efforts to center racial equity in our work.

Learn, Share & Work Together

TFN’s 2021 Virtual Conference: Rise Together will create a virtual space for funders to explore the strategies and stories that are creating more equitable, sustainable, and resilient places to live — work that has taken on increased urgency as we face the dual challenges of a global pandemic and structural racism.

TFN’s mission is to leverage philanthropy’s unique potential to help create communities and regions that are sustainable, prosperous and just for all people. But we recognize that these goals cannot be achieved without first challenging and confronting the systemic imbalances in power, privilege and access to resources that disproportionately impact communities of color, specifically Black people, and create stark inequities that continue to harm racialized and marginalized people and places.

In keeping with our 2021 Virtual Conference theme — Rise Together — we’ve encouraged session ideas that are interdisciplinary, cross-cutting and grounded in racial equity.

In the weeks ahead, we’ll be sharing more details about our conference offerings and learning agenda designed to lift up and explore some of the most urgent questions of the day:

How do we help communities address and overcome the impacts of the novel coronavirus in ways that are urgent and equitable?
How can we help dismantle the systemic racism that touches every aspect of our lives, including the food we eat, the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the places where we live, work and play?

And how do we use our privilege and power, as a sector and as individuals, to amplify calls for racial justice in ways that are meaningful, effective and authentic?

We hope you’ll join us as we learn together, work together — and hopefully rise together — to meet this extraordinary and unprecedented moment.

The City of Chicago recently received a Partners for Places grant to help transform schoolyards into green, engaging places to learn and play. TFN’s 2021 Virtual Conference: Rise Together will explore the ways philanthropy can support more sustainable, prosperous and just communities for all people. Photo credit: Space to Grow

Registration

We hope you join us for TFN’s 2021 Virtual Conference: Rise Together. Your registration fees help support the network’s over-arching mission to leverage philanthropy’s unique potential to help create communities and regions that are sustainable, prosperous, healthy and just for all people.

These fees also help us offset programmatic and operational costs incurred in the planning and production of virtual events, including honoraria for invited nonprofit speakers. Registration is open to donors, staff, directors, and trustees of all grantmaking institutions.


Attendees

Early Bird Rates (Ends Feb. 16)

Members: $499 $399
Non-members: $699 $599


2020 PLACES Fellows

2020 PLACES Fellows: No charge


PLACES Alumni

PLACES Alumni: $199


Speakers


We recognize that many organizations are facing challenges during these uncertain times. If cost is a barrier to participating in this event, please reach out to Maureen Lawless, Vice President & Director, Member Services, at maureen@fundersnetwork.org.

Highlights

Centered in Racial Equity

We’ve designed sessions that are intersectional, cross-cutting and grounded in racial equity and speak to activism, collaboration and movement building. (Stay tuned for more updates on sessions and speakers.)

Critical Conversations

In this time of social distancing, it’s important for us to connect with compassion, humanity and understanding. TFN’s conference will offer Critical Conversations, an opportunity to have frank, open, peer-facilitated exchanges of ideas and experiences, and perhaps learn a little bit about each other in the process.

Shop Here! Virtual Market

Shop Here! Virtual Market offers conference participants the opportunity to order directly from NOLA-based vendors, artisans, and social enterprises as a way to support these local vendors and minimize the economic impact of our inability to convene in New Orleans because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Time to Connect & Reflect

TFN 2021 Virtual Conference: Rise Together will build in opportunities for self-care, socializing and reflection with an agenda that includes Artist Interludes, Movement Breaks and a Cook Here! Funder Social Hour featuring a cooking demo from a New Orleans chef and a chance to connect with other attendees.

Opening Plenary

Women of Color in the South: Imagining, Leading, and Creating the Future We Want

The radical visions and practical solutions arising from communities facing relentless racial terror, compounding health and climate crises, and historic disinvestment offered key lessons to funders during 2020. Whether we begin with the undeniable urgency of COVID-19, police brutality, or economic and ecosystem collapse, we see the culture-led strategies from the South as potent examples of movement innovation across all challenges.

Join our Opening Plenary to learn from leaders deeply connected to intergenerational and intersectional movements across the South who know what’s possible for economic development, housing, climate resiliency, energy/food/water ecosystems, and our culture. This conversation is an invitation to show up in ways that transform scarcity into abundance, not only in the resources moved or practices held in philanthropy, but more broadly in our very culture of leadership.

Speakers

Stay tuned for updates on our plenary speakers and other conference highlights!

Agenda

Shop Here! Virtual Market

While we had originally hoped to hold our 2021 conference in New Orleans, we want to nonetheless celebrate the people, cuisine and culture of this beautiful and resilient city. We also hope to minimize the economic impact of our decision to go virtual with an opportunity to support local New Orleans artists, entrepreneurs and other businesses.

Stay tuned for the debut of our Shop Here! Virtual Market, featuring an opportunity to order from NOLA-based businesses. We’ll serve up a curated selection of vendors with deep ties to the community — giving you a chance to order special items to gift (or treat yourself!) while supporting small, locally owned establishments.

Sponsors

TFN’s 2021 Virtual Conference: Rise Together is our network’s signature annual event, one that brings together funders from across the sector to come together and explore the strategies and stories that are creating more equitable, sustainable, and resilient places to live — work that has taken on increased urgency as we face the dual challenges of a global pandemic and structural racism.

Your sponsorship helps support the network’s over-arching mission to leverage philanthropy’s unique potential to help create communities and regions that are sustainable, prosperous, healthy and just for all people. The generosity of our sponsors also helps us offset programmatic and operational costs incurred in the planning and production of virtual events, including honoraria for invited nonprofit speakers.

To learn more about sponsorship opportunities for TFN’s 2021 Virtual Conference: Rise Together, download our Sponsorship Packet here.