Nov
29
Tue
2022
GREEN 2022 Annual Meeting | In-person @ Hartford, Conn.
Nov 29 – Dec 1 all-day

→ Register HERE

We are excited to announce that after three years of gathering on Zoom, TFN’s GREEN working group will be holding its annual meeting in person this fall. We’ll meet in Hartford, Conn., from Nov. 29 to Dec. 1. Connecticut has been a national leader in green and clean energy finance, as well as community-driven climate and sustainability solutions. We hope that you’ll join us to learn more from community nonprofit leaders and funder colleagues. Our meeting goals are to:

  • Bring together TFN’s GREEN Working Group and other philanthropic colleagues for joint learning and engagement on equitable climate and sustainability work underway in Connecticut and New England.
  • Deepen learning from place and peers with a focus on philanthropy in service to community leadership and community-led solutions.
  • Provide a space for funder discussion, shared learning and exploring collaborative opportunities
  • Address several cross-cutting themes: community organizing, community-led climate and sustainability solutions, workforce and career supports in green jobs and clean energy arenas, and valuing collaborative cross-sector partnerships.

This event is co-sponsored by Connecticut Council for Philanthropy and the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation.

Agenda Overview

Tuesday, Nov. 29• 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Optional Dinner for Funders

Wednesday, Nov. 30• 8:00 a.m. Breakfast and Networking• 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Presentation on Connecticut’s Climate and Environmental Justice Future• 10:30 a.m.– 4:00 p.m. Hartford Site Visit• 6:30 p.m. Reception & Dinner

Thursday, Dec. 1• 8:00 a.m. Breakfast and Networking• 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Half-Day Meeting, Learning and Strategizing with Peers

Lodging

The Funders Network will not be reserving a block of rooms for this meeting. We recommend the following hotels all located in downtown Hartford:

Who Should Attend?

Registration is open to donors, staff, directors and trustees of all grantmaking institutions. We are seeking to create an intimate gathering of funders with the goal of learning, sharing and facilitating strategic conversations about where philanthropic resources can have the greatest impact.

Registration

There is a registration fee of $300 for Members and $400 for non-members to participate in this meeting. For questions regarding group rates, please contact Ashley Quintana at ashley@fundersnetwork.org.

→ Register HERE

Health and Safety

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, The Funders Network is committed to implementing appropriate policies and taking necessary actions to create a safe and comfortable meeting environment, and to the extent possible, protect the health of everyone who attends or participates in TFN events.

TFN has adopted the following Health and Safety Protocols for all 2022 Network gatherings and events, including convenings of our working groups, PLACES Fellowship and Alumni Network, and TFN Board of Directors.

TFN reserves the right to implement additional measures to support a successful gathering and safeguard the health and safety of all individuals involved in Network events. TFN’s COVID-19 Health and Safety Protocols apply to every person attending or participating in TFN events, including but not limited to, registered and unregistered attendees, speakers, and TFN staff, consultants and volunteers. TFN reserves the right to prohibit entry to any individual who fails to abide by these protocols, including providing required documentation.

Please view our Health and Safety Protocols HERE.

Thank You!!

Thank you to our funder planning committee for their ideas, guidance, and assistance in planning this meeting:

We are looking forward to a terrific and inspiring meeting in Hartford and hope that you can join us!

 

Dec
5
Mon
2022
Mobility & Access Collaborative’s Learn & Share Funder Call
Dec 5 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

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Are you a funder interested in how mobility and access issues impact our communities and climate?

You are invited to bring your experience, advice and ideas to an interactive session with fellow funders.

Mobility & Access Collaborative’s Learn & Share Funder Call will take place on Dec. 5 at 4 p.m. ET/ 1 p.m. PT.

The Mobility and Access Collaborative, a TFN initiative, is trying a new approach: Rather than formal presentations, we are creating a space for funders to learn from each other. Each quarterly meeting, three funders will bring a question for peers.

We’re excited to share the three funders who have volunteered to kick us off with questions for our first MAC Learn & Share: Dan Favre of the Greater New Orleans FoundationLisa Jacobson of the Barr Foundation and Neelima Shah of the Bullitt Foundation.

Funder Learn & Share Questions

What sort of data and messaging has been most helpful in making the case for funding transportation work with colleagues and board members?”

– DAN FAVRE, director of environmental programs at the Greater New Orleans Foundation, recently joined philanthropy after years of transportation advocacy. He is also co-chair of TFN’s 2023 Annual Conference: Ignite Action.

 

“Are you centering equity in your grantmaking? Can you share some examples? How are you managing grantmaking and relationships with more mainstream grantees?

– LISA JACOBSON is a senior program officer on the Barr Foundation climate team and a TFN PLACES Fellowship alum.

 

“How is your downtown recovering from COVID? In Seattle, Wash., our downtown has not returned. Homelessness is a major problem. While more people are starting to use transit, there are far fewer trips downtown. How can we start rethinking ‘downtowns’ and transit to help bring them back to life? Who is starting to work on these issues?

– NEELIMA SHAH is a senior program officer at the Bullitt Foundation and a former member of TFN’s Board of Directors.

 

→ Register HERE

Dec
6
Tue
2022
December Funders for Climate Equity Meeting
Dec 6 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

REGISTER HERE!

At the federal, state, and regional levels, a historic amount of public funding is being allocated to support climate-resilient infrastructure. This funding has the potential to correct longstanding infrastructure injustices and to create more equitable and sustainable communities. Implementing billions of dollars in infrastructure projects also has the potential to usher in a new era of an inclusive “green economy,” with tens of thousands of good-paying jobs that support climate mitigation and resilience. The potential for this moment cannot be overstated…but nothing is guaranteed. As public agencies, private companies, and nonprofits collaborate to shape and implement these projects, community voice must be centered on ensuring equitable implementation of funds.

So how will these issues uniquely play out in Northern California? According to the Putting California on the High Road: AJobs and Climate Action Plan for 2030 report, “Construction constitutes 54% of the expenditures from the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund, due to investments in high-speed rail, other transit investments, and transit-oriented infill multi-unit housing”, which could be bolstered by federal infrastructure and inflation reduction act funding streams. Governor Newsom also recently signed legislation making it easier to develop housing in commercial areas without minimum parking requirements, and when combined with state and federal infrastructure dollars, it has the potential to speed up the development of climate-oriented, affordable housing development. Among these state-specific priorities, we will also see a huge investment in green infrastructure and energy. The state of California also just announced funding to support sustainable and resilient regional economies across California, through the Community Economic Resilience Fund (CERF).

At this meeting:

  • We’ll take a deeper dive into the potential to promote green jobs and inclusive economies when developing transit-oriented, climate-friendly infill housing and green infrastructure in Northern California, both in existing urbanized areas and in less developed, rural communities.
  • We will explore the opportunities, barriers and strategies needed and we’ll learn from a set of local stakeholders working on issues that connect to an evolving green jobs ecosystem in Northern California.
  • Space will be provided for those already supporting just transition work to share and learn from each other.

REGISTER HERE!


 Sponsors

Dec
8
Thu
2022
Climate Funders Collaborative (Baja, Imperial, San Diego Region) December Meeting
Dec 8 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

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If you are a funder in the Baja, Imperial County, and/or San Diego regions, we invite you to the next gathering of the Climate Funders Collaborative (Baja/Imperial/San Diego Region) on December 8th, from 11am to noon. This virtual meeting will follow up to our in-person gathering on October 6th (check out Ron Milam’s blog about the day).

At this meeting, the group’s Co-Chairs (Christiana DeBenedict from San Diego Foundation and Juliet Flores from The California Endowment) along with Ron Milam from Smart Growth California/TFN and Megan Thomas from Catalyst of San Diego & Imperial Counties, will share thoughts for moving forward in 2023 and we welcome your input.

REGISTER HERE!

Jan
30
Mon
2023
Urban Water Funders Annual Convening @ Los Angeles, Calif.
Jan 30 – Jan 31 all-day

 

→ REGISTER NOW! Before the holiday season picks up, be sure to register and make your travel plans to attend our in-person Urban Water Funders annual gathering in Los Angeles from Jan. 30 to 31.

In this historic moment to advance water justice, this is a critical time to be together in person and strategize on the role of philanthropy to ensure the equitable implementation of the billions of dollars flowing into communities.

The first day of our convening will focus on learning from place, and our site visit will highlight the community capacity built around the historic passage and equitable implementation of Los Angeles’ Measure W, which supports local green stormwater infrastructure projects, and was championed by the diverse OurWaterLA coalition. We will dive deep into the ReDesign LA model, which teaches NGOs how to use authentic community engagement to design competitive water infrastructure projects and apply for and secure public funding. We will learn from LA’s successes and challenges, which offer lessons as communities across the country prepare to support similar community-guided efforts to shape and access public funding.

On the second day, we will go deep with funder colleagues in sessions that focus on funder roles: supporting a healthy and coordinated ecosystem of players to advance water equity, supporting disadvantaged and frontline communities to access and influence public investments, and ensuring that this moment of increased investment builds leadership, community capacity and working systems for the long-game.

And of course, we will enjoy good food and plenty of time for networking and reconnecting with your water funder colleagues. Take a look at the more detailed agenda here.

Read about the convening, including hotel information, COVID protocols and more here.

We are also pleased to share that we are teaming up with a partner convening to host a site visit and reception on Jan. 31, the second day of our gathering, at Lewis MacAdams Riverfront Park. We will join attendees of the Using Nature for Climate Resilience and Mitigation convening, which takes place Feb. 1-2 and is co-hosted by The Walton Family FoundationBuilders Initiative, the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and the Water Foundation.

→ REGISTER NOW!


Agenda Overview

View the detailed agenda HERE

Sunday, Jan. 29

  • 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Optional Dinner for Funders who arrive early

Monday, Jan. 30

  • 8:00 – 9:00 a.m. Breakfast and Networking
  • 9:00 – 10:15 a.m. Welcome and Reconnection
  • 10:15 – 10:45 a.m. Grounding Conversation on Los Angeles’s water challenges and opportunities
  • 10:45 – 11:00 a.m. Break 
  • 11:00 – 3:30 p.m. Learning Exchange (including lunch) with Field Leaders
  • 3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Break
  • 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.  Reception & Closing Speaker
  •  5:00 – 5:30 p.m. Break, walk to local dinner spot
  •  5:30 p.m. — Dinner, location TBD

Tuesday, Jan. 31

  • 8:00 – 9:00 a.m. Breakfast and Networking
  •  9:00 – 9:30 a.m. Quick Day 1 Debrief
  • 9:00 – 10:45 a.m. Session One. The National Ecosystem: Accessing infrastructure funding and removing barriers through technical assistance, advocacy and finance
  • 10:45 – 11:00 a.m. Break
  • 11:00 – 12:15 p.m. Session Two. Equity in Place: How funders can support disadvantaged and frontline communities to access and influence public investments in their states and ensure equitable implementation
  • 12:15 – 1:00 p.m. Lunch 
  • 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. Session Three. The Long Game: How funders and their partners are looking to build leadership and systems that work for 10, 20 and 50 years down the road
  • 2:00 – 2:15 p.m. Reflections on how we can work together as a network moving forward
  • 2:15 – 2:30 p.m. Closing Comments and Appreciations
Formal end of Urban Water Funder Convening
  • 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. Optional second site visit and reception at Lewis MacAdams Riverfront Park, a co-sponsored event with the Using Nature for Climate Resilience and Mitigation convening

View the detailed agenda HERE


 Location & Lodging

The convening will be held on the beautiful campus of The California Endowment in downtown Los Angeles. The Funders Network will not be reserving a block of rooms for this meeting; however, we recommend the following hotels all located in downtown Los Angeles:


 Health & Safety

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, The Funders Network is committed to implementing appropriate policies and taking necessary actions to create a safe and comfortable meeting environment, and to the extent possible, protect the health of everyone who attends or participates in TFN events.

TFN has adopted the following Health and Safety Protocols for all upcoming Network gatherings and events, including convenings of our working groups, PLACES Fellowship and Alumni Network, and TFN Board of Directors.

TFN reserves the right to implement additional measures to support a successful gathering and safeguard the health and safety of all individuals involved in Network events. TFN’s COVID-19 Health and Safety Protocols apply to every person attending or participating in TFN events, including but not limited to, registered and unregistered attendees, speakers, and TFN staff, consultants and volunteers. TFN reserves the right to prohibit entry to any individual who fails to abide by these protocols, including providing required documentation.

Please view our Health and Safety Protocols HERE.

Thank you!

Thank you to our funder planning committee for their ideas, guidance, and assistance in planning this meeting:

We are looking forward to a terrific and inspiring meeting in Los Angeles and hope that you can join us!

Mar
20
Mon
2023
Join us for TFN’s 2023 Annual Conference: Ignite Action!
Mar 20 – Mar 22 all-day

We’re headed to New Orleans March 20-22 for The Funders Network’s 2023 Annual Conference: Ignite Action!

TFN Annual Conferences bring together diverse and thought-provoking voices to explore philanthropy’s potential for meaningful impact in our regions and communities, including protecting our natural resources, building inclusive economies and addressing injustices.

The theme for our 2023 Annual Conference is Ignite Action, which recognizes the need for all of us — as a sector and as individuals — to light the way toward systemic change with urgency and purpose.

Philanthropy holds tremendous power to leverage its financial, moral and reputational capital.

  • How can we help energize and sustain the movements that are pushing us toward racial, economic and environmental justice?
  • How can we extinguish the systemic inequities that touch every aspect of our shared world — the food we eat, the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the places where we live, work and play?
  • How can we best unleash philanthropy’s potential in ways that spark ideas, fuel collaboration, and ignite action?
  • How can we save and strengthen our democracy?

Our communities are grappling with the impacts of a worsening climate crises, a widening racial wealth gap, and increased assaults on our civil liberties and bodily autonomy. The time to act is now.

Save the date to join us in New Orleans, March 20-22, and stay tuned for registration updates!


About #TFN2023

We’ll gather at the historic Hotel Monteleone, nestled in the heart of the city’s French Quarter.Registration will launch in the winter. Stay tuned for more details!


Thank You #TFN2023 Planning Committee!

We want to extend a huge thank you to the individuals who served on our planning committee and met with us for two days in September. Because of their commitment to environmental, economic and racial justice, we will be able to create an intentional, inclusive and diverse program agenda.