GREEN 2020 Virtual Meeting
Dec 2 – Dec 3 all-day

TFN’s GREEN 2020 Virtual Meeting will offer an opportunity to bring together diverse voices from across the sector to share learning, explore strategies and identify key issues that are impacting grantees, partners and the communities we serve.

Registration is now open for our virtual gathering, which takes place December 2-3. We hope you’ll join us as we:

• Deepen learning from practitioners and peers with a focus on racial and social justice, power building, and equity-centered climate and sustainability investments.

• Recognize/strategize how the multiple challenges, inequities, and harms exacerbated by and laid bare by COVID-19 call for new funder strategies centered in racial justice.

• Share learning, engage with funder colleagues on intersectional issues, and explore collaborative opportunities.

• Address key cross-cutting topics that align with our theme: Power, Equity, Climate, and Sustainability.

Register here.


TFN’s GREEN funder working group was created in 2005 by funders interested in better understanding the promise that green strategies hold for improving outcomes for people and place. The working group is currently focused on learning more about green issues, identifying leverage points, and facilitating strategic collaborations in three specific arenas: Climate mitigation and adaptation, sustainability practices in cities and regions, and neighborhood/district sustainability.

Agenda Overview:

Wednesday, Dec. 2

(Afternoon ET/Morning PT)

• Panel: 2020 Election Results and Implications for Climate Mitigation/Adaptation and City Sustainability
• Panel: From Community Engagement to Collaborative Governance: the Providence Racial Equity Journey and Learning Lab
• Funder Social Hour: A Taste of Rhode Island

Thursday, Dec. 3

(Afternoon ET/Morning PT)

• Panel: Energy Democracy and Justice: Broadening Economic Opportunity, Bringing Economic Relief
• Funder Discussion: Redefining Funder Strategies – Democratizing Philanthropy through Community-Led Decision-making

Stay tuned for more details on session times and speakers!


We are offering individual registration as well as discounted flat group rates for both TFN members and non-members.

Registration fees help support TFN’s GREEN working group efforts as well as 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.

Individual Rates

Member: $199
▪ Non-member: $299

Flat Group Rate
Foundations with three or more registrations are eligible for a discounted flat group rate.

▪ Member: $399
▪ Non-member: $499

Register here

We recognize that many organizations are facing challenges during these uncertain times, so if cost is a barrier to participating in this event, please reach out to Ashley Quintana, at

Who Should Attend

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

Thank You

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

• Diane IvesThe Kendeda Fund
• Zoe KirkosPeople for Bikes
• John MitterholzerThe George Gund Foundation
• Wren PattonThe Summit Foundation
• Jennifer PereiraRhode Island Foundation
• Mariella PuertoBarr Foundation
• Jen SomersEnergy Foundation

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

About the featured photo: “Still Here,” a Gaia mural of Lynsea Montanari and Princess Redwing in Providence, R.I., represents indigenous communities’ centuries-long fight against erasure. Learn more about the mural here. Photo: Harold Stiver |

National Equity Atlas: Unlocking the Insights of Disaggregated Data | Webinar
Dec 8 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Advancing economic, environmental and social justice means centering racial equity in grantmaking, advocacy and policy work.

How can we use data to inform our efforts to create a more equitable society?

Join TFN’s Inclusive Economies for a webinar exploring the National Equity Atlas, a one-stop-shop for data and policy ideas to advance racial equity and shared prosperity, produced through a research partnership between PolicyLink and the University of Southern California Equity Research Institute.

National Equity Atlas:
Unlocking the Insights of Disaggregated Data

Dec. 8 at 2 p.m. ET

Register here

Please register by Dec. 5 for this funders-only webinar.


Abbie Langston
Senior Policy Associate


Patricia L. Smith
President & CEO
The Funders Network

About the National Equity Atlas

The National Equity Atlas was built to democratize data and make the facts accessible and actionable to everyone — including the grassroots organizations that possess invaluable firsthand knowledge of inequities yet often lack the resources to gather, analyze, and display the quantitative data so crucial to policy campaigns to address them.

Originally launched in 2014, the updated Atlas builds upon its previous data infrastructure but provides new indicators, more detailed data for existing indicators, and additional ways to explore, share, and use the data, including:

▪Equity data insights, with 31 deeply disaggregated indicators for 301 geographies

▪Original research and data analyses
▪The first-of-its-kind Racial Equity index, which compares the state of racial equity across the nation
▪Policy solutions to build an equitable economy.

Join this webinar to learn how to use this powerful equity resource and how we can support local changemakers leading the way toward equity.

About Inclusive Economies

TFN’s Inclusive Economies working group brings place-based funders and related partners from across the sector together to build working relationships, advancing understanding of practices and policies that lead to inclusive prosperity and taking joint action that drives the field forward. We apply a three-part focus — race, place and prosperity — to economic growth and development. A particular goal is connecting people and neighborhoods of color to employment and wealth-building opportunities through investment, systems change, and policy reform.About TFN’s Inclusive Economies

For more information, please contact TFN Associate Hazel Paguaga

The Funders Network’s 2021 Virtual Conference: Rise Together
Mar 15 – Mar 17 all-day

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.

In the meantime, we would like to share that due to the impacts of Hurricanes Sally, Laura, Delta, and Tropical Storm Marco, the Greater New Orleans Foundation — one of our conference sponsors — has activated its Disaster Response and Restoration Fund to provide assistance to those who are most in need.

Our heartfelt thanks to the local New Orleans funders and community voices who took part in our recent planning sessions.

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

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.

About #TFN2021: Rise 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.