IMWFN Peer Learning Call: Unpacking Capacity and Power-Building Funder Survey
Sep 22 @ 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
IMWFN Peer Learning Call: Unpacking Capacity and Power-Building Funder Survey

Peer Learning Call | September 22 | 1:30 PM MT 

Unpacking Capacity and Power-Building Funder Survey: Case Studies from the Region will share the results of the funder survey sent in March and look more deeply at some examples offered.

We have a great group of funders lined up to share how they support capacity and power-building needs of their grantee and nonprofit communities.

Lisa Weinstein, Program Officer, Science and Capacity Wilburforce Foundation
CJ Hager, Director of Healthy Communities, Vitalyst Health Foundation (PLACES Alumni)
Mia Ramirez, Community Partner, Colorado Trust (PLACES Alumni)
Ella Fahrlander, Chief Engagement Officer, Northern Colorado Community Foundation

Tim Stevens, Fund Advisor for Montana and Veterans, IMWFN Steering Committee Chair, Kendeda Fund

*Please register for this funder-only webinar by September 21 to receive log-in details.

About TFN’s Intermountain West Funders Network

The Intermountain West Funders Network (IMWFN) allows funders to grow relationships, deepen knowledge, explore unique endeavors and share promising practices. While funders in the network embed a variety of lenses into their work, their key focus remains on ensuring that the most important resources of the Intermountain West — its land, water and people — are paramount when making decisions about growth and development.

For more information about IMWFN events, please reach out to program lead Kim Ogren at

Webinar | Is 2020 Over? Responding to Multiple Disasters Amid COVID-19 and Climate Change
Sep 24 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

TFN is among the co-sponsors of this Sept. 24 webinar organized by the Center for Disaster Philanthropy (CDP).  TFN works with CDP to provides curriculum, facilitation and technical assistance to TFN’s Philanthropic Preparedness, Resiliency and Emergency Partnership (PPREP).

It feels like 2020 has lasted 15 years. The Center for Disaster Philanthropy (CDP) staff started following COVID-19 in January while we were also responding to the Australian wildfires and the earthquakes in Puerto Rico. The beginning of the year is usually a slower time, but 2020 began as it meant to go on: with continual disasters all existing within the context of the global pandemic. It has also been a year when climate change has given us urgent reminders of its impact on disasters.

In this webinar, CDP staff will reflect on lessons learned, challenges and opportunities presented by different disasters – particularly wildfires, hurricanes and the derecho – and how COVID-19 has framed the response. We will share insights from our response to the global pandemic and how climate change has affected the disaster landscape.

Grantmakers and donors will hear about some of the fantastic organizations doing critical work on the ground and how they can support response and recovery in ways that prioritize communities of color and other vulnerable populations during these challenging times.


Webinar | Transit Justice is Racial and Climate Justice
Oct 1 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Join Smart Growth California’s Los Angeles Funders Collaborative, TFN’s Collaborative on Sustainable Mobility and Equitable Access, Southern California Grantmakers, ClimatePlan, Transit Center, ACT-LA, Koreatown Immigrant Workers Alliance and the Community Power Collective for a conversation about transit justice in Los Angeles and its state and national implications.

Transit Justice is Racial and Climate Justice
Oct. 1, 2020 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. PT/ 1 to 2:30 p.m. ET
Register here.

Despite LA County’s car-centric reputation, over a million Angelenos do not have cars, and this is particularly true in LA’s Black and immigrant communities. Public transit is the community infrastructure that connects us to jobs, family, and healthcare. LA County is by far the most populated County in the US; it is critical to maintain and grow our transit ridership in order to address climate change and improve air quality.

However, public transit in LA County is often unreliable, slow, poorly connected and overpoliced. It burdens the pocketbooks of the extremely low income families that rely on it. ACT-LA, a countywide coalition working on transit issues believes that LA Metro as an agency has long prioritized the wrong budget items; funding major train projects over the much more utilized bus system, maintaining an extensive fare enforcement system and committing almost a billion dollars for policing.

Community organizers in LA are building a movement for transit justice in order to make the County’s development of public transportation a pathway to a just transition rather than a source of displacement and further inequity. This convening invites dialogue about the multi-sector nature of this issue, successes and challenges at the state and regional level and where we go from here.


The Los Angeles Funders Collaborative is a workgroup of Smart Growth California, a TFN initiative.

Urban Water Funders 2020 Virtual Meeting
Nov 18 – Nov 19 all-day
Urban Water Funders 2020 Virtual Meeting

TFN’s Urban Water Funders 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.

Save the date for TFN’s Urban Water Funders 2020 Virtual Meeting, Nov. 18-19.

More details to come!

About Urban Water Funders

Urban Water Funders, a working group of The Funders Network, explores the role of water in urban settings to the benefit of the environment, equity and economies of communities, with specific interest in climate resilience, integrated water management, natural infrastructure and green stormwater infrastructure.

TFN 2021 Annual Conference: Rise Together @ New Orleans (Tentative)
Mar 15 – Mar 17 all-day

During these gut-wrenching times, it is easy — and understandable — to feel overwhelmed. Overwhelmed by an ongoing global pandemic that is extracting a disproportionately high toll on the health and incomes of communities of color. Overwhelmed by the wanton disregard for human life, captured in video after video. Overwhelmed by the recognition that safety nets — if they existed — have failed, social connections have frayed and corrosive abuses of power persist.

But we also have an opportunity — and an obligation — to chart new courses despite turbulent waters.

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 touch every aspect of our lives, including the food we eat, the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the places where we 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?

Our agenda will be dedicated to helping our members and partners gain the tools, build relationships and craft strategies that will help us stand together, work together — and ultimately rise together — to meet this unprecedented moment.

We hope you’ll join us March 15 to 17 for TFN’s 2021 Annual Conference: Rise Together, tentatively scheduled for New Orleans, La. Read on for more information on our conference’s focus and coronavirus contingency planning.

Centering Racial Equity

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 theme — Rise Together — we’re encouraging session ideas that are interdisciplinary, cross-cutting and grounded in racial equity.

About Our Conference

TFN’s 2021 Annual Conference: Rise Together will bring together funders from across North America 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.

Our signature annual event is an opportunity to highlight philanthropy’s potential for meaningful impact in our regions and communities, and hear from diverse and thought-provoking voices on issues such as protecting our natural resources, building inclusive economies and addressing injustices.

COVID Contingencies

Given the uncertainties of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, and our commitment to prioritizing the safety of our members, team and their communities, TFN will plan for both in-person and virtual conference options. By baking contingencies into our planning, we will be able to pivot to an online model if needed.

Our goal is to share the learning, resources and best practices that will help our members deepen their impact as grantmakers and develop their professional networks — be it in person or virtually.

We hope you will join us!