Events Calendar

Inclusive Economies 2019 Inaugural Meeting
Nov 4 – Nov 6 all-day
Inclusive Economies 2019 Inaugural Meeting

We invite you to join us for the Inclusive Economies working group’s first annual meeting November 4-6 in Cleveland, Ohio.

Even as income inequality and the economic effects of racism are elevated to the center of national debate, the onus of addressing the inequities of our current economy in large part continues to fall to local leaders. For funders, this raises a host of strategic challenges. What role can philanthropy play in mobilizing local assets to expand and extend opportunity to marginalized communities? How can funders ensure that economic growth translates into economic opportunity and access? And, how does philanthropy build local capacity and power to dismantle the racist attitudes and systems that have prevented people and communities of color from prospering?

We’ll tackle these questions and more at the first annual meeting of TFN’s Inclusive Economies working group in Cleveland, Ohio. This inaugural convening provides a dedicated forum for place-based funders to meet and learn from peers, thought leaders, and local residents; share work in progress; and build a shared agenda for learning and action.

Our host city of Cleveland offers an ideal setting to explore philanthropic leadership for place-based inclusive growth. Over the past 10 years, Cleveland’s funders have worked collaboratively to coordinate and connect multiple economic development strategies aimed at improving economic opportunities for people living in the city’s predominately black east side. In partnership with other sectors, the philanthropic community has led or supported initiatives involving anchor institutions; land assembly and redevelopment along critical employment corridors, creation of business cooperatives, and development of indicators and metrics to track progress toward inclusion goals. More recently, funders have collaborated to engage more than 3000 regional residents in intensive workshops to build awareness about Cleveland’s history of racial inequity.

Join your funder peers as we launch this new line of work dedicated to race, place and power-building for shared and restorative prosperity. In addition to topical sessions on critical issues like neighborhood displacement prevention, the future of work, and good jobs, the program includes ample time for peer exchange, small-group discussions, and socializing. Click here to register.

Click here for working agenda.


• Tour of Cleveland’s Eastside: including the Greater University Circle anchor institution initiative, the Opportunity and Health Tech Corridors, and the Evergreen Cooperatives
• Undesigning the Redline exhibit at Trinity Cathedral
• Creating space for honest dialogue workshop with Evelyn Burnett and Mordecai Cargill, Third Space Action Lab
• Findings from “Turning the Corner: Practice and Policy for Displacement Prevention,” with Kathy Pettit of the Urban Institute
• Reception at the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland
• Planned sessions on the future of work and good jobs

We currently have a limited room block at the discounted rate of $129.00 a night at:

Tru by Hilton
6955 Euclid Avenue,Midtown Cleveland, Ohio, 44103

How to make reservations under our Funders’ Network Room Block

Book by Phone: Guests would like to make reservations at Tru by Hilton Cleveland Midtown, please call (216) 361-1004 and ask to make a reservation at the “Funders Network” and our Front Desk Agents will be more than happy to assist you with your reservation

Booking Online: If you would like to book online at our Tru by Hilton Cleveland Midtown, please click the link below and that will bring you to the Hilton website and to the Funders Network booking link.

Book Your Room Now!

Group Cutoff Date: Please make sure to book your room prior to our room block cutoff on October 11th.
Annual Meeting | GREEN & Urban Water Funders @ New Orleans, La.
Nov 12 – Nov 14 all-day

Registration is now open for an annual meeting of TFN’s GREEN and Urban Water Funders working groups, November 13-14, 2019 in New Orleans, La.

New Orleans is the perfect location to bring together the combined interests of TFN’s GREEN and Urban Water working groups given the important work underway in the city and region to address water, climate, equity and sustainability challenges. The meeting agenda, being designed by a planning committee of funders, will deepen learning from place and from peers addressing key cross-cutting themes of Power, Equity, and Climate Resilience.

On Wednesday, November 13, the meeting will offer a full day of immersion into work underway in New Orleans and the larger region to mitigate and adapt to climate change and sea level rise in ways that build community voice, power and leadership, as well as partnerships across sectors. On Thursday, November 14, funders will discuss how lessons from the New Orleans region can inform their own grantmaking strategies around climate mitigation, resilience, green stormwater infrastructure, and sustainability, and identify opportunities for further joint learning and collaboration. Thursday’s agenda will build in time for each of the two working groups to meet individually to catch up on workplan activities.

Agenda Overview

Wednesday, November 13
• 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Breakfast and Welcome | Loews Hotel
• 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. New Orleans Site Visit
• 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. GREEN and UWF Reception & Dinner

Thursday, November 14
• 8:00 a.m. Breakfast
• 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. GREEN and UWF Meeting | Loews Hotel



The Funders’ Network has reserved a block of rooms for November 12 and 13 at the The Loews Hotel in the Warehouse District with a lodging rate of $149 a night. To make your reservation, please call the hotel at 1-866-211-6411 or 615-340-5778 and reference the Funders’ NetworkYou must book your room by Monday, October 14, 2019 in order to receive the group rate. Please contact Ashley Quintana at if you are having problems making a reservation.



Save the Date! | 2019 Community Change Learning Exchange
Dec 4 – Dec 6 all-day
Save the Date! | 2019 Community Change Learning Exchange

2019 Community Change Learning Exchange

December 4-6 | Montgomery, Alabama

The Community Change Learning Exchange (CCLE) aims to provide a means to unlock and share lessons learned, what works, what doesn’t and what still remains to be learned, as well as to create a safe space for funders to discuss not only past, but current challenges they are experiencing in community change work. This years CCLE will take place in Montgomery, Alabama.

What are the desired outcomes?

We hope that learning, sharing and challenging one another through authentic “safe space” conversations on our respective work in place-based community change enables us to:
• Capture, cull and disseminate the best practice lessons to the field of place-based community change
• Glean learning opportunities from others in the field for the purpose of informing one’s own place-based community change work
• Advance funder thinking and action to the importance and value of community change work in your own places.
• Advance funder thinking around race and equity and how it connects to community change work in your own places.

The CCLE is intended to serve as a safe space for dialogue among funders that will allow them to discuss – openly – opportunities, challenges and perspectives in community change work.

We invite you to save the date and stay tuned for more information!

TFN’s 2020 Annual Conference | San Diego @ San Diego, Calif.
Mar 16 – Mar 18 all-day
TFN's 2020 Annual Conference | San Diego @ San Diego, Calif.
Save the Date!

We’re looking forward to TFN’s 2020 Annual Conference in San Diego Calif.

TFN’s Annual Conference brings 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 new urgency as we face increasingly challenging times. 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.

Our 2020 Annual Conference takes place at the U.S. Grant Hotel, which is located in San Diego’s iconic Gaslamp District and listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Stay tuned for more information on lodging, registration and other conference details!