Inclusive Economies Virtual Meeting: Policy, Power & People
Dec 1 – Dec 3 all-day


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Economic mobility and shared prosperity remain out of reach for too many people, notably Black, brown, Indigenous and other communities of color — stark inequities only worsened by the impacts of COVID.

As we continue to grapple with both an ongoing pandemic and systemic racism, philanthropy can play a key role in ensuring an equitable economic recovery that connects people and neighborhoods of color to employment and wealth-building opportunities.

TFN’s Inclusive Economies 2021 Virtual  Meeting: Policy, Power & People is an opportunity to explore how you can increase your impact as a funder in this unprecedented moment.

Our virtual meeting will offer funders an opportunity to:

  • Learn about the unprecedented federal investments — including the American Rescue Plan — as well as private commitments and community-driven models building more inclusive economies.
  • Better understand how to support ecosystems of actors and create systems change through capital, community organizing, advocacy and broader community development strategies.
  • Examine partnerships, policies, and grantmaking strategies that advance racial and economic justice.
  • Provide time for shared learning, funder discussion and exploring collaborative opportunities.
  • Network and connect with peers and partners in the sector.

We hope you’ll join us for this virtual meeting Dec. 1-3. Read on for agenda highlights and registration info.


This virtual event is open to donors, staff, directors and trustees of all grantmaking institutions and TFN partners. Please note the last day to register is Nov. 29.

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Individual Rates:

TFN Members: $199

Non-members: $299

Flat Group Rate:

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

TFN Members (Group): $399

Non-members (Group): $499

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

Agenda Highlights

Our virtual gathering will bring together a diverse lineup of speakers and panelists from the philanthropic, nonprofit and government sectors over three days. (Click here to see the full event agenda.


Wednesday, Dec. 1
1 – 4:45 PM ET

We’ll kick off our first day with deep dives on potentially transformative federal legislation, including breakout sessions that explore the opportunities and challenges in driving equitable and inclusive economic growth in these unprecedented times. (Click here to see the full event agenda.


Michael McAfee
President and CEO, PolicyLink
Winning on Equity | 1:30 PM

During his time at PolicyLink, Michael has led efforts to improve outcomes for more than 300,000 and facilitated the investment of billions of dollars in neighborhoods of concentrated poverty.

He’ll share his vision of enacting liberating public policies targeted to the 100 million people living in or near poverty, the majority of whom are people of color, and how philanthropy can stand in transformative solidarity with others — and collectively chart a course to ‘Win on Equity.’

Sameera Fazili, Cecilia Muñoz & Helen Chin
Remaking the Economy: Bold Ideas, Bold Investments
& Equitable Solutions

Federal Policy Townhall | 4 PM

This Federal Policy Town Hall will explore the challenges and opportunities ahead to build an inclusive economy. This conversation will draw on lessons learned from previous moments of crisis and the role funders can play in leveraging private and civic resources to make substantial impact on racial equity.

Joining us in conversation (pictured above, from left):

Sameera Fazili, Deputy Assistant to the President and deputy Director, National Economic Council at The White House

Cecilia Muñoz, Senior Advisor, New America

Helen Chin, President, Communities First, and Senior Fellow, Amalgamated Foundation and Race Forward (moderator)

Thursday, Dec. 2

1 – 4:30 PM ET

Our second day together will focus on movement- and power-building efforts, with a focus on place-based learning. Among the day’s highlights: breakout sessions featuring four different U.S. communities, and how funders and partners are working to create more inclusive economies in these historically under-resourced rural, urban and tribal areas. Can’t pick just one? Don’t worry. We’ll offer a second round of these place-based breakout sessions later in the day! (Click here to see the full event agenda.)


Taifa Smith Butler
President, Demos
Inclusive Economies and Movement Building | 1:10 PM

Through cutting-edge policy research, inspiring litigation and deep relationships with grassroots organizations, Demos champions solutions that will create a democracy and economy rooted in racial equity.

Taifa came to Demos after nearly a decade at the Georgia Budget and Policy Institute, and brings more than 20 years of experience in strategic communications, public policy research and data analysis in the public, nonprofit and private sectors.


Connie RazzaSolana Rice & Taifa Smith Butler
Economic Democracy
Panel Discussion | 1:20 p.m.

This panel discussion will uplift strategists, organizers and frontline voices and explore how communities are navigating the promise of new investment and the perils of implementation.

Joining us in conversation (pictured above, from left):

Connie Razza, Executive Director, Social and Economic Justice Leaders Project

Solana Rice, Co-Executive Director, Liberation in a Generation

Taifa Smith Butler, President, Demos (moderator)

Friday, Dec. 3

1 – 3 PM ET

We’ll wrap up our virtual meeting with a working session for Inclusive Economies funders, including breakout sessions focused on priority-setting and action-planning.

Join us to help identify opportunities to learn and engage in the year ahead: What do we want to learn together? How do we want to learn? And how can we apply what we learn to drive equitable and inclusive economic opportunities?

(Click here to see the full event agenda.


About TFN’s 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.For more information, please contact Hazel Paguaga at

Engaging Indigenous Leadership in Climate and Disaster Resilience | Session 2
Dec 9 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

This two-part web series is organized by TFN’s Smart Growth California.

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  • Session 1: Tuesday, November 16th (12-1:30pm PST / 1-2:30 MST)
  • Session 2:  Thursday, December 9th (9:30-11:00 PST / 10:30-12pm MST)

Increasing impacts from climate change are testing the resiliency of Native peoples and cultures throughout the West. This is exacerbated by more than a century of forced displacement and wealth extraction, marginalization through discriminatory policies and institutions, and land mismanagement by government agencies.

As sovereign peoples and nations whose waters and lands are integral to their traditions, livelihoods, and well-being, they are the first and most severely affected by both gradual and sudden onset of climate events, such as sea-level rise, droughts, heatwaves, and fires. Extreme climate events in the past few years have pushed many Native peoples and communities to the limit in their capacity to adapt to the new climate normal. Despite the rhetoric of racial equity in the public and philanthropic sectors, equitable policies and grantmaking practices that support the sovereignty of Tribal communities and territories in their implementation of climate and disaster resilience solutions remain aspirational.

Mainstream philanthropy remains inaccessible by Tribal communities and territories. For instance, only 0.15% and 0.3% of grantmaking by community foundations and large foundations, respectively, go to Native peoples and causes. Furthermore, wealth continues to be extracted from Tribal communities and Tribal foundations through state government-determined regulations that require them to give “back” their economic profits, while mainstream foundations are not obligated to give back to Tribes or government entities.

As Native peoples seek to advance their self-determination and sovereignty in the face of climate change, philanthropy can play an outsized role. Supporting the innovations born out of centuries of traditional knowledge, practices, and ingenuity in tribal communities and territories, allows us all to effectively mitigate, prepare for, and respond and recover from extreme climate events.

In this two-session series, you will:

  • Understand climate risks and impacts facing Tribal communities and how they intersect with Tribal histories, sovereignty, land and water, cultures, and health and socioeconomic wellbeing
  • Learn how philanthropy can be good partners with Tribal communities and territories in addressing climate resilience
  • Gain tools to amplify and scale indigenous practices to address complex environmental crises
  • Learn about opportunities for partnerships with Tribal communities, particularly within the context of climate and disaster resiliency

Register here.

Hosted by Grantmakers of Oregon and Southwest Washington, Groundworks New Mexico, Native Americans in Philanthropy, Philanthropy California, Philanthropy Colorado, Philanthropy Northwest, Center for Disaster Philanthropy and Smart Growth California/The Funders Network.



Beyond the headlines: Funding disasters in rural communities
Dec 9 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Beyond the headlines: Funding disasters in rural communities
Thursday, Dec. 9, 2021
2 p.m. ET/1 p.m. CT

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Join the Center for Disaster Philanthropy on a webinar to explore the unique issues faced by rural communities and how best to support their disaster recovery. Brian Fogle of the Community Foundation of the Ozarks, Cari Cullen of CDP’s Midwest Early Recovery Fund, and CDP Vice President Regine Webster will discuss a variety of responses such as funding cultural-specific staff, supporting long-term recovery groups, and regional approaches to building resilience and recovery networks. We’re excited to cosponsor this webinar – we hope you can make it! Register now.

TFN is among the co-sponsors of this event organized by the Center for Disaster Philanthropy.

GREEN & UWF 2022 Virtual Convening
Feb 16 – Feb 17 all-day

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An escalating climate crisis. An ongoing pandemic. Frequent flooding events. Decades of disinvestment and systemic inequities that create barriers to opportunity.

These intersecting catastrophes are causing disproportionate harm to Black, Indigenous, Latinx and other communities of color.

What role can funders play in deploying resources and supporting community-led solutions that move us closer to justice?

Save the date for TFN’s GREEN and Urban Water Funders 2022 Virtual Convening: Building Power for Community-led Solutions. We’ll come together Feb. 16-17 from 12:30-4:30 p.m. ET to learn, share and strategize ways philanthropy is — and can be — stepping up in this unprecedented moment.

We’ll explore the challenges as well as reasons for hope, including the extraordinary efforts by frontline communities and grassroots advocates who continue to coordinate mutual aid and push elected officials to take actions protecting people and the planet.

We’ll look at government and multi-sector partnerships to mitigate climate emissions and protect water resources, potentially transformational federal and state investments in equitable and resilient water and energy systems, and increased efforts to prioritize spending in communities focused on environmental justice.

As climate-induced disasters barrel forward, destroying livelihoods and making it even tougher for vulnerable populations to bounce back, we know our time is now to move forward with urgency and purpose.

Our virtual meeting will offer funders an opportunity to:

  • Get an inside take from members of the White House Environmental Justice Advisory Council on how advocates are working to influence and leverage a commitment to racial justice with federal climate and water investments.
  • Explore Hawaii’s innovative water, energy and climate work, and how lessons learned by these funders can inform and inspire your own grantmaking.
  • Reflect on ways we can better implement racial equity in our grantmaking practices and organizational cultures.
  • Network and connect with fellow funders and partners committed to creating sustainable, prosperous and equitable communities and regions.

We hope you’ll save the date for this funder-only virtual meeting February 16-17, 2022.


Individual Rates:
TFN Members: $199
Non-members: $299

Flat Group Rate:
Foundations with three or more registrations are eligible for a discounted flat group rate.
TFN Members (Group): $399
Non-members (Group): $499

We recognize that 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

Stay tuned for speaker and session updates!

TFN 2022 Annual Conference: Seize the Moment @ San Diego
Mar 14 – Mar 16 all-day

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Mark your calendars for The Funders Network’s 2022 Annual Conference: Seize the Momentscheduled for March 14-16 in San Diego! 

We hope to bring together funders from across North America to expand our learning, foster collaboration and catalyze action. 

Our theme for TFN’s 2022 Annual Conference — Seize the Moment — is an opportunity to come together after more than a year of disruption to share how we can deepen our ties to the people and places we serve, deploy resources where they are most needed, and push for powerful and creative strategies that can address inequities and move us toward justice. 

We recognize that the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, coupled with a long-overdue national reckoning on racial justice and the ever-increasing impacts of climate crises and extreme weather, has presented us with a singular moment in history.  

How can philanthropy best support community-powered efforts to combat the climate crisis, address racial injustice and build economic opportunities? 

As communities seek to rebound from the disastrous health, social and economic impacts of the coronavirus pandemic, how do we ensure a truly equitable recovery? 

How can the sector effectively advocate for equitable policies at the local, state and regional level — and leverage its reputational capital to combat disinformation and defend against the erosion of civil liberties? 

What are the tools and strategies that can improve the outcomes and impact of grantmaking, especially for marginalized and underrepresented communities? 

We look forward to seeing you in San Diego to share, learn and strategize together — hopefully in person! 

 COVID Contingencies 

Given the uncertainties of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, including the spread of the delta variant, TFN remains committed to prioritizing the safety of our members, our team and the communities we serve. We will be closely monitoring recommendations and mandates from local health officials as well as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as we plan for #TFN2022. Please stay tuned for updates regarding safety protocols for our annual conference.   


Registration will open in early December. Fees for TFN’s 2022 Annual Conference help us offset programmatic and operational costs incurred in the planning and production of this event, including honoraria for invited nonprofit speakers. Registration will be open to donors, staff, directors and trustees of all grantmaking institutions. 

About our Venue 

With a diverse population, rich cultural heritage and geographic location as a border community, San Diego provides critical context and opportunities to learn as we address pressing issues such as the climate crisis, affordable housing, immigration and more. We’ll hear from diverse and thought-provoking voices as we explore innovative, interdisciplinary work that is making an impact in San Diego and beyond. 

TFN’s 2022 Annual Conference: Seize the Moment will take place at theUS Grant Hotelin downtown San Diego. 

The landmark hotel is nestled in the city’s vibrant Gaslamp Quarter, known for its rich Victorian architecture and history.  

Grounded in Racial Equity 

Our conference planning committee and TFN team have encouraged session ideas that are interdisciplinary, cross-cutting and grounded in racial equity. We’ll be sharing more details about our learning agenda for #TFN2022. But in the meantime, we encourage you to explore our recently adopted Strategic & Racial Equity Frameworks to learn more about our key strategies and program priorities.  

Stay tuned for updates on registrations, sessions and speakers!