Webinar | Systems Change in the Intermountain West

July 14, 2020 @ 1:30 pm – 2:45 pm America/New York Timezone

July 14 at 11:30 a.m. — 12:45 p.m. MT

As we continue to grapple with an ongoing pandemic and a nationwide reckoning on racist policies and practices, how are funders in the Intermountain West evolving to meet the needs of these challenging times?

Join us July 14 at 11:30 a.m. MT for “Systems Change in the Intermountain West.”

This event will feature Intermountain West funders sharing their foundation’s strategies to advance systems change in the region, and now how they are addressing these times of abrupt change, urgent needs and ongoing crises.

Our panelists will share key program strategies and help us see how their work builds toward greater systems change that benefits people, communities and land. We’ll hear examples from funders working at different intervention points in this work, including resident empowerment, leadership development, decision-support research, policy change — and how long-term aspirations are advanced through shorter-term gains. We will also explore how these approaches are being impacted by COVID-19 and increased calls for racial justice.

Originally planned as the opening plenary at our in-person Intermountain West Funders Network Convening, we are pleased to offer this session in a virtual format.

The webinar will be moderated by Melanie Mitros of the Vitalyst Foundation, who is an alum of TFN’s PLACES Fellowship, a leadership development program for professionals in philanthropy to better understand issues of race, equity and inclusiveness.


Bryan Crawford-Garrett, Policy Officer Food and Agriculture, Thornburg Foundation

Jessica Gonzalez, Program Officer Economic Development, LISC Phoenix

Paula Randolph, Associate Director, Babbitt Center for Land and Water Policy, Lincoln Institute of Land Policy

Melanie Mitros, Director of Strategic Community Partnerships, Vitalyst Health Foundation

Please register for this funder-only webinar by July 12 to receive log-in details.