By Lilly Weinberg and Shamar Bibbins, TFN 20th Anniversary Conference Co-chairs

We are thrilled that registration is now open for TFN’s 2019 Anniversary Conference: Power Forward, which takes place March 18-20 in Miami.

Next year marks the 20th anniversary for the network, and we’re excited for the opportunity to reflect on the past, explore the present and look forward to the future. For this milestone, TFN returns to Miami – the site of its inaugural conference and home of its main office.

As funders active in Miami, we know that the city possesses myriad charms: beautiful beaches, a thriving arts scene, and a local vibrancy influenced by cultures from Latin America, the Caribbean and beyond. We also know that Miami is also trying to find solutions to many of the critical issues facing communities across the U.S. and Canada, such as the very real effects of climate change, social and economic inequities, and stewardship of natural resources. We’ll look to Miami as a learning laboratory as we explore the intersections that cut across these issues and have informed this year’s conference program.

Our conference theme, Power Forward, is a call to action for philanthropy to leverage the sector’s collective power to create communities and regions that are truly sustainable and just — work that has taken on new urgency as we face increasingly challenging times.

We hope you’ll join us to learn more about 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.

There will also be plenty of opportunities to connect with other leaders in philanthropy – and not just during breakout sessions. TFN’s 2019 Anniversary Conference will also offer a chance to socialize and explore – from our Eat Here! reception showcasing Miami’s locally grown and produced culinary scene to our popular Mobile Workshops that are ideal opportunities to experience just some of the compelling stories that are shaping the city’s neighborhoods.

This year also marks the tenth anniversary of TFN’s PLACES Fellowship, a year-long learning experience focused on equity and inclusion. We’ll kick off the pre-conference festivities with a Sunday night bash – open to everyone – that celebrates this this milestone.

Please be sure to check out our conference webpage for more information on registration, events, and updates on speakers and sessions. (And be sure to follow us on Twitter @funders_network).

Don’t forget to register today!

See you in Miami,

Shamar Bibbins, Senior Program Officer/Environment Program, The Kresge Foundation
Lilly Wienberg, Director/Community Foundations, Knight Foundation