2022 MCF Conference - Momentum



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2022 Annual Conference - Momentum

About the Conference

MCF is pleased to present our Annual Conference – Momentum, on Tuesday through Friday, February 22 - 25, 2022. Join us for 4 days of engaging topics offered through 3 inspiring virtual keynote presentations, 3 rounds of deep learning virtual workshops and 2 rounds of in-person peer-focused conversation sessions. MCF’s 2022 Annual Conference offers opportunities for everyone to engage at the level that feels most comfortable for them. This multimodal format offers you two registration options to fit your preferences: join us just for the 3 days of virtual content or add-on the 4th day of in-person relationship building through our facilitated peer conversations.

Conference Schedule

  • Tuesday, February 22 and Wednesday, February 23: Three virtual keynotes, described below; these sessions will be recorded.
  • Thursday, February 24: Three rounds of virtual educational workshops, designed and led by your MCF member philanthropic peers. Choose from a total of 12 workshops offered during 3 time slots; these sessions will be recorded.
  • Friday, February 25: Two rounds of in-person facilitated discussions at the Intercontinental Saint Paul Riverfront. Choose from a total of 8 conversation sessions, designed to maximize in-person relationship building and peer learning (see details; vaccinations or a negative COVID test will be required).

Goals and Areas of Focus

This year’s conference topics are specifically aligned with MCF’s Principles for Philanthropy - while giving participants an opportunity to expand their relationships, knowledge and impact within the philanthropic sector and beyond. Conference attendees will leave inspired with a new vision and equipped with the practical resources to achieve it.

Areas of Focus Include: Ethical Leadership; Stewardship; Values; Equity and Justice; Community Engagement; Public Voice; Continuous Learning; and Transparency and Accountability

Virtual Keynotes and Speakers

Three virtual keynote sessions will take place on Tuesday and Wednesday, February 22 and 23. Join us live for the keynote - and stay afterward for an opportunity to debrief what you heard with philanthropic peers. Keynote sessions will be recorded, in case you can't attend live.

Sponsored by:
Anti-Racism for the Long Haul

Dr. Yohuru Williams, Distinguished University Chair, Professor of History, and Founding Director of the Racial Justice Initiative, University of St. Thomas (Read Dr. Williams' biography.)
Feb. 22, 9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
Post-Keynote Discussion: Stay for a "water cooler conversation" to reflect with your peers, 10:00-10:15 a.m.

Almost overnight, Minnesota became the epicenter of the fight for racial justice. Thrust into the media spotlight as our community took to the streets to hold accountable systems and protest practices that perpetuate racial and social injustices, philanthropy responded swiftly. As media attention moves on, the fight for racial justice continues. How does philanthropy sustain the moment to movement? During this keynote session, Dr. Yohuru Williams will address philanthropy and our role in creating an anti-racist future. He will challenge us to move beyond statements and to continue seeking ways to live our values of equity and justice.

Sponsored by:
Forging Forward through Profound Change

Jane Wales, Vice President and Executive Director, Program on Philanthropy and Social Innovation, Aspen Institute (Read Jane Wales' biography.)
Feb. 23, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Post-Keynote Discussion: Stay for a "water cooler conversation" to reflect with your peers, 12:00-12:15 p.m.

The world is rapidly changing. That which many hoped and longed for, a return to the way things were, is not happening. This is our new reality. As society advances, how will philanthropy adapt and innovate to remain relevant and more responsive to the community? What role will philanthropy play to ensure the future we are creating is more equitable and just? Join this session as Jane Wales challenges us to maximize our impact, to recommit to solving societal problems and to become stronger stewards of our community's shared resources. 


Sponsored by:  
Healing Together        

Elder Atum Azzahir, Chief Executive Officer, Chief Cultural Compliance Officer and Elder Consultant in African Ways of Knowing, Cultural Wellness Center; Maria De La Cruz, President, Headwaters Foundation for Justice; Marnita Schroedl, CEO and Founder, Marnita’s Table; and Camille Cyprian, Founder and Healer-in-Residence of Centered Spaces LLC (Read the presenters' biographies.)
February 23, 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Post-Keynote Discussion: Stay for a "water cooler conversation" to reflect with your peers, 2:00-2:15 p.m.

Working in philanthropy offers great privileges. At the same time, it can be psychically and emotionally demanding. We have lived a year marked by a global pandemic, persistent racism, ongoing political divisiveness and labor market upheavals. Many of us feel exhausted from the emotional toll of the moment we are living in today. How do we care for communities experiencing trauma while addressing trauma of our own? How do we take care of our peers in a virtual world? And how do we ensure we can sleep soundly knowing that there is much work left undone? Join this session for a mix of self reflection, camaraderie, honesty and empowerment. 


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