Philanthropy in Action: Speakers


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Confirmed Conference Speakers

Plenaries with: 



  • Vu Le is the writer behind the humor blog Nonprofits With Balls and the executive director of Rainier Valley Corps, an organization in Seattle that aims to bring more leaders of color into the nonprofit sector. He was recently recognized by the Chronicle of Philanthropy as a “Writer with Attitude.”

In addition, you'll hear from:

Carousel Speakers

Strategy Salon Speakers

State of Philanthropy: a Live Fast Forward Podcast mediated by Levi Weinhagen, communications and media specialist, MCF, and closed by Trista Harris, MCF president, with Featured Panelists

Deep Dive Workshops

  • Trista Harris, MCF, Post-election Scenario Planning: session will describe how foundations can anticipate and plan for four possible philanthropic futures under the new federal administration, allowing for a quick response if and when they happen. Attendees will use their learning on an interactive planning exercise and leave with a template for doing their own scenario planning. 

  • Nancy Jacobs, Sundance Family Foundation: Evaluation-based Evidence: featuring an initiative by the Sundance Family Foundation and Wilder Research to create a 15-member nonprofit cohort working with youth in low-income and underrepresented communities. Sixty percent of the nonprofits attained new sources of funding resulting from this replicable program. Learn how nonprofit grassroots organizations can be strengthened to produce, analyze and report evidence. Leave with tools for your grantees and your foundation's management and board. 

  • Bruce Thao, Minnesota Philanthropy Partners, Leveraging Leadership Development for Systems Change: session will explore innovative ways that F.R. Bigelow Foundation and Bush Foundation are addressing the need for robust leadership across sectors in a context of rapidly shifting racial demographics. 

  • Jennifer Tingley, CliftonLarsonAllen: Staying Ahead of the Curve: with a lively Jeopardy-based format, this session will focus on how to best manage compliance and operational challenges.

Philanthropy in Action

Philanthropy in Action
January 19 – 20, 2017
Radisson Blu Downtown Minneapolis