Illuminating Philanthropy: Schedule



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Schedule at a Glance

Wednesday, February 12

4:00 - 6:00pm         MCF BIPOC Reception: A free event, open to conference attendees. Join us off-site to celebrate, connect, and elevate Black, Indigenous, and people of color in the field. Sponsored by the Women's Foundation of Minnesota.

Thursday, February 13

8:00am - 8:30am       Registration, Continental Breakfast, Exhibit Hall Open  

8:00am - 8:30am       Newcomers Welcome: At the start of the conference, gather with first-time attendees and others who are newer to Minnesota’s philanthropic sector. Learn a few names and start building your peer network. This short introduction over breakfast is the perfect way to level set your conference experience. Hosted by Becky Stibbe, Director of Philanthropic Services, Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation; look for the breakfast table marked with the newcomers sign.

8:30am – 9:45am        Breakout Workshops I (See full details here.)

10:00am – 11:00am    Opening Plenary Session: Reflecting on Our Past: 50 Years of Philanthropy in Minnesota (see below)

11:15am – 12:30pm    Breakout Workshops II (See full details here.)

12:30pm – 2:00pm      Luncheon Plenary and MCF Annual Meeting: Shining a Light on 2020

2:15pm – 3:30pm        Breakout Workshops III (See full details here.)

3:45pm – 5:15pm       Afternoon Plenary: Envisioning Our Future: Public Discourse and the Depolarization of Civil Society (see below)

5:15pm – 7:00pm      50th Anniversary Celebration and Reception: Join us and The Theater of Public Policy at our social hour to celebrate MCF's 50th Anniversary. Attendance is free with conference registration.

Friday, February 14

8:00am - 9:00am        Registration, Continental Breakfast, Exhibit Hall Open

8:00am - 9:00am        Peer Conversation Breakfast Tables (See full details here.)

9:00am – 10:15am     Breakout Workshops IV (See full details here.)

10:30am – 11:45am   Breakout Workshops V: Foundation Type Discussions: Choose from 4 peer groups: family foundations, corporate giving, community foundations, or independent foundations.

12:00pm – 2:00pm     Lunch & Closing Plenary Session: Envisioning Our Future: Leading to More Equitable Organizations and Communities (see below)


Keynote Presentations

Thursday Morning Keynote:
Reflecting on Our Past: 50 Years of Philanthropy in Minnesota

Initiated in response to the Tax Reform Act of 1969, MCF has been your statewide advocate and ally for 50 years. Over the past 5 decades, the context of our work has changed along with our communities. Today, MCF exists in a state that is more urban, more racially diverse, and more globally connected than in the past. And, similar to our work in the 1970s, today we continue to engage in many of the same conversations about public trust, organizational transparency, bridging divides, and benchmarking success.

In our opening keynote session, we will shine a light on conversations that stand the test of time through a conversation with Naaima Khan, Community Innovation Program Manager, Bush Foundation and Holly Sampson, President and CEO, Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation. What are we doing today that was tried in the past? What can we learn today about how we worked yesterday? How have good intentions impacted today’s communities? How do we respond to critiques of philanthropy? And what lessons are yet to be learned for making Minnesota better, tomorrow? Our keynote speakers, from different generations, will share their impressions about these timeless conversations. Bring your own thoughts and lessons as we dig into a reflection on 5o years of philanthropy in Minnesota.

Thursday Luncheon Keynote:
Shining a Light on 2020: MCF Annual Meeting and State of the Council

During our luncheon session, MCF staff and board will conduct our annual meeting, introduce new board members, and share highlights of MCF's upcoming year. This year MCF staff are focused on delivering an excellent member experience, recalibrated to meet your needs. Learn about MCF initiatives for diversity, equity and inclusion; the 2020 Census; Reimagining Membership; and more.

Thursday Afternoon Keynote:
Envisioning Our Future: Public Discourse and the Depolarization of Civil Society

The session will feature Bill Doherty, Ph.D., a family therapist, University of Minnesota professor and co-founder of Better Angels, a nonprofit working on the problem of political polarization in United States. This polarization creates paralysis in government and undermines the ability of communities to work on problems without turning them "red" versus "blue" issues. Through the work of Better Angels, people are learning attitudes and skills needed to talk across difference. Through this keynote conversation, we’ll contemplate our individual roles in supporting healthy public discourse. And we’ll consider the ways that philanthropy can help to depolarize Minnesota’s civil society.  

Friday Luncheon Keynote:
Envisioning Our Future: Leading to More Equitable Organizations and Communities

Our collective and connected future lies in us fully understanding the ways in which our current condition inhibits our attempts at inclusion and equity. In this context, our current condition requires us to understand specifically that one of the most homogeneous states in the country is now a burgeoning, multicultural community. Understanding how past and prevalent narratives impact our engagements will assist us in envisioning a full and robust society for all of us. Our truest existence is only possible if each of us leads individually and works collectively for inclusive and equitable organizations and communities. Join us as we engage in this rich dialogue with Bukata Hayes, Executive Director, Greater Mankato Diversity Council and Board Member for Blandin Foundation and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation.