Critical Moment in Philanthropy: 2021 Learning Series

 

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Critical Moment in Philanthropy: 2021 Learning Series

About the series
MCF is pleased to present a creative adaptation of our annual conference – Critical Moment in Philanthropy: 2021 Learning Series – offered during the first quarter of 2021. We've got you covered whether you're seeking inspiring keynotes, deep learning workshops, peer conversations or other learning opportunities. The learning series is ideal for philanthropic professionals and our allies working in nonprofits and communities.

What you will learn
The Learning Series will challenge and expand your thinking around three pressing issues philanthropy faces in this critical moment. By the end of the series, you’ll shift the way you think about philanthropy, build new relationships and acquire timely tools and skills to increase your impact within your community and sphere of influence.

How to register and participate

  • MCF members: Your registration provides access to three keynotes (below), nearly two dozen workshops and peer conversations taking place in February and March, plus various educational videos. Sessions will be recorded and available throughout 2021. Register now.
  • Non-members: Your registration provides access to three keynote sessions. Register now.

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Imagining an Anti-Racist Sector
Explore the individual, organizational and systems changes needed to transform philanthropy into an anti-racist sector. What will it take for us to diminish racism and combat white supremacy in our state?

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Keynote: Marcus Walton, President and CEO, Grantmakers for Effective Organizations (GEO) and Chanda Smith Baker, Chief Impact Officer, Minneapolis Foundation
Date: February 10, 2021
Time: 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. (Central Time)
Post-Keynote Peer Conversation: 11:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Take a quick break after the keynote, and then rejoin your peers in conversation. During this conversation, you'll have a chance to share your reactions, dig into challenging ideas and explore action steps for your own work.




Revitalizing Systems in Distress

Prosperity is distant for many Minnesotans. The current economic realities mean uncertainty in housing, employment and health. Meanwhile, current crises shine a light on long-standing inequities in education, criminal justice, the environment and other public systems. The philanthropic sector must transform itself on the path toward building equitable prosperity for all Minnesotans.

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Keynote: Rev. Dr. Starsky Wilson, President and CEO, Children’s Defense Fund and Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan (invited), State of Minnesota
Date: March 3, 2021 
Time: 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. (Central Time)
Post-Keynote Peer Conversation: 3:45 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. Take a quick break after the keynote, and then rejoin your peers for a conversation hosted by Kate Seng, Senior Director, GHR Foundation. During this conversation, you'll have a chance to share your reactions, dig into challenging ideas and explore action steps for your own work.


        

 

 

 

 

 



Sustaining a Robust Civil Society
Take a step back from politics to take a deeper look at democracy and civic engagement. How does philanthropy support healthy civil discourse and promote civic engagement in our communities and public institutions? How can philanthropy work toward a Minnesota where everyone is counted, heard, represented and valued in public life and public decisions?

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Keynote: Alberto Ibargüen, President and CEO, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and Duchesne Drew, President, Minnesota Public Radio
Date: March 12, 2021
Time: 9:00 – 10:30 a.m. (Central Time)
Post-Keynote Peer Conversation: 10:45 – 11:15 a.m. Take a quick break after the keynote, and then rejoin your peers in conversation, hosted by Kelly Webster, Senior Program Officer and Legal Counsel, Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation. During this conversation, you'll have a chance to share your reactions, dig into challenging ideas and explore action steps for your own work.

 

Calendar of sessions and videos

We've worked with dynamic leaders within philanthropy to curate over 22 virtual sessions and on-demand videos, accessible to MCF members who register for the full series. Session topics include education; community wealth-building and organizing; volunteer engagement; diversity, equity and inclusion; youth; workforce; data collection; challenges that impact rural Minnesota; foundation-specific peer networking opportunities for best practice and more! View the full session line-up.
 

Sponsors

Interested in sponsoring the 2021 Learning Series? Click here for details.

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Questions?

Please contact Paul Masiarchin, MCF Director of Member Services at 612-335-3418 with questions about the 2021 Learning Series.