Looking to the Future: Localizing the Global Goals

Thursday, March 9, 2017 10:00am - 3:00pm CST
710 Medtronic Parkway, Minneapolis, MN 55432

Thank you for your interest in this program. It is currently SOLD OUT. If you are interested in more information on the topic or being put on a waitlist in case space becomes available, please email Leah Lundquist, MCF program manager. 

Significant challenges face Minnesota communities, including racial inequality in education, economic opportunities and health outcomes. In Minnesota, we work in a variety of innovative and collaborative ways to address the challenges and create a sustainable future.

Join MCF,  Medtronic Foundation and the national Council on Foundations to discuss how work already underway across Minnesota supports the U.N.'s universal Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This set of 17 global goals was adopted by 193 countries, including the United States, in 2015. Mayors around the U.S. – including Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges - agreed to implement these goals in their cities alongside federal agencies, all working toward ending extreme poverty and leaving no one behind in a more equitable America by 2030.

As American philanthropy grapples with local challenges, how do our solutions and experiences link to challenges elsewhere around the globe? How can global goals enhance domestic programs in the United States? How can funders in Minnesota develop innovative approaches to local challenges and join other cities and states across the country in utilizing the global goals framework?

Event Details

Morning discussions will highlight  efforts of Minnesota philanthropy, current needs and recent analyses of local challenges, and discuss the broader context of the SDGs. The afternoon will feature deep-dive conversations around specific areas of ongoing work in Minnesota and how funders can explore new approaches and partnerships to reach ambitious targets locally, including education, economic security and health.  

Panelists and presenters will include the following local and national speakers:

Local Speakers: 

  • Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges, schedule permitting
  • Jacob Gayle, Vice President of Philanthropy, Medtronic and Executive Director, Medtronic Foundation 
  • Jennifer Chavez Rubio, Senior Director, Global Engagement, Medtronic Foundation
  • Craig Helmstetter, Project Director, Minnesota Compass
  • R.T. Rybak, CEO and President, The Minneapolis Foundation
  • Andreas Hipple, Senior Program Advisor, GHR Foundation

National Speakers:

  • Michael Beard, Executive Director, United Nations Foundation Advocacy and Global Health Director, Better World Campaign
  • Lauren Bradford, Director of Global Partnerships, Foundation Center
  • Sherry Magill, President and CEO of the Jessie Ball duPont Fund and Board Chair, Council on Foundations

This event will be the fifth location in a national dialogue with local philanthropy on this issue, following convenings in 2015 and 2016 in Little Rock, San Francisco, New York City and Jacksonville. The first three events led to the development of a report titled From Global Goals to Local Impact: How philanthropy can help achieve the SDGs in the U.S.