Public Policy Retreat: Making the Case for the Independent Sector

Friday, June 16, 2017 10:00am - 3:00pm CDT
Minnesota Philanthropy Partners, 101 5th St E #2400, St Paul, MN 55101

Description: Join MCF for a summer public policy retreat that will explore how we make the case for the independent sector using a democracy frame. In the morning, keynote speaker Mariam Noland will help us understand the value of the independent sector to our democracy and how we can use the democracy frame to advocate for the sector and for tax policies that promote charitable giving and nonprofits. 

In the afternoon, we'll focus on what grantmakers and nonprofits can do to strengthen and promote democracy. We'll hear from a panel with deep knowledge on this topic, including George Cheung (formerly at Joyce Foundation), Minnesota State Rep. Peggy Flanagan, Bernadine Joselyn (Blandin Foundation), and Rinal Ray (Minnesota Council of Nonprofits).

Retreat Objectives:

  • Developing a shared understanding and message on the value of the independent sector to our democracy
  • Exploring the role the independent sector can play in promoting and supporting democracy
  • Identifying concrete opportunities for action for MCF and its members around strengthening democracy

This is a member-only opportunity. Members of MCF's public policy committe, members of an MCF working group, or members interested in systems change, advocacy, or democracy-focused work are especially encouraged to participate.

Lunch will be provided at the event.

Keynote Speaker:

Mariam C. Noland became the founding president of the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan, Detroit, Michigan, in 1985.  Since its inception, the foundation has distributed nearly $887 million through more than 59,000 grants to nonprofit organizations throughout Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Monroe, Washtenaw, St. Clair and Livingston counties. Noland has extensive experience leading community foundations.  She joined the staff of the Cleveland Foundation in 1975 where she served as program officer and secretary/treasurer.  In 1981, she became vice president of the Saint Paul Foundation, Saint Paul, Minnesota.  Prior to her work in the foundation field, Noland was on staff at Davidson College, Davidson, North Carolina, and Baldwin-Wallace College, Berea, Ohio.

Noland currently serves on the board of trustees of the Detroit RiverFront Conservancy, Downtown Detroit Partnership Inc., Bipartisan Policy Center and CultureSource. She previously served as the vice chair, board of trustees, Henry Ford Health System and served on the board trustees of Independent Sector and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Noland also chaired the board of trustees for the Council of Michigan Foundations and served as vice chair for the board of trustees of the Council of Foundations.

Noland was named 2015 Michiganian of the Year by The Detroit News and received the Eleanor Josaitis Unsung Hero Award. She was also honored with the 2010 Women and Leadership in the Workplace Award and the “Others” Award of the Salvation Army. Noland obtained her Ed.M. from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Science from Case Western Reserve University.  She and her husband, James A. Kelly, live in Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan.

Register by: June 12, 2017

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