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JUNE 2, 2021 – 12:45pm – 5:00pm

TRANSFORMING OURSELVES (Breaking the Philanthropic Barrier Bubble)

Our final day will be an opportunity to explore how we can work together differently and more effectively to embody courage, embrace risk, share power, and act with urgency and humility to facilitate the transformation we desire.   We will be joined by members of Community Foundations of Canada for two concurrent sessions – funder collaboratives and community foundation and environmental work – and then have open-space sessions, among ourselves, to address issues that emerge from our prior days’ work.

12:45pm –1:00pm – Land Acknowledgement and Welcome

1:00pm – 2:00pm – Concurrent Sessions – In Collaboration with Community Foundations

Join us as we open our doors to our community foundation colleagues for two concurrent sessions that address topics of relevance to all of us. These sessions are being offered to EFC conference attendees and as concurrent session choices available to attendees of Community Foundations All In Summit.

Session A – Funder Collaboratives

Funder collaboratives come in all different shapes and sizes. Some share information; some pool resources; some work directly with community members; some do all three – or something different altogether! During this session, you will hear from representatives of three different collaboratives. What is their purpose? How did they start? What have they done? What’s worked and what hasn’t? They’ll then share their collective insights and provide “five great ideas” for you to consider, leaving plenty of time for discussion and Q&As. 

Moderator: Joanna Kerr, CEO, MakeWay

In conversation with:

  • Peter Kendall, Schad Foundation, on behalf of the Target One Funders.
  • Julie Price, MakeWay, on behalf of the Northern Manitoba Food, Culture and Community Collaborative
  • Allie Urbanski, Community Foundation of Greater Buffalo, on behalf of the Great Lakes Funders Collaboration

Session B – Community Foundations and the Environment

Community Foundations work tirelessly at the local level to improve the quality of life in our communities,. But with so many urgent social needs to address, where does a healthy environment fit in? How does environmental work intersect with, and perhaps help address, the other priority issues at the forefront of our work? During this session you will hear from representatives of three community foundations. What kind of environmental work are they doing? How did it get started? Where does it fit in their agenda? They’ll then share their collective insights and provide “five great ideas” for you to consider, leaving plenty of time for discussion and Q&As. 

Moderator: Jason Bates, Vice President, Grants and Community Initiatives, Calgary Foundation

In conversation with:

  • Steve Winkelman, Executive Director, Ottawa Climate Action Fund, Ottawa Community Foundation
  • Megan Tate, Director of Community Grants, Winnipeg Community Foundation
  • Suzanne Veenstra, Community Fund and Foundation Associate, Niagara Community Foundation

2:00 – 2:30pm – BREAK – Music in the Lobby


2:30pm – 3:30pm – Open Space Sessions

Our final conference session, open to funders only, is purposely undefined and will provide a space for funders to host burning conversations they would like to have with their colleagues, and/or present ideas for feedback. Throughout the conference, we will provide a platform to gather and promote ideas, and then – whether there be two or ten – we’ll explore these ‘conversation café’ style, in the last hour of our event.  Stay tuned for more details, coming soon.


3:30pm – 4:00pm – BREAK – Music in the Lobby


4:00pm – 5:00pm – Reception with Community Foundations

To close out our conference, we’ll join our Community Foundation friends and colleagues at their reception as they open up their All In Summit. We’ll provide them with some insights from ours, and have plenty of opportunity to network, chat and take in some entertainment. So grab your glass and head on over!

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