Leading with Power: #NFG2016 Conference Recap

Last month, over 300 funders and field leaders joined Neighborhood Funders Group in Oakland, CA, making it NFG's largest convening ever. Grounded by frontline leaders and organizers in social movements for racial and economic justice, the conference provided a dynamic space where funders listened deeply and talked frankly about how best to resource meaningful social change with community power building and innovative partnerships in the heart of these discussions. 


“People were not afraid to be real. In other funder convenings, there are lots of layers to the truth. People were able to bring their whole identities - as funders, as organizers, as members of the movements...” – 2016 NFG Conference Attendee



Over 300 funders and field leaders joined Neighborhood Funders Group in Oakland, California, this past June at our 2016 National Convening Philanthropic Strategies for People, Place and Power. It was NFG’s largest convening ever. 

Grounded with honest and urgent voices of frontline leaders and organizers in social movements for racial and economic justice, the conference was full of dynamic spaces where funders listened deeply and talked frankly about how best to resource meaningful social change. 


“This is the only space where the content is specifically about power and the various forms it comes in. This is so important for anyone in the social justice field, but even more so to give funders a space to unapologetically lead with power.” – 2016 NFG Conference Attendee

Plenaries, workshops and learning tours showcased grassroots organizing groups partnering in new ways with advocates in Oakland and around the country to build community power in decision-making, and partnering with funders to democratize the community development process.

Whether or not you joined us in person, we invite you take part in ongoing conversations to rethink the role of funders in building long-term community power. Hear from conference speakers and then tell us your reaction and how you want to get involved at nfg@nfg.org. And check out our Facebook page for snapshots of performances, plenaries, workshops and friends at the conference.

If you are interested in going deeper on the themes of people, place and power in the context of place-based grantmaking, please join us at our fall convening co-hosted with Aspen Institute’s Forum for Community Solutions, Towards a More Resilient Place: Promising Practices in Place-Based Philanthropy. This year’s convening takes place September 19-21 at the Aspen Meadows Resort in Aspen, Colorado. Click here to learn more and register.

Sincerely,

The NFG Team