2020 NFG National Convening

June 29 - July 1

Washington, D.C.

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A group of four people stand next to a banner that says, "Save the Date." June 29 - July 1, 2020 in Washington, D.C.

Pictured above (L-R): Dennis Quirin, Kevin Ryan, Molly Shultz Hafid, and Garland Yates

We believe in the power of people to transform our communities. When community leadership and solutions are centered, people are able to shape the decisions that affect their daily lives. This is why Neighborhood Funders Group organizes philanthropy to support grassroots power building so that communities of color and low-income communities thrive.

Save the date for NFG's 2020 National Convening as we celebrate our 40th anniversary in our founding city, Washington, D.C.

June 29 - July 1, 2020

Location: Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill
400 New Jersey Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C., 20001

Join us for a fun, warm, and collaborative convening as we honor the work we have done together over the years alongside hundreds of funders from around the country. We’ll explore national philanthropic trends and movement opportunities, how to resource and shift power to communities, and grapple with timely issues in advance of the 2020 elections. This convening will be grounded in the exciting work happening in Washington, D.C. and the surrounding area.

Stay tuned for early bird registration, which opens in February!

Note: This convening is intended for foundation staff and trustees, donors, philanthropic affinity group staff, and invited speakers.

We look forward to seeing you in Washington, D.C. on June 29 - July 1, 2020!

 
Pictured above in slideshow: Amoretta Morris (Annie E. Casey Foundation), Monica Cordova (Funders' Collaborative on Youth Organizing), Eric Braxton (Funders' Collaborative on Youth Organizing) / National Museum of African American History and Culture / Aaron Tanaka (Center for Economic Democracy), Julia Beatty (Borealis Philanthropy) / Reema Ahmad (Movement Voter Project), Leslie Ramyk (Conant Family Foundation) / Fannie McBeth.
 
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CORE CONVENING TEAM

 

 

Convening Co-Chairs

 

Shona ChakravarttyShona Chakravartty — Hill-Snowdon Foundation

As Senior Program Officer at the Hill-Snowdon Foundation (HSF), Shona Chakravartty is responsible for leading and managing HSF’s Economic Justice grantmaking program, as well as developing and implementing learning and leveraging activities related to HSF’s economic justice interests. She was previously the co-chair of Neighborhood Funders Group's Funders for a Just Economy (formerly the Working Group on Labor & Community Partnerships), and currently serves on the board of Neighborhood Funders Group as well as on the board of the Funders’ Collaborative on Youth Organizing.

Before joining the Hill-Snowdon Foundation staff in 2006, Shona served as Program Officer for the Four Freedoms Fund, a philanthropic collaborative that made grants to enhance the capacity of local and state organizations to actively engage immigrants in the civic, social and economic life of their communities and participate in national policy and advocacy efforts. Prior to that, she was a program officer at the Jewish Fund for Justice for almost six years where she was responsible for grantmaking in the areas of Women in Poverty, Assisting New Immigrants, and Economic Justice. Shona has also worked at a variety of non-profits in New York City including the National Council of Jewish Women, Sakhi for South Asian Women, and Women and Philanthropy. She also serves on the board of Chhaya CDC in Queens, where she resides. Past board service includes the New York Women’s Foundation, South Asian Youth Action, and Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants & Refugees (GCIR). Shona was born in India and holds a B.A. from Columbia University and a Master’s degree from Oxford University.

 

Mary SobeckiMary Sobecki — Needmor Fund

Mary Sobecki is the Executive Director of The Needmor Fund, a private family foundation that supports social justice work and community organizing throughout the Midwest. Prior to joining Needmor in 2004, Mary was on the staff of the Toledo Community Foundation, where she served as Senior Program Officer and later as the founding Director of the Center for Nonprofit Resources. Mary also consults with local non-profits in the areas of board development and grantsmanship. In addition, she currently serves on several non-profit boards, including Neighborhood Funders Group, the Ohio Transformation Fund, and The First Tee of Lake Erie. She is also active in Philanthropy Ohio as a member of its Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee. Prior to becoming involved in philanthropy, Mary worked for several nonprofits in Northwest Ohio, including Children’s Resource Center in Bowling Green, Ohio, and the Y.W.C.A. of Greater Toledo. Mary holds a bachelor’s degree in in Social Work from Bowling Green State University. She also has a background in stand-up and improvisational comedy.

 


 

Neighborhood Funders Group Staff

 

Adriana RochaAdriana Rocha — Interim Co-Director

Adriana leads NFG’s Program Team, NFG’s National Convening, oversees all of NFG’s programs and the development and evaluation of all new NFG programs including its Leadership Development offerings; Philanthropy Forward and Peer Coaching Circles.

Adriana joined NFG in May of 2017 and was a former NFG member while at the New York Foundation. As a member of NFG, Adriana found other foundation staff members committed to social justice and a peer network of new Program Officers, particularly other new Program Officers of Color.

Adriana brings expertise in grantmaking, organizational capacity building, and nonprofit management. Adriana served as a Program Officer at the New York Foundation and Director of Grants & Capacity Building at the Just Beginnings Collaborative. Adriana served as Practice Director for CompassPoint, a national leader in providing capacity building support to social justice leaders and organizations.

Adriana has served on the boards of the Latino Commission on AIDS, CALNonprofits, and Grassroots Institute for Fundraising Training. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Politics from the University of California at Santa Cruz and a Master’s degree from Columbia University, Social Organizational Psychology Program. Adriana is from Toluca, Mexico and calls New York City home.

 
 

Elizabeth PhamElizabeth Pham — Senior Program Coordinator

Elizabeth provides programming and management support for Philanthropy Forward, Integrated Rural Strategies Group, Harmony Midwest, and NFG’s National Convening. She helps to ensure that these programs operate smoothly, and is inspired by the work of forward-thinking community and philanthropic leaders.

Elizabeth joined NFG in 2018, drawn to its social justice and community change mission in working to develop a philanthropic sector that is more inclusive and equitable. She has served in many roles within the nonprofit sector in the US and abroad, from streamlining program operations for the Ford Foundation to capacity building for community-based organizations in Vietnam. Elizabeth earned both a BS and MPA degrees from New York University. She supports NFG’s national programs based out of New York City.

 


 

Local Program Consultant

 

Rubie ColesRubie Coles

Rubie Coles is the Program Director of the Diverse City Fund in Washington, D.C. Before joining the Diverse City Fund staff, Rubie served as Deputy Director of the Moriah Fund in Washington, DC. She was responsible for directing and managing the foundation’s economic justice and reproductive justice grantmaking nationally and in the DC region.

Prior to joining Moriah in 1999, Rubie served as Co-Director of Women Work!, a national women’s workforce development organization. Rubie received a Master in Public Administration degree from American University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Oberlin College. She is a founding member of both the Black Philanthropic Alliance and Black Benefactors. Rubie is also a former DC Fund Board of Instigators member.

 


 

Disability Capacity Builder

 

Sebastian MargaretSebastian Margaret

Sebastian Margaret is an anti-ableism and disability community educator and capacity builder. A disabled TGNC, queer, raised in Yorkshire they are informed richly by white working-class racial justice values and by coming of age in the pushback to Thatcher’s Britain. Sebastian has been kept deliciously exhausted and hopeful parenting a pair of gorgeous kids, both of whom are now far taller than they, and is passionate about the validity and glory of imperfect body/minds and our right to body sovereignty. Sebastian works to highlight the exclusion, criminalization, exploitation and oppression experienced by disabled communities; particularly those living at the forefront of disposable. They have been working to insert and reveal disability justice values in multiple justice movements, while supporting multi-issue capacity and vibrancy in disability communities for decades. You can often find Sebastian inventing fictitious names for their service dog as an act of quiet resistance to everyday ableism, while clutching tight to a good cup ‘o tea.

 


 

Logistics Consultant

Girl Friday Events 

Girl Friday Events

Girl Friday Events is a full-service event planning company providing can-do consulting and production for the nonprofit sector. We draw experience from 20+ years of professional event management at a diverse range of events from major fundraisers to intimate gatherings; multi-day conferences to outdoor extravaganzas. 

Girl Friday Events works exclusively with nonprofits because we believe that the people that power them are force for good. We believe that sharing ideas, expertise, and even mistakes makes the field stronger, which makes our communities stronger. We work harder because we think our work is part of the solution. We know if you can do all that and still laugh more than a little you are doing it right.

The Girl Friday team includes Julie Hensley, Shelly Kim & JC Rafferty. We’re excited to meet you in DC!

 


 

Design Consultant

Karla Flemming

Karla Flemming

Karla Flemming is a freelance graphic designer and artist who is passionate about social, economic, and environmental justice. After graduating with a BFA in Graphic Design and a minor in Information Science and Technology from Colorado State University, she spent three years working at Moxy Group, a women-led consulting group that partnered with social justice & philanthropic organizations on fundraising, communications, and design projects. In 2019, Karla completed Chinook Fund’s Giving Project, where she worked with a diverse group of volunteers from all income levels to strengthen her skills in fundraising, grantmaking, and community building to mobilize resources for grassroots organizations in Colorado.

Karla loves to leverage traditional and new media to inspire people to act. She has led a variety of design projects including brand development, customized websites, icon creation, infographics, brochures, books and more. She currently lives in Boulder, Colorado and when not designing or continuing to educate herself about the complex state of our world, she can be found drawing, painting, or adventuring outdoors.

 

 

 

 

PROGRAM COMMITTEE

 
  • Mary Sobecki (Co-Chair), Executive Director, Needmor Fund   

  • Shona Chakravartty (Co-Chair), Senior Program Officer, Hill-Snowdon Foundation  

  • Alise Marshall, Director of Strategy and New Ventures, Public Welfare Foundation

  • Amoretta Morris, Director, National Community Strategies, The Annie E. Casey Foundation

  • Cheri Wright-Jones, Regional Vice President, Allegany Franciscan Ministries

  • Chris Kabel, Senior Fellow, Opportunity Fund, Kresge Foundation

  • Cory AndersonChief Innovation Officer, Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation

  • Fernando CuevasExecutive Director, Southern Partners Fund

  • Guillermo Quinteros, Program Director, Solidago Foundation

  • Hanna Mahon, President, Pink House

  • Isabel BarriosProgram Officer, Greater New Orleans Community Foundation

  • Jennifer Lockwood Shabat, President and CEO, Washington Area Women's Foundation 

  • Jerry MaldonadoProgram Director, Ford Foundation 

  • Leni Dworkis, Program Manager, Weissberg Foundation 

  • Liz Posey, Program Officer, Marguerite Casey Foundation   

  • Madye HensonPresident and CEO, Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers   

  • Marco Antonio QuirogaProgram Director, Contigo Fund (Our Fund Foundation)  

  • Nicky GorenPresident and CEO, Meyer Foundation   

  • Paola DiazProgram Coordinator, The 11th Hour Project  

  • Patrice R. Green, Program Officer, Inclusive Economies, Surdna Foundation

  • Renata PeraltaProgram Officer, Open Society Foundations  

  • Rickke MananzalaVice President of Programs, Borealis Philanthropy  

  • Rubie Coles, Program Director, Diverse City Fund  

  • Sandy ChiangProgram Manager, The California Endowment    

  • Shaena JohnsonLGBTQ Racial Justice Fund Program Officer, Astraea Foundation 

  • Tynesha McHarrisProgram Officer, NoVo Foundation 

 

PROGRAM

 

Monday, June 29, 2020

9:00 am - 5:00 pm:  Pre-conference Session: Democratizing Development Program

10:00 am - 4:00 pm: Pre-conference Session: Amplify Fund Steering Committee

10:00 am - 4:00 pm: Pre-conference Session: Funders for Justice

10:00 am - 4:00 pm: Pre-conference Session: Philanthropy Forward Fellows Gathering

10:00 am - 5:00 pm: Pre-conference Session: Harmony Institute

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm: Optional Group Tour of the National African American Museum of History & Culture

5:00 pm - 6:30 pm: No-Host Happy Hour

 

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

8:00 am - 9:00 am: Breakfast

9:00 am - 10:30 am: Opening Plenary

11:00 am - 12:30 pm: Breakout Sessions

12:30 pm - 2:00 pm: Lunch and 2019 & 2020 Discount Foundation Legacy Awards Presentation

2:15 pm - 5:15 pm: Disability Justice Seminar

2:15 pm - 3:45 pm: Breakout Sessions

4:00 pm - 5:30 pm: Breakout Sessions

5:30 pm - 6:30 pm: NFG-Hosted Happy Hour

 

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

8:00 am - 9:00 am: Breakfast

9:00 am - 10:15 am: Morning Plenary

10:30 am - 12:00 pm: Breakout Sessions

12:00 pm - 12:30 pm: Lunch Pick-up

12:30 pm - 4:30 pm: Learning Tours

12:30 pm - 4:30 pm: Self-Organized Space

12:30 pm - 4:30 pm: Integrated Rural Strategy Group Session

6:00 pm - 9:00 pm: NFG 40th Anniversary Party at the National Museum of the American Indian

 

Thursday, July 2, 2020

10:00 am - 1:00 pm: Post-conference Session: Midwest Funders

10:00 am - 2:00 pm: Optional Group Tour of the National African American Museum of History & Culture

10:00 am - 2:00 pm: Optional Ancillary Meetings

 

SPONSORSHIP

Pictured above (L-R): Marbre Stahly-Butts (Law for Black Lives), Mark-Anthony Clayton-Johnson (Resilient Strategies), Kris Hayashi (Transgender Law Center), Charlene Carruthers (Chicago Center for Leadership and Transformation), Morning Star Gali (Restoring Justice for Indigenous Peoples), Jenny Arwade (Communities United), Tynesha McHarris (NoVo Foundation).

Neighborhood Funders Group invites you to join us as a sponsor at our 2020 National Convening — Homecoming: 40 Years Strong. We will look back to celebrate 40 strong years of organizing and mobilizing philanthropy and look toward the future and what is possible in the current era of organized philanthropy.

Learn how your institution can show its support and commitment to advancing justice and equity in the sector by becoming a sponsor of the NFG 2020 National Convening.

 

If you have any questions or need additional information, please reach out to Lindsay Ryder, Senior Membership Manager, at lindsay@nfg.org.

With six sponsorship levels for our 2020 National Convening, there are many opportunities to support NFG's impact as we mobilize philanthropy to shift power and resources to communities working towards racial, economic, gender, and climate justice. If you believe in this work, this is a conference you will not want to miss.

 

Current Sponsors

  • Amplify Fund
  • Surdna Foundation
  • Amalgamated Charitable Foundation
  • Needmor Fund
  • Raikes Foundation
  • The Workers Lab
  • Hill-Snowdon Foundation
  • Colorado Health Foundation
  • Meyer Foundation
  • Four Freedoms Fund
  • The California Wellness Foundation
  • Allegany Franciscan Ministries
  • Chorus Foundation
  • Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation
  • Common Counsel Foundation
  • Fund for Democratic Communities
  • Pink House Foundation
  • Borealis Philanthropy
  • Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation

ACCESS, ACCOMMODATIONS, AND DISABILITY STATEMENT OF INTENT

In organizing NFG's 2020 National Convening, Homecoming: 40 Years Strong, we held strongly to the goal to create a space in Washington, D.C. where Disabled/chronically ill and Deaf folks shouldn’t need to pass as being able-bodied, healthy or from hearing culture, in order to be present or to participate fully. We arrived at this goal knowing that Disability surrounds us all, is in many ways what is most familiar to us; bodies and minds with differences, chronic illness and Deafness. Ableism lives and breathes at the hub of racism, poverty, displacement, violence, incarceration, state control and more; we chose to begin the work of re-centering Disability into our analysis and anti -ableism into our practice.

We are determined in our attempt to create a gathering informed by the truth that we all lose when Disabled/ill voices and politics are not present. We are clear that the embedding of Disability politics and anti-ableism as issues of racial, economic, Trans and gender justice requires time, exposure, political will and persistence - this is our beginning.

We have a long way to go, yet wanted to start here and now with Homecoming seeking to be a place where passing was not required for credibility, and participation or value is not dependent upon assimilation.

We are excited to extend this invitation to join us as we lean into Disability and build intentionally towards anti-ableism as a core value and implemented principle of action.

For questions or clarification please contact registration@girlfridayevents.com.

A group of four people stand next to a banner that says, "Save the Date." June 29 - July 1, 2020 in Washington, D.C.

Pictured above (L-R): Dennis Quirin, Kevin Ryan, Molly Shultz Hafid, and Garland Yates

We believe in the power of people to transform our communities. When community leadership and solutions are centered, people are able to shape the decisions that affect their daily lives. This is why Neighborhood Funders Group organizes philanthropy to support grassroots power building so that communities of color and low-income communities thrive.

Save the date for NFG's 2020 National Convening as we celebrate our 40th anniversary in our founding city, Washington, D.C.

June 29 - July 1, 2020

Location: Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill
400 New Jersey Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C., 20001

Join us for a fun, warm, and collaborative convening as we honor the work we have done together over the years alongside hundreds of funders from around the country. We’ll explore national philanthropic trends and movement opportunities, how to resource and shift power to communities, and grapple with timely issues in advance of the 2020 elections. This convening will be grounded in the exciting work happening in Washington, D.C. and the surrounding area.

Stay tuned for early bird registration, which opens in February!

Note: This convening is intended for foundation staff and trustees, donors, philanthropic affinity group staff, and invited speakers.

We look forward to seeing you in Washington, D.C. on June 29 - July 1, 2020!

 
Pictured above in slideshow: Amoretta Morris (Annie E. Casey Foundation), Monica Cordova (Funders' Collaborative on Youth Organizing), Eric Braxton (Funders' Collaborative on Youth Organizing) / National Museum of African American History and Culture / Aaron Tanaka (Center for Economic Democracy), Julia Beatty (Borealis Philanthropy) / Reema Ahmad (Movement Voter Project), Leslie Ramyk (Conant Family Foundation) / Fannie McBeth.
 
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