Catalyzing Large Scale Change: The Funder’s Role in Collective Impact 2016

Mon, June 6, 2016, 3:00pm to Wed, June 8, 2016, 1:30pm PDT
Seattle, WA
The Westin Seattle, 1900 5th Ave., Seattle, WA 98101

The Collective Impact Forum, a field-building partnership between FSG and the Aspen Institute, invites you to attend the 2016 Collective Impact Funder Convening on June 6-8 in Seattle. The third annual three-day funder meeting will attract approximately 300 leaders from private foundations, community foundations, United Ways, government agencies, and corporate foundations from around the country. The funder convening, which sold out each of the past two years, will provide opportunities for learning and peer exchange with other funders who are catalyzing change through collective impact.

More than 20 plenary and concurrent sessions will address a range of topics such as aligning multiple collective impact initiatives in one place, capacity building, community engagement, equity, leadership, and learning and evaluation (see the detailed agenda for more information). There will also be opportunities to take advantage of joint programming with two other audiences who will attend part of the convening: leaders of experienced collective impact initiatives and other collective impact partners in the Pacific Northwest.

The convening is open to all staff and trustees of grantmaking institutions; staff of philanthropy-supporting infrastructure groups such as regional associations of grantmakers and affinity groups; and staff of academic institutions focused primarily on the study of philanthropy and the practice of giving. Philanthropy Northwest members can register to attend the funder convening using promo code PNW50 to get $50 off their individual registration.

Highlights include:

  • In-depth discussions by stage of investment in collective impact (e.g., early, mid, and late stage) and by issue area of interest (e.g., education, health, economic development, and other priority issues)
  • Local site visits to learn how Seattle area leaders are collaborating to improve outcomes for children and families
  • Opportunity to interact with backbone leaders of experienced collective impact initiatives, who will join part of the meeting to engage in dialogue across perspectives
  • Interactive breakout sessions on the key components of advancing quality collective impact, such as bringing an equity lens, prioritizing continuous learning and evaluation, investing in grantees’ capacity to lead collaboratively, and authentically engaging those with lived experiences

Information and Registration