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Montana, Idaho, and Wyoming Funders Teleconference June 2016

Montana, Idaho, and Wyoming Funders Teleconference June 2016

Event details

Thursday, June 23, 2016
9:30am to 11:00am PDT

About this event


Please join us for the next Philanthropy Northwest Montana-Idaho-Wyoming Funders Group call. Now in its eighth year, the goal of each teleconference is to share information about critical issues and opportunities in each state and to promote, facilitate and build relationships that inspire collaboration and change in the region.

This bimonthly series is supported by Philanthropy Northwest members as a way to extend and deepen our involvement with funders in Montana, Idaho and Wyoming. The agenda for each teleconference is created by participants, for participants. The suggestions below have been made by your peers or are themes that emerged during our previous calls:

  • Measuring the impact of grantmaking and adjustment of grantmaking strategies
  • Indian country and native nonprofit leadership
  • Broadband access in rural communities – harnessing broadband access for community change
  • Health and health services
  • Early childhood education models and examples of successful after school programs
  • Impact investing
  • Homelessness, housing, and community development
  • Discussion on Promise Zones

Please help us co-create the agenda for our calls in 2016. Contact Paul Kim with any questions, suggestions or to discuss potential topics.

Meeting Details:

  • Dial-in:  Please note that we are now using a new teleconference system. Dial-in information provided upon registration.
  • Eligibility: This program is appropriate for Philanthropy Northwest members, including state and regional nonprofit associations. Non-member philanthropic institutions are also invited. This event is not open to the public.

Agenda for June 2016 Call:

10:30 – 10:50 a.m.  Introduction

  • Round Robin – Who is on the call?

11:20 - 11:40 a.m. Discussion about Collective Impact – Jay Connor, Founder/CEO, Learning Ovations, Inc.

Joseph A. “Jay” Connor, JD/MBA, is the Founder/CEO of Learning Ovations, Inc. This is his fifth start-up: two nonprofit and three commercial.  He also holds a courtesy appointment at Arizona State University’s SkySong Innovations Institute, and is a Visiting Scholar/Mentor at the Entrepreneurial Center at King Abdullah University for Science and Technology (KAUST), Saudi Arabia. He has mentored and advised start-ups through angel, seed and Series A rounds at well over the $1M level. He has extensive leadership experience in the business, nonprofit, and public policy arenas. His book, published spring 2003 (second edition 2005) by Wilder Press, Community Visions, Community Solutions: Grantmaking for Comprehensive Impact is the most extensive discussion available on the leadership art of linking sectors, initiatives, technologies, space and systems in implementing community solutions.  Jay has been acknowledged as an early thought leader in Collective Impact.

Together we will:

  • Review conditions of collective impact
  • Learn about the 7 habits of highly effective communities
  • Discover the stages of community readiness
  • Learn to engage with our communities effectively

11:40 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  Peer Updates and Wrap-Up

Each participant will share current priorities and highlight projects that you would like the group to know about.

  • Are there any new or promising initiatives you’re exploring?
  • What is exciting in your work right now?
  • Looking ahead – what are you excited about in 2016?
  • Are you struggling with any strategic or operational questions that you’d like peer feedback on?

Save the Date:

Our Next Call is scheduled for Thursday, August 25, 2016 from 1030 to 1200 MDT (0930 - 1100 PDT)

For more information about the Funders Group call, volunteer to lead a conversation or to propose a topic, please contact Paul Kim at or 206-443-8437.