In addition to a celebration of NCFP’s 20th Anniversary, the Symposium explored key themes, trends, and bold ideas generated over the year by the Imagining the Future initiative. We unveiled several new NCFP research initiatives including Pride of Place, a report exploring how boards stay true to the original geographic focus of the family foundation after trustees have moved away.  Should you have any questions or need assistance, please contact us at ncfp@ncfp.org or 202-293-3424.   Download a PDF of the Final Printed Program.

Check out the graphic sketches from the program here.
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Thursday, September 13 • 5:30pm - 8:00pm
Dinner Plenary: From Currency to Current: Shifting and Sharing Philanthropic Power

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Plenary Session
From #BlackLivesMatter to #MeToo and #ADayWithoutImmigrants, we’re experiencing a renaissance in community change powered by everyday people. They’re living and confronting tough issues of power, racism, equity, injustice, and more, sometimes even confronting the nonprofits and institutions that philanthropic families love and trust. And they need traditional philanthropy to partner with them in new ways.

How can philanthropic families see their gifts of money, connections, and power not as currencies, held and guarded by few, but as electrical currents, sources of energy that flow, surge, and are easily shared? This plenary will be an honest conversation about the thrills and tensions of that shift to shared philanthropic power, both internally and in the community. And it will provide practical advice on how generous families and family foundations can help people on the frontlines of community change.

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James W. Head

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Lateefah Simon

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Thursday September 13, 2018 5:30pm - 8:00pm PDT
Nikko I & II Ballroom, 3rd Floor Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St, San Francisco, CA 94102