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Getting a Head Start in Making Connections: Affinity Group Sessions

3:00 - 4:00 pm

Nurturing Diversity

Facilitators: Demetria George Caston (Impact Austin, Philanos Board), Taisha-Rojas Parker (Impact 100 Cincinnati)

  • What steps has your circle taken to create a culture and environment that welcome and strengthen diversity—in all forms—within your membership? Attend this session to share insights and experiences with members of other affiliates.

      Supporting Grantees Beyond the Check

      Facilitator: Alice Hausman (Impact100 Philadelphia)

      • How do you continue to foster relationships with grantees after presenting the big check? Learn how other organizations engage members in supporting grantees and share your own ideas.

        Recruiting and Retaining Members

        Facilitator: Nikki Emanuel Jarrell (Women’s Impact Fund)

        • Join this session to share what's working for your organization and pick up some new ideas for recruiting and retaining members and growing your circle.

        Building a Leadership Pipeline

        Facilitator: Sandy Cook (Impact100 Metro Denver, Philanos Board)

        • How does your giving circle build a strong, diverse pipeline of future leaders and ensure smooth leadership transitions? Share what's worked for you and learn about other organizations' experiences.

          Giving Circle Staff

          Facilitator: Patricia Massey Hoke (Women’s Impact Fund)

          • This by-invitation session is for paid staff members of Philanos affiliates to share information, resources, and best practices from their work in collective giving.

            4:00 - 5:00 pm

            Leaning Into Trust-Based Philanthropy

            Facilitators: Margo Greenfield (Impact  Essex), Tammy Wilhoite (99 Girlfriends)
            • Maybe you've simplified your application, reduced reporting requirements, or transitioned to unrestricted funding. What’s next? Join this session to share ideas and experiences.

              Educating and Engaging Members

              Facilitator: Carol Cunningham (TTN Philadelphia Giving Circle), Susan Storb (TTN Philadelphia Giving Circle)
              • What are your most successful models for educating members, whether about community needs, grantmaking priorities, racial equity, or DEI? What other strategies do you use to engage members beyond grantmaking? Bring your ideas and questions to this session.

                Leading Effective Boards

                Facilitator: Sandy McCullough (Wood River Women’s Foundation)
                • Trade notes with other giving circle leaders on strategies for nurturing cohesive, high-performance boards. Current, former, and prospective board chairs and presidents are all welcome.

                  Partnering for Growth—Community Foundations and Giving Circles

                  Facilitators: Ellen Shiery (Anne Arundel Women Giving Together), Kathy Luthcke (Community Foundation of Anne Arundel County)
                  • This session is for foundations who currently host giving circles or are considering doing so and giving circles interested in learning more about host-circle relationships. Attend this session to learn about benefits for giving circles and foundations, different forms these relationships can take, and best practices for creating and sustaining successful partnerships.

                    DEI Advocate Awards Reception

                    Facilitators: Clare O’Brien (Impact 100 Cincinnati, Philanos Board), Mary Kwak (Many Hands, Philanos Board), Barb Van Winkle (Women’s Giving Circle of Howard County, Philanos Board)

                    • This by-invitation session will welcome the inaugural DEI Advocate Award recipients and offer them an opportunity to connect and celebrate together.

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