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Friday, October 18 • 10:30am - 12:00pm
Flipping the Script: A Case Study of Shifting Foundation Power to Community

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Changing the way we do things as foundations is not easy.  We have systems and processes that have worked very well for us for many years, even if these same systems and processes have not worked so well for the nonprofits we fund or the issues we care about. What happens when a foundation deeply listens to the community and then changes its approach so that the community has more voice and the foundation takes more direction from the activists and leaders on the ground? How can a funder be an asset beyond the grant check using its human, social, political and creative capital at the direction of the community?  Using a real case study of a foundation and grassroots activists who came together to address economic inequality and generational disinvestment for African Americans by establishing the only Black-led financial institution in the state, you will learn what went well, what went wrong. and the lessons that can be gleaned to help you think about shifting power and trusting that the solutions to community problems exist in those communities if you just learn to get out of your own way.

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Ron Harris

Chief Resilience Officer, City of Minneapolis
Ron Harris is a black millennial focused on political involvement, civic/shareholder engagement, and philanthropy being the best opportunities to improve people’s lives. He got his start volunteering for then Senator Barack Obama’s campaign for president, and has been involved... Read More →
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Danielle Mkali

Lead, Cooperative Ecosystem for Blexit and the Association of Black Economic Power
Danielle Mkali is the Lead for the Cooperative Ecosystem for Blexit and the Association of Black Economic Power (ABEP), supporting and creating the practices and community organizing models for cooperative ownership of land, labor and housing. Her mission is to uplift the resources... Read More →
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Patrick Troska

President, The Jay & Rose Phillips Family Foundation of Minnesota
Patrick J. Troska has been with The Jay & Rose Phillips Family Foundation of Minnesota since 2000 when he was hired as a Program Officer. He was named Executive Director in January 2011, then President in 2018. In addition to providing leadership for the Foundation’s overall strategy... Read More →

Friday October 18, 2019 10:30am - 12:00pm
Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile 540 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60611