2014 Conference Plenaries
Opening Plenary: Evolving Sectoral Relationships - Philanthropy Fulfilling Public Sector Responsibilities
Tightening of government budgets has placed a greater strain on the nonprofit sector. Philanthropic organizations are seeing increased demand of their services and a reduction of government funding. However, natural disasters in Colorado and the Detroit bankruptcy has placed philanthropic organizations in a unique and evolving role. Private foundations met with the bankruptcy judge in Detroit to create a formula to protect the cities art work from being auctioned as assets of the bankruptcy estate. In Colorado, natural disasters and shrinking budgets have required philanthropic institutions to provide traditional government services. This panel examines the evolving role of the sectors during a time of turbulence using the Colorado case study.
12:00 PM Thursday, November 20th
Angela Bies, University of Maryland
David Miller, President, Denver Foundation
Doug Yeiser, President, Foothills United Way
Renny Fagan, President, Colorado Nonprofit Association
Join Wendy Spencer, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), a federal agency that engages more than 5 million Americans in service through its core programs -- Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, and the Social Innovation Fund -- and leads President Obama’s national call to service initiative, United We Serve.
As the nation’s largest grantmaker for service and volunteering, CNCS plays a critical role in strengthening America’s nonprofit sector and addressing our nation’s challenges through service. CNCS harnesses America’s most powerful resource – the energy and talents of our citizens – to solve problems.
Wendy will highlight the partnership between CNCS and FEMA (two federal agencies, which was the result of the POTUS’s initiative to encourage federal agencies to develop partnerships). As a federal agency, CNCS plays a unique position because of their direct connection to communities and contributes to building the capacity of the nonprofit sector which benefits society overall.
This closing plenary brings full circle our conference theme of Evolving Sectoral Relationshjps: Global & Local Views.
11:45 AM Saturday, November 22nd