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2019 Pennsylvania Community Foundation Gathering

Tuesday, September 17, 2019 to Wednesday, September 18, 2019
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State College, PA
Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center, 215 Innovation Blvd, State College, PA 16803

Registration open!

Join your colleagues from community foundations across the state for this exciting opportunity to once again gather for two days of professional development, peer learning,  and networking. This statewide gathering presents an opportunity to identify partnerships and to leverage the resources of community foundations across the state to strengthen community philanthropy and improve the quality of life across Pennsylvania. This opportunity is appropriate for any staff or board member of a community foundation. 


Tuesday, September 17, 2019

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM      Registration Opens

12:00 PM – 1:30 PM        Welcome Lunch and Panel Discussion: What’s Now & What’s Next?  A Look at Giving Day Models

1:30 PM – 1:45 PM           Break/Transition

1:45 PM – 3:15 PM           Breakout Sessions:

  • Option 1:  Working with Donors Who’ve Lost a Loved One
  • Option 2:  Opportunity Zones
  • Option 3: Mission-Related Investments 

3:15 PM – 3:30 PM           Break/Transition

3:30 PM – 5:00 PM           Breakout Sessions:

  • Option 1:  Successful Engagement with Professional Advisors
  • Option 2:  Beyond the Grant: How Community Foundations Can Engage in Non-Profit Capacity Building

5:00 PM – 5:30 PM           Break/Transition/Hotel Check-In

5:30 PM – 6:00 PM           Cocktails and Networking

6:00 PM – 7:30 PM           Dinner and Tabletop Discussions

  • Over dinner, volunteer leaders will facilitate informal discussions at rounds. Suggested table-top discussions include topics such as: rural philanthropy, community leadership, non-profit capacity building programs, cyber security, and more.

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

7:30 AM – 8:30 AM          Breakfast will be available for attendees in restaurant

9:00 AM – 10:30 AM        Morning Discussion: Scholarship Awards and Displacements 

10:30 AM – 10:45 AM      Break/Transition

10:45 AM – 12:00 PM      What Keeps You Up at Night?  Breakout Peer-Sharing Sessions for CEOs, Donor Services Staff, Program Staff and Others.

12:00 PM – 12:15 PM      Break/Transition

12:15 PM – 1:45 PM        Lunch Session: Unrestricted Fund Development

1:45 PM – 2:00 PM          Closing Remarks, Next Steps, Adjourn


Early-Bird Pricing Available Until 08/01/19

  • Members of GWP, NEPA, PNGP: $200
  • Nonmembers: $345

Regular Pricing After 08/01/19

  • Members of GWP, NEPA, PNGP: $250
  • Nonmembers: $395

Members of Grantmakers of Western PA, Northeastern Pennsylvania (NEPA) Grantmakers Forum and Philanthropy Network Greater Philadelphia can register at the member rate.

CLICK HERE for additional details and to REGISTER.
Note: Registrations are being managed by our colleagues at Grantmakers of Western PA; you must login or create an account in order to register for this event.

Special thanks to our planning committee:

Mike Batchelor, Erie Community Foundation; Janice Black, Foundation for Enhancing Communities; Nell Booth, The Philadelphia Foundation; Sam Bressi, Lancaster County Community Foundation; Diane Dutko, Luzerne Community Foundation; Virginia Frantz, Montgomery County Foundation; Molly Kunkel, Centre Foundation; Trenton Moulin, BridgeBuilders Community Foundation; Monica Reyes, Berks County Community Foundation; Ralph Serpe, Adams County Community Foundation; Frances Sheehan, The Foundation for Delaware County; Karen Simmons, Chester County Community Foundation; Jennie Zioncheck, The Pittsburgh Foundation

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