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CCP's First Virtual Conference Provides Learning and Tools to Advance Equity
CCP’s 2020 Annual Conference “Meeting the Moment: Community, Equity and Philanthropy” may have looked different this year, but the learning, inspiration, and relationship-building were the same as ever. "It was a game changer for me," one participant shared. Through a series of “excellent”, “timely”, “inspiring”, and “thought-provoking” programs, coupled with opportunities to connect and reflect with colleagues, CCP conference participants gained new insights and tools for centering and advancing racial equity in the work of philanthropy.
In the opening session, keynote speaker Trabian Shorters presented an insightful program on Asset-Framing, a groundbreaking approach to communications and engagement with communities that centers aspirations and contributions, increasing equity and improving outcomes.
The second session featured an engaging dialogue between two experienced philanthropic leaders, Michelle DePass, President and Chief Executive Officer, Meyer Memorial Trust, and Laura McCargar, President, Perrin Family Foundation who shared candid insights and real-world lessons about partnership, power, and accountability in philanthropy. They outlined how funders can create meaningful connections and build trust with community partners, create crucial feedback loops, take more risks, and ultimately improve impact.
The final session focused on equity and foundation boards. Anne Wallestad, Executive Director, BoardSource shared insights and data from the national perspective. David Addams, Executive Director and Lisa Graustein, Board Chair of the William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund provided an anchor and examples from their foundation’s story. Through a lively exchange, the three speakers outlined how proactive, intentional work at the board level is essential to centering equity, and steps that can be taken to invest in moving boards towards more equitable practices and greater diversity.