Svetlana Pushkareva Hutfles, Executive Director of the Kansas Association of Community Foundations, explains: “We weren't going to let Covid-19 .. Read more deter us when the needs of our communities have become so much greater and community foundations have relied on us to provide the national platform for exchange of ideas, quality education, and networking, designed specifically for community foundations, especially in rural, small urban, and suburban America.” This year’s conference theme is “Sustainable Community for All.” It will take place October 26-27 with plenaries focusing on the SDGs and social justice issues. Going on-line means the organizers had to reimagine how to present the conference content while retaining the valuable networking aspects of an in-person meeting. In 2019 the Annual National Conference for Growing Community Foundations attracted nearly 500 attendees to Wichita, Kansas for the in-person meeting. If this first on-line only format is successful, in the future this Annual National Conference may become a hybrid – a conference that combines the benefits of an in-person meeting in order to maximize peer learning and networking, but also is offered on-line to reach a wider audience. The entire foundation field has come together to support this Conference. In addition to its National Advisory Group and the host (Kansas Association of Community Foundations), the Conference has attracted numerous supporters, over 80 speakers, and partners, including the Council on Foundations, Kansas Health Foundation, Foundant Technologies, and the Opening Plenary Supporter – the C.S. Together, in this pandemic year, these organizations have committed to bringing a national conference of tremendous value to those who are passionate about community philanthropy.
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