2016 Philanthropy Southwest Spring Summit

2016 Philanthropy Southwest Spring Summit

Monday, April 25, 2016 (All day) to Wednesday, April 27, 2016 (All day)
Las Vegas, NV
Vdara Hotel & Spa
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Philanthropy Southwest’s 2016 Spring Summit offers funders the opportunity to meet, engage and learn from experts and from others with a shared interest in the Southwest. As at our signature annual conference, the event welcomes participation by member and nonmember organizations alike.

Event Schedule

Monday, April 25
8:00 am - 5:00 pm  Registration
8:00 am - 10:00 am  Program Committee
11:15 am - 12:15 pm LUNCH and KEYNOTE ONLY ($40) - The Science of Luck

Scott Sherman serves as the Executive Director of the Transformative Action Institute, which creates and uses innovative activities, exercises and models to help individuals and organizations lead bold personal and social transformation. 

He has worked on nonviolence and social justice projects from the war-torn island of Sri Lanka to the inner city ghettoes of America. He is an expert on the most effective ways that citizens succeed in creating social progress and innovation. Scott’s work has been praised by such Nobel Peace Prize Laureates as the Dalai Lama and Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta.

He is a nationally-recognized speaker on environmental regeneration and has won the outstanding teaching award from the University of California at Berkeley. In 2004, he was nominated for the National Society of Collegiate Scholars’ Faculty of the Year award.

12:30 pm - 3:00 pm EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM: (Including lunch - $125) - The Science of Making the World a Better Place with Scott Sherman

How do people really change the world? Many people have good ideas, but they often get frustrated, burnt out and exhausted when they can’t see that they are having much of an impact. 

Scott Sherman has studied hundreds of cases of people working on civil rights, the environment, public health and economic prosperity, trying to figure out what separated the most successful initiatives from those that failed. In this session, he will discuss the surprising findings about what it really takes to make a difference.

3:15 pm - 4:30 pm  EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM: Las Vegas' Philanthropic Landscape
An opportunity to hear from nonprofit CEO's about the philanthropic landscape in Southern Nevada. Panelists will include:
Brian Burton, CEO, Three Square Food Bank
Amy Schmidt, Executive Director, Volunteers in Medicine of Southern Nevada
Deacon Thomas A. Roberts, President and CEO, Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm  Reception ($55)
Tuesday, April 26
8:00 am - 5:00 pm  Registration
8:00 am - 12:00 pm  SITE VISIT AND SERVICE PROJECT ($25) - Three Square Food Bank  

1 in 6 Southern Nevadans struggles with hunger issues and 64% of the school children are on free or a reduced-price meal program.   Three Square is a state-wide food bank that works with 1300 community partners.   A unique program at Three Square, the USDA Reimbursable Program, allows them to prepare and distribute up to 10,000 afterschool meals per day.   Join us on a site visit to see this impressive facility and learn about their programs.  Get out your hairnet, as we will also pitch in at the Kids Cafe Kitchen and help pack some of the afterschool meal boxes to be delivered to schools for that day.    

12:00 pm - 1:30 pm  Audit and Finance Committee
                                    Educational Programs Committee
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm  Communications Committee
                                   Legislative Network Committee
3:15 pm - 5:00 pm  EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM:  ($25) - Does Your Organization Need to Brand -- or -- Rebrand?
Join Katie Kramer, Vice President and Kristi Arellano, Director of Communications at the Boettcher Foundation, and Zach Hochstadt, Founding Partner of the branding firm Mission Minded, as they share WHY and HOW they articulated a brand strategy for one of Colorado’s most venerable foundations. 
Whether you represent a small or large organization, at this session, you’ll learn how to lead a brand process and how to craft a new elevator pitch that shares your vision and expands your impact. With real-world examples from Boettcher and other organizations, Zach, Katie and Kristi will demonstrate the power of brand in the philanthropic and nonprofit sector.
Wednesday, April 27
8:00 am - 10:00 am  Membership Committee 
10:30 am - 1:30 pm  Board Meeting
2600 West Harmon Ave
Las Vegas, NV 89158
Philanthropy Southwest has negotiated a special room rate. Reservations may be made by either calling 1-866-745-7767 or 1-702-590-2767. Please reference Philanthropy Southwest. To book online, please click hereReservations must be made by March 25, 2016 in order to receive the group rate.
  • When you make a reservation, you will be asked to submit a credit card payment equal to the first night’s room/suite rate including tax and resort fee. Should you need to cancel, your guarantee will be refunded as long as you give notice within 72 hours of your arrival.
  • The $32 per night resort fee covers internet service (in-suite and anywhere in the hotel), unlimited local and 800-number phone calls, two (2) bottles of water per room, per day, access to the Vdara Fitness Center, 10% discount on spa and retail items, free printing of airline boarding pass, daily newspaper at the Front Desk, nightly turn-down service and guest robes upon request.
  • If you wait until March 25, the block may be full. If you wish to make any changes to your reservation, you must do so before March 25.
  • If you book after March 25, all rooms that have not been reserved may be returned to the hotel in their general inventory and sold at a higher rate.
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