2017 Philanthropy Southwest Spring Summit

2017 Philanthropy Southwest Spring Summit

Monday, April 10, 2017 - 8:00am to Wednesday, April 12, 2017 - 12:00pm CDT
Capital Hotel, Little Rock, AR
Little Rock, AR
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Philanthropy Southwest’s 2017 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.

Spring Summit Schedule

Sunday, April 9, 2017

4:00 pm - 7:00 pm Team Meetings

Monday, April 10, 2017

8:00 am - 10:00 am  Program Committee

10:00 am - 11:30 am Educational Programs Committee

11:30 am - 1:00 pm  Overview of Grantmaking by Private and Community Foundations in Arkansas and the Southwest  Clinton School of Public Service (Open to the public) 

Over a period of three years, Arkansas foundation giving has reached more than $690 million dollars according to the latest reported 990’s.  The framework for this session will be Philanthropy Southwest’s third landscape study on philanthropic giving in the Southwest.  The session will also offer an historic perspective on foundation giving in in Arkansas and the region. In that context, the presentation will provide an in-depth analysis of giving along such interest vectors as rural and urban disparities and areas supported, from the arts and education to human services, health and the environment.  Speaker: Kathy Jankowski, Founder and Research Director, Jankowski Associates

1:30 pm - 3:30 pm   Let’s Talk Numbers:  Using Data to Inform Grantmaking Strategy 

Having access to good data is a key piece of effective foundation grantmaking, but in a data-filled world, knowing how and when to use the information can be overwhelming.   We will use the Philanthropy Southwest Giving Study and the Arkansas Community Foundation Aspire Arkansas report to explore how foundations can use these and other data.  We will also gain insights from foundation staff who have used data to help inform how they can make the greatest impact from their investments in communities  Speakers:  Kathy Jankowski, Founder and Research Director, Jankowski Associates; Sarah Kinser, Chief Program Officer, Arkansas Community Foundation; Eusebio Diaz, Vice President, Baptist Health Foundation of San Antonio; and Adrian Cook, Director of Research and Programs, The Rees-Jones Foundation.

3:45 pm - 5:15 pm Membership Committee

3:45 pm - 5:15 pm Communications Committee

5:30 pm - 6:30 pm Reception

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

8:00 am - 12:00 pm Team Meetings

9:30 am - 12:00 pm Site Visit:  Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub  

We will tour and get creative as we learn about the Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub.  Created to help develop a collaborative community approach that exposes everyone to creative possibilities and offers ready access to the information, resources, and instruction to bring ideas to fruition. It offers an open environment with tools, technology, equipment, and support, along with the opportunity to Learn and Build through formal and informal programs. The result is an acceleration of innovation that leads to new products, new businesses, and new works of art, as well as an enhanced appreciation for what it possible when we provide the pathways for every individual to realize his or her potential.  

We will also have a conversation with Warwick Sabin – the director of Winrock International and the Innovation Hub – in which he will talk about the Hub as a national model, particularly for mid-size cities who want to promote innovation. He and his team will lift up other Winrock programs and how they connect with the common goal of promoting higher skill jobs in the state through innovation. One or two partners of the Innovation Hub will also join the conversation. 

12:00 pm - 1:30 pm Audit and Finance Committee

1:30 pm - 3:00 pm Legislative Network Committee

1:30 pm - 3:00 pm Nominating Committee

3:15 pm - 5:00 pm Creating a Culture of Innovation 

This session will build on the morning site visit by discussing how funders can support innovation. Panelists will talk about their “innovation” investments – specifically as they relate to the Innovation Hub and similar efforts. The rest of the session will be a facilitated conversation about how to not only fund innovation — but to be an innovative funder. Using an interactive activity, we will process the content of the Stanford Social Innovation Review article The Re-Emerging Art of Funding InnovationSpeakers:  Regan Moffit, Vice President, Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation; Laura Duty, Program Director, Carl B. and Florence E. King Foundation; and TBD. 

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

8:00 am - 12:00 pm Board Meeting

Capital Hotel
111 W. Markham Street
Little Rock, AR 72201

Philanthropy Southwest has negotiated a special room rate. Reservations may be made by either calling (501) 374-7474 or toll-free (877) 637-0037 or by email to CH-Reservations@capitalhotel.com. Please reference Philanthropy Southwest.

Hotel reservations must be made by March 16, 2017 in order to receive the following group rates and must be guaranteed by a credit card or an advance deposit equal to a first night's room rate plus tax:  

Superior rooms:
One Night Stay $179  + tax
Two Night Stay $169 + tax
Three night Stay $149 + tax

Deluxe Rooms:
One Night Stay $225 + tax
Two Night Stay $205 + tax
Three Night Stay $195 + tax

Junior Suites:
One Night Stay $250 + tax
Two Night Stay $225 + tax
Three night Stay $210 + tax


 Registration Cancellations:

The deadline for registration cancellation with full refund is March 24. No refunds will be issued after that date. There is no fee to transfer a registration.

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