Join more than 100 funders and advocates on September 27-28, 2012, in New York City as they explore the impact of supporting innovative models of funder/advocate collaboration, providing thoughtful capacity building services to advance social justice, and funding alliance building that works. It’s the inaugural Public Interest Projects funder learning Institute, “Tough Times in Social Justice Philanthropy: Strategic Impact through Stronger Collaboration, Capacity and Alliances,” and you’re invited.
Signed up to attend so far are funders from the fields of voter engagement, human rights, immigration, youth empowerment, AIDS, environment and climate change, education reform, poverty, juvenile justice, civil rights, racial justice, communications, arts and culture, LGBT rights, reproductive freedom and many others. The Institute promises to be an invigorating conversation about strategies for advancing a multi-issue social justice agenda in politically conservative times and during an austere fiscal climate. It’s designed to foster insightful dialogue across various fields that often don’t connect.
Be a part of the conversation as leading experts, funders and advocates at the Institute’s highly interactive sessions lift up three promising approaches for impactful philanthropy: (1) forging truly collaborative partnerships among diverse constituencies necessary to move an agenda; (2) building alliances across issues and movements; and (3) supporting long-term sustainability of change efforts through strengthening institutional and field capacity.
“These approaches are only partially embraced by mainstream philanthropic practice,” said Berta Colon, co-president of Public Interest Projects. “Genuine collaborative partnerships between funders and advocates are rare. Strategic alliance building competes with grantmaking approaches that silo issues from one another. And short-term immediate needs for programmatic support frequently compete with longer-term infrastructure capacity building to expand impact and sustain work over the long haul.”
“In this context, and on the brink of the elections, participants in the learning Institute will share thoughts about what funders can do to support strategic, enduring change– and what gives you hope as we move forward,” added Michele Lord, co-present of Public Interest Projects.
Highlights of the Institute include:
- A rare “Conversation Across Generations and Movements: Strategies, Struggles and Aspirations,” with seasoned veterans and young leaders sharing ideas and revealing their fears and hopes.
- “Spotlight on the Southeast: What Can We Learn from Challenges in the Region?”
- “Alliance-Building Success Story: Youth Leaders Fighting Harsh School Discipline Policies, Protecting LGBTQ Rights, and Advocating for Immigrants”
- “Reproductive Freedom and Civic Engagement” – how issue-focused organizations develop strategies to engage constituents and advance the mission.
- Capacity Building Tools, Strategies and Winning Case Studies
- “Innovative Strategies to Advance Social Justice:” concurrent sessions on Social Media for Thought Leadership; Scaling Up and Membership Services; the Power of Arts and Cultural Organizing to Inspire and Build Movements; Designing Capacity Building Models and Metrics.
- A “Funder IgniteTalk: Reading the Tea Leaves – What Does the Future Hold for Social Justice Philanthropy;” and a closing plenary on “Reflections on the Future of Social Justice Efforts,” examining intersections between education rights and civil rights issues.
Flowing throughout the event, and at the Institute cocktail reception, will be live performances, including by Raul Pacheco, guitarist/lead vocalist for the socially conscience music sensation, Ozomatli; and quadruple-threat comedian, writer, actor and director, Negin Farsad. Food will be served by NY “Vendy” award nominated food truck purveyors.
Read the Learning Institute Agenda for a complete list of speakers and sessions. The Institute will be held at the Penthouse Floor meeting room, 434 West 33rd Street in NY. Space is limited and early registration is stronger encouraged. To receive more information and register, please contact Cathy Block at Public Interest Projects, firstname.lastname@example.org.