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Collaborate for Change: Morning Session Registration

Wednesday, November 15, 2017 9:30 am - 12:30 pm 
In-person | New York, NY

This class is full. We do not have a waitlist, but if we receive cancellations, the Register button will appear again to accept signups. Please keep checking this page for updates!

We also will livestream this session. Return to this page on November 15 and click on the YouTube window below.

This is your registration page for the morning half of November 15's Collaborate for Change: The Future of Philanthropy. If you would like to stay all day and attend the second half of the event as well, be sure to also register separately for the afternoon.

At a time when social change movements have grown a new sense of urgency, it is difficult for organizations to achieve the goals of their missions without leaning on other likeminded people and institutions for mutual support. In the face of today’s necessity, in which partnerships hold the key to solving critical needs in the community, Foundation Center is pleased to host a full-day convening to explore the face of collaboration in the social sector. Join us for a very special event, which will spotlight how well-tended partnerships and collaboration create transformational impact in local communities. Collaborate for Change: The Future of Philanthropy will bring together grantmaking foundations, nonprofit organizations, and social change agents to:

  • Share personal stories and innovative solutions that showcase how strong partnerships between grantmakers and nonprofits create impact in communities within New York, and beyond.
  • Offer insights on how these relationships were developed and stewarded, with lessons on how a strategic partnership can translate to stronger connections with funders or potential funding partners.
  • Connect participants with other nonprofit professionals in their field, to foster conversation and plant the seeds of thoughtful, tactical collaboration in the sector.


9:00 -9:30 am: Check in & Breakfast/Coffee

9:30 – 10 am: Opening Remarks

Zohra Zori
Vice President, Social Sector Outreach
Foundation Center

Patricia Jenny
Vice President for Grants
New York Community Trust

10:00 – 11:30 am: Creating Impact through Nonprofit and Funder Collaboration

In this panel discussion, foundations and nonprofits who have upended the traditional grantmaker-grantee power dynamic to build a more constructive, symbiotic partnership together tell their stories. Learn how collaborative relationships, which go beyond mere grantmaking, ultimately result in stronger impact in communities. Panelists will share thoughts on the rationale behind their collaborations, how they make these partnerships work, what challenges they have faced along the way, and the results they’ve seen from their efforts together.


Tony Martignetti
Host, Tony Martignetti Nonprofit Radio
Principal, Martignetti Planned Giving Advisors


Amy Berman
Senior Program Officer
John A. Hartford Foundation

Christine Kang
Associate Program Manager
Project Sunshine

Caitlin Mitchell
Program & Evaluation Officer
EMpower - The Emerging Markets Foundation

Anthony Sanchez
Corporate Social Responsibility Manager
American Express

Daniel Werner
Social Justice Program Associate
Arcus Foundation

11:45 am – 12:30 pm: Networking with Purpose

Plant the seeds for your own potential collaborations through a guided networking activity, facilitated by David Schachter of NYU’s Wagner School of Public Service. Learn new methods for making your networking more meaningful, get to know your peers in the sector, and start thinking about how to address today’s urgent social issues together. Keep your business cards handy, and begin taking steps toward future partnerships to move your mission forward.


David Schachter
Associate Dean
NYU Wagner School of Public Service



32 Old Slip, 24th Floor
New York, NY 10005

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