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Collaborate for Change: The Future of Philanthropy

Wednesday, November 15, 2017 9:00 am - 5:00 pm 
In-person | New York, NY


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. Today, partnerships are the key to solving critical needs in the community, Foundation Center is pleased to host a full-day convening to explore 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.

The day’s event will be an interactive one, so come prepared both to learn from our lineup of adept guest speakers, and to share your own insights with panelists and peers. At the end of the day, you are invited to join us for a networking reception with wine and refreshments.

If you would like to attend the full day’s proceedings, please register for both the morning and afternoon sessions. If you can only attend for part of the day, then you can register for your session of choice.


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

12:30 - 1:30 pm: Brown Bag Lunch

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1:30 – 2:15 pm: Funder-Grantee Story Spotlight: Einhorn Family Charitable Trust & ParentCorps

ParentCorps is a family-centered, school-based program offered within New York City’s Pre-K For All system, and the Einhorn Family Charitable Trust is one of the program’s committed partners.

Join us for a special case study to examine the inner workings of a close, symbiotic funder-grantee collaboration. In this conversation between the leaders of the Einhorn Family Charitable Trust and ParentCorps, gain insights as to what elements can generate a harmonious, highly impactful collaboration that achieves the goals and missions of a nonprofit and its funder alike, with tangible results for the community that they serve.

The organizations will share how their partnership was born, the ways in which they navigate the relationship, and lessons learned along the way.


Kate Amanna Demcsak
New York Lead
Foundation Center


Jennifer Hoos Rothberg
Executive Director
Einhorn Family Charitable Trust

Dr. Laurie Brotman
Bezos Family Foundation Professor of Early Childhood Development, Department of Population Health
Founder, ParentCorps
Director, Center for Early Childhood Health and Development

2:30-3:30 pm: Collaboration Roadmap: Resources for Building Strategic Nonprofit Partnerships

This panel will discuss how specific resources from capacity-building organizations like Foundation Center and the Support Center for Nonprofit Management can help connect nonprofits to prospective partners, and provide practical information and templates for organizations embarking on a partnership. Learn some techniques for gathering information on potential collaborators, and get advice on how to start a new partnership in a way that will meet the needs and goals of all organizations involved.


Tracy Kaufman
Community Outreach Manager
Foundation Center


Kim Patton
Director of Foundation Center Northeast
Foundation Center

Tracy Waksler
Director, Subscription Products
Foundation Center

Lakimja Mattocks
Associate Director of Strategic Partnerships & Learning
Support Center for Nonprofit Management

3:30 - 4:00 pm: Closing Remarks: Collaboration and the Role of the Board

John Emmert
Board Chair, Support Center for Nonprofit Management
Chief Financial Officer, New York Women's Foundation

Lawrence T. McGill, Ph.D.
Vice President, Knowledge Services
Foundation Center

4:00 – 5:00 pm: Networking Reception

Enjoy the end of this learning-filled day at our closing reception. Continue to cultivate the new connections you have made throughout the day, and raise a glass with us to celebrate impactful new collaborations in the sector. Wine and refreshments will be served.

Click here to register for the morning sessions.

Click here to register for the afternoon sessions.


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