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May 23, 2016 12:00pm EDT through May 25, 2016 2:30pm EDT

When 140 Funders Gather in Minnesota, Great Things Happen

Minnesota is often considered an example of how robust engagement by nonprofit organizations, strong democratic systems, and engaged election officials can deliver voter turnout that is regularly among the highest in the nation. But a deeper look reveals that significant racial disparities in civic participation and society persist. In many ways, Minnesota – and the Midwest as a whole – serve as a lab for others to understand the challenges facing democracy in the states and how, together, the FCCP community might solve them. What innovations have led regional leaders to their successes, and how are they addressing the challenge of creating a democracy that works for everyone? What other recent lessons from states and the nation can help guide our work?

In May of 2016, the FCCP community gathered on the precipice of the 2016 national elections to discuss and debate the elements required to build real change in the states – change that will lead to an effective, inclusive and accountable democracy. Together we surfaced the best new thinking about how to turn back the tide of money in elections, protect and expand access to the franchise for all, and empower traditionally disadvantaged communities. We examined the 2016 election environment and hosted strategy sessions to chart our paths forward toward the North Star.


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12:00 pm - 1:00 pmOrientation + Networking Lunch for New Funder Participants
1:30 pm - 2:00 pmKeynote Address by Representative Keith Ellison
2:00 pm - 3:00 pmPlenary: Discourse + Democracy: The Current State of Affairs
3:35 pm - 4:00 pmWelcome + Introductions by Eric Marshall, Executive Director
4:00 pm - 5:30 pmPlenary: MINNovations: Lessons from Minnesota’s Fight for Democracy and Equity
5:30 pm - 8:00 pmOpening Reception + Dinner


8:00 am - 9:00 amGeneral Breakfast
8:00 am - 9:00 amFunders Census Initiative Breakfast Meet-up
9:00 am - 10:30 amNew Dynamics in Money in Politics
10:45 am - 12:00 pmCONCURRENT SESSIONS
Growing Healthy State Infrastructure
Automatic Voter Registration Opportunities + Challenges
Discovering New Ground Through Research + Experiments
12:00 pm - 1:15 pmUn-programmed Lunch
12:00 pm - 1:15 pmMoney in Politics Working Group Lunch
Senator Al Franken Wants You To Be Counted
1:30 pm - 2:30 pmQuick Wits: Building Toward 2021
3:00 pm - 4:30 pmStrategy Sessions: Building Toward 2021
6:30 pm - 9:30 pmReception + Dinner with Local Organizations at the Mill City Museum


8:00 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
FCCP Town Hall
9:45 pm - 11:00 amCONCURRENT SESSIONS
Investing in Long-term Power Through Leadership Development
Building Community Power Through Redistricting Reform
Effective Civic Tech: Getting Beyond Bubble Gum + Paper Clips
11:15 am - 12:30 pmOpposing Forces: Understanding the Power + Influence of Democracy’s Saboteurs
12:30 pm - 1:00 pmLunch
1:00 pm - 2:00 pmThat’s Up for Debate
2:00 pm - 2:15 pmTying It Together

2016 Convening Planning Committee

Adam Ambrogi

Democracy Fund

Austin Belali

Democracy Alliance

Catherine Gray

Minneapolis Foundation

Sarah Knight

Open Society Foundations

Anna Lefer Kuhn

Arca Foundation

Connie Malloy

Panta Rhea Foundation

Bob Tracy

Minnesota Council on Foundations

Thank You, Sponsors

Don’t Miss the FCCP 2017 Convening in Atlanta, May 8-10!

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As with all FCCP events, the subject matter is strictly limited to non-partisan discussion as outlined in the agenda.