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Thank you for joining us online June 22-23 for two days of learning, networking, and alignment conversations in this busy and critical year for civic engagement. FCCP brought together over 200 members of the funding community in our first-ever fully online convening. We are so grateful to our speakers, moderators, sponsors, convening planning committee, advisory board members and, of course, attendees in the funding community for making this virtual experience possible.

About the Convening

Just as the novel coronavirus has changed our world and our everyday lives, so too has it changed our approach to civic engagement. Crises like COVID-19 have a way of revealing underlying structural inequities; this pandemic is shining a bright light on the brutality of structural racism and class inequality. And as communities of color and low-wage workers bear the brunt of the virus, we see how some leaders are using this as an opportunity to roll back rights and restrict democracy. 

Yet, crises have a way of presenting opportunities to do things in ways that were not possible before. The year ahead offers a chance to build a more resilient democracy. We can work toward a society where the most-impacted communities have the power to exert greater control over the issues and outcomes that most affect their lives, and where structural reforms can bring about more resilient, inclusive, and equitable democratic outcomes.

This year, we brought together funders and community changemakers for two days of learning, networking, and alignment conversations. As we review our work thus far and look toward the remainder of the year and beyond, we:

  • Learned about the current state and necessary shifts of the 2020 civic engagement field in Texas and around the country, 
  • Provided space to share critical efforts from our working groups and special projects, particularly around the census and redistricting,
  • Continued to prioritize equity and justice as key tenets of what it looks like to build long term power in communities, and
  • Had funder-focused conversations that will enhance collaboration for not only the remainder of 2020, but for the years and changes to come.

 

Please note: FCCP’s 2020 Convening is open to funders and donor advisors (FCCP members or not), philanthropy serving organizations, and invited speakers.

 

Houston Registrations Update: 

With the safety and wellbeing of our network in mind, we made the difficult decision to cancel the in-person aspect of our annual convening in Houston, Texas. While we did not convene in the same space, we knew that providing a virtual opportunity for our network to collaborate and share at this critical moment for civic engagement was important to maintain our connections.

For more information, please visit: https://fundersincommittee.org/2020convening/