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Advancing Democracy in the Heart of the South

FCCP members and our extended philanthropic network have diverse theories of change, yet one thread ties us together: the belief that a healthy democracy is critical to realizing a more just and equitable society. This shared belief drove our collective investments in civic engagement and democracy-reform efforts during the 2016 election cycle, and it will ground our strategies as we pivot toward the new challenges, policy fights and elections which lie ahead. So, let’s get to work together!

Please join us this May as we return to the South at yet another important point in our struggle for a more representative and well-functioning democracy. Set in Atlanta, Georgia – the “heartbeat” of the Southeast – we will draw inspiration from the communities of color that lie at the center of the region’s economic, social and political vitality. Together we will examine the dynamics so prominently featured in the Southeast that will shape our nation’s future: rising populism and nationalism; rapid demographic change; voting-rights challenges; the undue influence of money in politics; battles over racial, gender and LGBTQ equality; criminal justice flashpoints; urban and rural divides; widening socioeconomic gaps; gerrymandered political districts; Census hard-to-count areas; environmental justice challenges and so much more.

Against this fertile backdrop of people and place, FCCP will unite grantmakers, thought leaders and changemakers in strategic dialogue to discuss our challenges, learn from shining examples of work that is having an impact on our democracy and equitable participation, and identify opportunities for collaboration as we move forward together for a stronger democracy.

2017 Convening Goals

Network, Dine + Explore at the Center for Civil & Human Rights

Our second-night reception and dinner was held at the Center for Civil & Human Rights on Tuesday, May 9th

Meet Our Keynote

Agenda Print Version

Sunday, May 7

5:30 pm - 7:00 pmInformal Pre-convening Networking Reception with Local Georgia Grantmakers

Monday, May 8

11:15 amWelcome Table Opens
12:00 pm - 1:00 pmOrientation + Networking Lunch- Funders Only
1:30 pm - 2:15 pmWelcome
2:15 pm - 3:00 pmLooking Back, Moving Forward: A New Era for Civic Participation
3:00 pm - 4:00 pmTable Discussion: Looking Back, Moving Forward
4:00 pm - 4:30 pmNetworking Break
4:30 pm - 5:30 pmOur Future Atlanta
5:30 pm - 6:30 pmOpening Reception
6:30 pm - 8:00 pmOpening Dinner

Tuesday, May 9

7:45 am - 8:45 amNew South Rising? Research + Conversation on the South’s Diverse Electorate (Breakfast Provided)
8:00 am - 9:00 amBreakfast
9:30 am - 5:00 pmDigital Security Genius Bar: Come Ask an Expert
9:00 am - 10:15 amLeadership, Strategy, and Organization: How Do State-based Organizations Build Power?
10:15 am - 10:30 amBreak
10:30 am - 11:45 amConcurrent Sessions
Threats to Voting Rights + Unions in the States
Intersections of Immigration + Civic Participation
What the Heck is Going on in NC? Lessons to Take Home
11:45 am - 12:45 pmLunch (Please Choose One)
Money in Politics Working Group Lunch Meeting- Funders Only
Networking Lunch
1:00 pm - 2:00 pmMoney in Politics: New Approaches, Current Opportunities + Building Long-term Movements
2:05 pm - 2:05 pmQuick Wit: Going Beyond Grantmaking
2:05 pm - 2:30 pmNetworking Break
2:30 pm - 3:30 pmFunding the Census: Meeting the Challenges of the 2020 Complete Count
3:30 pm - 3:45 pmBreak
3:45 pm - 5:00 pmStrategy Sessions + Deep Dives- Funders Only
Census Strategy Session (Funders Only)
Money in Politics Strategy Session (Funders Only)
Integrated Voter Engagement Strategy Session (Funders Only)
6:00 pm - 6:15 pmShuttles Depart for Center for Civil & Human Rights: A Reception + Dinner Awaits You! (Name Tags Needed)
6:30 pm - 10:00 pmReception, Dinner + Keynote: Center for Civil & Human Rights - Exhibits Open!

Wednesday, May 10

8:00 am - 9:00 amBreakfast (Funders: please make your way to the FCCP Town Hall at 8:25am)
8:30 am - 9:30 amFCCP Town Hall- Funders Only
9:30 am - 9:45 amBreak
9:45 am - 11:00 amConcurrent Sessions
So You Want Southern Progress: Building Power + Infrastructure in the Southeast
Truth or Fakery: How Can Funders Help Fix the Media Conundrum?
Youth Organizing Strategies for Engaging Millennial Voters
11:00 am - 11:15 amBreak
11:15 am - 12:30 pmWomen at the Center: Building Power that Ignites Activism, Votes + Victory
12:30 pm - 1:15 pmLunch
1:15 pm - 2:15 pmFrom Tea Party to Trump Cabinet: Why Long-term 501(c)3 Candidate Work Matters for Democracy
2:15 pm - 3:00 pmTying It Together + Closing

Meet the Planning Committee

Evan Bacalao

Open Society Foundations

Jesse Beason

Northwest Health Foundation

Daaiyah Bilal-Threats

National Education Association

Joseph Burris

Marguerite Casey Foundation

Carmen Lopez-Wilson

Thornburg Foundation

Dwyane Marshall

Southestern Council on Foundations

Esther Nieves

W.K. Kellogg Foundation

Christine Reeves-Strigaro

The Sapelo Foundation

Meg Robinson

Georgia Alliance for Progress

Thank You, Sponsors!





Session sponsors: Bauman Foundation, JPB Foundation, Northwest Health Foundation, Turner Foundation, Voqal, and Z Smith Reynolds Foundation


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