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May 8, 2017 12:00pm EDT through May 10, 2017 3:00pm EDT


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The Georgian Terrace Hotel
659 Peachtree St NE
Atlanta, GA 30308 United States





Dates to Watch

Thursday April 27 Orientation RSVP Deadline (RSVP in Agenda Item Below)
Thursday April 27 MIP Annual Lunch RSVP Deadline (RSVP in Agenda Item Below)
Thursday April 27 New South Rising session RSVP Deadline (RSVP in Agenda Item Below)
Thursday April 27 Strategy Session RSVP Deadline (RSVP in Agenda Item Below)

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 will be held at the Center for Civil & Human Rights on Tuesday, May 9th

Meet Our Keynote

Agenda Print Version

Please Note That Times Are Subject To Change.

Sunday, May 7

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

Monday, May 8

8:30 am - 11:30 amCivic Engagement Matters Workshop (Optional training for funders new to this space. Register here.)
11:15 amWelcome Table Opens
12:00 pm - 1:00 pmOrientation + Networking Lunch- Funders Only (RSVP Here)
1:30 pm - 2:15 pmWelcome
2:15 pm - 3:15 pmLooking Back, Moving Forward: A New Era for Civic Participation
3:15 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 (RSVP here for this concurrent breakfast session)
8:00 am - 9:00 amBreakfast
9:15 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 - 1:00 pmLunch (Please choose one. RSVPs needed for MIP lunch. See below.)
Money in Politics Working Group Lunch Meeting- Funders Only (RSVP Here!)
Networking Lunch
1:00 pm - 2:00 pmMoney in Politics: New Approaches, Current Opportunities + Building Long-term Movements
2:00 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 (Choose your preferred option here.)
6:00 pmShuttles Depart for Center for Civil & Human Rights: A Reception + Dinner Awaits You!
6:30 pm - 10:00 pmReception, Dinner + Keynote: Center for Civil & Human Rights - Exhibits Open!

Wednesday, May 10

8:00 amBreakfast
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


The Georgian Terrace Hotel
659 Peachtree St NE
Atlanta, GA 30308 United States

The FCCP room block is currently full, however we are creating a waiting list for anyone who wishes to be notified in the event that a room opens up at the Georgian Terrace Hotel, where the Convening will be held. Please contact Alex to be added to the wait list. Thank you!

Become a Convening Sponsor!

Show your support for the convening by becoming a sponsor! There’s a level for every budget and each comes with a set of benefits, including recognition at the event. 


Thank You, Sponsors!



Session sponsors: Arabella Advisors, Ford Foundation, The James Irvine 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.