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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



Please note that this event is open to funders and invited speakers only.


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



5:30 pm – 7:00 pm   Informal Pre-convening Networking Reception with Local Georgia Grantmakers (Optional. Learn more + register here)


8:30 am – 11:30 am    Civic Engagement Matters Workshop (Optional training for funders new to this space. Learn more + register here)

11:15 am                        Welcome Table Opens

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm   Orientation + Networking Lunch for New Participants

1:30 pm – 2:15 pm      Welcome

2:15 pm – 3:15 pm       A 2016 Post-mortem: How Has the Landscape Changed + What Do We Need to Account For?

3:15 pm – 4:00 pm     Table Discussion: How Has the Landscape Changed + What Do We Need to Account     For As Civic Engagement + Democracy Funders?

4:00 pm – 4:30 pm    Networking Break

4:30 pm – 5:30 pm     Our Future Atlanta

5:30 pm – 6:30 pm     Opening Reception

6:30 pm – 8:00 pm     Opening Dinner + Keynote


8:00 am – 9:00 am      Breakfast

9:00 am – 10:15 am     Leadership, Strategy + Organization: How Do State-Based Organizations Build Power

10:15 am – 10:30 am    Break

10:30 am – 11:45 am    Concurrent Sessions

  • Intersections of Immigration + Civic Participation
  • Truth or Fakery: How Can Funders Help Fix the Media Conundrum?
  • What the Heck is Going on in NC? Lessons to Take Home

11:45 am – 1:00 pm       Lunch (Please choose your own adventure)

  • Money in Politics Working Group Lunch Meeting
  • Networking Lunch

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm      Money in Politics: New Approaches, Current Opportunities + Building Long-term Movements

2:00 pm – 2:30 pm      Networking Break

2:30 pm – 3:30 pm      Funding the Census: Meeting the Challenges of the 2020 Complete Count

3:30 pm – 3:45 pm      Break

3:45 pm – 5:00 pm      Strategy Sessions + Deep Dives

6:00 pm   Shuttles Depart for Center for Civil & Human Rights: A Reception + Dinner Awaits You!

6:30 pm – 10:00 pm    Reception + Dinner: Center for Civil & Human Rights – Exhibits Open!


8:00 am                         Breakfast

8:30 am – 9:30 am       FCCP Town Hall

9:30 am – 9:45 am       Break

9:45 am – 11:00 am      Concurrent Sessions

  • So You Want Southern Progress: Building Power + Infrastructure in the Southeast
  • Threats to Voting Rights + Unions in the States
  • Youth Organizing Strategies for Engaging Millenial Voters

11:00 am – 11:15 am      Break

11:15 am – 12:30 pm      Women at the Center: Building Power that Ignites Activism, Votes + Victory

12:30 pm – 1:15 pm       Lunch

1:15 pm – 2:15 pm          From Tea Party to Trump Cabinet: Why Long-term 501(c)3 Candidate Work Matters for Democracy

2:15 pm – 3:00 pm         Tying It Together + Closing


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

FCCP is in the process of securing additional rooms in our block for $199/night for lodging on May 8 and 9. To receive advance word that the expanded block is ready for reservations prior to it being posted here, please email Alex  to request to be notified.

Additional rooms will be available on a first come/first serve basis and should this block fill up, you may still be able to get a room at The Georgia Terrace, but not at the FCCP rate (subject to hotel availability).  Should the hotel sell out, FCCP will post nearby hotels which have availability on this page.


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. 



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