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


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




Dates to Watch

Friday March 10 Early-bird Registration Closes
Wednesday April 12 Registration + Lodging Room Block Close!

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

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Please Note That Times Are Subject To Change.

Sunday, May 7

Informal Pre-convening Networking Reception with Local Georgia Grantmakers

Monday, May 8

8:30 am - 11:30 amCivic Engagement Matters Workshop (optional training for funders new to this space)
11:15 amWelcome Table Opens
12:00 pm - 1:00 pmOrientation + Networking Lunch for New Participants
1:30 pm - 5:00 pmConvening Programming
6:00 pm - 9:00 pmOpening Reception + Dinner, Georgian Terrace Hotel

Tuesday, May 9

8:00 am - 5:00 pmConvening Programming
6:00 pm - 10:00 pmNetworking Dinner, Center for Civil + Human Rights

Wednesday, May 10

8:00 am - 2:30 pmConvening Programming

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 the Planning Committee

Evan Bacalao

Open Society Foundations

Jesse Beason

Northwest Health Foundation

Daaiyah Bilal-Threats

National Education Association

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 Donor Alliance

Cheryl Milloy

Marguerite Casey Foundation


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

FCCP has secured a limited block of rooms for $179/night for lodging on May 8 and 9. This rate is available three days pre- and post- block dates but is subject to availability. FCCP blocks typically fill up, so we recommend securing your room today. The deadline to reserve at the FCCP rate is Wednesday, April 12th.

Book Your Room in the FCCP Block Here

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.