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May 15, 2018 12:00pm EDT through May 17, 2018 3:00pm EDT


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Embassy Suites by Hilton Denver Downtown Convention Center
1420 Stout Street
Denver, CO 80202 United States


512.535.7112 x 404

Check out our Agenda at a Glance below!

The 2018 FCCP Convening takes place during a time of important opportunities and unprecedented threats. There is a hunger, and an opportunity, to challenge those who traditionally hold power, and change the story of who and what is at the center of our politics and our economy. At the same time, low levels of civic participation, the steady erosion of our democratic systems, rising authoritarianism, uneven rule of law, and the loosening of protections for civil and human rights signal that we are failing to uphold many of the essential aspects of a democracy.

Against this backdrop, the FCCP community will convene in Denver, Colorado to be strategic about the critical questions facing our sector, re-energize ourselves, be open and honest about our own shortcomings and failings, embrace collaboration, and collectively build what the field needs right now. In short, let’s come to Denver ready to rise together to strengthen our democracy.

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Please note that our convening is only open to all funders (FCCP members or not) and invited speakers.

You can show your support for the work of our network, and for our democracy, by becoming a sponsor. Complimentary registrations are included at certain sponsorship levels. Check out our sponsorship info sheet for more information, and contact Brigid Hall if you’d like to sponsor.

Also, FCCP’s fees are lower than the real cost of the convening in order to make the event accessible to a diverse group of institutions. Selecting the “Real Cost” add on to your registration helps boost resources available for all the other programming that FCCP offers at no charge.

Upcoming Deadlines

Friday May 4 Registration Ends

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Goals for our Convening

Based off feedback from last year’s convening and our Call for Ideas process, we are building our agenda around five main goals. We hope all attendees will walk away from our convening having accomplished the following:

  1. More War Room, Less Trade Show. Have the generative discussions necessary to create a healthy civil society, built on the values of equity and justice. Be strategic about the critical questions facing our sector, re-energize ourselves, roll up our sleeves, be willing to be open and honest about our own shortcomings and failings, embrace collaboration, and collectively build what the field needs right now.
  2. Build Local Power. Explore more deeply what is power, who are we building it for, and to what end. Serve as an engine to spark greater understanding of the dynamics in Denver and the Southwest, to both highlight successes and challenges in the region, but also tell a story that is applicable in other states and nationally.
  3. Seize the Moment & Be Forward Thinking. Balance short-term wins with aspirational victories. Ensure funders are prepared for the 2018 election, and create a forum to discuss and learn about building long-term change to achieve an effective, inclusive and accountable democracy. We will create a space for deep thinking, planning, and collaboration for funders to develop aligned strategies to adjust to new realities, opportunities, and challenges, and lean into points of tension, not shy away.
  4. Center Intersectionality. Create space and understanding around how the theory of intersectionality, the systems of domination and oppression, surface in our work and impact grantmaking. The convening will lift up the intersections of social justice issues and democracy, identity and politics, and movements and civic engagement, to learn and continue to develop promising practices to implement more integrated funding strategies, informed by the field, centered in building power for communities, and putting equity into action.
  5. Build Community. Be an engaging, fun and inviting space for new and long standing members alike to come together in community, and build deeper relationships.


Agenda Print Version

Monday, May 14, 2018

6:00 pm - 8:00 pmPre-Convening Reception With CO Grantmakers

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

11:30 amWelcome Table Opens
12:00 pm - 1:00 pmOrientation + Networking Lunch (Open to all Funders)
1:00 pm - 1:30 pmNetworking Break
1:30 pm - 2:15 pmWelcome!
2:15 pm - 3:30 pmKeynote + Table Discussions: Playing the Long Game for an Open + Equitable Democracy
3:30 pm - 4:00 pmNetworking Break + Refreshments
4:00 pm - 4:45 pmQuick Wit: Exploring the Definition of Power
4:45 pm - 6:00 pmTransforming Colorado: Lessons from the Fight for Democracy & Equity
6:00 pm - 7:00 pmReception & Happy Hour
7:00 pm - 8:30 pmOpening Dinner

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

7:30 am - 8:45 amFunders Census Initiative Working Group Breakfast
8:00 am - 9:00 amGeneral Breakfast
9:00 am - 12:00 pmLearning Lab: Equity, Grantmaking, and Reaching our Collective Goals
- Building Our Fate Together: Creating an Equity Funding Action Plan
- Funding Community Led Work - Breaking Down the Obstacles
- Reflecting on Privilege for Transformative Grantmaking
- Moving to Equitable + Just Evaluation Frameworks
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm Un-programmed Lunch
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm Money in Politics Working Group Lunch
1:30 pm - 2:45 pm 2018 Midterms: Seizing the Moment for Long Term Progress
2:45 pm - 3:15 pmQuick Wits: Census 2020: Leveraging Our Investments for Lasting Change
3:15 pm - 3:45 pmNetworking Break + Refreshments
3:45 pm - 5:00 pmConcurrent Workshops: Strengthening the Pillars of Democracy
- Workshop I: The Census is in Trouble - What Can You Do?
- Workshop II: Scenario Planning to Survive a Constitutional Crisis
- Workshop III: Aligning Funding Strategies to Advance Pro-Voter Reform
- Workshop IV: Immigration Narratives and the 2018 Election
5:00 pm - 6:30 pmNetworking & Free-Time
6:30 pm - 9:30 pmReception + Dinner at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts

Thursday, May 17, 2018

7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast: The Future of Labor After Janus v AFSCME
8:00 am - 9:00 amGeneral Breakfast
8:45 am - 9:45 amFCCP Town Hall
9:45 am - 10:00 amTransition Break
10:00 am - 10:45 amQuickWits: Envisioning a More Just Society: Investing in Communities & Strategies for Social Change
10:45 am - 11:00 amTransition Break
11:00 am - 12:15 pmConcurrent Workshops: Envisioning a More Just Society: Investing in Communities & Strategies for Social Change
- Workshop I: Restoration of Rights: Reversing a Relic of the Jim Crow Era
- Workshop II: Understanding Native People Power
- Workshop III: Social Media + Democracy
- Workshop IV: The New Vanguards of our Democracy: Winning Change in States
12:15 pm - 1:00 pmLunch
1:00 pm - 1:45 pmFrom Parkland to the Polls: Mass Organizing for Transforming our Democracy
1:45 pm - 3:15 pmTying It Together: How can Funders Help Build Power


Embassy Suites by Hilton Denver Downtown Convention Center
1420 Stout Street
Denver, CO 80202 United States

FCCP recommends that you book your stay at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Denver Downtown. You can book your room by calling the hotel directly or online using the link below.

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Network, Dine + Explore at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts

Our second-night reception and dinner will be held at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts on Wednesday, May 16th. 

Interested in Sponsorship Opportunities?

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 and complimentary registrations to attend.


Thank you to our sponsors!

Denver Center for the Performing Arts Dinner Sponsor

Platinum Level Sponsors

Gold Level Sponsors

Silver Level Sponsors


Thank you to our Planning Committee!

Kim Anderson

Democracy Alliance

Jenifer Fernandez Ancona

Women Donors Network

Ethan Frey

Ford Foundation

Sadie Hansen

Colorado Democracy Alliance

Anita Khashu

NEO Philanthropy

Leah Pryor-Lease

Proteus Fund

Melissa Spatz

Piper Fund

trellis stepter

Mertz Gilmore Foundation

Uma Viswanathan

W.K. Kellogg Foundation

Thank you to our Local Host Committee!

Mike Brewer

Brett Family Foundation Boulder

Sadie Hansen

Colorado Democracy Alliance

Hollis Hope

FCI 2020 Consultant

Leah Pryor-Lease

Proteus Fund

David Portillo

The Denver Foundation

Denise Whinnen

Gill Foundation


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