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Thank You for Everything!

Thank you so much for joining us in Denver for our most well attended annual convening to date! This would not have been as successful without all the time each of you put into preparing for this, asking questions, or actively participating.

The 2018 FCCP Convening took place during a time of important opportunities and unprecedented threats. In a “More War Room, Less Trade Show” setting, the FCCP community convened 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.

Below you can find a recap of our time together, additional resources from our presenters, photos from our three days in Denver, and more information on our 2019 Convening!

Event Resources

Speaker slides, additional resources, and more can still be accessed on our Sli.do resource page, similar to how you accessed Sli.do during our convening (using our hashtag #RiseTogetherFCCP as the event code and clicking on “Resources” in the left menu). If you have any questions on Sli.do, cannot access Sli.do, or see something missing, please email Eduardo Zerbe. You can find descriptions of each session and links to the bios of all our speakers and facilitators in the full agenda below.

You can also find additional resources related to our Power Impact Team, including our list of 10 Recommendations for Funders to build power, here.

If you are an FCCP member, you can also access the audio recordings of our plenary sessions here. 

2019 Convening - Detroit, MI

We are excited to announce that our 2019 Convening will be held in Detroit, MI, at the Westin Book Cadillac from November 19-21.

Please save the date. It’s an event you won’t want to miss. We will have more information for you over the following months.

Photos of our Time Together

FCCP 2018 Convening

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
6:30 pm - 7:30 pmReception & Happy Hour
7:30 pm - 8:30 pmOpening Dinner

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

7:30 am - 8:45 amFunders Census Initiative Working Group Breakfast (Funders Only)
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 (Funders Only)
- Funding People of Color Led Work - Breaking Down the Obstacles (Funders Only)
- Reflecting on Privilege for Transformative Grantmaking (Funders Only)
- Power, Participation, and Policy Change: Moving Beyond Technocratic Evaluation Frameworks (Funders Only)
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm Un-programmed Lunch
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm Money in Politics Working Group Lunch (Funders Only)
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 (Funders Only)
- Workshop IV: Building an Effective Narrative to Defend Immigrant Rights
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: Janus v AFSCME, A Looming Threat to Philanthropy
8:00 am - 9:00 amGeneral Breakfast
8:45 am - 9:45 amFCCP Town Hall (Funders Only)
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

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.


Thank you to our sponsors!

Denver Center for the Performing Arts Dinner Sponsor

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Gold Level Sponsors


Silver Level Sponsors



Bronze Level Sponsors

Session Sponsors


Thank you to our Planning Committee!

Kim Anderson

Democracy Alliance

Jenifer Fernandez Ancona

Women Donors Network

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

Voqal Fund

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.