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November 19, 2019 12:00am EDT through November 21, 2019 11:59pm EDT


Detroit, Michigan


Ashish Sinha

Moving Forward Together: People, Power, and Justice


As we gather for FCCP’s 2019 Convening, with critical questions facing our democracy, a powerful upswell of organizing and engagement has helped reshape what appears possible for 2020 and beyond. FCCP members and our extended philanthropic network stand at an inflection point: 2020 will mark a year of national elections and the decennial census, continued assaults against the rule of law, and critical policy battles being fought at state and national levels. Impacts from the year ahead will chart a new course for the country and fundamentally redefine who counts and has agency to shape the political agenda.

Join us this November in Detroit. Together, we will draw inspiration from past and present examples of people in the region organizing to overcome obstacles and achieve a better future for their community. In just two years, Michigan swiftly turned the page to become a leader in democracy reform and representation: thwarting gerrymandering, passing pro-voter ballot measures, mobilizing for the 2020 Census, and electing a wave of women to office.

Together, we will examine the prominent dynamics that will shape our nation’s future: rising distrust in government and institutions to serve the needs of communities; challenges to voting rights; assaults on labor; the impact of money on politics; battles over racial, gender, and reproductive justice; anti-Semitism; Islamophobia; widening socioeconomic gaps; funding and engagement boom and bust cycles; census historically hard-to-count areas; and so much more.

FCCP will bring together grantmakers, thought leaders, and changemakers in strategic dialogue. We will discuss our challenges, learn from shining examples that are propelling our democracy and equitable participation, and identify opportunities for collaboration as we move forward together to build a just and equitable democracy.

Registration and Lodging

Registration and room block information available here.

Convening Learning Goals

Participants will learn about:

  1. Effective organizing strategies to build power. How are our organizing models serving us to build effective long-term power for vulnerable communities? Where can technology integrate with organizing strategies and where is it posing challenges? We will discuss and debate different strategies related to building independent political power through a look at case examples, experimentation, and other research.
  2. Impacting 2020 + beyond. How can we balance working towards short-term wins with long-term change? We will ensure philanthropy is prepared for the 2020 election and the Census while providing a forum to discuss and learn about building infrastructure and capacity to propel long-term change that achieves an effective, inclusive, and accountable democracy.
  3. Centering racial equity. We will uplift the intersections of social justice issues with democracy, identities, politics, and movements. Analyzing how currents of misogyny, xenophobia, and nationalism are particularly impacting people of color, let’s discuss how we can empower communities to be able to gain power to counter present and future challenges. We will continue to develop promising practices that further integrate funding strategies, informed by the field and centered in racial equity, and move towards building a collective vision of justice.
  4. Shifting thinking + practices in philanthropy. With spaces for deep thinking, planning, and collaboration for funders, we will develop aligned strategies to adjust to new realities, opportunities, and challenges, and lean into points of tension. We will provide time with your peers to organize processes to follow-up after the Convening in order to continue generative conversations to lead to meaningful shifts in approaches to our collective work.
  5. Building community. Fostering an engaging, fun and inviting space for new and long standing members alike to come together in community and make meaningful relationships with peers.

2019 Convening Planning Committee

Florencia Gutierrez

The Annie E. Casey Foundation

Julie Fernandes

Rockefeller Family Fund

Melissa Beck

The Educational Foundation of America

Chera Reid

Kresge Foundation

Christian Arana

Latino Community Foundation

Erica Teasley Linnick

Open Society Foundations

Trevor Ostbye

Democracy Fund

Jesse Beason

Northwest Health Foundation


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