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25 March 2011

Welcome to the 2011 CFN Conference on Community Philanthropy
Newcastle upon Tyne 22-24 June 2011

This year we are taking the conference to the North East where the three local community foundations are working in partnership to host the event. We have the pleasure of staging the conference in Newcastle upon Tyne’s newest purpose-built University campus – Northumbria University’s City Campus East.

The conference will focus strongly on community transformation and the overriding theme for 2011 is ‘Community Philanthropy: Engaging • Mobilising • Changing.’

The conference is perfect for anyone who is interested in, involved with or excited by work that helps local people come together to improve others’ lives and to strengthen civil society. The conference is THE place where key partners and leaders in the field of philanthropy, grant-making and community development come together with UK community foundations – to engage, to mobilise and to change.

Delegates will find a fascinating programme of plenary speakers and a plethora of themed concurrent sessions with something for everyone operating in community philanthropy whether as a Chair or Trustee of a foundation, donors / philanthropists, those working with donors or as grant-makers. There will be plenty to interest visiting international delegates, and participants not currently working with community foundations will find the conference insightful, an excellent platform for relationship building and well worth the investment.

A particular innovation this year will be a Commission of Inquiry into 21st Century Community Philanthropy that will be running throughout the conference taking evidence from experts within and without the community foundation network, in a seminar format, with a view to publishing a report covering the key areas of:

■sustaining communities through mobilising and supporting great people

■investing in community transformation (grant-making and new financial models)

■transforming communities through technology (engaging donors and web enabling communities)

■philanthropic infrastructure for the 21st century

■tracking transformation (impact and progress)

The Commissions of Inquiry will run in two parts. They will be chaired by a panel of three who will hear evidence, morning and afternoon, from select witnesses. The conclusion of each Inquiry will form the basis of an in-depth conference report.

There will be a high-profile line up of speakers ranging from key figures in the world of philanthropy and charitable trusts, to experts in the fields of social finance and technology as well as members from around the network.

Networking is undoubtedly a key attraction for delegates but how many of us actually do it well? Do you measure networking success by the number of networking opportunities you are offered, or by what you make of them; the quantity of business cards collected or the quality of the conversation which gained them? Not only will you find the opportunities are all there for you but also that the pre-conference session on Wednesday morning will show you how to network – professionally.

The conference starts at lunchtime on Wednesday 22nd June and runs through to lunchtime on Friday 24th June 2011. We look forward to seeing you there!

Conference dress code is smart casual.

To find out more or book your place click here.