A Confluence of People, Places and Spirit is a special gathering of philanthropic leaders from Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, and Wyoming. It is a collaborative conference between GRANTMAKERS of Oregon and Southwest Washington and Philanthropy Northwest.
Over the course of three days, attendees will be able to choose from pre-conference workshops, compelling breakout sessions, crowd-sourced pop-up discussions, fascinating off-site learning tours, provocative plenaries and relaxed time for socializing and connecting. Co-chairs Norm Smith, senior fellow with M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust, and Martha Richards, executive director of The James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation lead a planning committee of 22 funders from across the region to plan the conference.
Topics currently under development include philanthropy’s role in healthcare, education and other large systems reform; strategies for diversifying philanthropic leadership; community collaboration and capacity building; and grantmaking for the different stages of nonprofit development. Michael Quinn Patton, considered one of the leading thinkers on evaluation, has also agreed to speak at a plenary and lead a deep dive.