The Philanthropy Summit

Exploring what’s possible when philanthropy works alongside community development.

Wednesday, October 23, 2019, at the DoubleTree in Springfield

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The Philanthropy Summit, a new event presented by the Community Foundation of the Ozarks, seeks to:

  • Demonstrate experiences of other communities in how philanthropy helped transform their quality of life
  • Share non-traditional approaches for how philanthropy can provide patient capital
  • Expand awareness of how community foundations can help business and individual donors
  • Promote a philanthropic culture in Springfield and our region

Registration is $25 per person with limited seating. Click here to register online.


Featured Speakers

Andy Berke, Mayor of Chattanooga, Tenn., a city with a number of successful projects fueled by philanthropic support.

Mick Cornett, former three-term Mayor of Oklahoma City and author of “The Next American City: the Big Promise of Our Midsize Metros”

Phil Lakin, President of the Tulsa Community Foundation and member of Tulsa City Council, where public-private partnerships include the new Gathering Place open space and riverfront park

Jenna Manders, Knowledge Management Director at the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque, which founded Inclusive Dubuque, an initiative to foster an informed and inclusive community to attract and retain workforce talent

Deborah Markley, Senior Vice President at LOCUS Impact Investing, a leader in economic development philanthropy among place-based foundations

Chris Worman, Vice President of Alliances and Program Development at Tech Soup, who focuses on building alliances through communications and data


Tentative Agenda

  • 7:30-8:00 — Breakfast/check-in
  • 8:15-8:30 — Welcome, acknowledgements
  • 8:30-9:25 — Philanthropy redefines a community: Andy Berke, Mayor of Chattanooga
  • 9:30-10:15 — Philanthropy for Public Places: Phil Lakin
  • 10:15-10:30 — Break
  • 10:35-11:20 — Philanthropic Leadership/Inclusive Dubuque: Jenna Manders and Cheri Jones, moderated by Brian Fogle
  • 11:30–11:50 — Prepare for lunch
  • 11:55–12:50 — Philanthropy’s Role in Revitalization: Mick Cornett (keynote)
  • 12:50–1:00 — Break
  • 1:10-2:00 — Philanthropy is More for Mission: Deb Markley
  • 2:00-2:45 — Philanthropy, Technology and Collaboration – Chris Worman of Tech Soup and Jarad Johnson of Mostly Serious
  • 2:45-3:45 — Where Can Philanthropy Take Us? Panel discussion with Matt Morrow, Deb Markley, Jonathan Groves, Jenna Manders and Chris Worman, moderated by Brian Fogle
  • 4:00-5:00 — Happy Hour

Seating is limited. Register online today.