CFUnited : Schedule

The CFUnited Conference Committee is working to create a robust agenda for the 2020 conference. Please note that all times are subject to change. The details below are designed to help in your travel planning. CFUnited will updated this page with a more thorough conference agenda later this year.

Agenda At A Glance

**All times Subject to Change


1:00 PM – 4:00 PM DEI Training

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM Dialogues/Affinity Group Meet & Greets

5:00 PM – 5:30 PM CFUnited 2020 Kick-Off

5:30 PM – 7:30 PM Exhibit Hall Opening Reception

7:30 PM Dine Arounds


8:00 AM – 8:45 AM Breakfast

8:45 AM – 9:30 AM Affinity Group Meetings

9:45 AM– 12:00 PM Concurrent Breakouts

12:00 PM – 12:30 PM Welcome & Lunch

1:30 PM – 4:00 PM Concurrent Breakouts 

7:00 PM – 9:00 PM Evening Events TBA


8:00 AM – 9:30 AM Breakfast & Plenary

9:30 AM – 12:00 PM Concurrent Breakouts

12:00 PM – 1:30 PM Networking Lunch

1:30 PM – 4:00 PM Concurrent Breakouts

5:00 PM – 6:30 PM Happy Hour

6:30 PM – 9:00 PM Dinner & Closing Keynote


Programming on Wednesday will include board meetings, organizational meetings and other opportunities to further professional development. As the programming on Wednesday takes shape, we will share details and provide a thorough schedule of the day. Please note, all meetings on Wednesday are optional. Stay tuned for more information!



Monday’s opening plenary welcomes attendees to Detroit, which serves as an iconic backdrop to celebrating community foundations and their unique role in harnessing the power of place. A panel uplifts a new generation of executive leaders, all local to Michigan community foundations—hear from your colleagues who represent the diversity of our country’s demographics in terms of gender, race, ethnicity, and age. It exemplifies a centering of equity needed and being championed by and for community foundations.

Panelists for Anchoring Power of Place include:

  • Mike Goorhouse, Community Foundation of Holland/ Zeeland
  • Neel Hajra, Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation
  • Isaiah Oliver, Community Foundation of Greater Flint
  • Surabhi S. Pandit, Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan
  • Mackenzie Price Sundblad, CFREHuron County Community Foundation

Join our opening plenary as we exemplify a new era of community philanthropy, suitably rooted in Michigan leadership and a full display of how place matters to each of us and our community foundations.


To read more about our opening plenary speakers, please click here.


Tuesday morning’s plenary dives into navigating the disruptions occurring in local communities across the country and the catalytic role of community foundations. By addressing the new connected age of our economy, Andy Stoll of Kauffman Foundation provides a compelling case for the future of wealth generation in America.

Exploring important trends influencing local economies from small towns to major cities, this plenary will uncover the power of cultivating the roots of philanthropy—love of humanity—for resident engagement, uplifting voices otherwise not heard, and forward-thinking perspectives on new strategies for community foundations to deliver a promising tomorrow for all.

Where will the next generation of wealth creation come from, and how are community foundations primed to capture a piece of it for the good of all?  While national donor-advised fund providers and technology solutions offer wholesale, transactional giving, community foundations of the future will foster the connections among residents to create change that matters and move people from social services to social change. Will your foundation lean into the concept of empowering local donors, nonprofits, and citizens to foster and deliver their own vision of a better, brighter community?  Hear why it might be necessary for community foundations to be doing more than building assets. Explore how and why it will be critical to harvest the “love of community”, embrace the moral integrity of diverse perspectives, and serve as a platform in which local people take ownership of the shape in which they find their community and determine what the next generation will inherit.

We are pleased to announce the following moderator and panelist for the Tuesday morning plenary:

  • James W. Head, East Bay Community Foundation
  • Deanna James, St. Croix Foundation for Community Development
  • Sarah Owen, Southwest Florida Community Foundation
  • Andy Stoll, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation (Moderator and Opening Speaker)
  • Jay Williams, Hartford Foundation for Public Giving
To read more about our Tuesday morning plenary speakers, please click here
Stay tuned for details on Tuesday evening’s closing plenary session and our featured Keynote speaker!

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