Conference Planning Committee:
Ellen Dorsey, Wallace Global Fund – Co-Chair
Tom Kruse, Rockefeller Brothers Fund – Co-Chair
Laine Alston-Romero, Ford Foundation
Holly Bartlng, General Service Foundation
Rajasvini Bhansali, IDEX
Tanya Dawkins, Global-Local Links Project & CarEth Foundation
Luis Dias-Albertini, American Jewish World Service
Laurie Emrich, Tet Ansanm Fund/National Progressive Leadership Campus
Monica Enriquez-Enriquez, Astrea Foundation
Leah Hunt Hendrix, The Sister Fund
Sara Mersha, Grassroots International
Chloée Ponchelet, Fund for Global Human Rights
Aditi Vaidya, Solidago Foundation
Katrin Wilde, Channel Foundation
About Just Giving 2013:
Last September over 250 globally-minded local and international foundations, donors and allies gathered at Just Giving 2012 to help launch the new EDGE Funders Alliance. Plenaries, workshop sessions and funder-led “engagement labs” advanced a social change philanthropy committed to community empowerment and advocacy, within an analysis of global systemic challenges facing grantmakers and our grantees worldwide.Just Giving 2013 will continue providing a unique space for us to deepen our understanding of the current landscape of grassroots and transnational initiatives addressing structural injustice in key areas. The conference will also highlight ways in which global social change philanthropy can – and should – make a difference.
Plenaries and workshop sessions will focus on strategies making significant and actual change happen, and caucuses and working groups will prioritize ways of increasing funder involvement and collaboration, by expanding opportunities for networking, sharing and building relationships among grantmakers around the world.
1. Workshop Sessions
In addition to providing information and analysis that increases understanding of a particular issue or deepens knowledge in a given sector, workshop sessions will explore solutions and strategies, including practical steps for funders to take to increase their engagement and effectiveness. Sessions will cover a wide variety of social, economic and ecological issues and initiatives, organized around two tracks:
2. Engagement Labs
Engagement Labs are spaces organized by and offered primarily for grantmakers, to discuss funding collaboratives, pooled funds and other initiatives and opportunities for collective engagement and action. They are not a space for panel discussions, lectures or presentations, but for interaction, planning, reflection – and action. The primary purpose of Engagement Labs is to broaden participation and deepen engagement in collaborative initiatives organized by members of our community.