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Connect Community Foundations Conference

September 18 @ 9:00 am - 4:30 pm


ICoF’s Annual Connect Community Foundations Conference will be held Tuesday, September 18 at the Hilton Garden Inn in 8600 Northpark Drive, Johnston, Iowa 50131. This conference is designed to provide a framework for thinking about how local community foundations can create positive change in their region and give volunteers and staff an opportunity to learn from one another. This is a free opportunity sponsored through the Iowa Community Foundations Initiative and the Iowa Economic Development Authority.

Again this year, community foundations who have two or more representatives attend Connect will be eligible for two opportunities:

  • Mileage reimbursement up to $75 per community foundation
  • Idea Implementation Grants up to $1,000 per community foundation

More information will be shared at the conference on how to access those funding supports. We will also be awarding four, $250 mini grants again this year at the end of the conference. You must be present to win!

Registration opens at 9 am with our program beginning at 9:30 am. Below is a preview of this year’s agenda:

  • Opening Remarks + Overview of Agenda
  • Changing the Heartland’s Narrative | Ben Winchester, Extension Center for Community Vitality, University of Minnesota & Jason Neises, Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque, Heart & Soul
  • Tax Reform and Adjusting Your Messages to Donors | Lynn Gaumer, Stelter
  • Legislative Update | David Adelman, Cornerstone Government Affairs
  • Breakout Sessions Round 1:
    • Affiliates: Effective Meeting Design | Stacy Van Gorp, See What I Mean Consulting
    • Hosts: PPREP Panel | Nancy Beers, Midwest Early Recovery Fund, Center for Disaster Philanthropy
      • Jenna Manders, Community Foundaiton of Greater Dubuque
      • Karla Twedt-Ball, Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation
      • Kelly Thompson, Community Foundation of the Great River Bend
  • Breakout Sessions Round 2:
    • Affiliates: Strategic Planning for Growth | Stacy Van Gorp, See What I Mean Consulting
    • Hosts: Legal Considerations for Community Foundations
      • Angela Fogt, Faegre Baker Daniels
      • Gordon Fisher, Gordon Fischer Law Firm
  • CF Snapshot Live:  Learn about ways community foundations are supporting their community’s economic develpoment efforts.
  • Closing:  Announcements + Mini-Grants Drawing


September 18
9:00 am - 4:30 pm


Hilton Garden Inn, Johnston
8600 Northpark Drive
Johnston, Iowa 50131 United States
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Kari McCann Boutell


87 out of 100 available Registration We look forward to having you join us at the all-day CONNECT Conference on Tuesday, September 18 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Johnston, IA. Please complete the registration form below to reserve your space today! This is conference is free to any Iowa Community Foundation or Affiliate.

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