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The 2021 Fall Forum took place on October 19-20 and was a virtual space for community foundation leaders to have frank, candid conversations about the challenges facing our communities and what community foundations can do to address them.


Looking Ahead: Perspectives on a Tumultuous Year

Open to all community foundation staff, board and leadership

CEOs/Board Chairs


Weekly interviews from Monday, September 13 — Tuesday, October 12, 1-2 p.m. Eastern

In the weeks leading up to the Fall Forum, community foundation leaders will interview five experts about the different crises we collectively experienced in 2020. During these virtual sessions, content experts will discuss the trends emerging out of the last year and how community foundation leaders can be proactive and prepared to respond to community needs.

Public Health  September 13, 1-2 p.m. Eastern

Speaker:  Dr. Rochelle P. Walensky, Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Interviewer: Dr. Helene D. Gayle, President & CEO, The Chicago Community Trust

Climate Change  September 20, 1-2 p.m. Eastern

Speaker:  Gina McCarthy, White House National Climate Advisor

Interviewer: Javier Soto, President & CEO, The Denver Foundation 

Economy  September 27, 1-2 p.m. Eastern

Speaker: Neel Kashkari, President & CEO, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis

Interviewer: Laura Gamble, Trustee Emerita, Baltimore Community Foundation and Regional President, Greater Maryland at PNC Bank

Democracy  October 4, 1-2 p.m. Eastern

Speaker: Jim Friedlich, Executive Director & CEO, The Lenfest Institute and Lisa Hughes, Publisher & CEO, The Philadelphia Inquirer

Interviewer: Pedro Ramos, President & CEO, Philadelphia Foundation

Race  October 12, 1-2 p.m. Eastern

Speaker: Heather McGhee, Author, The Sum of Us

Interviewer: Isaiah Oliver, President & CEO, Community Foundation of Greater Flint

CFLeads Fall Forum —
October 19

Sessions on this day are open to community foundation CEOs and board chairs that are investors of CFLeads

CEOs/Board Chairs

All times are in Eastern

12:00 – 12:15 p.m. Welcome and Looking Ahead highlights reel

12:15 – 2:15 p.m. Looking Ahead: Perspectives on a Tumultuous Year

Our community foundation interviewers will lead a follow-up conversation to our Looking Ahead interview series. Together, we will explore the role of community foundations in addressing each of these challenges and opportunities to work together.


  • Helene Gayle, President & CEO, The Chicago Community Trust

  • Isaiah Oliver, President & CEO, Community Foundation of Greater Flint

  • Pedro Ramos, President & CEO, Philadelphia Foundation

  • Javier Soto, President & CEO, The Denver Foundation

  • Laura Gamble, Regional President Greater Maryland, PNC and former board chair, Baltimore Community Foundation


6:00 – 7:00 p.m. Provocative Questions: BYOB

Bring your beverage of choice and join your colleagues in a lightly facilitated conversation about key questions and takeaways as we look

to the future.

Facilitators include:

CFLeads Fall Forum —
October 20

We have sessions available for both ticket types today. Please see each session below for more details.


All times are in Eastern

11:00 a.m. — 11:45 a.m. Keynote: Radical Love with Tonya Allen, President of the  McKnight Foundation

CEOs/Board Chairs

Philanthropy has a responsibility to advance equity by being radical. That means getting to the root of philanthropy, which is love. Hear how community foundations might apply radical love to their work as community leaders.


11:45 a.m. — 12:05 p.m.  Going All In: One Year Later


CEOs/Board Chairs


Learn more about the progress the community foundation field has made since Going All In was released a year ago! 



  • Deborah Ellwood, President & CEO, CFLeads

  • Pedro Ramos, Incoming Board Chair, CFLeads


12:05 p.m. — 12:20 p.m. Break 

12:20 p.m. — 3:00 p.m. Going All In: Five Competencies That Matter

CEOs/Board Chairs


Five community foundations across the country will share how they are leveraging the five competencies of community leadership (engaging residents, using data, working across sectors, marshaling resources, shaping public policy) to advance the three areas of momentum identified through Going All In.

  • Using Data with Indian River Community Foundation 

  • Cross-Sector Collaboration with Rhode Island Foundation 

    • Neil Steinberg, President & CEO 

    • Arianne Corrente, Vice President of Communications and Marketing

  • Engaging Residents with Greater Milwaukee Foundation 

  • Influencing Public Policy with San Francisco Foundation 

  • Marshalling Resources with Central New York Foundation 


5:00 – 6:00 p.m. A Conversation with Attorney General Keith Ellison

CEOs/Board Chairs

Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison will speak to Minneapolis Foundation President & CEO R.T. Rybak about why and how he stepped up to take the role in the Derek Chauvin trial. They will also discuss AG Ellison’s leadership role in education equity and how government can partner with community foundations to make tangible impact in communities.

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