Announcements, events and activities for CFON’s participating foundations are listed here. For more information, contact Amy Daly-Donovan

Events & Activities


Annual Learning & Action Forum:

What a fantastic gathering on May 16-17, 2023 in beautiful downtown Denver, CO.  Click here for details!  Please contact Amy Daly-Donovan for more information.


Contact Amy Daly-Donovan for more information.

Thursday September 28, 2023 – 4:30-5:30pm ET

Equity Communications & Ethical Storytelling – learn from fellow community foundations about their experience developing helpful resources/guides for ensuring foundation communications, narrative, and outreach are aligned with principles of equity.  Featuring the San Diego Foundation and NEON cohort member foundations.

Tuesday February 28, 2023 – 12-1:15pm ET

Accelerator for America finds and develops solutions to economic insecurity and shares them with cities to create national change from the ground up. They are led by an advisory council comprising mayors, labor leaders, corporate CEOs and non-profit executives from across the country.  Please join us as we engage in conversation with CEO Mary Ellen Wiederwohl, Chattanooga TN Mayor Tim Kelly, and colleagues to learn about their work and impact.

Monday December 5, 2022 – 2-3pm ET

Strategic CaseMaking with Dr. Tiffany Manuel. This is a powerful moment to be doing community building work in the United States, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and the health inequities exacerbated by coronavirus, recent events related to racial tensions and subsequent protests nationwide, and significant economic hardships facing Americans. As powerful as this moment is, if we are not careful in how we make the case for our work, we can miss the opportunity to mobilize new supporters and catalyze much needed resources or worse, have our efforts to engage people backfire. In particular, as community foundations, we are uniquely positioned to help make the case for the community building we know is necessary to the future of our nation. In this session, join Dr. Tiffany Manuel as she helps us understand the leadership strategies necessary to leverage this moment to build the broader political will our communities need to move closer to the equitable future we know is possible.


Strategy Action Labs:

Strategy Action Lab #4 (Climate) is scheduled to kick off in first quarter 2024 as part of CFON’s Community Foundation Climate Collaborative.

Strategy Action Lab #3 (Housing) ran from April 2022-March 2023 and was facilitated by Allison Albee, Ground Works Consulting.  Participating foundations included Fremont Area Community Foundation, Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, Hawaii Community Foundation, Lincoln Community Foundation, The Pittsburgh Foundation, and Oregon Community Foundation.

Strategy Action Lab #2 (Early Childhood Development) ran from  February 2020 to February 2022 and was facilitated by Amanda Szekely, Zero-To-ThreeParticipating foundations include Innovia Foundation, Lincoln Community Foundation, Fremont Area Community Foundation and Southwest Initiative.

Strategy Action Lab #1 (Access to Good Jobs) concluded its two-year commitment in November 2020 and was facilitated by Lisa McGill. Participating foundations included New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, Seattle Foundation, Adirondack Foundation, Community Foundation for Greater Chattanooga and Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta.

Networking Groups:

Policy and Advocacy and how CFs can effectively engage in this space is the topic for this group that meets virtually every other month and shares experiences, resources, and best practices. The group is facilitated by Stephen Saloom.

Community Impact/Investment leaders gather virtually each month to explore topics of interest including measuring impact, equitable grantmaking strategies, challenging “orthodoxies”, strategic planning, etc.  Group members share the responsibility for facilitating the meetings.

For more information and to join either of these groups, contact Amy Daly-Donovan.

News & Announcements

Inside Philanthropy published a fantastic article outlining the goals and potential of NEON, CFON’s Aligned Action Network, in February 2022.

Read the article here (PDF).

An article published in the January 2021 issue of the The Chronicle of Philanthropy focuses on our Aligned Action Network’s emphasis on dismantling social and structural racism and achieving social and economic mobility.

Read the article here (PDF).

This is a follow up to an article in October 2019 announcing the effort: “Network of Community Foundations Hope to Attract ‘Big Bet’ Money from Foundations“.

Read 2019 article (PDF)