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:

We look forward to seeing everyone on May 17-18, 2022 in beautiful downtown Detroit, MI!  The 2022 Forum Agenda is now available. Registration for CFON members can be found here, and the deadline is April 25, 2022.  Please contact Amy Daly-Donovan for more information.


Contact Amy Daly-Donovan for more information.

Friday June 10, 2022 – 1-2pm ET

The American Exchange Project, is a first-of-its-kind domestic exchange program that funds high school seniors to spend a week in the summer in an American town very different from their own.

Robert Putnam (Author, Bowling Alone, Our Kids, and The Upswing) and David McCullough III (Co-Founder and CEO of The American Exchange Project), will join us to share how this exchange program, and the connections it cultivates, might offer a way out of this time of polarization and division. We’ll discuss how community foundations might get involved.

Tuesday July 27, 2021 –  1-2:30pm ET

The How, Why, and Tao of Community Foundation Advocacy for Systems Change: Discussion with New Hampshire Charitable Foundation and Fairfield County’s Community Foundation.  


Strategy Action Labs:

Strategy Action Lab #3 (Housing) began in April 2022 and is facilitated by Allison Albee, Ground Works Consulting.  Participating foundations include 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:

We have launched a networking group focusing on Policy and Advocacy and how CFs can effectively engage in this space.  The group meets virtually every other month and shares experiences, resources, and best practices. For more information, 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)


CFON members may apply for financial assistance to accelerate their learning and application; see our Small Grants Proposal Form for more information.

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