48th Annual Conference

Join us in October for the 48th Annual Conference.

Annual Conference Update
May 2020 • A Message from CMF Board Chair DJ Jones and CMF President & CEO Kyle Caldwell

For nearly 50 years we have come together as a community of philanthropy for the Annual Conference, a deeply valued time of unity and partnership. Looking ahead to our October 2020 event, you can be assured that CMF is continuing our commitment to create community building opportunities, provide bold thought leadership, advance dialogue centered around equity and lift up the work of our sector. We will connect. We will exchange ideas and new practices. We will share our successes and talk through challenges. The way we experience these critical elements of the Annual Conference, though, will be unique for this year, in line with these extraordinary times.

After careful consideration around health and safety, as well as community impact, and with support from our Board of Trustees and the conference Host and Program Committees, we are shifting this year’s Annual Conference to become a no contact, high engagement virtual series of events. To ensure we provide a deep connection to our host community, we are continuing plans to be in Kalamazoo but will do so in 2021. If you're interested in understanding how we've been thinking about the need to adapt conference planning, we invite you to read this memo detailing our people-first approach to this important decision. 

The conference theme Building Inclusive Environments: Together on the Journey is centered in the commitment to continue our collective exploration of what equity means to our community of philanthropy. Working with the Program and Host Committees, we’ll be designing innovative opportunities to create powerful connections and inspiring learning experiences in a virtual format using a variety of tools and resources, an environment that opens the conference experience to new possibilities.

We look forward to sharing conference details with you in the coming weeks, including keynote presenter announcements, breakout session plans, sponsor/exhibitor opportunities and much more. If you have questions or ideas, or if you’d like to get engaged in virtual conference planning, please connect with us.



Serve as a Conference Sponsor

As a sponsor for our 48th Annual Conference you can help CMF create an engaging, thought-provoking and inclusive virtual space for CMF members and partners to network, learn and share ideas together. This year we are featuring new in-event sponsorship opportunities for supporters to further infuse their brand into the virtual conference experience. These options are available at an additional cost to a tiered conference sponsorship or as a standalone option. 

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Call for Proposals 

This year’s conference will continue our collective learning journey centered on equity. As part of that commitment, CMF launched a Call for Proposals earlier this year to open the opportunity to lead a conference breakout session to the thought leaders across our membership and beyond. Staff and trustees from CMF member foundations and our regional and national partners were invited to submit a session for consideration in our 2020 conference learning lineup. The Call for Proposals is now closed. Session submissions are being peer reviewed by the CMF Annual Conference Programming Committee. Notifications will be made in May. 

We look forward to sharing a preview of our conference lineup with you soon!