48th Annual Conference

Collaboration, Innovation and Exceptional Leadership Take Center Stage at CMF's 48th Annual Conference

October 19-22 | October 26-29

A global pandemic. Economic fallout. Areas of the state still devastated by flooding. Nonprofits facing closure. Longstanding inequities exacerbated among our most underserved communities. Never before has the connection, strength and mobilization of Michigan philanthropy been more critical. Never before has our collective action been more necessary. This fall we’ll explore the facets of bold leadership through crisis and best practices in our field through an equity-centered lens as we gather virtually for the CMF 48th Annual Conference: Building Inclusive Environments: Together on the Journey.

What You Can Expect:

  • Community connections and action-oriented conversations.
  • Engaging activities and breakout sessions designed by your peers.
  • Inspiring main stage events featuring renowned thought leaders.
  • All-new focused workshops and interactive exhibitor spaces.
  • A celebration of our community of philanthropy and infusion of the arts.
  • PLUS: A flat registration fee that grants you individual access to all conference content, including all session recordings.


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Main Stage

From the New York Times bestseller list to CNN and NPR, we're bringing nationally acclaimed thought leaders to our Annual Conference Main Stage to help us deepen our understanding of equity and take collective action as a community of philanthropy.

Shankar Vedantam - author and host of the “Hidden Brain” podcast and radio show, will join us on Monday, October 26 to lead a conversation on unconscious bias, describing how our unconscious minds influence everything from criminal trials to charitable giving, from the way we vote to the way we respond in crisis. Vedantam will uncover the darkest corner of our minds and its decisive impact on the choices we make as individuals and as a society. 


Ijeoma Oluo, the New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of “So You Want to Talk About Race” leads a must-see main stage event on Tuesday, October 27 as she shares critical insights on navigating honest conversations about race and racism and what’s to be gained from the discussion, whether talking about race and racism with colleagues, community members or your biggest donors. Discover not only a comprehensive guide to conversation, but a vision of hope for the future. 


In a powerful close to our 48th Annual Conference on Thursday, October 29, we will discuss the transformative power of civil discourse with Van Jones, a CNN political correspondent, civil rights attorney and activist, author of two New York Times bestselling books and former White House policy advisor. Jones, who has worked closely with political players across the spectrum, will engage and inspire as we explore how to transform collective anxiety into meaningful change, to move from deep divide to pathways for civil discourse.   


Schedule at a Glance

The CMF Annual Conference is taking place in a series of half-days (A.M.) October 19-22 and October 26-29. Recognizing you may be balancing many responsibilities and commitments at this time, we invite you to customize your learning pathway, designing a schedule that fits your needs and availability. Please note that this year’s flat registration fee grants you individual access to all session recordings. 

Week 1 features a series of professional development offerings, grounded in equity and designed by your peers through our expansive Call for Proposals process, as well as a series of community connection opportunities. Included in the cost of registration are two specialty workshops taking place Oct. 22.

Week 2 brings our community of philanthropy together for action-oriented conversations centered around philanthropy’s response to COVID-19 and renewed racial justice work, with powerful main stage keynotes, an array of collaborative events, the Annual Members Meeting and Community Celebration, and much more. Included in the cost of registration is a two-part workshop for foundation trustees taking place Oct. 26-27.


Week 1 Schedule


Week 2 Schedule


Serve as a Conference Sponsor or Exhibitor

As a sponsor or exhibitor 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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