49th Annual Conference

Save the date for CMF's 49th Annual Conference

October 16-19, 2021
Radisson Plaza Hotel, Kalamazoo

Call for Proposals 

For nearly five decades, the Council of Michigan Foundations’ (CMF) Annual Conference has been the largest gathering of philanthropy in the state. Each year this event features inspiring thought leaders, relevant and robust programming, and deep peer collaboration and networking opportunities.   

The CMF 49th Annual Conference will be held in October 2021. This year’s conference will continue our collective learning journey centered on equity. 

We are pleased to launch our 2021 Call for Proposals. CMF's Call for Proposals, sourced from thought leaders in Michigan and beyond, informs and shapes our conference learning lineup. Staff and trustees from CMF member organizations ─ and regional and national philanthropy and nonprofit partners are invited to submit a session for consideration.

Let’s build the 49th Annual Conference together! 

Timeline and Selection 

The 2021 Call for Proposals is open through March 5. Proposals will be accepted via our online submission form available at https://tinyurl.com/CMFAC2021. Only one proposal is needed per session concept; multiple speakers can be identified on a single form.  
Approximately 25-30 sessions will be selected for presentation at the Annual Conference. Session submissions will be peer reviewed by the CMF Annual Conference Program Committee. All notifications will be made by early May.

Session Design 

We are looking for dynamic sessions in our 2021 conference learning lineup that meet the following goals: 

  • Sessions will offer thought-provoking content and deepen understanding of the latest knowledge, trends and issues facing the philanthropic sector.   

  • Session content will be grounded in a commitment to equity.  

  • Presenters will be diverse in their backgrounds and lived experience and will bring diverse views and perspectives. Sessions will help lift the voices of those in philanthropy and from the communities in which CMF members serve.

  • Sessions will be interactive and engaging, considering adult learning principles.    

  • Sessions will feature thought leadership that inspires attendees and ignites our thinking, and also provide attendees with takeaways, tools and techniques to implement in their own work.  

  • Sessions will feature formats and activities that create space for attendees to network, form lasting relationships and build trust; they will encourage candid transparency and sharing.

  • The final schedule will provide a variety of learning opportunities for our community of philanthropy in terms of their roles, regions, size and foundation type and will intentionally create space for cross-sharing and learning of new concepts to grow your own practice.

Download additional information and guidance.

Download an outline of the Call for Proposals questions.