CMF's 49th Annual Conference

CMF’s 49th Annual Conference: Connecting Diverse Voices 

October 17-19, 2021
Virtual Community Gathering

Sponsor/Exhibitor Opportunities

Save the date and join us for CMF’s 49th Annual Conference ─ Connecting Diverse Voices ─ a virtual event hosted October 17-19. 

This year’s conference continues our community of philanthropy’s shared equity journey. We’ll explore the facets of diversity in our sector, in our world and in ourselves, from the different perspectives and ideas we share to the individual lived experiences and backgrounds we bring, to the distinct ways foundations live their missions and strive to create a positive and lasting impact.  

As the endurance of our social and civic fabrics is being tested like no other time in our modern history, now more than ever there is need to lean on the strength of our diversity and bring disparate voices and views together from across our communities. By setting tables grounded in a commitment to inclusion – compassionate, open spaces where all are welcomed, heard and respected – we can support transformative conversations that promote understanding and move us toward truly thriving, equitable communities.  

Together in this Annual Conference we’ll go deeper into the most critical and relevant issues we face in our sector and our world, asking questions and inviting conversation that challenges our thinking and inspires our action. Connect with your peers across the state as we lift up thought leadership, strategies and resources around the pillars of equity, people, policy and practice, with equity at the center. This is the time to renew, refresh and recharge as we collectively advance acts of love for humankind. 

What You Can Expect: 

  • Community connections and action-oriented conversations. 
  • Inspiring main stage events featuring renowned thought leaders. 
  • Engaging breakout sessions designed by your peers. 
  • Interactive experiences designed through a place-based lens of the Southwest Michigan region. 
  • An infusion and celebration of the arts. 
  • PLUS: A flat registration fee that grants you individual access to all conference content, including all session recordings. 

Stay tuned for more! Conference registration will open in early September. In the meantime, look for updates and exciting announcements on our learning lineup and main stage events in the coming weeks! Questions? Connect with us. 

Stay connected with conference updates and conversations via social media using #MIphilanthropy.  

Main Stage

Heather McGhee, New York Times bestselling author, renowned expert on the American economy and innovative thinker, will lead a main stage event during CMF's 49th Annual Conference as we explore the facets of diversity in our world. 

An influential voice in the media and public policy landscape, McGhee designs and promotes solutions to inequality in America.

McGhee regularly appears on NBC’s Meet the Press and MSNBC’s Morning Joe, Deadline White House and All In. She has testified before Congress, drafted legislation and developed strategies for organizations and campaigns that resulted in changes to improve the lives of millions. McGhee helped build and is the former president of the progressive think tank Demos and is currently Trustee Emeritus.

Her New York Times bestselling book, "The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs and How We Can Prosper Together," explores the devastating effects of racism within our economy and policy-making, for everyone.

During the Annual Conference, McGhee will share an actionable roadmap to address racial inequality, inspiring us for the future and sharing how do it all with joy.

McGhee will present on the main stage on Monday, October 18th at 12:45 p.m. 


Serve as a Conference Sponsor or Exhibitor

We have an exciting slate of sponsor and exhibitor opportunities as you consider pathways to support Michigan philanthropy's collective learning and engagement in alignment with the goals and mission of your organization. This year we are featuring 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.

View Opportunities

If you have questions about sponsor or exhibitor opportunities, please connect with CMF's event planning partners: [email protected]