RWJF Local Funding Partnerships - Annual Meeting
Recognizing our 25th Anniversary (1988-2013)
Meeting Registration has been closed. However, if you need information regarding registration for the hotel or meeting, please call the program office at (609) 275-4128 or email Kellye Jackson at email@example.com.
- Overview of Meeting
- Airport & Ground Transportation
- Hotel Reservations
- Meeting Registration
- Workshop Information
- Funder Track
- Who Attends
- Information for Graduating Projects
The LFP Annual Meeting will be held Wednesday–Friday, November 13–15, 2013 at the Sheraton Philadelphia Society Hill in Philadelphia, PA.
We’re pleased to announce that the opening speaker at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, 11/13/13 will be Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, MD, MBA, the President and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF).
This year’s Annual Meeting will be the capstone event marking 25 years of collaborative grantmaking through Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Local Funding Partnerships (LFP). In addition to Dr. Lavizzo-Mourey’s keynote address, the three-day program will include a special funders’ track and presentations by several grantmakers and program directors whose LFP grants enabled their efforts to grow into regional or national programs. The closing plenary session on Friday will focus on the essential requirements to sustain a nonprofit and bring it to scale.
All invitations for the 2013 Annual Meeting will be sent by email. Please don't forget to both reserve your hotel room and complete your meeting registration by October 11, 2013. Anyone who is unable to complete the online registration, please call/email Kellye Jackson at (609) 275-4181 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The meeting convenes Wednesday afternoon at 4:00 p.m. and concludes on Friday at 1:00 p.m. Please plan your travel so that you will not need to leave the hotel until after 1:00 p.m. on Friday. We will provide you with box lunches as you depart for the airport or sightseeing in Philadelphia.
A full description of the meeting is detailed in the Agenda. The keynote speakers for this event marking 25 years of collaborative grantmaking are:
- Wednesday afternoon - Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, MD, President and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
Lavizzo-Mourey will address the Foundation’s focus and context for future endeavors and the RWJF’s bold new vision in which non-profits and funders will work with business, government, schools and individuals to create a culture of health that enables everyone in our diverse society to lead healthier lives now and for generations to come.
- Thursday morning - Katherine Fulton, President of Monitor Institute and an eloquent advocate for the “New Philanthropy.” Fresh from a project with the Council on Community Foundations, Fulton will bring new insights regarding the emerging space between government and nonprofits and the shifting role that creates for philanthropy.
- Friday morning - Roger King, a strategy consultant who specializes in helping non-profits grow, will present a framework that will enable grantees and grantmakers to think deeply about the challenges and considerations involved in building for scale and sustainability.
& Ground Transportation
The Sheraton Philadelphia Society Hill is located 16 minutes from the Philadelphia International Airport (PHL).
Transportation options to the hotel:
- Taxi - readily available by baggage claim. $32.00 flat rate (not including gratuity) to/from hotel/airport (each way).
- Lady Liberty Shuttle (www.ladylibertyshuttle.com) - also available by baggage claim. $10.00 per person each way.
- For travel from the Philadelphia International Airport to the hotel, reservations are not required.
- Service is available from 5:30 a.m. until 12:00 midnight.
- Shuttles depart the PHL airport approximately every 10-15 minutes.
- Dial 27 from the ground transportation counter phones (in Baggage Claim) and inform dispatcher of destination and number in party (please call after luggage is claimed).
- Proceed to the Ground Transportation Counter (located in Baggage Claim) and register with the counter attendant (ticket number will be called when van arrives).
- The ground transportation counter employees will direct you outside to your Lady Liberty Shuttle van.
- Lady Liberty Shuttles pick up outside baggage claim at ZONE 7.
- For departure from the hotel to the airport, it is suggested that guests call Lady Liberty shuttle (1-215-724-8888) to confirm a pick up at the hotel, or arrange for the concierge/front desk/doorman to make the arrangements and confirm pick up.
- For travel from the Philadelphia International Airport to the hotel, reservations are not required.
- Train - R1 Septa train - schedules are located on their website. Attendees would need to get off at Market East Station. Best bet is to take a taxi from 10th and Market (should run about $5.00 in cab fare.)
A complete listing of ground transportation to/from PHL (including car rentals) can be found at: http://www.phl.org/passengerinfo/transportationservices/Pages/transport_default.aspx.
Sheraton Philadelphia Society Hill Hotel
1 Dock Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Additional Hotel Information:
- RWJF-LFP has contracted for rooms for Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday nights (November 12, 13 and 14) at a meeting rate of $189.00/night/single/double. Upon checkout, make sure you have been charged our Room Rate. There will be an additional 14.5% tax included on your bill.
- Parking is available for registered guests at a cost of $35.00 overnight - per day. The daily rate for parking is $25.00. Alternate parking is available at the Ritz East (Autopark) garage located at 2nd & Sansom Street for $19.00 per day.
- Check-in time is 3:00 PM
- The Sheraton Philadelphia Society Hill is a SMOKE FREE hotel.
We ask everyone who registers for the meeting to email a photo to Kellye Jackson by 9/20/2013. We use a photo format for our attendee booklet so you may recognize each other more easily. If you attended our meeting last year we will re-use that photo unless otherwise instructed. These pictures are only intended for the meeting book, not for any other publication and not for internet use.
Review the agenda and workshop descriptions and presenter bios and make your decisions before you go online to register. You will be asked to choose one of the Thursday morning panel sessions aond one of the Thursday afternoon workshops. Note: funding partners are invited to a unique funders' track on Thursday afternoon.
This conference offers funders a unique opportunity to gain perspective on new directions in philanthropic partnerships. You will engage with a combination of national experts and veteran community-based grantmakers who will share how they overcame past challenges and are preparing for those to come.
Thursday afternoon there will be a one-of-a-kind seminar exclusively for funders. It will include a candid assessment of collaboration between grantmakers as seen through the Local Funding Partnerships experience. The program is divided into three parts:
- I. Compare and Contrast
Two independent evaluations commissioned by RWJF included extensive interviews with local funders and explored the factors that determined whether projects sustained beyond their LFP matching grants. Presenters: Beth Stevens, Senior Researcher, and Deborah N. Peikes, Senior Fellow, at Mathematica Policy Research; authors of “When the Funding Stops: Do Grantees of the Local Initiative Funding Partners Sustain Themselves?” (Evaluation and Program Planning, vol. 29, issue 2, May 2006)
- II. The Tough Ride
More than a dozen Cleveland grantmakers collaborated to provide matching funds for LFP projects over the last two decades. Some initiatives were extraordinarily successful. Unfortunately, others struggled or failed to meet expectations. Long-time LFP partner Robert “Bob” Eckardt, Executive Vice President of the Cleveland Foundation, will moderate a frank discussion on the role funders played. He will be joined by colleagues from some of the other Cleveland foundations.
- III. Looking Ahead
Currently RWJF Senior Adviser for Program Development, Jane Isaacs Lowe, PhD, was for many years the Senior Program Officer who oversaw Local Funding Partnerships. With that perspective she will facilitate a discussion of the future of philanthropic collaborative partnerships. Lowe will share the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s approaches to local community cooperative investments and invite funders to share thoughts about how RWJF can build upon the legacy of Local Funding Partnerships.
For more details, please see the Thursday afternoon agenda.
LFP grant funds cover travel for two individuals, usually the project director and a staff member. If you desire to bring a third person, such as a coalition member or other community partner, please call the LFP office (609-275-4128) to see if we can accommodate this request. You must identify the resources to pay the costs for a third representative. All funding partners are welcome to attend at their own expense. Your nominating funder received an invitation letter with the meeting information.
for 2013 Graduating Projects
All grantee projects who have not reported-out at previous annual meetings have been invited to do so at this meeting. These breakout sessions will be held Friday morning, November 15.
Graduating projects are requested to: create a one-page fact sheet, submit a written story and, as part of your graduate presentation, either create and present a short video or deliver an oral story presentation.
- Create a one-page fact sheet - first draft due 9/20/2013
- Debbi Dunn Solomon, strategic communications consultant and former LFP Director of Media and Public Information, will assist graduating projects to prepare a one-pager. First drafts are due to Debbi email@example.com by Friday, September 20, 2013. Some resources for your review are:
- 2013 Graduate One-pager Guidelines
- Replay the conference call Debbi conducted on August 23rd.
- Toll Free - 888-203-1112
- Replay Passcode - 322373456
- And see the handouts that accompanied the call.
- Examples of one-pagers from past graduates:
- Submit a written story - first draft due October 15
All projects should prepare a written story that demonstrates the impact of your program on your community. This is not to exceed two pages in length (and shorter is welcome).
Thaler Pekar, communication and story consultant, is available to edit your story. First drafts are due to Thaler firstname.lastname@example.org by October 15. Some resources for your review are:
- Examples of stories from past graduates:
- Prepare either a short video or an oral story presentation - drafts for both due October 15
All projects may prepare either a video, which will not exceed eight minutes in length (and shorter is welcome) OR an oral presentation of a story, which will not exceed four minutes in length (again, shorter stories are welcome).
- Thaler Pekar, communication and story consultant, is available to direct you in producing your video and/or coach you in the delivery of your story. First drafts are due to Thaler email@example.com by October 15.
Teleseminar: Thaler Pekar conducted a teleseminar on September 12 that focused on finding one small story offering insight into the impact of your project. The recording is available, upon request, from the LFP program office at 609-275-4128.