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Standard Club of Chicago, 320 S. Plymouth Ct., Chicago
Convening 3 - 5 PM; Reception 5 - 7 PM
You're doing great work and fulfilling your mission: creating good places and ways to grow up, to learn, to enjoy the arts, to be healthy, to work, to live. You also know that today's social problems -- unemployment, violence, intolerance, and a broken government -- limit your effectiveness. Philanthropy and nonprofits, by their very nature, are agents of a key solution to these problems: community engagement. Simply put, community engagement means involving people in solving community problems.
On March 7, be part of a convening and reception with grantmaking Members, nonprofit Forum Partners, advisory Associate Members, and national thought leaders. At this unique event, we'll explore:
- how community engagement contributes to the economy of our city and state and to the effectiveness of grantmakers and nonprofits (no matter what their mission is!);
- what the sector is doing well to promote engagement; and
- why we must get better at it -- now -- before we lose the advantages of the great work we've done and the investments we've made so far.
The convening will feature talks by Peter Levine, Director of CIRCLE, The Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement, and Research Director of Tufts University's Jonathan Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service; and Bruce Sievers, Visiting Scholar at Stanford University's Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society, and author, Civil Society, Philanthropy, and the Fate of the Commons.
We'll hear stories from nonprofits and grantmakers on their successful approaches to community engagement, and everyone will have a chance to respond to the ideas shared.
Immediately after the convening, continue the conversation at a networking reception. Longer term, there will be more opportunities to connect, learn, and act around this important topic.