2020 NFG National Convening
Call for Proposals
 
Neighborhood Funders Group (NFG)'s mission is to organize philanthropy to support grassroots power building so that communities of color and low-income communities thrive. For nearly 40 years, NFG has been a gathering place for funders that support racial, economic, gender, and climate justice movements across the US. We create inspiring organizing spaces for funders to explore shifting power and money in philanthropy towards justice and equity.

NFG’s 2020 National Convening, Homecoming: 40 Years Strong, will celebrate four decades of mobilizing philanthropy and look toward the future and what is possible in the current era of organized philanthropy. The convening will take place in NFG's city of birth, Washington, D.C., on June 29 – July 1, 2020 at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill.

Join us to honor our work together over the years alongside hundreds of funders from around the country–including those who are expanding the horizons of how philanthropy can affect change, as well as those who are curious to learn how they can accelerate towards justice in their work. We’ll explore national trends and opportunities as well as go deep into how to resource and shift power in communities, grounding our learning in the unique challenges and exciting work happening in Washington, D.C. and the surrounding area
 
Vision & Values for the Conference:
  • A fun, warm, honest, authentic, creative, collaborative, inspiring space.
  • A space for grappling with the big, complex issues of the moment especially in advance of 2020 elections.
  • Feature the stories of the city of Washington, D.C. and its local neighborhoods (includes learning tours/site visits).
  • Planned in a manner that invites ideas, participation, and leadership from hundreds of NFG members and local foundation leaders, as well as local community leaders.
  • A celebration of NFG’s 40th Anniversary.
Call for Proposals Overview
and Submission Requirements

To create a valuable, engaging, and relevant experience, NFG is initiating a Call for Proposals. The 2020 National Convening programming will be curated by our Program Committee based on the proposals received. All proposals must be submitted through this form by Tuesday November 12, 2019 at 5PM PT.

Proposal Criteria Guidelines

Priority with be given to proposals that meet these criteria:
  • A. Aligned with NFG's Values and Guiding Principles:
    • Community: We create joyful and inspiring organizing spaces for funders to find their political home, explore ideas, and engage in principled struggle.
    • Shared Leadership: Our work is member-led, staff-driven, and centers the expertise of community leaders.
    • Rooted: We are grounded in our histories, strengths, and struggles, and we center low-income and people of color leaders in places, movements, and philanthropy.
    • Intersectional: We employ an analysis across the multiple identities, places, and issues that live out in our work and in grantmaking. 
    • Effectiveness: We advance and share solutions that produce tranformational and sustained change.
    • Transformational: We shift power in philanthropy towards justice and equity in society.
  • B. Relevant to the philanthropic field in terms of timeliness (urgency and predominance of the issue) and applicability (breadth in which that topic/skill/learned lesson(s) can be applied). 
  • C. Rooted in place (uncovers and addresses creative and effective approaches to connecting with community leaders), and amplifies community power to provoke community change.          
  • D. Highlights solutions that are currently employed in community/movements.
  • E. Centers root cause analysis, power building and community organizing.
  • F. Supports NFG's commitment in centering disability into our analysis and anti-ableism into our practice.
Responsibilities of Session Organizers:
  • Session organizers with accepted sessions are responsible for inviting and preparing their speakers (includes holding at least one conference call with their session speakers).
  • Session organizers with accepted sessions are responsible for collaborating with NFG and the convening's logistics team, Girl Friday Events, Disability Capacity Building Consultant to organize the logistics of the session.
  • Session organizers with accepted session are responsible for attending a Convening accessibility and logistics webinar (~75 minutes).
  • Funders with accepted sessions are responsible for covering the expenses of and making arrangements for their session speakers’ travel and lodging.
  • Funders with accepted sessions are responsible for covering and coordinating all session-related expenses (such as printed materials, preparing your laptop or USB for presentations, etc.).
Key Dates & Deadlines
 
 November 12, 2019 (5PM PT)  Call for Proposals Closes
 December 19, 2019  Proposal Acceptance Notifications
 January 6, 2020  All Session Speakers Confirmed
 January 15, 2020  Program Finalized
 June 29 – July 1, 2020  2020 NFG National Convening


Please use this form to submit your proposal by Thursday November 12, 2019 at 5PM PT.  (You can save and come back to your survey until complete but you must use the same device and web browser you used to start the survey because a cookie is stored in the browser that remembers your survey responses.)

If you have any questions about this Call for Proposals, please contact us at convening@nfg.org. 


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* 1. Please enter your contact information:

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* 2. Is your organization a member of NFG?

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* 3. What type of organization are you affiliated with? (choose one)

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* 4. Select which format your proposed session will have: (choose one)

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* 5. Select the program area(s) your proposed session will align with (see link for each NFG program): (check all that apply)

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* 6. Session Description: In 250 words or less, explain the purpose of your session and outline the major components, activities, and/or teaching points.

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* 7. Enter your session's potential speaker(s) and their organizations:

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* 8. Have you connected with all potential speakers for your proposed session by the submission deadline on November 12, 2019?

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* 9. If your proposal is accepted, do you agree to confirm all speakers for your proposed session by the January 6, 2020 deadline?

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* 10. We may receive more than one proposal on a particular topic. Would you be willing to collaborate with other submitters who proposed similar ideas?

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* 11. Please let us know of any access or accommodations needs you may have to support your and/or your speakers' full participation.

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