ABFE Annual Conference 2019: CALL FOR SESSION IDEAS
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Our Theme for 2019: Harambee: Let's All Pull Together
Harambee is a Kenyan tradition of community self-help, fundraising and or development. Its’ literal translation in Swahili is “all pull together”. From its inception, ABFE has served to be a vehicle for leveraging resources for the betterment of Black communities. The shared values of unity, organizing and the pooling of resources are central to ABFE’s 2019 Annual Conference.

Our convening brings us to Michigan; a state ripe with history and current day realities that serve as great context for our convening. As part of the Great Migration, many of our families travelled “up-south” to Detroit for the promise of a better future. Black Americans found good jobs and a good way of life; away from the oppression of the hyper-racist south. People found freedom in Detroit and enjoyed the cultural strengths and assets of this city that would birth a global soundtrack that inspires people from all walks of life. One hour north of Detroit lies Flint Michigan; another city with important history related to Black political and economic leadership as well as advocacy and resistance. Flint’s early Black entrepreneurs were community leaders who fought for change. This city also is credited for the early start of organized labor: during the Sit-Down Strike of 1936–1937, the United Automobile Workers succeeded over General Motors, inaugurating the era of labor unions.

Today, these two majority-Black cities reflect the strengths and challenges we find in many of our communities across the country. Reserved for the “mainstage” at our 2019 Conference will be in-depth discussions on inclusive revitalization, environmental justice and how philanthropy is, or should be, stepping up to support Black progress. We will also reserve plenary space to continue our conversations on building Black political power as the country gears up for the 2020 Presidential, state and local elections.

During our time together, we will recognize and honor leadership in the field through our James Joseph Lecture and Awards Program. As the largest convening of Black professionals in organized philanthropy we invite you to join us.

ABFE is a membership-based, philanthropic-serving organization (PSO) that advocates for responsive and transformative investments in Black communities. Partnering with foundations, nonprofits and philanthropists, ABFE provides its members with professional development and technical assistance resources that further the philanthropic sector’s connection and responsiveness to issues of equity, diversity and inclusion. Established in 1971 as the Association of Black Foundation Executives, the all-volunteer organization was credited with many of philanthropy’s early gains in diversity. It since has evolved into an influential network. In 2013, the organization shed its descriptor and adopted the simpler ABFE (ab-fee) to better reflect its broadening membership.

Call for Session Ideas: ABFE Conference 2019 | April 4 - 6, 2019
In Detroit, we will focus on the major themes of inclusive revitalization, environmental justice and building political power. Specifically, we are looking for examples of how philanthropy addresses these three issues by investing in the core tenants of Responsive Philanthropy in Black Communities and Black-led social change:

• Civic Engagement & Political Power
• Community Organizing & People Power
• Policy Advocacy & Systems Reform
• Economic Development & Economic power
• Research & Intellectual Power
• Communications Narrative & Social Power
• Leadership Development & Strategic Convenings

In the call process, we want to identify what is working and what shows promise for Black social change. We will encourage idea submitters to share products programs, services & research that advances successful outcomes for Black people, Black households & Black communities. Ideas are welcome from:

• Individual or institutional philanthropy;
• Philanthropic networks;
• Public-private partnerships; and
• Grassroots Leaders powering their community change.

The voices of youth/next generation leaders is also desired.

We greatly appreciate your investment of time in submitting a proposal (or two). Unfortunately, we will have limited time and space, and won’t be able to accommodate all of the submissions. We will select sessions that best fit our vision for the conference.

If selected, ABFE will work with the session curators to create an ideal session for 2019!

• You’ll be responsible for covering your travel costs. Very limited resources are available for speakers that might have limited travel budget.
• Session times, titles & descriptions may need to be modified to accommodate timing & placement in the agenda.
• There might be opportunities to collaborate with another colleague, with a similar submission topic. We ask that you are amenable to collaborative opportunities, should we decide to accept & merge similar concepts.

Deadline: Submit your proposal by FRIDAY, JANUARY 18, 2019. ABFE will contact you within two weeks of closing date whether or not your proposal has been selected.

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I am / My organization is a member of ABFE (Note: Priority consideration will be given to ABFE members) *
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Proposed description (Up to 75 words - it should convey the session's purpose): *
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What are the goals / takeaways for your session (Up to three): *
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Identify how your session connects with the conference theme. (Up to 50 words): *
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Who will lend their expertise in this experience? (List voice and organization/ affiliation for each) *
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What session format do you propose (select one)? *
What issue area within our 2019 Conference priorities will your session address? *
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What area(s) within our framework for Responsive Philanthropy in Black Communities and Black Social Change will your session address? (Select all that apply) *
Does your proposal capture / demonstrate / exemplify racial equity in practice in any way? *
If yes, how? If not, why not? (50 words) *
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Select a proposed time for your session (times will be determined based upon scheduling needs): *
What will you do to make your idea /session interactive? *
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