Past Events

Coffee + Conversation: What’s keeping you up at night?

October, 20 @1PM CST

We all have work that we cannot stop thinking about or how we could have handled differently. Was there a better way to engage a corporate partner? How do you implement policies for donor advised funds? How are foundations faring in this changing work environment? You tell us!

When you register for Coffee + Conversation, we invite you to pose a question, offer an issue we can help brainstorm solutions, or ask for feedback. We will take time discuss various topics and learn from each other. Whether you attended the Summit in September, or are interested in learning what others are doing, we invite you to join a small group, bounce around to all discussions, and get to know your foundation peers.

Take a quick break from your daily work, grab a mug of your favorite warm beverage, and join the conversation!

Coffee & Conversation: So You’re New to the Field

June 16, 2022 @ 4 pm EST

As we well know, a community foundation is a unique model for philanthropy that offers distinct opportunities and challenges for advancement professionals. Even if you have come from the nonprofit sector, there’s a lot to learn and absorb when you are new to this field.

This session will offer a brief educational overview and additional resources, a break-out group discussion with your peers, and a Q&A with senior-level Adnet members.

Coffee & Conversation sessions are open to Adnet members and non-members within the community foundation field.

Webinar: ESG Investing: Not a fad. It’s mainstream.
Date: Wednesday, April 6, 2022
Time: 2:00 pm ET / 1:00 pm CT

ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance) investing for community foundations is best described as an alignment between the organization’s investments and its values. As an impact investing strategy, ESG – has experienced explosive growth over the past several years with investors’ desire to invest with increased intentionality. The goal of this webinar is to help gift planners and philanthropic advisors prepare for conversations with donors who are also interested in aligning their charitable investments with their values. Webinar presenters will define ESG investing and share one community foundation’s experience with ESG investing, specifically the opportunities and challenges they faced as they considered ESG investing.


  • Tim O’Donnell, Senior Vice President, Fund Evaluation Group
  • Kevin Welu, Principal and Practice Leader, TrueNorth Wealth Management
  • Jean Brenneman, CFO, Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation

Moderator: Michelle Beisker

Exclusively for AdNet Members!

Webinar: Hate Groups and Hate Speech – How Community Foundations are Meeting the Challenge
Speaker: Abbas Barzegar, Ph.D., Director, The Horizon Forum at the Proteus Fund 
Tuesday, February 1, 2022 

In recent years, the problem of political polarization, extremism, and hate speech has been growing rapidly in American public life. Community Foundations and other philanthropic organizations have a unique set of challenges in this context. As place-based grantmaking institutions and “big tent” organizations, their role in supporting local civic life is critical. As effective donor stewards, they are also instrumental in demonstrating leadership in times of crisis and challenge. The problem of Donor Advised Funds being used to fund harmful, hateful, and extremist activity—although statistically small–poses a major risk to the reputational integrity of community foundations and their leaders. This webinar provides participants with a “state of the field” synopsis on what institutional leaders around the country are doing to ensure their organizations are meeting the current challenge.

Exclusively for AdNet Members – to view the recording please login to the member portal.

Coffee + Conversations: What’s in a name?
November, 2021
Open to BOTH AdNet Members and Non-Members in the community foundation field

Development…Donor Relations…Donor Services…Philanthropic Planning. The way foundations name and structure their departments, and title positions is evolving. What’s the rationale behind it? How do you make the case to your CEO for a shift? Take a quick break from the year-end rush, grab a mug of your favorite warm beverage and join the conversation!

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Spark Session: Advising Business-Owning Families
Tuesday, September 14, 2021 | 2:00 PM EDT
Co-sponsored by NCFP, Adnet, and Foundant exclusively for AdNet Members

Business-owning families are an important customer for community foundations. Compared to non-entrepreneurs, business founders give and volunteer more, tend to see philanthropy as a more important to their lives, and tend to ask more sophisticated philanthropic planning questions. How can community foundations better support those founders in developing plans for meaningful, effective philanthropy in both their families and their businesses? And how can community foundations better help employees and family members navigate the intersections between business, family, and community roles?

This webinar will feature perspectives from a family business consultant and community foundation staff to help your hone your value proposition for business-owning families.

Everything Fundraising and the Kitchen Sink
Thursday, June 24, 2021 | 2:00 PM EDT
Exclusively for AdNet Members

This interactive session will provide 10 practical tips to help you elevate your fundraising efforts amidst the changing landscape of the continuing pandemic. Invite your team to join us as we reveal why fundraising is everyone’s job and how your organization can learn from this past year to engage more deeply with the community as you build sustainability.

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 Coffee + Conversations: Navigating Social, Ethical, and Political Belief Differences Between Donors and Staff
Tuesday, May 11, 2021 | 2:00 PM EDT
Open to BOTH AdNet Members and Non-Members

Politics, religion and social justice issues continually intersect with our philanthropic work – and that can make for some interesting conversations with donors! Join us for a round-table discussion on the topic of how to navigate uncomfortable interactions with donors. Our session will feature Peter Dunn, President and CEO of the Central New York Community Foundation, as he shares tips, strategies and stories from his 25 years in the field.

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Legislative Update with Council on Foundations
Tuesday, April 20, 2021 | 2:00 PM EDT
Exclusively for AdNet Members

Join Jenn Holcomb, Director of Government Affairs for the Council on Foundations, for a discussion about what is happening in Washington D.C. and how current legislative activity potentially affects the work of community foundations.

Coffee + Conversations: So, you’re new to the field…
Wednesday, March 24, 2021
Open to BOTH AdNet Members and Non-Members